US Olympic pairs skaters Zhang, Bartholomay split

The Associated PressJuly 16, 2014 

Manatee County commissioners declared Tuesday Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay Day in a proclamation honoring the American ice skaters, who placed 12th in the pairs figure skating competition this month at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympians, who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, finished second in January's national competition in Boston. Bartholomay, left, and Zhang appeared before the commission to accept the award from Commissioner Larry Bustle at the County Administrative Center in Bradenton. "It's a real honor," Bartholomay said. LEFT: Audience members at the commission meeting applaud as the star skaters are honored. RIGHT: Zhang and Bartholomay perform their short program Feb. 11 at the Olympic Games in Sochi.

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— U.S. Olympic pairs skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay have ended their partnership.

The announcement Wednesday means both American teams that competed in Sochi have split. Two-time U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir said in May they were moving on.

Zhang and Bartholomay finished second behind Castelli and Shnapir at nationals in January, then placed 12th at the Olympics. The 25-year-old Bartholomay, from Pennsylvania, is interested in finding a new partner. The 20-year-old Zhang, from New Jersey, will attend the University of South Florida full time.

The two had competed together for three years. The United States has struggled in pairs recently as teams have failed to stay together.

Castelli and Shnapir were ninth in Sochi as the U.S. narrowly improved on its worst-ever Olympic showing in pairs four years earlier.

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