Breaking up is not hard to do in U.S. pairs

U.S. nationals recap

Updated: January 27, 2012, 2:51 AM ET
By Michelle Smith

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's like that old Phil Collins song goes: "Doesn't anybody stay together anymore?"

While the U.S. has emerged as an ice dance power, and U.S. men and women always hang around the upper echelons of the individual ranks, the lack of an elite pairs team on the world stage has been a sore spot in American figure skating.

Could the problem begin to be remedied this weekend here at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships?

The pairs short program ...

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