Point is, there are good and bad role models from every country, and all competitive athletes have been known to say things or do things that are unbecoming or unsportsmanlike but you can't apply their attitude as the attitude of every Canadian/Russian/American/etc.
Also, I love how you say crap like D/R haven't even won a GPF medal while B/L and S/H have, and conveniently forget that other skaters you like haven't even made the GPF. And conveniently forget D/R have won World medals (two of them), unlike B/L and S/H.
Whatevs. D/R have won the past two World bronzes, and have won the past 3 Canadian Nationals over MT/M. Sorry if that's hard for you to stomach, but it is what it is.
I do agree that Chan has been arrogant at times and should have focused more on learning to skate a clean LP over the past few seasons rather than listing his accomplishments after every event.
But none of this is that unusual compared to things skaters in other countries say. Since we're Canadian shouldn't we support our figure skaters on the whole unless they say something really unforgivable?
To get back to the original topic, I'm very distressed to hear that M-T/M are breaking up, because they seemed to be climbing through the ranks and had promise for the future. It's hard to stay interested in pairs as a fan when so few pairs, especially from North America, seem to be able to gain traction in terms of international results. Even in Europe and China, many of the most interesting pairs are retiring. It's a real drought in this discipline right now, it seems.
I agree we should get back on topic. This thread is supposed to be about news on Canadian pairs for next season and which partnerships will be taking place.
I also agree that one of the challenges of being involved with figure skating or being a fan or supporter is that it can be difficult to see the teams we invest in split and go separate ways, particularly if it doesn't happen amicably. Partner switching has become more common in the modern age than was the case several decades ago, but perhaps that is just a reflection of the times.
But as we can see from the reactions above, skaters need to keep in mind that while it is ultimately their decision as to who they partner with, they risk losing the loyalty of their fanbase if they make too many switches.
By way of illustration, at the Olympic games in 2010 and 2014, the top pairs:
2014: V/T together 4 years. However, they had really ABNORMALLY fast and good results, almost UNIQUELY so in how quickly they gelled. They are definitely an anomoly.
S/K together 5 years of which they spent 2 in juniors, and only really started getting great results this year, their 5th year together.
S/S together 11 years, did not start getting good results until their third year together.
2010: Shen/Xhao: Had been together 18 years. It took them 6 years to get anything resembling good results .
Pang/Tong: Had been together 17 years. Incidentally were 4th in 2014 having been together 21 years. Were together 8 years before starting to get really good results.
S/S: At this time had been together 7 years.
the top Ice Dance:
1st and 2nd: V/M D/W in whatever order. Both together 13 and then 17 years. Both many years before excellent results, but D/W especially so.
3rd: DomShabs: Together 8 years. 5 years before great results.
3rd: I/K. Together 6 years + a few years as children. Only started getting great results this year, their 6th together.
The US ladies finished 4th and 2nd in the team event, and it was Abbott who took the US out of contention for silver.
As far as Osmond vs. Gold is concerned, all of Osmond's international wins in 2012 were in the early season, but she tailed off after Nationals while Gold improved her performances. Since Osmond beat Gold at SC 2012 (Osmond's last international win) Gold beat Osmond at 2013 4CC, Worlds 2013, WTT 2013, Sochi team, Sochi Ladies and Worlds 2014.
Yes, I realize Kaetlyn has suffered from injury this season, but it appears the injury has been due to Kaetlyn's efforts to up her technical ante, which she needs to do to be competitive with Gold and the other top skaters, as Kaetlyn is limited by the lack of a loop jump and her inconsistency with 3f+3t.
So back to Moore-Towers and Moskovitch splitting. Terrible! I really enjoyed them at found them not only technically good but artistically very pleasing. Meghan and Eric are mechanical. I always hated seeing Meghan "lecture" Eric at the end of each performance. Give it a break. I presume Dylan is the one stepping away. So best wishes to Kristen in finding an equal - and make it fast!
CSG using that as something to base Osmond > Gold on is utter desperation and straw grasping even for his standards. Atleast her Skate Canada win (while questionable at best) could atleast be something valid.