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Lichtman, Copely end four-year dance partnership

American duo won 2011 U.S. junior crown, finished 10th in seniors at 2012 U.S. Championships

Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely skated to bronze at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely skated to bronze at the 2011 World Junior Championships. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(04/27/2012) - Ice dancers Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely announced they have ended their four-year partnership. The duo teamed up in August 2008 and became junior champions at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. They also took bronze at the 2011 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Both intend to find new partners.

"I hope that all of our fans had as much fun watching our programs as we had performing them," Copely said. "It wouldn't have been the same without the support from the audience. I wish Charlotte great success in all of her future endeavors."

Lichtman and Copely most recently competed at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships as seniors, finishing 10th. Last fall, the duo finished seventh at their first Grand Prix event, the Cup of China.

They competed on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit from 2009-10, earning gold at 2010 JPG Austria and bronze at 2010 JGP Germany. They qualified for the 2010 JGP Final, where they placed fifth. Lichtman and Copely trained in Canton, Mich., with coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband.

"I have really enjoyed my time skating with Dean, especially having the chance to perform such unique programs with him," Lichtman said. "I wish him the best in skating and in life. I want to thank everyone who's supported us, including my family, our coaches, the Arctic Edge Figure Skating Club and everyone who cheered us on."