Off-season news 2018: Retirements, coaching changes, music selections, and more!

New partnerships

  • Justine Brasseur/Mark Bardei CAN
  • Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson USA (Instagram)
  • Nika Osipova/Martin Bidar CZE

Splits

  • Angelique Abachkina/Louis Thauron FRA - Abachkina wants to continue skating, Thauron unknown (Instagram)
  • Lorenza Alessandrini/Pierre Souquet FRA - Alessandrini retired, Souquet unknown (Instagram)
  • Kristina Astakhova/Alexei Rogonov RUS - Astakhova retired, Rogonov unknown
  • Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu USA
  • Anna Duskova/Martin Bidar CZE - both to continue skating (Instagram)
  • Caitlin Fields/Ernie Utah Stevens USA
  • Elena Ilinykh/Anton Shibnev RUS (December 2017)
  • Lubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch CAN - Moscovitch retired, Ilyushechkina to join Cirque du Soleil (Twitter)
  • Kyueun Kim/Alex Kang Chan Kam KOR
  • Chelsea Liu/Brian Johnson USA
  • Kavita Lorenz/Joti Polizoakis GER - Lorenz retired, Polizoakis wants to continue skating (Instagram)
  • Yura Min/Alexander Gamelin KOR (Instagram)
  • Elliana Pogrebinsky/Alex Benoit USA - Benoit retired, Pogrebinsky wants to continue skating (Instagram)
  • Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau CAN
  • Sumire Suto/Francis Boudreau-Audet JPN - Suto unknown, Boudreau-Audet wants to continue skating (Instagram)
  • Narumi Takahashi/Ryo Shibata JPN - Takahashi retired, Shibata unknown (Kyodo)
  • Isabella Tobias/Ilia Tkachenko ISR - Tobias retired, Tkachenko unknown (January 2018)

Retirements

  • Max Aaron USA (April 2018)
  • Alisa Agafonova/Alper Ucar TUR (March 2018)
  • Lorenza Alessandrini ITA (see Splits)
  • Kristina Astakhova RUS (see Splits)
  • Elladj Balde CAN (January 2018)
  • Alex Benoit USA (see Splits)
  • Patrick Chan CAN (April 2018)
  • Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN (February 2018) (Official statement April 2018)
  • Liam Firus CAN (May 2018)
  • Misha Ge UZB (March 2018)
  • Anne Line Gjersem NOR (June 2018)
  • Joshi Helgesson SWE (November 2017)
  • Haruka Imai JPN (March 2018)
  • Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (September 2017)
  • Zijun Li CHN (February 2018)
  • Peter Liebers GER (January 2018)
  • Julia Lipnitskaia RUS (August 2017)
  • Kavita Lorenz GER (see Splits)
  • Dylan Moscovitch CAN (see Splits) 
  • Takahito Mura JPN (March 2018)
  • Daisuke Murakami JPN (June 2018)
  • Lucie Mysliveckova/Lukas Csolley SVK (April 2018)
  • Isabelle Olsson SWE (January 2018)
  • Celia Robledo/Luis Fenero ESP (March 2018)
  • Isabella Tobias ISR (see Splits)

Coaching changes

  • Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya/Harley Windsor AUS from Nina Mozer to Richard Gauthier
  • Jason Brown USA from Kori Ade to Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson (USFS)
  • Madison Chock/Evan Bates USA to Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon (USFS)
  • Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier USA to Silvia Fontana, John Zimmerman, John Barrett
  • Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker USA to Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon
  • Marin Honda JPN to Rafael Arutyunyan
  • Taichi Honda JPN to Rafael Arutyunyan
  • Boyang Jin CHN to Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson
  • Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto JPN to Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer
  • Alex Krasnozhon USA adds Olga Letov and Alexei Letov to coaching team (Instagram)
  • Eunsoo Lim KOR to Rafael Arutyunyan
  • Evgenia Medvedeva RUS from Eteri Tutberidze (sports.ru) to Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson (sports.ru)
  • Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim USA from Dalilah Sappenfield to Aljona Savchenko and her coaching team (USFS)
  • Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov RUS from Nina Mozer to Maxim Trankov
  • Andrew Torgashev USA to Christy Krall
  • Polina Tsurskaya RUS from Eteri Tutberidze to Elena Buianova
  • Elizabet Tursynbaeva KAZ from Brian Orser to Eteri Tutberidze (prosports.kz)
  • Han Yan CHN to Qing Pang and Jian Tong

