Sunday, January 9, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 13 Days!

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker (DuPage FSC)

  • 2011 Nesquik Cup Champions

This pairing is interesting to say the least. Mary Beth Marley won silver in the novice ladies category last year at Nationals and her coaches suggested that she try pairs so she said she would only do that if she could partner with Rockne Brubaker. Around that time Brubaker was ending his partnership with Keauna McLaughlin so he happened to be available. The two had a tryout and hit it off. There is a nine-year age gap between these two which could make it difficult for them to connect on the ice, but only time will tell how that will all work out. The two just competed in their first senior international competition, the 2011 Nesquik Cup, where they won gold. Their scores are competitive with the top US pairs so if all goes as planned, they should finish around 5th at Nationals. But as we know, the pairs competition is a craps shoot and this new team could easily upset the field. Here you can see exactly how their scores match up against what other US pairs did on the Grand Prix circuit, courtesy of my good friend at

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