With the latest high-profile break-up in pairs being confirmed today, I think we might go back and revisit the previous season’s standings, and see who’s still together and who’s split. To try to get a big picture of pairs without going crazy, I am including the top 15 from the Olympics, then three more pairs who weren’t in Sochi but were at Worlds and finished in the top 15 there, and then, for good measure, all the other pairs that finished in the top five at U.S., Canadian, or Russian Nationals.
Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov-Still together, and looking to have a quadrennium of domination-if they can stay ahead, of course.
Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov-Thankfully at last check, still together to hopefully capitalize on their success so far.
Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy-Split thanks to his insistence on calling it a day. She is now teamed up with Bruno Massot, with much politickal intrigue on whether they’ll skate for Germany or France, though they’ll have to sit next season out either way.
Qing Pang & Jian Tong-Retired.
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch-Split. She is now teamed up with Michael Marinaro, with whom she just might go far. He is currently skating with Lubov Iliuschechkina, but now the possibility looms that even three years after she last represented them internationally the Russian federation might still refuse to release her, despite releasing other skaters they might be more justified holding onto!
Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov-Split. She is now skating with Andrei Deputat, and they are looking very promising. He is currently skating with Natalja Zabijako, apparently definitely competing for Russia, and they look very much like the weaker pair from this split, who could easily get lost in the Russian field, even after they finish sitting next season out, though apparently they don’t expect any problems with her being released by Estonia(but if they ever want to compete at the Olympics, she’ll have to give up her citizenship…)
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford-One of only two pairs who competed on the senior level at Canadian Nationals still together!
Cheng Peng & Hao Zhang-At last report still together, though you wonder how much longer he’s going to last.
Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir-Split. He is skating with DeeDee Leng, which is definitely a partnership with potential. She is skating with Mervin Tran, which is a partnership with even more potential, at least provided they gain the ability to compete internationally. They apparently intend to represent the U.S. and Skate Canada will release him in January, which is when his waiting period also expires.
Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres-Still together, probably hoping Savchenko & Massot skate for Germany.
Stefania Berton & Ondrej Hotarek-Split. There seems to be some confusion as to whether either of them is retiring or not, although he might actually be teaming up with Valentina Marchei!
Felicia Zhang & Nate Bartholomay-Split. She’s retiring. He’s starting a search after too many newly free partners have teamed up with someone else already.
Maylin & Daniel Wende-Apparently still in it.
Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers-Split. He spoke in the announcement of taking a year off, though he’s put a profile up on IcePartnerSearch anyway which remains up. She said she was looking for a new partner, but there doesn’t seem to be any word since on how the search has gone.
Andrea Davidovich & Evgeni Krasnopolski-Split before the Olympics were over! Unofficial word is she had a failed trial run with one partner and is now on another one with AJ Reiss, who hasn’t competed internationally since 2013 and could start representing Israel with her immediately, though I have no idea if he could get citizenship. Not sure what he’s doing.
Other pairs that were in the top 15 at Worlds:
Wenjing Sui & Cong Han-Should definitely be continuing on
Julia Antipova & Nodari Maisuradze-Fine at last report
Daria Popova & Bruno Massot-Split, with him apparently agreeing to team up with Savchenko behind her back! She has now teamed with Andrei Novoselov, and they say they’re going to represent France, except that one of them needs to be a French citizenship for that; not sure when she’ll be able to become one, let alone him. He hasn’t competed internationally since 2012 so that isn’t a problem
Other teams from the top five of U.S., Canadian, & Russian nationals:
Caydee Denney & John Coughlin-Still together, but when her ankle is going to keep them out next season, well, you wonder just how much distance they can go, especially when you consider both his age and his history.
Alexa Scimeca & Christopher Knierim-Looking fine for the moment, especially what with being engaged.
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier-Still together at last report.
Natasha Purich & Mervin Tran-Split. While he heads off to his third country to skate with Castelli, she has apparently teamed up with a certain Drew Wolfe from Alberta, whose last result was 12th at Canadian Nationals on the junior level in 2013.
Margaret Purdy & Michael Marinaro-Split. She’s retired, while he moves on to Moore-Towers.
Maria Vigalova & Egor Zakroev-Still together.
Vasilisa Davankova & Andrei Deputat-Split. While he does well with Bazarova, she seems to be doing well enough herself with Alexander Enbert, but the Russian field being as strong as it is, what that’ll translate to practically remains to be seen.
And that all leaves out the craziness of Brian Joubert with Katarina Gerboldt!(she and Enbert finished 7th at Russian Nationals). This encompasses 25 pairs, of whom only 12 remain, one of whom won’t compete next season. It also provides for the possible creation of 12 new pairs so far with potential for more, but two of them will definitely have to sit out next season, and that leaves out Iliushechkina & Moscovitch’s potential difficulties.
It is now mid-July, so there are time for a few more splits, though they’ll be quite unfortunate for those involved in them, since it’ll be harder for them to find new partners in time for the season(Bartholomay may have just enough time). Though given how few pairs are left to split anyway, maybe the remaining shocks with all just happen in the ice dance instead.