2020-21 Retirements, Splits & Partner Changes

CaroLiza_fan

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So sorry to be the bearer of bad news about Anna and Radek, CaroLiza_fan!

Aww, thanks. In a strange way, the fact that we hadn’t seen them competing together before the split came was good because it meant that fans of both the skaters (like me) hadn’t got invested in the partnership yet.

Sadly, there are more splits to report:

Laura Barquero and Tòn Cónsul, Spanish Pairs Champions have split according to the Spanish Fed: https://www.fedhielo.com/la-pareja-laura-barquero-ton-consul-separa-su-camino/
The article doesn't provide details but says that the Fed will 'work to find solutions to the dissolution of the couple' (Google Translated from Spanish, so may not be accurate) so I'm assuming they might both be looking for new partners?
They had only been together 1 season and finished 14th at Europeans 2020. Wishing them both all the best in the future.

Like Radek, Tòn was looking promising when he was competing in Singles. So, now that the three skaters that have been the stalwarts of Spanish Senior Men's skating for the past decade have seemingly all retired (Javier Fernández, Javier Raya and Felipe Montoya), might he return to Singles?

In case anybody is interested, here is the record of how Tòn got on against the skaters that are currently competing in Senior Men:

DateCompetitionLevelHéctor AlonsoTòn CónsulAleix GabaraUpper Hand
PosScorePosScorePosScore
2016–17 Season
16–18 Dec. 2016Spanish ChampionshipsJunior3140.741168.632164.42Tòn
2015–16 Season
11–13 Mar. 2016Coupe du PrintempsJunior4141.685141.04Tòn
23–27 Feb. 2016Hellmut Seibt MemorialJunior7145.066147.63Tòn
19–20 Dec. 2015Spanish ChampionshipsJunior1179.502162.143158.32Héctor
19–22 Nov. 2015Open d’AndorraJunior1183.183156.912167.39Héctor
30 Sep. – 03 Oct. 2015ISU Junior Grand Prix LogroñoJunior11152.3515146.797162.30Aleix
2014–15 Season
19–22 Feb. 2015Challenge CupJunior2148.015131.92Héctor
19–21 Dec. 2014Spanish ChampionshipsJunior3127.552138.421154.60Aleix
01–07 Dec. 2014Santa Claus CupJunior2146.698129.663136.85Héctor
20–23 Nov. 2014Open d’AndorraJunior4123.443124.372124.96Aleix
2013–14 Season
19–21 Dec. 2013Spanish ChampionshipsJunior2146.373134.26Héctor
2012–13 Season
08–10 Feb. 2013Dragon TrophyAdvanced Novice188.04281.21Tòn
14–16 Dec. 2012Spanish ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice188.47278.43Tòn
2011–12 Season
17–18 Dec. 2011Spanish ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice568.32281.18Aleix
Total55414

Although it looks like I arranged the skaters in alphabetical order, they are actually arranged in order of age – Héctor was born in 1997; Tòn was born in 1998; and Aleix was born in 1999.

Héctor was the 2018 Senior Men's Champion, while Aleix was the 2019 Senior Men's Champion.

So, Tòn and the guys still doing Singles were pretty well matched in the head-to-head.

Whether that would still be the case after Tòn had 3 seasons away in Pairs is another matter…

Francesca Righi and Aleksei Dubrovin, Italian Junior Ice Dancers (National Champs 2018/19, National Bronze Medalists 2019/20, 13th at JWC 2019) have also split according to her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CB3CvQZJkiT/ They had been together for 5 years. She wishes him all the best, and says that she won't quit skating, so I assume she will be looking for another partner. It's not clear what he will do next. Best of luck to them both in the future.

After reading the translation of Aleksei’s post that Andre82 very kindly provided, I am amazed that they stayed together for as long as they did! :shocked:

I hope that the bad atmosphere between them was only a recent development and that it wasn’t like that for the whole 5 years! :eek:

CaroLiza_fan
 

Olibritt

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Like Radek, Tòn was looking promising when he was competing in Singles. So, now that the three skaters that have been the stalwarts of Spanish Senior Men's skating for the past decade have seemingly all retired (Javier Fernández, Javier Raya and Felipe Montoya), might he return to Singles?

In case anybody is interested, here is the record of how Tòn got on against the skaters that are currently competing in Senior Men:



Although it looks like I arranged the skaters in alphabetical order, they are actually arranged in order of age – Héctor was born in 1997; Tòn was born in 1998; and Aleix was born in 1999.

Héctor was the 2018 Senior Men's Champion, while Aleix was the 2019 Senior Men's Champion.

So, Tòn and the guys still doing Singles were pretty well matched in the head-to-head.

Whether that would still be the case after Tòn had 3 seasons away in Pairs is another matter…


CaroLiza_fan

Ton decided 3 seasons ago to focus only on pairs. If he came back to singles, he can be the best spanish male skater right now but, without quads and proper training for three years, he has no real competitive career, there's no point, IMO. But he can have one in pairs… with time and hard work.

It's a pity that the team with Laura didn´t work. Both of them are gorgeous and I loved to watch them grow as a team but, on the other hand, I could not enjoy their lifts, every time I saw Laura up there, "dancing bamboleo" I stopped breathing.

I hope it's for the best. I'm not sure about their plans for the future but, maybe, this can be the beginning of another spanish teams rivalry… I'd love that, I really want to see both of them on the ice as soon as possible!
 

Gia_Sesshoumaru

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N/K 2020 world jr champions have split per avonoleys instagram

Someone beat me to it.

