Pairs Skaters Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash Announce Retirement

Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash
Photo by Paul Harvath

(4/5/06) - 2005 U.S. pairs champions Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash announced today their retirement from competitive skating.

“We both have had some of the best years of our lives skating together, and we are very happy with the accomplishments we made in the past,” Orscher said. “It has come to a point in time when I should move on to another part of my life, and I'll definitely remember everyone who has made an impact in our skating and our lives. I'm very grateful to Garrett for introducing me to pairs skating, which has made me so strong physically and mentally, and for making wonderful memories that I will never forget.”

Orscher plans on attending culinary school in the fall to obtain her bachelor's degree. She hopes to eventually start a business as a personal chef. She also plans to give back to the skating community through coaching. Lucash hopes to one day establish a pairs training center to further the discipline of pairs skating in the United States. He plans to return to school to study health and nutrition, and to apply those subjects to becoming the complete pairs coach and trainer.

“We thank U.S. Figure Skating for allowing us the opportunity to represent the U.S. internationally and everyone who has contributed and supported our skating,” Lucash said. “We are thankful of our coach, Vadim Naumov, and choreographer, Elena Petrenko, for their time and efforts. We would also like to thank John Zieky and the International Skating Center of Connecticut, whose support and wonderful facilities made it possible for us to go this far in our career.”

The three-time U.S. World Team members joined up in 2001. Lucash had skated with two previous partners, but Orscher was new to pairs. Their success came early with a fifth-place finish at the 2002 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, followed by second in 2003 and 2004, and finally, the top spot in 2005. Their 2005-06 season was trying, as Orscher suffered an ankle injury that postponed early-season training. They placed sixth at the Cup of China, third at the U.S. Championships and fifth at the Four Continents Championships.

As four-time U.S. National Team members, Orscher and Lucash will be remembered for their impact on pairs skating in the United States. Their highest placements include winning the bronze medal at the 2005 Four Continents Championships and a 12th-place finish at the 2005 World Championships.