Icenetwork has an update on national pairs champ Caitlin Yankowskas. Yankowskas and John Coughlin ended their partnership earlier this season. Yankowskas has moved from Colorado Springs to train at Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton Michigan. It may sound familiar - it's the training home for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and the Shibutanis. The top ice dancers in the world.
"I just thought it was ice dance [there] and that's definitely not my forté!" she said, laughing. "But Johnny Johns and Adrienne Lenda called and I thought, why not? I got into the parking lot, and my gut feeling was that this was something special. I worked with them, and I loved every minute of it. They wanted me there, they supported me, they were phenomenally gifted with technique, and on top of that I'm skating with all these elite ice dancers who make skating look the way it should. It was everything I wanted at one rink. I told my parents, 'I think I've found the coaches that I want to work with.' It was kind of like love at first sight. I'm thrilled to be training here and I can't wait until I find a partner."
Yankowskas confirms in the article what many already knew but was not announced publicly - that it was Coughlin who broke up the partnership. Yankowskas has not found a new partner yet but she has a tryout coming up. Hopefully she can find someone soon.