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Caydee Denney and John Coughlin announce figure skating partnership
"We're excited to start this new chapter in our careers. The partnership
felt right from the start, and we were immediately comfortable on the
ice together," Denney and Coughlin said. "While we are grateful for the
success we have enjoyed in the past, we look forward to the opportunity
that lies ahead."
The duo will train under coach Dalilah Sappenfield at the Broadmoor
Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I'm thankful that Caydee and John had a successful tryout, and that
this partnership came together," said Sappenfield, who coached Coughlin
in his most recent partnership with Caitlin Yankowskas. "These are two
great U.S. athletes, and I'm pleased they have chosen to continue their
careers together. I'm honored to help guide them toward their dreams."
Denney relocated to Colorado from her native Wesley Chapel, Fla., after
ending her three-year competitive career with Jeremy Barrett. Denney and
Barrett, who represented the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter
Games in Vancouver, earned three medals at the U.S. Figure Skating
Championships: silver in 2009, gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Coughlin ended his four-year on-ice partnership with Yankowskas earlier
this month. The pair won the 2011 U.S. title and captured one medal in
the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, a bronze at the 2010 Cup of
They concluded the 2010-11 season by placing fourth at the 2011 ISU Four
Continents Figure Skating Championships in February and finishing sixth
at the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in April.
"We realize we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we will lean on our
experience as pairs skaters," Coughlin said. "We have high standards and
will do whatever it takes to establish ourselves and set ourselves apart
as a strong team."
- About U.S. Figure Skating -
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of
figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States
Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure
Skating is made up of 743 member, collegiate and school-affiliated clubs
and more than 990 Basic Skills programs representing approximately
176,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of
the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes,
officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the
rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.