Safety first, definitely. What about "walking thru" the lifts and throws, just do sbs jumps and sbs spins? That will still count as something right? But if it becomes an issue of fed reputation then too bad
On the one hand I agree they don't have much to lose, but on the other hand - what a pressure cooker of a situation to be making your debut as a brand new pairs team. It might be better for them to develop under the radar instead of inviting buzz and speculations about their progress.
Since I don't have much knowlege in pairs skating, please allow me in advance if I am wrong on what I am writing below.
When skaters want to try pair skating, do they have to start their career specifically as a pair skater from the begining, so that means they have to start in their early career, say, 6 y.o. or 7 y.o?
Aren't there a couple of pairs skaters among top teams who once were single skaters at some point of their career? Robin Szolkowy, Ondrej Hotarek, both of Pang and Tong come to mind, for instance.
IIRC, Narumi herself was a single skater when she got started. She decided to switch to pair skating when she moved to China due to her fathers job because she was so impressed with the level of Chinese pair skaters who were dominant; Shen/Zhao, Pang/Tong and Zhangs! and she fell in love with pair skating back then. Isn't Mervin once a single skater? When Narumi and Mervin made a team, it was so hard for him to get used to how to lift her, I heard.
If you are not from countries that are powerhouse in figure skating; e.g. Russia, Canada and US, it must be so hard for any skaters to start their career as pair skaters and/or even ice dancers from the beginning, I think.
Is it a bit late and risky for Ryuichi to switch to pair skater at the age of 20/21? Probably yes. Then is it worthy for trying it? ABSOLUTELY! Gooo, Narumi & Ryuichi!
Last edited by deedee1; 02-15-2013 at 11:17 AM.