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Gretchen Donlan & Nathan Bartholomay

breathesgelatin

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Pair skaters Gretchen Donlan & Nate Bartholomay, who teamed up in Jul 2014, represent the U.S. Donlan was born on November 18, 1993, in Boston, Massachusetts, while Bartholomay was born on May 18, 1989, in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Here are their new 2015-16 programs, from Skate Detroit:

SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxRu2jv7cLo
LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4dLoHTkS9Q

The short is very sexy! I always thought Nate was kind of squeaky clean, but this is something new. The long is beautiful. Gretchen's lines are as nice as any US lady pairs skater, I think.

I really expect them to move up the US rankings this season. Also hoping they get an early Challenger Series date so they have the possibility to sub into a GP if there are withdrawals.

Other D/B fans out there? :)

August 2015 Update​



Their icenetwork bio: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/donlan_bartholomay

Gretchen's Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretchen_Donlan

Nate's Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Bartholomay

ISU biography: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034714.htm



Social Media​


Gretchen's Twitter
https://twitter.com/lil_gretch

Nate's Twitter:
https://mobile.twitter.com/NateBartholomay

Nate's Instagram:
https://instagram.com/natebartholomay/



Programs​


2015-16
SP All That Jazz from the Chicago soundtrack
FS Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2

2015 Nepela Trophy SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULxEOCkSkL4
2015 Nepela Trophy FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xewi-1i3Co

2015 US Figure Skating Classic SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVCvbpE8PbQ
2015 US Figure Skating Classic FS (no sound due to copyright)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIqzJBsQ7h0

2015 Skate Detroit SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxRu2jv7cLo
2015 Skate Detroit FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4dLoHTkS9Q

2014-15
SP "Dear Father" by Neil Diamond
FS "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra

Their winning 2015 Challenge Cup FS on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=625503704247148&set=vb.615006035296915&type=2&theater



COMPETITIVE HISTORY



CompetitionSPLPFinal
Season 2015-2016
2015 Nepela Trophy5 (51.76)6 (93.68)6 (145.44)
2015 US International FS Classic4 (52.40)5 (92.46)5 ( 144.86)
2015 Skate Detroit 2 (61.76)2 (104.98)2 (166.74)
Season 2014-2015
2015 Challenge Cup1 (53.46)1 (104.12)1 (157.58)
2015 U.S. Championships5 (59.81)6 (108.24)7 (168.05)


Articles and Interviews


 
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humbaba

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I loved their SP in Detroit. Gretchen really rocked that unitard. I wonder if she'll keep it as her SP costume for the season? Their lifts were spectacular in both programs.
 

breathesgelatin

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I loved their SP in Detroit. Gretchen really rocked that unitard. I wonder if she'll keep it as her SP costume for the season? Their lifts were spectacular in both programs.

Yes, I thought the unitard was really working for her!

Agree on the lifts as well.
 

el henry

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I wondered how Nate would do with a new partner, but Gretchen seems as feisty (that is a good thing) as Felicia. Lifts are great, if they get the SBS worked our, could be fun to watch.

Also have to say that I am a fan of Nate for personal reasons, as we have met. When he was about a year old. ;)His mother has/had a bakery in Newtown, PA and 25 plus years ago she worked out of her house. My sister ordered her wedding cake from Ann Bartholomay and I was considering it. We went to her house to make arrangements, and a screaming, crying almost toddler just would not shut up, so Ann brought him out. The only time I have met a skater:laugh:

But now Nate is my "homie", so go Nate!:cheer:
 
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el henry

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Gretchen and Nate have been assigned to the U.S. Int. Classic at SLC! Woot!:cheer2:
 

TontoK

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There is a lot to like about this couple and those programs from Detroit.

Sure, there's work to do, but what great bones for these programs.

I look forward to their rise this season.
 

breathesgelatin

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Gretchen and Nate have been assigned to the U.S. Int. Classic at SLC! Woot!:cheer2:

YAY!!

I really hope this is a sign they're under consideration for that Skate America TBD spot. Those have to be filled in early September, like before the US International Classic, but hopefully a good sign! :)

Even if they don't get a Skate America spot, going to an early Challenger Series event benefits them by potentially bumping them up the GP substitution list and establishing a 2015-16 Season's Best.
 
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el henry

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YAY!!

I really hope this is a sign they're under consideration for that Skate America TBD spot. Those have to be filled in early September, like before the US International Classic, but hopefully a good sign! :)

Even if they don't get a Skate America spot, going to an early Challenger Series event benefits them by potentially bumping them up the GP substitution list and establishing a 2015-16 Season's Best.

And they're in: Gretchen and Nate get the SA slot. Woot again!:cheer:
 

dorispulaski

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And I have updated their OP in preparation for Skate America.

I found a facebook video of their 2014-15 FS.
 

tulosai

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I'm really looking forward to seeing how they do this week at the US classic. Hopefully some kind soul will post videos :) I really enjoyed their short program in particular at skate Detroit- I think of her as so balletic but she was really rocking the sleek and sexy lines and vibe in that program!!
 

skylark

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I love the new Frank Sinatra FS for them. It was cute how they began their Death Spiral on the words "and die." :)

Gretchen and Nate are my favorites of the new pairs teams that resulted in the re-shuffling after the Olympics. I'm impressed with how they're aligning their positions together. As Nate said, he's trying not to look like too much of a brute alongside her. <g>

One of my favorite things about this team is how she looks like she's in heaven during the lifts. Hope they can get the SBS consistent and the throw landings. The throws are beautiful.
 

tulosai

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I love their SP more every time I see it!! I am rooting for them to get the SBS jumps down by the end of the season- I think they have tons of potential!
 

Alba

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I truly loved watching them skate. I love that program and they are beautiful. I don't know why I missed noticing them before but they have just been added in my favorites list. :love:

p.s. Fix those sbs jumps! :cheer2:
 

el henry

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Just got around to seeing this, and wow, I'm predisposed to like Nate, but boy, even without my prejudices, that program was captivating. Loved the step sequences, and (high praise from me) they sold it like Jason sells it. Woot again!:cheer2:

I agree with Alba), please fix the jumps.
 
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Mrs. P

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Totally shallow -- but at the end of Jason's Snapchat post today, he has a clip of him and Nate (they are roommates) right before bed. Nate has an awesome tattoo!

So if you're into that and have snapchat, check out U.S. Figure Skating's snapchat (which Jason is running at the moment, username usfigureskating).
 

tulosai

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Congrats to Gretchen and Nate, who despite a really rough skate got a personal best long program score of 93.68, and a personal best total score of 145.44. Hopefully they will be able to continue to build on this at Skate America :cheer:
 

skylark

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Yes, that's the spirit, tulosai. This is an opportunity to build looking forward to SA.

Gretchen and Nate have such beautiful lines already, especially with their superb lifts. They both have nice musical expression, and I think the styles of these 2 programs are new for both of them. They have chemistry and sensuality as well as a rather tender connection. I have high hopes for them! p.s. fix the jumps, get an outside tech coach. A new perspective can be good; my 2 cents. :)
 

tulosai

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This is from 2014 when she was still partnered with Andrew, but this is a very nice interview with her that I don't think I've seen posted ever on the forums and much of which is probably still somewhat relevant- I think I'd probably remember since I've always been a bit obsessed with her but sorry if it is a repeat: http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/gretchen-donlan-figure-skating-and-premed/

ETA: also she does have or seem to have a twitter which maybe could be added to the OP? https://twitter.com/lil_gretch
 
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