Canadian ice dancers Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno have decided to take a new direction in their skating careers. After seven years together they have hung up their competitive skates and will begin coaching at the Gloucester Skating Club in Ottawa.
“We would like to share all the knowledge and experiences we have gained in the seven years we have skated together with younger skaters and have decided to do this through coaching and volunteering,” Hann-McCurdy and Coreno said in a statement. “We feel this way we can help give back and thank those who made our journey possible”
Their seven year journey has been filled with many successes. They are the 2006 Canadian Junior Champions, 2008 senior bronze medalists and competitors at the 2008 World Championships. They finished their careers on a high note with the silver medal at the 2010 ISU Four Continents Championships. Allie and Michael were national team members and recently placed fifth at the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
“It is a sad day, because I believe Mike and Allie were at the stage of their skating career where they were both letting the creative side of their skating shine through,” said personal trainer Dylan Harries of Body Rock Fitness. “But on the other side it is a day of celebrating new beginnings.”
Allie has been accepted to Carleton University and will start school in the fall while Michael will continue his studies at Athabasca University online.
On a personal note, I wish Allie and Michael all the success in their future endeavors. They have been incredible rocks in my life and I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done. With their friendship and support I found my passion again for skating and built Skate Today into the site it has become today.
Photo by Brett Barden