Two-Time U.S. Medalists Marley and Brubaker End Partnership
(8/14/12) - Pairs skaters Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker, the reigning U.S. silver medalists, announced they have ended their two-season partnership. Marley is stepping away from competitive figure skating, while Brubaker plans to continue his figure skating career. The duo trained in Aliso Viejo, Calif., under coaches Jenni Meno and Todd Sand.
"I would like to wish Mary Beth all the best. I enjoyed our success together as well as the journey that got us here," Brubaker said. "My number one goal is to make the U.S. Olympic Team. At this time, I will continue to pursue my goal of qualifying for the 2014 Olympics and will be exploring all possible options. I would like to thank U.S. Figuring Skating, the U.S. Olympic Committee, my coaches and our fans for their continued support."
Marley and Brubaker earned a spot on the medal stand in their first trip to the U.S. Championships in 2011, garnering the pewter medal. They finished their first season with an eighth-place showing at the 2011 Four Continents Championships.
Their most recent season included a seventh-place showing at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America and a silver-medal finish at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. They won their first major international medal, the bronze, at the 2012 Four Continents Championships and placed 10th at the 2012 World Championships.
"Rockne and I have had an amazing journey together and achieved great success in a short time. I wish him the best," Marley said. "He has added so much to my development as a skater and a person. I will cherish our time together as a team."
The duo was slated to make two appearances this fall on the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series at Skate Canada and NHK Trophy before competing at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.
Marley has also skated singles at the national level, winning the novice silver medal at the 2009 U.S. Championships. Brubaker is a two-time U.S. pairs champion with former partner Keauna McLaughlin.