2020-21 U.S. Pairs Figure Skating

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I'm curious what folks think about Katie McBeath in pairs - to me, she looks promising, although clearly a lot of work still needs to be done on her twist and death spiral.
 

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To the moderators ... could this information concerning the allegations against Nyman and Sappenfield be taken to a thread dedicated to that information?

So we could continue general information and fun conversations about US Pairs. :thank:
 

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Thanks @skylark. I was going to suggest the same. The thread drift belongs in a separate thread.

Okay, I see that a separate thread was started to discuss the accusations. So we can keep this thread about U.S. pairs news.
 

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I'm curious what folks think about Katie McBeath in pairs - to me, she looks promising, although clearly a lot of work still needs to be done on her twist and death spiral.

I'm impressed by Katie's skating and by how quickly she's taken to pairs. When I saw Katie and Nate skating, she looked to me very much like Sasha Cohen. There's something close to a facial resemblance, as well as a similar gracefulness, petite size, and movement quality. She and Nate look very promising together. Here's a clip of Katie as a singles skater in 2017:

Katie is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, and this article was written about her when she won the National Collegiate figure skating event while a student at a local Cleveland community college:

Although this was written about in 2014, it doesn't seem that long ago. I believe that was the first time I'd heard of Katie. So I wonder if she's around 25 or so by this point? Nate is 31, so hopefully they will be able to develop a partnership that takes them a little beyond 2022.

I have more thoughts about the ISP Points Challenge second round, which I'll share later.
 

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So I wonder what happened to the Cate Fleming/Jedidiah Isbell partnership? Cate Fleming is now on IcePartner Search:

I thought Cate and Jedidiah were such a lovely young team with a bright future together. But I guess life happens.
 

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I'm curious what folks think about Katie McBeath in pairs - to me, she looks promising, although clearly a lot of work still needs to be done on her twist and death spiral.
I'm glad you asked! Katie is first on my list to discuss. For me, she's the breath of fresh air, the new delight, for this season. I'll let others talk about her skating technique. But for a skater new to pairs, I think she's doing just fine.

What I'm so happy about is Katie's presentation as a pairs girl. She has an "It" factor already. I miss Haven Denney for her beautiful expression of joy, both facial and via movement. And Katie is already expressing emotion, especially joy, even more than Haven did (understandably) in the past few years. There just is nothing like watching the skating of someone who is thrilled to be out there skating and performing. Katie shows her joy, not just in the lifts, but at many times during her skating, especially during the FS.

Technique and skills can be taught and worked diligently to learn. But what Katie has is charisma, something special that transfers to an audience. And in the beautiful sport of figure skating, the performance and technique are equal partners. I am so impressed. I watched her performances in 2017 and 2018, and I don't find that she expressed the pure joy in her singles skating as she does in pairs.

Speaking of partners, I'm very impressed with the way Nathan is partnering her. He's more subtle than he was with Deanna. I can't help feeling he's different with every partner, that he's consciously or intuitively altered his style to support and highlight Katie. He keeps the quality of the pair at a high level. I like his demeanor very much with Katie. It's as though he knows how dazzling she is, with that smile, which is enchanting and genuine, never "too much" or superficial. And he shapes his own performance to complement hers. I already love this pair and have watched their FS several times.

I'll write more of my thoughts later about the Pairs' performances in the 2nd ISP opportunity. For now, :bed:
 
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On the basis (AFAIK) of Skate America assignments, some skaters have been added to USFS envelope funding.
(Maybe I am the last to notice?)

Examples of those newly (AFAIK) listed in Team C envelope: Chan/Howe, Knierim/Frazier, and dancers McNamara/Spiridonov.

These skaters did not meet any envelope criteria based on 2019-2020 results.
Chan/Howe were unable to compete at 2020 Nats (because of injury, IIRC), and the other two partnerships are new.
But per "Additional Considerations" in the 2020-21 envelope criteria, "Any athlete or team who is selected to the 2020 Grand Prix Series will be added to team C Tier 1."

(Some singles skaters also have been added to Team C because of Skate America assignments, I believe.)

BTW, 2021-22 envelope criteria have been published, with results from ISP Points Challenge (senior and junior) included in criteria for Teams C and D.



So I wonder what happened to the Cate Fleming/Jedidiah Isbell partnership? Cate Fleming is now on IcePartner Search:

I thought Cate and Jedidiah were such a lovely young team with a bright future together. But I guess life happens.

Hmmmm ....

I can't help having mixed feelings that on IPS, Cate's coaching contact already is Letov. That did not take long.
I wonder whether Cate has completely stopped working with her previous coaches, Palascak and Lambert (who also are at SCOB).

ETA (on Oct 14):​
As they look for a partner for her, @olgaalexcoaching's post with video of Cate:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CGVNfLyDHBG/ (Oct 14)​



ETA (on Oct 13):

As of Oct 12, Kayne/O'Shea's ISU bio has been updated .... but the usual line for "Coach: ______" does not appear.​
Same for "Practice low season: _________" and "Practice high season: _________", which are used to indicate training location as well as hours per week.​
 
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