Going for the Gold: Pairs Skating

John Coughlin and Caydee Denney were the 2012 US National Pairs Champions. They didn't get a chance to repeat, because John Suffered an injury. He had a labrum tear in his hip, but debated whether or not to have surgery. His partner helped him decide.

"I was very concerned for John's overall health and well-being. I just wanted him to get better, and I knew that that was the time to do it, because I knew n the end that our ultimate goal was the Olympics," said Denney.

"That's when I learned a lot about Caydee, because Caydee was not concerned about herself or anything related to her, her words were, "you want to be able to walk properly when you get older, and to have someone so selfless like that, it was humbling to know the kind of person she was when the chips were down, it inspired me to want to get better.than before," said Coughlin.

He had the surgery on Dec. 4, 2012, and it took him 6 months to finally feel 100%. And now they feel like they can compete for a medal, in both pairs, and in the new team category.

"To be able to have another opportunity to walk home with another medal, with your team, I mean, that's awesome," Denney exclaimed.

"And we're pairs skaters, there's a reason we're not singles skaters, we like being out on the ice with somebody, so if we can share this with somebody, we're all about it," Coughlin explained.

Denney comes from a skating background...roller skating! Her parents were both competitive roller skaters. Her sister won the 2013 Jr. World Championship in Paris with her pairs partner. Now Denney and Coughlin hope to medal in Sochi. Not just for themselves, but for all their friends and family who helped them on their Olympic journey.

"All the sacrifices our families made, and coaches, and everybody, there's an endless list, and I think that would be one of the sweetest things to call them and say, hey, we did it, and you had something to do with it," said Coughlin.

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