05-08-2014, 11:59 AM
OMG! I think Kerstin decision is quite selfish and wrong. You never know in advance how long are you able to skate. Dylan wanted to continue and had the next Olympics as a target. She won't be able to find a skater of the same quality, at least in Canada. For Dylan it is more difficult to find another skater, good enough for him. They were together since she was 16. I am sure he helped her, but probably they helped each other in the end. I am sad as they were such a beautiful couple. I don't really know what is beyond this decision, but it does not seem to be very wise.
05-08-2014, 05:26 PM
It's hard to know how to judge these decisions from the outside. I agree that expecting to skate 2 more quads with an untested partner is a big risk. But ultimately the decision is hers, and we'll have to get used to it.
05-09-2014, 12:10 AM
Even assume Dylan cannot do more quads is wrong. How old was Hongbo Zhao when he won the Olympic gold?
05-09-2014, 12:15 AM
If Dylan was willing to skating barring injury, death etc until 2018 then Ms. k made a huge mistake I think. They were gelling and improving. Wow, what is it with those Canadians. Dumb dumb dumb. chan and no coach and his girfriend's mother who for a while looked like a deer in headlights at skating events -- like Patrick was giving HER support.
Originally Posted by tulosai
05-09-2014, 12:59 AM
True, Zhao was 36, and he won two Olympic medals after sustaining a serious injury (achilles tear). I imagine Dylan is capable of holding up just fine through 33 years old. If you condition and train your body properly (and by all accounts, he is a very hard worker), then age doesn't have to be a real issue. He knows his body better than we do, and it sounds like he was committed to another quad with Kirsten.
Originally Posted by hippomoomin
But if Kirsten was wanting to get out of the partnership for whatever reasons, then it's a valid excuse to say that she wants a partner a little closer in age. Maybe the new partner won't last any longer than Dylan would have (heck, first she has to find a partner), but if that's what Kirsten feels is right for her, then that's what she's going to do. It's obviously a very risky move that certainly not everyone would make, but she appears eager to take that risk. It's a shame to see a good partnership go, but what can you do.
05-09-2014, 05:31 AM
According to the Beverley Smith interview (as well as reports on other sites), Kirsten has already found 2 contenders and there have already been a couple of tryouts. The 2 contenders appear to be Michael Marinaro and Mervin Tran.
Originally Posted by gold12345
05-09-2014, 08:33 AM
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