Another month, another round of didn't-see-that-coming breakups?
Apparently so, as word broke today that reigning Canadian ice dance champs Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier have announced the end of their decade-long partnership (according to this Globe and Mail story and several others).
The main reason this came as a surprise to me was their ages. With Crone only 20 years old and Poirier even younger (at age 19), their future in a discipline where teams have been known to compete into their 30s seemed bright. And with the notable exception of Worlds, when C/P finished a (presumably) disappointing 10th while Canadian teammates Virtue/Moir and Weaver/Poje finished 2nd and 5th, respectively... their respect and success as ice dancers seemed to continue on the upswing this past year.
Crone is said to be "following a different path" now (aka no longer competing), while Poirier will try to find a new partner. But doing so after reaching the heights with someone whom you've literally grown up alongside? I can't say I envy him.