Other news

  • Japan Open announcements: Team Europe (Javier Fernandez, Carolina Kostner, Deniss Vasiljevs, Alina Zagitova); Team Japan (Satoko Miyahara, Nobunari Oda, Kaori Sakamoto, Shoma Uno); Team North America (Jeremy Abbott, Nathan Chen, Gabrielle Daleman, Bradie Tennell)
  • Javier Fernandez ESP - taking the Grand Prix series off
  • Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen CAN - released by Denmark to compete for Canada (Instagram)
  • Mirai Nagasu USA - taking the Grand Prix series off (NBC Sports)
  • Kaetlyn Osmond CAN - taking the Grand Prix series off (Twitter)
  • Anna Pogorilaya RUS - got married to Andrey Nevskiy
  • Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot GER - taking next season off (ln-online.de)
  • Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani USA - taking next season off (USFS)
  • Denis Ten KAZ killed in an attempted robbery
  • Ashley Wagner USA taking the Grand Prix series off (Instagram)
  • Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje CAN - taking the Grand Prix series off (Skate Canada)

Music and programs

  • Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya/Harley Windsor AUS - SP: Never Tear Us Apart (choreo Julie Marcotte); FS: Scent of a Woman (choreo Massimo Scali)
  • Dmitri Aliev RUS - SP: Clouds, The mind on the (Re)Wind (choreo Ilya Averbukh)
  • Starr Andrews USA - SP: Summertime
  • Jason Brown USA - SP: Love is a Bitch (choreo Rohene Ward)
  • Ashley Cain/Timothy LeDuc USA - SP: Belle Belle (choreo Pasquale Camerlengo); FS: W.E. (choreo Pasquale Camerlengo)
  • Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson USA - SP (choreo Rohene Ward)
  • Nathan Chen USA - SP: (choreo Shae-Lynn Bourne); FS: (choreo Marie-France Dubreuil and Sam Chouinard?) 
  • Ting Cui USA - SP: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini; FS: Giselle
  • Gabrielle Daleman CAN - SP: Carmen?
  • Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise ITA - SP: Never Tear Us Apart (choreo John Kerr); FS: Tristan and Iseult (choreo John Kerr)
  • Timothy Dolensky USA - SP: Spark by Amber Run; FS: Faux
  • Amber Glenn USA - SP: Gravity (choreo Daniil Barantsev); FS: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (choreo Daniil Barantsev)
  • Wakaba Higuchi JPN - SP: Energia (choreo Benoit Richaud); FS (choreo Yuka Sato?)
  • Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA - SP (choreo Guillaume Cizeron); FS (choreo Charlie White)
  • Tara Kayne/Danny O'Shea USA - SP: That's It (I'm Crazy) (choreo Shae-Lynn Bourne, Shae Zukiwsky); FS: Swan Lake (choreo Shae-Lynn Bourne, Shae Zukiwsky)
  • Rika Kihira JPN - SP: Clair de Lune; FS: Mercy in Darkness, Two Steps From Hell
  • Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto JPN - FD: Love Story
  • Stanislava Konstantinova RUS - FS: Anna Karenina
  • Alena Kostornaia RUS - SP: Leftovers (choreo Daniil Gleikhengauz); FS: Romeo and Juliet (Daniil Gleikhengauz
  • Alex Krasnozhon USA - SP: Dancing on My Own (choreo Scott Brown); FS: Piano Concerto in A minor (choreo Marina Zueva)
  • Mai Mihara JPN - SP: It's Magic
  • Satoko Miyahara JPN - FS: Astor Piazzola medley
  • Camden Pulkinen USA - SP: Oblivion (choreo Stephane Lambiel); FS: West Side Story (choreo Tom Dickson)
  • Kaori Sakamoto JPN - FS: The Piano
  • Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau - SP: Groove Is In The Heart; FS: Wicked Game
  • Maria Sotskova RUS - SP: Santana (choreo Peter Tchernyschev); FS: Summertime (choreo Peter Tchernyschev)
  • Deanna Stellato/Nathan Bartholomay USA - SP (choreo Anjelika Krylova), FS (choreo Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon)
  • Daisuke Takahashi JPN - SP (choreo David Wilson); FS (choreo Benoit Richaud)
  • Kazuki Tomono JPN - SP: Cinema Paradiso (choreo Misha Ge)
  • Alexandra Trusova RUS - SP: Kill Bill; FS: The Fifth Element
  • Shoma Uno JPN - SP: Stairway to Heaven (choreo Mihoko Higuchi); FS: Moonlight Sonata
  • Xuehan Wang/Lei Wang CHN - SP: I Put A Spell On You (choreo Misha Ge, Elena Ilinykh); FS (choreo Misha Ge, Elena Ilinykh)
  • Alina Zagitova RUS - SP: Phantom of the Opera (choreo Daniil Gleikhengauz); FS: Carmen (choreo Daniil Gleikhengauz)
  • Vincent Zhou USA - SP (choreo Jeff Buttle); FS (choreo Jeff Buttle) 
  • Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer AUT - SP (choreo Mark Pillay); FS (choreo Mark Pillay)
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