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Evora retires, Ladwig looks to continue skating career
Pairs skaters Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, five-time U.S. medalists and 2010 Olympians, announced they have ended their 10-year partnership. Evora is retiring from competitive figure skating, while Ladwig plans to continue his figure skating career.
Evora and Ladwig, who trained in Ellenton, Fla., under coaches Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Alison Smith, formed their partnership in June 2002.
"Thank you to Amanda, my fellow Olympian, for partnering with me and for sharing in so many amazing experiences over the last decade," Ladwig said. "Thank you to our coaches, fans and U.S. Figure Skating for their constant support and belief in Amanda and me."
They competed at 10 consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships, dating back to 2003, and medaled at the last four. Their second-place finish in 2010 helped them qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where they placed 10th.
Evora and Ladwig represented the U.S. at two World Championships (2010, '11) and competed in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series for six seasons, winning bronze at 2010 Rostelecom Cup. Their most recent season included a pair of fourth-place finishes at their Grand Prix assignments at Trophée Eric Bompard and Cup of China, winning bronze at the 2012 U.S. Championships and finishing sixth at the 2012 Four Continents Championships.
Evora will focus on graduating this summer with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, as well as staying active in skating though coaching and other activities.
"I'd like to thank Mark for living our skating dreams together. With a steady rise, we enjoyed a decorated career. As Mark furthers his skating career, I am supportive of his endeavors," Evora said. "I'd like to thank our coaches for continual guidance and direction, U.S. Figure Skating for giving us the opportunity to represent Team USA for past 10 years and, last but not least, I'd like to thank God, my family, friends and the skating community for their overwhelming support. If not for them, my career would be meaningless."
- 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 comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 180,000 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.