This one hurts. They were so good together and had so much potential.

Her post:

It is with many mixed emotions that I announce the end of my partnership with Vadym. I would like to thank our coaching team, our families, US Figure Skating and everyone who has supported our journey. The last season was our most successful one, which culminated with our dream of winning the Junior World Championships just a few months ago. I have many happy memories with Vadym from our three years together, and I hold on to these good memories. I wish Vadym well as we pursue different paths. I am looking forward to achieving my dreams in ice dance and will be searching for a new partner who shares my excitement, passion and commitment for skating.
 

Olibritt

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N/K 2020 world jr champions have split per avonoleys instagram

:eek: I wasn´t expecting that one!!

I'm sorry for them and for Igor, bye to his dream of a new "V&M"...

I'm beginning to think that COVID is being very dangerous for figure skating teams, in ways not studied by medicine... :drama:

There's a saying in spanish (I'm sure something similar exists in many other languages) that says "when the devil is bored he kills flies with his tail". The devil must have been very bored during the lockdown and there were lots of flies around ice skating teams… and, to be honest, around all kind of couples.

The two of them are extremely talented and very young, there'll be lots of candidates to partner both of them, we will see them on the ice in no time. Good luck to both of them!
 

SmallAminal

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I also saw on Avonley's Instagram the announcement of the dissolution of the N/K partnership. It sounds like she for sure is planning on continuing skating but I wonder if he will? Its hard to know what's going on behind the scenes, but given their recent successes, I'm left scratching my head. But partnerships are like marriages (albeit professional) and sometimes two great people just aren't meant to be together in the end. I wish them both good luck!
 

Flying Feijoa

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Is it just me or has the number of splits and retirements surpassed Olympic season levels? :drama:
Maybe the early/prolonged season break and unpredictable upcoming season (if there is any) is killing people's motivation...
 

oly2018

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Is it just me or has the number of splits and retirements surpassed Olympic season levels? :drama:
Maybe the early/prolonged season break and unpredictable upcoming season (if there is any) is killing people's motivation...

I think you are onto something. Like all of us, this has probably given skaters time to evaluate what's important to them. 18 is a young age to have to decide your life's trajectory.
 

CaroLiza_fan

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I'm beginning to think that COVID is being very dangerous for figure skating teams, in ways not studied by medicine... :drama:

Is it just me or has the number of splits and retirements surpassed Olympic season levels? :drama:
Maybe the early/prolonged season break and unpredictable upcoming season (if there is any) is killing people's motivation...

I wonder if it is a case that being stuck halfway across the world during a global pandemic has made Vadym realise that he misses home, and being with his family.

This can't be an easy time for mixed nationality teams that were at their training base when lockdowns were brought in. And from his previous Instagram post, Vadym is actually in Novi at the moment rather than back home in Kharkov.

Of the teams that have split in recent weeks, the following are mixed nationality:

  • Val (ESP) / Colmor Jepsen (DEN)
  • Righi (ITA) / Dubrovin (RUS)
  • Nguyễn (USA) / Kolesnik (UKR)

And even in the cases of the teams where both partners are the same nationality, the skaters are from different parts of the country:

  • Dušková (Central Bohemia) /Jakubka (North Bohemia)
  • Barquero (Castile) / Cónsul (Catalunya)

So, the issues of being separated (either from their families or from each other, depending on where they are) could apply to them too.

Of course, we know that Anna's ongoing injury issues are the main reason the Czech skaters split. But, the lockdown could have expediated her decision to call it a day.

Anyway, this is just a thought that I had.

CaroLiza_fan
 

ladyjane

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I'm really sad about this team (Nguyen, Kolesnik) splitting up. They looked so promising. At least it seems to be an amicable split. I also share the feeling that the Pandemic with its accompanying lockdowns didn't/doesn't help in motivating couples.
 

flanker

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I wonder if it is a case that being stuck halfway across the world during a global pandemic has made Vadym realise that he misses home, and being with his family.

This can't be an easy time for mixed nationality teams that were at their training base when lockdowns were brought in. And from his previous Instagram post, Vadym is actually in Novi at the moment rather than back home in Kharkov.

Of the teams that have split in recent weeks, the following are mixed nationality:

  • Val (ESP) / Colmor Jepsen (DEN)
  • Righi (ITA) / Dubrovin (RUS)
  • Nguyễn (USA) / Kolesnik (UKR)

And even in the cases of the teams where both partners are the same nationality, the skaters are from different parts of the country:

  • Dušková (Central Bohemia) /Jakubka (North Bohemia)
  • Barquero (Castile) / Cónsul (Catalunya)

So, the issues of being separated (either from their families or from each other, depending on where they are) could apply to them too.

Of course, we know that Anna's ongoing injury issues are the main reason the Czech skaters split. But, the lockdown could have expediated her decision to call it a day.

Anyway, this is just a thought that I had.

CaroLiza_fan

As for Anna/Radek, there is not much other info than what was written in their instagram profiles. News that noticed that mostly repeat their words. Anna's injuries took her too much time to train properly, so she had to decide this way. She promised she will take part in coaching Radek in the future (as she is older than him) and her club already counts on her as their new coach and technical specialist:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CB_M-GkJuFr/
 

icetug

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It's Liza's third partner in three seasons :shrug:

But first on a senior level ;)
I believe Filatov was doing his best but he didn't surpass Nazarov. K/F got SB in their first competition and couldn't go any better, so... one season was enough to see whether they have any future together.
 
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