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Mark Ladwig, 29, Evora’s skating partner since 2002, has been married for 3 1/2 years to a woman with an interior design degree who is working as a bartender at a Bradenton restaurant.

He and his wife, Janet, have a 4-month-old son, Holden.

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"Stay warm." Evora is the daughter of Filipinos who came to the United States in 1972. The pair also had to do some birth-related planning, knowing Ladwig would be occupied at home in the days after his son arrived in Sept. "We trained really hard in June, July and August, because September was an 'if' month," Ladwig said. They were a dispirited fifth in Spokane, missing an Olympic berth that had seemed guaranteed to them.

Her mother and father, a chemical engineer, were living in Bahrain as her birth approached. "Then we geared back up." For either team, making the top eight at the Olympics would be a triumph. Just ask Keauna Mc Laughlin and Rockne Brubaker, who have slid inexorably backward since winning their first of consecutive U. "The stage we’re at right now, we’re still growing as a team, but I know in the future we’d like to be one of the top teams out there,’’ Barrett said.

The primary obstacle to gold is expected to come from Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, who finished one place ahead of them last year and are ready to unveil a quad twist, which they reportedly have landed in practice this week."The other team is little heavier on the technical side by a couple of points.

It's going to be a little technical skating versus passion and heart.

"The first time I saw them [practice] together, all of us said, ' That’s a match,'" Ladwig said.

"They are a very compatible team." Native Floridians Denney and Barrett have been known as strong technically and weak artistically, not surprising given their lack of time together.

"Hopefully, we’re not just known as an [athletic] trick team anymore, and we can hold up internationally." Few would have picked Evora and Ladwig to wind up second in their eighth nationals together. Ladwig, a native North Dakotan, has been getting inspiration from the inscription "Light the Fire Within" on the participation medal he got as a volunteer at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he stood in the Olympic Square giving directions to people. He also has his volunteer uniform under the bed at home.

"Maybe it’s time to break it out so the wife can wear it when we go to Vancouver," Ladwig said.

"Yes, she’s the youngest, but she does bring a lot of energy to everything." Barrett feels strongly that it would not be a good idea to be romantically involved with a skating partner -- even though the great Chinese team of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo is married.

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