However, Phil Hersh has reported via twitter that he is currently going through tryouts with the "retired" Amanda Evora. In the spring, Evora announced her retirement from competitive skating, while her former partner Mark Ladwig went on to team up with Lindsey Davis in what we all know will end up in a series of 6th place finishes at U.S. Nationals.
But, desperate times call for desperate measures. Rockne has less than 10 freakin days to sign up for the 2013 qualifying season. Rumors were flying around that Bebe Liang was going through tryouts (again, via twitter...tweeting is like the new marijuana), but realistically that would work about as well as Sasha Cohen's coaching change to Robin Wagner.
|Who knew I would get a rack like that?!|
Anyway, back on topic. Out of all the possible girls that could work as a partner for Rockne, it seems that if Rockne can twist enough of Evora's arm (and possibly a few more benefits), she will come "out of" retirement and continue Rockne's dream of going to the Olympics (I can feel the schmaltzy fluff pieces already). Now Evora has been there and done that, but hey, maybe she sees the possibility of skating with Rockne a little more exciting than skating with a papa bear. I mean balding men in spandex isn't exactly fun to watch, so I can't imagine being lifted by one.
|I need more butt cheek to hold onto...NEXT!|
Another dimension to the competition would be the fact that Ladwig and Evora would be competing with different partners after Evora made a big scene about retiring. We all cried that such a positive, hard-working team was going to stop finishing 3rd at Nationals each and every year. Continuing to compete would be very Brett Favre of her. A.J. mentioned that he is sad that Rockne's shot at the Olympics would have to be with Evora after two much more promising skaters dumped him.
But alas, things change. The stock market goes down, Israel may be demolished by Iran, and Rockne Brubaker needs another pairs partner. These are typical life occurrences.