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Purdy, Marinaro split after solid career together

World junior silver medalists part ways in search of new challenges
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Canadians Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro have ended their partnership. -Getty Images

Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro, the 2013 world junior pairssilver medalists, have ended their skating partnership. Purdy will attend university this fall, while Marinaro plans to continue skating and will be looking for a new partner.

Purdy and Marinaro have competed together nationally since 2008, and were Canadian junior champions in 2010. They won medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, including two golds in 2012. The pinnacle of their career was the silver they won at the 2013 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.

With Marinaro's decision to pursue skating with a new partner, Purdy has retired from competitive skating and will begin her studies at the University of Western Ontario in September. She will enter the social science program at Western University in September, and plans to pursue a career in business and law.

"I'm so proud of what we accomplished. I have so many amazing memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life, and I'm so glad that I was able experience them with Mike. It was a really hard decision to retire, but I knew it wouldn't be the same for me to skate with another partner," Purdy said.

Marinaro paid tribute to the friendship that was the hallmark of their partnership.

"The last eight years have been a wonderful and exciting partnership. I'm blessed to have had Margaret as a partner. She is an extremely dedicated skating partner and an extremely close friend," Marinaro said.

Marinaro came straight out of CanSkate right into figure skating, while Purdy began as a hockey player who switched to figure skating. The pair trained with coaches Scott Rachuk and Alison Purkiss at the London Competitive Skating Centre for their entire career.

"Our career wouldn't have been possible without the help of many people," Marinaro said. "I want to thank Scott and Alison and the whole London Competitive Skating Centre for everything. They have done nothing but support us over the last eight years."