In the OMG files for today, U.S. pairs champs Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin have split, according to the media outlets. After an incredibly successful season that saw the pair win their first national title and earn the best world championships placement of a U.S. pair in a non-Olympic year since 1997 (sixth place).
"Emotionally, this has been a roller-coaster year for us," Coughlin said.
Coughlin's mother, Stacy, died of a chronic respiratory illness in February 2010, and her death was the inspiration for Yankowskas and Coughlin's emotional and evocative Ave Maria free skate. They dedicated this season to Coughlin's mother, finishing third at Cup of China before winning their first U.S. title.
No reason was given for the split, which was announced by U.S. Figure Skating. Yankowskas said she plans to continue skating and will look for a new partner. Coughlin is evaluating his options, but hopes to stay involved in skating.