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Bereswill, Reagan form pairs partnership Becky Bereswill and Joshua Reagan have announced

their intention to compete as a U.S. pairs team this season. Bereswill is the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion while Reagan is the 2011 U.S. junior pairs champion with former partner Ashley Cain. “We plan to be ready early summer with our programs,”

Bereswill said. “Our coaches are planning on doing the pairs camp in June and then we’re definitely competing at Skate De- troit.”

Bereswill placed 10th in the senior pairs event at the

2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with Trevor Young. Reagan most recently teamed up with Caitlin Yankowskas,

who won the 2011 U.S. pairs title with then-partner John Coughlin; however, their season was cut short due to injury. “I fractured my ribs; it’s fine now,” Reagan said. “That

was another one of the reasons [Caitlin and I] both thought we should go our separate ways. For some reason we kept getting injured.” The pair has been training at the Detroit Skating Club

under coaches Jason Dungjen, Yuka Sato and Sergey Petro- vskiy.

“U.S. pairs are definitely building,” Bereswill said.

“There are a lot of talented pairs coming up from the juniors. It’s exciting.”

Harry Radix, the man behind the beloved Radix pins, was one of figure skating’s most ardent supporters. He loved the sport and sup- ported its athletes for several decades. Prior to the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Radix sent a customized Olympic holiday card to the mother of future Olympic champions Hayes and David Jenkins. Hayes’ wife, Carol Heiss Jenkins, who won the silver medal at those Games and the Olympic gold medal in 1960, recently came across the unique card and shared it with SKATING magazine.

Olympic hopefuls take part in NBC promotional shoot More than 100 hopefuls for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games de-

scended on Los Angeles for the NBC/USOC promotional shoot April 23– 27. The event has become a pre-Olympic staple since the first promo shoot was held prior to the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Fourteen figure skaters participated in photo and video

shoots and interviews held throughout the week at a studio in West Hollywood. In addition to NBC Olympics, athletes in- teracted with E! News, NBC Nightly News,, Get- ty Images, TODAY and other media outlets. The long days, often stretching to 10 hours of smiling,

talking, posing and storytelling, were well worth it for the hopefuls who participated. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, attended the shoot for the first time. Denney was a 2010 Olympian with former partner Jeremy Barrett. “Being part of the promo shoot was an incred-

ible experience,” Coughlin said. “The dream of mak- ing it to Sochi stands alone in the mind of an athlete, but being surrounded by other Olympic hopefuls made it all seem that much more real.” Several members of Team USA made their second trip

to West Hollywood, including Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Ab- bott, Evan Lysacek and Meryl Davis and Charlie White. In ad-


dition to Denney and Coughlin, first-time attendees were Christina Gao, Gracie Gold, Agnes Zawadzki, Max Aaron, Ross Miner, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Material gathered at the shoot will be used throughout the lead-

up to and during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which are set for Feb. 6–23, in Sochi, Russia.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White take part in the Olympic promotional photo shoot in West Hollywood, Calif.


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