Speroff and Donlan discuss their respective plans for the future.
Sounds like an amicable decision to go their separate ways. Excerpts:
Former pairs partners Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff are both heading to Florida -- for completely different reasons. Speroff and his girlfriend, former U.S. junior pair medalist Kylie Duarte, will be skating together as a pair on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, starting in September.
"I couldn't be more excited about this big change in my life, skating in shows and traveling to these beautiful parts of the world," Speroff added. "It's something I've been thinking about and wanting to do for a long time now. It wasn't easy coming to this decision. ... I'm still very open to the possibility of competing in the future..."
Duarte mentioned that she and Speroff had filed paperwork to keep their eligibility, in case they want to compete at some point.
Meanwhile, Donlan and Nathan Bartholomay are now training together in Florida, with coach Jim Peterson.
"Though I truly cherished our partnership together, I couldn't be more thrilled for the new and exciting life chapters Andrew and I are about to embark upon!" Donlan texted us. "Now, having found not just one but TWO Prince Charmings, I feel luckier than a Disney princess! I am incredibly excited to train with Nate and extremely grateful for the opportunity to join Mr. Peterson's training camp."
Alessandrini-Souquet will dance for France. But honestly I don't know who Souquet is
Pierre Souquet is a french ice-dancer that used to skate with Peroline Ojardias. Together they won the bronze medal at junior french nationals in 2013.
Does anyone have an update on Rockne Brubaker?
@KharisRalph is making me verklempt :
Last skate with @AsherHill tonight...
1:40 PM - 7 Aug 2014
ETA, ohhhhh, @KharisRalph is making me even more verklempt :
Going to miss holding your hand #13Years
6:29 PM - 7 Aug 2014
ETA, @AsherHill's turn to make me verklempt :
Tonight I had my last skate with the amazing @KharisRalph Thank you for all these great years and thank you to everyone who supported us!
7:15 PM - 7 Aug 2014
For those curious to see any glimpse of them in action together, they performed an off-ice lift as they took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK2IaPkAFIY (42 seconds, posted Aug 12 by Skate Today Videos)
The cute thing is that apparently Marinaro (only as an individual) received the challenge, but M-T is such a nice partner (if she did say so herself ) that she joined him. And to my eyes, she took the brunt of the shower of ice water.
(The M-T/Marinaro thread has been archived, and it did not seem worth starting a new one just for this video.)