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

New partnerships

  • Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson USA (Instagram)

Splits

  • Angelique Abachkina/Louis Thauron FRA - Abachkina wants to continue skating, Thauron unknown (Instagram)
  • Lorenza Alessandrini/Pierre Souquet FRA - Alessandrini retired, Souquet unknown (Instagram)
  • Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu USA
  • Caitlin Fields/Ernie Utah Stevens USA
  • Lubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch CAN - Moscovitch retired, Ilyushechkina wants to continue skating
  • Chelsea Liu/Brian Johnson USA
  • Elliana Pogrebinsky/Alex Benoit USA - Benoit retired, Pogrebinsky wants to continue skating (Instagram)
  • 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

  • Alisa Agafonova/Alper Ucar TUR (March 2018)
  • Lorenza Alessandrini ITA (see Splits)
  • Elladj Balde CAN (January 2018)
  • Alex Benoit USA (see Splits)
  • Patrick Chan CAN (April 2018)
  • Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN (February 2018)
  • Misha Ge UZB (March 2018)
  • Joshi Helgesson SWE (November 2017)
  • Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (September 2017)
  • Zijun Li CHN (February 2018)
  • Peter Liebers GER (January 2018)
  • Julia Lipnitskaia RUS (August 2017)
  • Alexander Majorov SWE (announced March 2018, with final competition to go in April)
  • Dylan Moscovitch CAN (see Splits) 
  • Takahito Mura JPN (March 2018)
  • Isabelle Olsson SWE (January 2018)
  • Celia Robledo/Luis Fenero ESP (March 2018)
  • Isabella Tobias ISR (see Splits)

Coaching changes

  • Marin Honda JPN to Rafael Arutyunyan
  • Taichi Honda JPN to Rafael Arutyunyan
  • Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto JPN to Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer

Other news

  • Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen CAN - released by Denmark to compete for Canada (Instagram)
  • Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani USA - taking next season off (USFS)
  • Ashley Wagner USA taking the rest of this season (?) or next season (?) off (Instagram)

Music and programs

  • Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson USA - SP (choreo Rohene Ward)
  • Wakaba Higuchi JPN - SP or FS (choreo Benoit Richaud)
  • Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto JPN - FD: Love Story
  • Deanna Stellato/Nathan Bartholomay USA - SP (choreo Anjelika Krylova)
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