PCS: Connecting the Dots #7. Forecasting Pairs

There will be no extended analysis of deeper PCS meaning this go-round, but a quick overview of just how tight the race in U.S. and Canadian pairs — for those 3-4-5 spots at home, for international opportunities or top 10 Worlds finishes — looks after the work of last season. Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel…

Aaron and Settlage Seek to Flourish

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by Jacquelyn Thayer For two-time U.S. pewter medalist pair Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage, the central focus of this off-season is the skating itself. “We’re trying to skate bigger,” said Aaron. “We’re a smaller team – both of us shorter than most of our competitors. So we have to look like we’re big skaters, powerful,…

Connection Key to Creation for Kayne and O’Shea

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by Jacquelyn Thayer Last season offered one particularly key lesson for 2016 U.S. national pair champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea: choose the music with which you connect and which, then, can connect with the audience. It led them to a successful free in skating warhorse “Music of the Night”; it led them further off…

2016-17 Grand Prix Draft: The Aftermath

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With the dance field expanded to 10 couples apiece for the first time since the 2010-11 season, competitors saw additional opportunity — though some absences for those guaranteed at least one spot are also worth noting. Pairs, which remains at eight teams apiece due to additional regulations (only four teams allowed per warm-up session), was…