Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker have ended their partnership. In US Pairs Skater years, they are ending a union lasting a quarter century. At times, they had even come close to achieving unison on their side-by-side spins.
Keauna will take a year off from competitive skating to focus on school and other interests. We can only hope that she doesn't have test anxiety similar to the inner hell she experiences during competition.
Rockne will begin his search for a new partner. After such a dismal Nationals and Four Continents, the question is why they didn't split sooner. The high profile splits took place moments after Worlds and the best partners have already been snatched.
Male pairs skaters in the US better be on their toes. Ideas are going to form in the minds of overzealous skating parents.