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Thread: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir end partnership

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    Quote Originally Posted by centerpt1 View Post
    How many years does it take to get a male skater up to speed on Sr Pairs? Maybe Ryan Bradley with Marissa? He has done lower level pairs. Any other top men's singles skaters that are tall enough, strong enough (and will never get a quad)?

    This is so depressing.
    Ryan Bradley would really have to improve his upper body strength and techique with pairs for lifts, throws and timing with spins at this stage - not easy. How tall is he as well is a key issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    Ryan Bradley would really have to improve his upper body strength and techique with pairs for lifts, throws and timing with spins at this stage - not easy. How tall is he as well is a key issue.
    I think the point is moot, anyway. Bradley has retired from skating and is already 30 - he will be 31 this Fall.

    As for height, I think he's close to 6 feet.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caitie View Post
    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?
    They're still together, as far as I know. They actually just did Skate For Hope with Amber Glenn, Rachael Flatt, Emily Samuelsson, etc.
    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!

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    At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if we saw no continuing major pairs or dance couples by the time the season starts

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    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.

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    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.

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    I heard Caitlin was skating with some guy from the UK. Don't know of that's true or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    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.
    Caitlin Yankowskas has been skating with Hamish Gaman for the UK since last May.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamish_Gaman

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    This is so distressing. The U.S. and Canada will have no international contenders in pairs in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    This is so distressing. The U.S. and Canada will have no international contenders in pairs in the near future.
    There is always Duhamel/Radford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    There is always Duhamel/Radford.
    For now, yes.

    They are coming back next season, but have said they will take it season by season. They don't appear to have said for certain they will go all the way to the next Olympics.

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    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
    Uncertain: 3

    So not as dire as Canada, but man....there's some opportunities for those willing to seize the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    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
    Uncertain: 3

    So not as dire as Canada, but man....there's some opportunities for those willing to seize the day!
    My money is on Denney / Frasier. They are actually a VERY STRONG hope for the USA if they can stay together, which is always the difficulty here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slider11 View Post
    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.
    I think Samuelson & Bates had more than one injury, and because of the way one injury happened (eg. with her blade slicing him) it appeared to harm their partnership. Maybe injuries of that kind damage the feeling of trust/safety between the partners. When Bates got back on the ice, he told Samuelson he needed to move on to a new partner.

    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.

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