LAKE PLACID - In summer 2010, Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig entertained the crowd at a Saturday Night Ice Show in the historic 1932 arena. This summer, Ladwig returned to Lake Placid with a new partner, Lindsay Davis.
Last year, Evora and Ladwig skated their last season together. They competed at several competitions including the National Championships and the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in the 2011-2012 season.
"We competed at Nationals and Four Continents, but not Worlds," Ladwig said. "Comparatively, it was still a good season last year with Amanda you always want to go to a world championship but still it's such a select few, making any of them is amazing."
Photo by Christie Sausa
Mark Ladwig and Lindsay Davis
During their career, Evora and Ladwig were two-time World competitors, earned five US National medals, and a spot on the 2010 Olympic team.
In April 2012, Evora announced her retirement from competitive skating. She is still at her former training base of Ellenton, Fla., where she is helping Jim Peterson, one of her and Ladwig's coaches, in training his pair's teams.
Ladwig continued his figure skating career and started tryouts to find a new pairs partner. He found her in Lindsay Davis, who moved from California to Florida to skate with him.
"We've been skating together just a little over two months now, and it's going well," Ladwig said. "The tryout was good, it was very smooth I felt a natural cadence and unison (with Davis)."
Davis was originally a singles skater until she received a call approximately three years ago from her first partner, which precipitated her move to pairs skating.
"I pretty much decided I loved this side of the sport; it's very different from singles," Davis said. "So when Mark called earlier this year, it was a great opportunity,"
Ladwig has been skating pairs for much longer-approximately 20 years-and started practicing that discipline alongside singles skating.
"I started skating pairs in 1992," Ladwig said. "I was also a singles skater until 1999, at which point I dedicated myself solely to pairs."
Although the qualifying season hasn't officially started, David and Ladwig recently competed at the Indy Challenge competition in Indianapolis.
"All the elements we planned, and we executed them," Ladwig said. "Our goal was focusing on the elements."
Upcoming competitions include the US International Figure Skating Classic, the Pacific Sectional Championships and the NHK Trophy in Japan.
"Each competition, Mark and I both take it as it comes," Davis said. "Obviously we want to do pretty well at our Grand Prix this season, and hopefully be successful at Sectionals."
The Pacific Sectional Championships is perhaps one of the most important events, with qualifiers from that competition earning a trip to the 2013 National Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb. It seems that Davis and Ladwig are up for the challenge.
"We're always in the hunt, whatever happens," said Ladwig. "We're ready if they're ready."