Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zhang, Toth end professional relationship

Felicia Zhang and Taylor Toth, the 2010 U.S. junior pairs champions, announced Thursday they have ended their two-year partnership.

"We want to thank our coaches and the staff at U.S. Figure Skating for the abiding support and dedication," Toth said.

After competing at two events in the 2009 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Zhang and Toth captured the junior title at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. They wrapped up the 2009-10 season at the 2010 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where they finished 10th.

This season saw Zhang and Toth finish seventh at the Nebelhorn Trophy, seventh at Skate America and fifth at Trophée Eric Bompard. The team withdrew from the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, when Zhang, suffering from bruised ribs, was unable to perform many of the required elements for pairs.

Both athletes intend to continue skating pairs and are looking for new partners.

"I plan to pursue my passion as a pairs skater and begin, with much verve, on a search for a partner to compete next season," Toth said.

Zhang also plans to continue her singles career. She has competed at the U.S. Championships in singles three of the last four years, winning the novice bronze medal in 2008 and placing sixth as a junior in 2010.

"I would like to thank Taylor for the experience-filled two seasons we had together and wish him the best of luck in the future," Zhang said.

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