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Chronicling retirements, new partnerships, splits, and other news: 2014 Edition

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Another season is about to begin. And it's a post-Olympic season, so you know lots of changes are in store. Here's a roundup of the news!

Retirements

  • Alissa Czisny USA - pursuing skating "in a different direction"
  • Elena Glebova EST (rsport)
  • Brian Joubert FRA - currently trying out pairs
  • Yuna Kim KOR (IceNetwork)
  • Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt - both to pursue full-time graduate school
  • Amelie Lacoste CAN (IceNetwork)
  • Lena Marrocco FRA
  • Lucie Mysliveckova/Neil Brown CZE - Brown retires
  • Qing Pang/Jian Tong CHN (IceNetwork)
  • Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA
  • Viktor Pfeiffer AUT (article)
  • Margaret Purdy/Michael Marinaro CAN - Purdy retires to be a full-time student, Marinaro to continue pairs
  • Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER - Szolkowy retires to coach in Oberstdorf, Savchenko to continue pairs
  • Akiko Suzuki JPN (IceNetwork)
  • Tomas Verner CZE (IceNetwork)
  • Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay USA - Zhang retires to be a full-time student, Bartholomay to continue pairs

On the Sidelines

New Pairs Partnerships

Pairs Splits

  • Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov RUS - Bazarova to continue pairs
  • Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA - Hotarek to continue pairs, Berton's plans unknown
  • Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir USA - both to continue pairs
  • Vasilisa Davankova/Andrei Deputat RUS - Deputat to continue pairs
  • Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff USA - Donlan to continue pairs, Speroff to skate professionally
  • Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert RUS - Gerbold to continue pairs
  • Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers CAN - Lawrence to continue pairs, Swiegers' plans unknown
  • DeeDee Leng/Timothy LeDuc USA
  • Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch CAN - both to continue pairs
  • Daria Popova/Bruno Massot FRA - both to continue pairs
  • Natasha Purich/Mervin Tran CAN

New Dance Partnerships

  • Elena Ilinykh/Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS
  • Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov RUS - coached by Marina Zoueva

Dance Splits

  • Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov RUS - both to skate with new partners
  • Kharis Ralph/Asher Hill CAN - Hill to continue dance
  • Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin RUS - both to skate with new partners

Coaching Changes

  • Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton USA - from Anjelika Krylova/Pasquale Camerlengo to Marina Zoueva/Massimo Scali
  • Florent Amodio FRA - from Nikolai Morozov to Bernard Glesser
  • Michal Brezina CZE - from Viktor Petrenko to Karel Fajfr
  • Valentina Marchei ITA - from Yuka Sato/Jason Dungjen to France Bianconi
  • Kiira Korpi FIN - Rafael Arutyunyan (happened last year, but Korpi returns to competition this year after surgery so I thought I'd rehash the news)

Country Changes

Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER (retired)
Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER (retired) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER (retired)

After two Olympic medals and eight World medals, including five titles, Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) are retiring as a pair. Savchenko will continue skating, recently partnering with Bruno Massot.

Mao Asada JPN (sitting out season)
Mao Asada JPN (sitting out season) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Mao Asada JPN (sitting out season)

After a disappointing sixth at the Olympics and a third World title, Mao Asada announced that she will sit out next season, with her future plans uncertain.

Alissa Czisny USA (retired)
Alissa Czisny USA (retired) Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Alissa Czisny USA (retired)

Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny (USA) will be pursuing skating "in a different direction" following a few injury-filled seasons.

Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch CAN (split)
Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch CAN (split) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch CAN (split)

Fifth at the Olympics, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) have called it quits after five years. Moore-Towers will skate with Michael Marinaro and Moscovitch will skate with Lubov Iliushechkina.

Meryl Davis/Charlie White USA (sitting out season)
Meryl Davis/Charlie White USA (sitting out season) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Meryl Davis/Charlie White USA (sitting out season)

Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) will sit out next season, following a whirlwind post-Olympic off-season that included Dancing With The Stars, where Davis took the Mirrorball Trophy.

Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA (retired)
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA (retired) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA (retired)

Fourth at the Olympics and a second bronze at the World Championships, French ice dance stalwarts Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat called it a career.

Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA (split)
Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA (split) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA (split)

Italian champions Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek announced their split following the Olympic season. Hotarek will be skating pairs with Valentina Marchei, who will be skating both singles and pairs this season.

Kiira Korpi FIN (return to competition)
Kiira Korpi FIN (return to competition) Julian Finney/Getty Images

Kiira Korpi FIN (return to competition)

After injuries derailed her Olympic season (and lots of other seasons as well), Kiira Korpi will be returning to competition this season.             

Yuna Kim KOR (retired)
Yuna Kim KOR (retired) Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Yuna Kim KOR (retired)

As many expected, 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim retired immediately after her silver-medal performance at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.          

Jeremy Abbott USA (not so fast)
Jeremy Abbott USA (not so fast) Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Jeremy Abbott USA (not so fast)

Many thought that Jeremy Abbott would retire after a brilliant free skate at the World Championships, where he finished fifth. But the four-time U.S. champion will continue on this season.

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