OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada announced Tuesday Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro have ended their skating partnership. 19 year old Purdy of Strathroy, Ontario will attend university this fall and will enter the social science program at Western University. Marinaro, 22 of Sarnia will continue skating with a new partner yet to be announced.
Purdy & Marinaro have been skating together nationally since 2008. The pair were Canadian Junior Champions in 2010 and they were members of Canada's national team for the 2013-14 season. They won medals at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Circuit that included two gold's in 2012 which qualified them for the 2012 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. The highlight of their career was the silver world medal won at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championship in Milan Italy.
“The last eight years have been a wonderful and exciting partnership. I’m blessed to have had Margaret as a partner." Marinaro said "She is an extremely dedicated skating partner and an extremely close friend. I’m so glad we got to share that podium moment at junior worlds together. I know she will be very successful and wish her the best for the next chapter of her life.”
Marinaro a member of the Point Edward Skating Club came straight out of CanSkate right into figure skating, while Purdy began as a hockey player who switched to figure skating.