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    Total speculation...Mary Beth Marley and Matthew Blackmer?

    This is total speculation....however a few tweets caught my eye.

    About an hour ago Matthew Blackmer, who recently ended his partnership with Brittany Simpson, tweeted:

    Matthew Blackmer ‏@MattBmer 1h
    Can't wait for the future. Specifically, Monday. #ItsHere!!

    He then retweeted a tweet from Mary Beth Marley:
    Mary Beth Marley ‏@mbmarley19 18 Dec
    So many bright things coming up i am so excited for all that is about to come!!!!!!
    #excitment #anxiouslywaiting


    I've noticed that both have made tweets in reference to "the future" in the last few weeks. I didn't think too much about it then, but now...it seems there was more to them than hopeful thinking.

    Curious if there is a new partnership in the works...

    Anyway, it could turn out to be nothing...but I can say that their tweets piqued my curiosity. And height wise it would work: Matthew is 5'8" and Mary Beth Marley is 4'9" (Brittany, acc to her ISU bio was nearly 5'3").

    Also the age difference is just a few years: Matthew just turned 22 and Mary Beth is 18.

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    Hmmmm that would be very interesting indeed!

    This is a team I'd be very interested in seeing develop... I suppose we may know something more come Monday.

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    This is great news for mary beth. Its great to see that she is starting to get everything back together again. Hopefully this is true and they will be a great pair team in a couple of years time.

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    I hope to heck they don't stay with Dalilah Sapenfield Blackmer's coach, but move on to Marley's last coach John Nicks (or someone else). Given that Nicks is semi-retired, I suspect they'll be with Dalilah, sad to say.

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    Sappenfield is great. But training in Colorado would of course require another move for Mary Beth, and she's been through a lot lately with the serious health issues and the moving of her and her family from Illinois to California and back to Illinois, and she's still only 18. If a partnership happens, I hope they do what makes her the most comfortable.

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    So Matthew Blackmer just completed a road trip to... Chicago. According to Google Maps, the drive from Colorado Springs to Chicago is 15 hours. His twitter indicates he left yesterday, so record time.

    Matthew Blackmer ‏@MattBmer
    Chillin' in Chi town. Big day tomorrow!!
    6:40 PM - 22 Dec 13

    And yet a few more tweets from Mary Beth:

    Mary Beth Marley ‏@mbmarley19
    It's here!!!!!!!! I can't believe it!!!!!!
    5:22 PM - 22 Dec 13

    Mary Beth Marley ‏@mbmarley19
    If you told me last year where and what I am doing at this time this year.... I would have said that is never going to happen!!!
    5:25 PM - 22 Dec 13

    So I think it's pretty obvious that a tryout is happening tomorrow. Hope it goes well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    So Matthew Blackmer just completed a road trip to... Chicago. ...

    So I think it's pretty obvious that a tryout is happening tomorrow. Hope it goes well!
    @MattBmer
    Amazing morning. Back to gypsy life. Good afternoon, Indiana.
    10:31 AM - 23 Dec 13
    https://twitter.com/MattBmer/status/415187884384083968

    And yes, Marley retweeted it.

    Mrs. P is incredible -- not that we weren't already aware of her superior powers of observation.

    (As an aside: So I guess a tryout of only a few hours could result in a partnership that hopefully will last for years -- and that will require at least one of the partners to make a major relocation. What an act of faith for both partners.)

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    For now, Matthew Blackmer isn't going public with the tryout yet, at least in this update from Sarah Brannan and Drew Meekins on Ice Network:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2013/...o-min-feel-lov


    U.S. junior pairs champion Matt Blackmer called from the road Sunday, in the midst of a 24-hour drive to Detroit to spend time at home for the holiday.

    "I just crossed the border from Nebraska into Iowa," he said.

    Blackmer and his former partner, Britney Simpson, split up earlier this month. He says he wants to continue with skating for another four years.

    "I've had a great career, and I could go get a full-time job, but I'm not done yet," he said. "There's still so much more I want to accomplish in skating. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I'm doing every day. I've decided it's time to buckle down and find a partner."

    Blackmer hasn't had any tryouts yet but says he is diligently looking for opportunities.

    After Christmas, Blackmer will head to Boston to watch the U.S. championships.

    "I'm going there to support all of my friends," he said. "Of course, I would have loved to compete, because it's the Olympic trials. I had no expectations of making the team, but it would have been an honor. But to cheer on my friends who have a real opportunity to go, I'll be way more nervous for them. I'm going to need some serious hugging!"
    Of course, as of Sunday, he hadn't had any tryouts yet.....

    So it sounds like the road trip's final destination is actually Detroit, where he is originally from. But how convenient that the Chicago area was along the way.

    Anyway, I hope we hear something official soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    For now, Matthew Blackmer isn't going public with the tryout yet, at least in this update from Sarah Brannan and Drew Meekins on Ice Network:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2013/...o-min-feel-lov




    Of course, as of Sunday, he hadn't had any tryouts yet.....

    So it sounds like the road trip's final destination is actually Detroit, where he is originally from. But how convenient that the Chicago area was along the way.

    Anyway, I hope we hear something official soon.
    Indiana, though, sounds like Zaitsev, possibly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Indiana, though, sounds like Zaitsev, possibly?
    No he was just in Indiana when he called. He definitely stopped in Chicago and spent several hours there.

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