FIGURE SKATING: Former U.S. Ice Dancing Partners Kendra Goodwin and Chris Obzansky Back Together for 2005-2006 Season
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2005) – Kendra Goodwin and Chris Obzansky announced today the reforming of their ice dancing partnership to compete during the 2005-2006 season. The team skated together for three seasons from 2000-2003 and placed eighth at the 2003 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships – their first and only showing on the senior level. Just one and a half months later Obzansky departed for a two-year mission in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He arrived back in the United States in April 2005 – just five weeks ago.
“After arriving home I discovered that Kendra was looking for a new partner,” Obzansky said. “We both agreed that it would be worth trying out. Despite the fact that I took two years off, our tryout went as if I had never left. In Kendra's words, ‘We haven't missed a beat.’”
Goodwin and Obzansky’s career together includes two medals at the U.S. Championships on the junior level – a silver in 2001 and a bronze in 2002. They competed in the 2001 World Junior Championships and placed 15th. They were the 2000 Junior Grand Prix China champions and finished fifth at the 2000 Junior Grand Prix Mexico Cup. They later won the silver medal at the 2002 Golden Spin of Zagreb. The team trained under Jerry Santoferrara and Yovanny Durango in Newark, Del.
After Obzansky left for the Baltic States, Goodwin partnered up with Brent Bommentre. As a team the two placed fourth at the 2004 U.S. Championships and sixth at the 2005 U.S. Championships. On March 1, 2005, they announced the end of their partnership. Goodwin began looking for a new partner shortly after, and Obzansky called her two months later.
“I was really excited to hear from [Chris],” Goodwin said. “He came out within a week and we tried skating. It’s been going really well since we started; we’ve been getting better and stronger every day. I really missed the friendship and the connection we had on the ice.”
Goodwin and Obzansky have chosen to train in Monsey, N.Y., at the Sport-O-Rama ice complex with coach Inese Bucevica, a four-time Latvian ice dancing champion. Peter Tchernyshev, five-time U.S. ice dancing champion, will choreograph their original dance.
“Both of these coaches have had previous Olympic experiences,” Obzansky said. “We are confident that these coaches can produce an Olympic team.”
The duo will make their competitive debut at the Lake Placid Dance Championships, Aug. 2-6, 2005, in Lake Placid, N.Y. It is the first ice dancing competition of the 2005-2006 Olympic season.
“We have some pretty high goals for this season,” Obzansky said. “Of course there are a few Olympic dance spots open, and we’d like to have one of those. We’d also like to have a lot of fun. You can compete all year and, if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we’re going to enjoy it, and we’re going to go for an Olympic spot.”
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