Wow, seriously? I thought if they split it would be because of Simon's knee injuries, which I believe Trankov talked about in a recent interview?
I do think they had probably topped out because their chemistry was nonexistent and their size difference was aesthetically displeasing, but still. It's discouraging to see after a successful season. Are Felicia and Nate still together, at least?
And I don't think they've ever been rumored to argue as much as Marissa and Simon have.
I'll miss Marissa and Simon as a pair, but now's time for Felicia and Nate, I think!
At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if we saw no continuing major pairs or dance couples by the time the season starts
I surely didn't see this split coming. Sure, they were not close friends but they seemed to have forged some relationship in the name of skating. It even appeared that their families palled around at the Olympics. I could see Denney with Schnapir. But I'm stymied with Marissa. I'm still sad that Emily Samuelson never found an ice dance partner. Now there was talent and because of the injury or whatever Bates and she split. They would have been spectacular. Marissa is so small and pretty well trained so maybe there's someone in the shadows waiting. I think she and Brubaker may have had a chance a year or so ago but I agree that he probably has had it. But I am really excited to see Felicia and Nate take the next step. Maybe too Scimeca and the guy... I love pairs , hope someone steps forward.
Is Caitlin Yankowskas available?
Mary Beth Marley and he would be even bigger of a height mismatch, but she is looking fro what I understand.
I heard Caitlin was skating with some guy from the UK. Don't know of that's true or not
This is so distressing. The U.S. and Canada will have no international contenders in pairs in the near future.
FWIW here's the results from this year's nationals
1 Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir 205.71 1 73.13 3 132.58
2 Felicia Zhang / Nathan Bartholomay 201.72 2 66.50 2 135.22
3 Caydee Denney / John Coughlin 201.43 3 65.40 1 136.03
4 Alexa Scimeca / Christopher Knierim 189.67 5 64.68 4 124.99
5 Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier 181.59 8 59.52 5 122.07
6 Tarah Kayne / Danny O'Shea 173.89 7 61.48 6 112.41
7 DeeDee Leng / Timothy Leduc 171.94 3 66.40 9 105.54
8 Gretchen Donlan / Andrew Speroff 170.73 6 61.70 8 109.03
9 Lindsay Davis / Rockne Brubaker 163.81 10 54.14 7 109.67
10 Jessica Pfund / AJ Reiss 156.04 9 55.16 10 100.88
11 Jessica Noelle Calalang / Zack Sidhu 151.65 11 51.19 11 100.46
12 Alexandria Shaughnessy / James Morgan 140.73 12 48.45 12 92.28
Still together: 2, 4, 5, 6, 11,12
Spilt (or presumably so): 1,7,8,9, 10
So not as dire as Canada, but man....there's some opportunities for those willing to seize the day!
Crone & Poirier split up that same season, and Samuelson later confirmed that she had a try-out with Poirier. We don't know for sure why they didn't team up, but it was speculated at the time that neither country was willing to release them since they were both fairly high-ranked ice dancers at the time.