Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer End Partnership(12/2/13) - Pairs skaters Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer, 2013 U.S. junior pairs champions, announced they have ended their partnership. Both Simpson and Blackmer have expressed interest in finding new partners.
Simpson and Blackmer, who trained in Colorado Springs Colo., under coach Dalilah Sappenfield, began their partnership in February of 2011. In their time skating together, they earned three medals on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit, including a bronze medal at the 2011 JGP Final, a U.S. junior silver medal in 2012 and are the reigning U.S. junior champions.
Simpson and Blackmer released the following statement on their partnership:
"After much thought and discussion, we have mutually agreed to end our skating partnership. We are very proud of our many accomplishments and only wish each other the best in future endeavors. We appreciate the support and commitment from the U.S. Figure Skating staff and thank them for the opportunity to represent Team USA. Thank you to our coaches, families, fans and the many people related to the skating community whose support has contributed to our success. We will each seek different partners and continue to pursue pair skating to its fullest."