PCS: Connecting the Dots #3. Where We Stand

As the Grand Prix series concludes prior to the Final, the establishment of a field in the absence of the world-leading dance teams of the previous quad has begun to emerge. To that end, a review of the development, from…

Yankowskas and Gaman Take an International Path

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by Jacquelyn Thayer Though they skate this week for British national gold, North America has proven a home for Caitlin Yankowskas and Hamish Gaman. After the American Yankowskas and British Gaman kicked off their international partnership at the dance-centered Arctic…

Preview: 2014 Grand Prix by the Numbers

Skate America Dance Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA) — Ondrej Nepela Trophy (first; 162.98). Grand Prix average = 150.01 | Grand Prix high = 160.55 (2011 Grand Prix Final) | Grand Prix low = 136.93 (2010 NHK Trophy) Madison…

Poulin and Servant Embrace the Bright Side

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by Jacquelyn Thayer In the first four years together, ice dancers AndrĂ©anne Poulin and Marc-AndrĂ© Servant took a sober-minded view towards their work–an “intense, super-serious” mentality, in their words, that accompanied a 2012 Canadian junior national title and two Junior…

A Guide to the Off-Season: New Beginnings

Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran (USA) Paired: Announced June 2014 Training Base: CPA St. Leonard, Montreal, QC, and Skating Club of Boston, Boston, MA So Far: Debuted at Quebec Summer Championships, August 9; 48.12 (SP only) Assignments: Ineligible to compete…

PCS: Connecting the Dots #2. Showing Range

by Jacquelyn Thayer Range among PCS categories — and among marks assigned by individual judges within a category — may be the nitpickiest of topics to assess. Certainly numbers here are minuscule, with variations typically hovering around the 1-point range…