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Thread: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir end partnership

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    Quote Originally Posted by caitie View Post
    It was kind of an insensitive tweet about something hard a lot of his teammates are going through. It's not surprising one of them took it personally. He was probably just trying to be funny, but it was not really the time/not really appropriate for his public account IMO.
    I agree. He might not have thought it was rude but others in the situation could see it that way. That only hurts them in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caitie View Post
    It was kind of an insensitive tweet about something hard a lot of his teammates are going through. It's not surprising one of them took it personally. He was probably just trying to be funny, but it was not really the time/not really appropriate for his public account IMO.
    IMO I have to agree that the timing was not appropriate for Knierim to tweet what he tweeted. However, I do not think the intentions were meant to be malicious. However, although Knierim put a ring on his partners finger doesn't mean anything nor a guarantee they will be together for the long haul. From what I hear the Coach encourages the relationships to assist with getting chemistry between the teams and then promotes her athletes to tweet all about there relationships. That is just what I heard from a reliable source that currently trains in Colorado in the Sappenfield camp. There coach doesn't seem to have a history of keeping Teams together for the long haul. I could be wrong, but Dalilah Sappenfield doesn't have a Team she has coached consistently that has stayed together beyond 4 years once they were competitive at the Junior and Senior Levels. She has had the boys that seem to stay with her for a long time, but the girls seem to come and go like a revolving door either to other partners or quit the sport all together. Hopefully Chris and Alexa will stick it out as the US needs some longevity in Pairs and they certainly have demonstrated the Talent
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsaneLily87 View Post
    Personally, I think skating needs a bit more drama to liven it up! No complaints here.

    C/S were really growing on me though. Can't say I'm not disappointed at this (entirely expected) news. At SOI Chicago, I was with a non-skating-fan friend and she leaned over during their program and said to me "wow, they do not want to be here right now." If she could feel it in the 20th row, it was time to quit.
    I was impressed with C/S at the olympics. They were bringing it I thought. What I am more surprised is that they were doing SOI. I wouldn't think they would be that marketable when the Canadians who were higher ranked probably were available not to mention other retired pairs from yesteryear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    I was impressed with C/S at the olympics. They were bringing it I thought. What I am more surprised is that they were doing SOI. I wouldn't think they would be that marketable when the Canadians who were higher ranked probably were available not to mention other retired pairs from yesteryear.
    The entire SOI tour this year was a victory lap of sorts for the US Olympians, particularly the bronze medalists. There was no one on the tour who was not American. And in the US, at this moment, I would say yes they are far more marketable/recognizable to the general public and the young skaters who fill the SOI stands than older pairs or either Canadian pair. They're also pretty good show skaters with a fun program that I will say was a lot more fun when I saw it earlier in the season than at SOI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    I was impressed with C/S at the olympics. They were bringing it I thought. What I am more surprised is that they were doing SOI. I wouldn't think they would be that marketable when the Canadians who were higher ranked probably were available not to mention other retired pairs from yesteryear.
    Considering that they won the bronze medal at the Olympics (even if it was "only" the team event), it would have been a massive burn had they not been invited to join SOI. I agree with flutzy13--SOI this year was pretty much a victory run for the team OBM and some other U.S. skaters that people might know of or want to watch.

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    Really sad to see that these two split, but it was for the best. It's a toxic environment if you don't get along with your partner. Good for them for keeping together as long as they did. Simon was in Indianapolis yesterday for a tryout.
    When I found out they split my first thoughts were. Does Rockne come out of "retirement" now and pair with Marissa? My other thought was of a cross border team up with Rudi Swiegers for some reason. This will definitely be interesting as it develops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IcyEdges View Post
    Really sad to see that these two split, but it was for the best. It's a toxic environment if you don't get along with your partner. Good for them for keeping together as long as they did. Simon was in Indianapolis yesterday for a tryout.
    When I found out they split my first thoughts were. Does Rockne come out of "retirement" now and pair with Marissa? My other thought was of a cross border team up with Rudi Swiegers for some reason. This will definitely be interesting as it develops.
    DeeDee Leng perhaps?

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    Funny my first thought as a new partner for Simon is Becky Bereswill. She has switched back and forth between singles and pairs. She doesn't have the toughest jumps, but has been almost too tall for pairs at 5'6". I believe she last tried out with Joshua Reagan, but that didn't work out. I have always been disturbed by the extreme height difference between Marissa and Simon so I'd like to see him with a taller partner.

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    There must have been something in the Sochi water. Whoever drank it, split up.

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    icenetwork has an interesting article on the two of them and their split: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2014/05/08/74777280

    And apparently he's already had one interview/try out with someone; and he wanted to continue with Marissa but understood why she wanted to split. If nothing else, at least it seems like they're splitting on good terms.

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    This IN articles kind of a sad read although their comments are all class. Bobby Martin is the last person who should be blaming himself as it seems he was instrumental in getting them out of a rut in 2012 and onward to 2 National championships and an Olympic medal. Its sad that they won't get to reap the benefits of toughing out the 8 years- more Stars on Ice, Boston Worlds etc. Although the making the Olympic team at home and the Olympic bronze are pretty sweet rewards for their work.

    Its clear from the article that it was Castelli who ended the partnership when Simon and the team at SCoB were looking to continue. I certainly don’t begrudge her the right to do what she feels she needs to do for herself as these partnerships are an intense commitment where both parties need to be 100% all in. But I think she’s taking a big risk. There's not a bevy of available pairs guys at her level. Definitely not in the US. I don’t doubt she has the talent to get back to the top but I think this is a bold choice as she would have been reigning US champion in a now depleted field with not only a US Worlds but a hometown Worlds in 2016. It will be interesting to see how it plays out for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flutzy13 View Post
    Its clear from the article that it was Castelli who ended the partnership when Simon and the team at SCoB were looking to continue. I certainly don’t begrudge her the right to do what she feels she needs to do for herself as these partnerships are an intense commitment where both parties need to be 100% all in. But I think she’s taking a big risk. There's not a bevy of available pairs guys at her level. Definitely not in the US.
    Yes, I concur with you! I feel like their partnership must've been way too tumultuous and unhealthy for her to want to split now. I mean they would've been in an ideal position to really set themselves up for success this next quad....and because (as it's been discussed) it will most likely be much more difficult for her to find another partner than him. He's already tried out for a new partner at least once according to the article.

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    As shocked as I was, it has to be tough to spend day after day after day putting all your efforts and trust into a partnership where people A & B just can't get along on a basic level. I enjoyed watching them this season. Wishing the best for each in whatever direction this takes them in.

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    Well, sounds like they thought it through and realized good results weren't worth it if you spent every moment together feeling miserable. Best wishes to them in the future. Hopefully they'll find partners they get along better with... while still pulling in respectable results.

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    They're marketable as part of the bronze medal winning Olympic team. Otherwise - probably not so much.

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