Wednesday, November 14

Savchenko/Szolkowy Officially Out of France; Pairs Season Full of Withdrawals

As expected, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have withdrawn from Trophee Eric Bompard due to an illness she has been fighting.

I've been following the Grand Prix since the very first season it was in place (1995-1996), and I cannot remember another year where there have been so many withdrawals/splits as there have been with the pairs (and even ladies) in 2012. The ISU is to the point now where there are no other pair teams within the World Standings/Seasons Best or minimum score who are even eligible to skate on the Grand Prix!

Let's look at all of the changes since the initial rosters were published in May:

Skate America

Dube/Wolfe CAN ---> Montalbano/Krasnopolsky ISR
Pang/Tong CHN
James/Cipres FRA
Kemp/King GBR
Volosozhar/Trankov RUS
Denney/Coughlin USA
Donlan/Speroff USA
USA TBD ---> Castelli/Shnapir USA

Skate Canada

Duhamel/Radford CAN
Lawrence/Swiegers CAN
CAN TBD ---> Popova/Massot FRA
Savchenko/Szolkowy GER
Berton/Hotarek ITA
Gerboldt/Enbert RUS ---> Kemp/King GBR
Marley/Brubaker USA ---> Davis/Ladwig USA
Vise/Baldwin USA

Cup of China

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch CAN
Pang/Tong CHN
Peng/Zhang CHN
Sui/Han CHN ---> Wang/Zhang CHN
Takahashi/Tran JPN
Kavaguti/Smirnov RUS
Stolbova/Klimov RUS
Yankowskas/Reagan USA

Rostelecom Cup

Dube/Wolfe CAN ---> Della Monica/Guarise ITA
Lawrence/Swiegers CAN
Hausch/Wende GER ---> Vise/Baldwin USA
Vartmann/Van Cleave GER ---> Montalbano/Kransopolsky ISR
Bazarova/Larionov RUS
Volosozhar/Trankov RUS
RUS TBD ---> Martyusheva/Rogonov RUS
Denney/Coughlin USA

Trophee Eric Bompard

Duhamel/Radford CAN
Peng/Zhang CHN
Popova/Massot FRA
FRA TBD ---> James/Cipres FRA
Savchenko/Szolkowy GER
Berton/Hotarek ITA
Kavaguti/Smirnov RUS
Stolbova/Klimov RUS

NHK Trophy

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch CAN
Sui/Han CHN ---> Della Monica/Guarise ITA
Vartmann/Van Cleave GER
Takahashi/Tran JPN ---> Martyusheva/Rogonov RUS
Bazarova/Larionov RUS
Castelli/Shnapir USA
Davis/Ladwig USA
Marley/Brubaker USA ---> Yankowskas/Reagan USA ---> Scimeca/Knierim USA

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh, Yankowskas/Reagan are out of NHK, too? I could have sworn that they were going to make it! Darn... I am hoping that they are good. US pairs needs a good team that isn't just technical.

Tony said...

Yankowskas has the it-factor maybe more than any other US pair girl ever. I'm hoping for big things!