June/July 2007

'The talk'

Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski had a major decision to make at the end of the 2005-06 season. They had been skating together for four seasons, and although they had enjoyed modest success, they weren't convinced they could move up the rankings unless they did something drastic.

"We sat down and said to each other, 'This is it,'" Castile recalled. "We said, 'Let's do everything we can to make it work this season. And if it doesn't work, then that's it.'"

They would either skate away from the sport they love and the partnership they enjoy but not be in debt, or they would buckle down, tighten up their laces and, perhaps, earn a spot on the medal podium at the State Farm U.S. Championships. But they'd have to somehow find a way to keep a steady bank account balance.

A year later, with a U.S. pairs title to their credit, it's abundantly clear the choice they made may not have been the easiest one but it was the right one.

Read all about 2007 U.S. pairs champions Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski in the June/July issue of SKATING.

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Classy reunion
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Hoosiers score
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