My reply would be that Tran OTOH seems to "care more" about being a cooperative partner than Castelli does.
Again, the brief quote by IN does not necessarily indicate the full scope of Castelli's true mindset, but I do feel that in isolation, it gives an unfortunate impression of throwing Tran under the bus. To me, those few words sound as if Castelli is patting herself on the back for being "American all the way" and by unflattering implication, dismissing the importance of Canada to Tran. The quote sounds also as if she is gloating that they have agreed to skate for her country. I am a fellow American to Castelli, and the quote makes me cringe.
IMO, Tran deserves a partner who respects and appreciates the difficult choice that he did make. That is why I hope to read/hear more from Castelli. YMMV. (I will leave it there.)
Yes, it is a business partnership -- a business partnership between two human beings (and between two old friends, according to the IN article).
If I were Castelli's new partner, looking ahead to many hours/days/weeks/months/years of working extremely closely with her, it would strengthen my commitment to the partnership if she treated me not only as a business partner, but also as a human being -- who has feelings -- and as a friend.
Tran had to make a tough decision, and I hope that Castelli will have the decency not to feel entitled to rub his nose in it -- especially in public. The IN quote (in the absence of any other published remarks) struck me as insensitive at the very least, but it is possible that future comments from Castelli will overcome my misgivings. I hope so. (Now I really, really will try to leave it there .)
I guess I am having trouble and it is just me that representing a nation clearly has nothing to do with national pride it is a business, it is about olympic and world glory. Sadly or forgotten there, usually, can only be three medallists. Not everyone can improve, not everyone can move up, not everyone can win a medal, someone is going to drop, lose not get medal. It is almost like a pro team - shopping around for that winning combination. I am sure the Reed's love skating and maybe even Japan but let's face it it is a bit of egotistic, narsicissic reasons skaters skate for certain countries. I know that's life Iguess it just feels kind of wrong.
Bruno Marcotte also reports @MarissaCastelli @skate_moivo doing well, he thinks they could have special partnership. Already running SP.
1:40 PM - 25 Jul 2014
They are only scheduled to compete in the SP.
Hm.. I like what I'm seeing so far. Marissa is better matched with Mervin, I think. Not fully there technically, but good start.
1 Natasha Purich / Drew Wolfe Canada 48.98
2 Marissa Castelli / Mervin Tran États-Unis d'Amérique 48.12
3 Vanessa Grenier / Maxime Deschamps Canada 46.54
WD Caitlin Yankowskas / Hamish Gaman Grande-Bretagne
I like the program and I like them. Very good chemistry and very fluid, gentle together.
It's obvious they need more time and lot of work to up their level and the quality of some of the elements, like the twist, but I actually like the lifts. The one entering into the death spiral was gorgeous.
The program felt very Marissa and Simon minus the huge twist and spectacular lifts. I guess that isn't a surprise given it's Marcotte choreo and Marissa was wearing a dress that she's used often in competition and shows. I kind of hope they avoid her in a black dress the next time they compete this- it's a summertime program and she and Simon did the all black costumes a lot.
Hopefully over time, they'll develop more of a unique style because as people have pointed out they had a nice, easy chemistry and move well together. The death spiral was gorgeous. With no chance at competing internationally for a year, they have a lot of time to get the rest of the elements down and become their own team.
Seeing this makes me interested to see the debut of Leng & Shnapir who I believe are also using Marcotte for choreo.