Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Denney and Coughlin: The LP Debut
Denney and Coughlin are the readiest new pair the United States has ever seen. If you believe the official line, that this all came together serendipitously right after Worlds, it is astounding that they'd have time for tryouts, relocation, organizing with choreographers and getting their unison together. The USFSA is involved with helping skaters find partners. Given the number of splits this year, many skaters were in discussions to find available partners and single skaters who were pair-curious (like bi-curious, once it become clear they have no chance of ever getting a lutz.) The USFSA already sent out word that Denney was off the market prior to Worlds, as Delilah was quite involved with orchestrating this matching. There was even a clandestine tryout prior to Worlds under the guise of Caydee visiting her less talented younger sister in the Springs. We can't be sure if Delilah took a page from Moskvina's playback and gave this pair a bottle of wine and locked them in a bedroom, but we hear that that is 'allegedly' why they have a modicum of chemistry. They have grown out Caydee's hair and attempted to rid her of her trailer trash tendencies in order to make us forget that she's not Caitlin, but the sequel is just never as good as the original. The drama surrounding this split is already fading as Caitlin has found herself a hottie and the Canton drama took it up a notch.
Technically, this is a sound pair. There is not much to hate on. They do have that Rachael-Flatt-taste-in-your-mouth that we always have when watching Caydee. It is clear that the only thing really going for Yankowskas and Coughlin were Caitlin, the Marina Zoueva Ave Maria program and his touching story about his mother. Another year has passed, the tissues have dried, and now we realize that we just aren't that into Ginger Bear. Good for him for getting a girlfriend and a partner. How nice for them even to revisit Jenny and Todd's 'We're In Love' theme.
Denney and Coughlin will likely get an open Grand Prix assignment (which they are clearly gunning for.) As for the rest of us, I think it may be time for Team Caitlin T-Shirts.