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Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 : 10:24 a.m.

University of Michigan student Caitlin Mallory skates for Estonia

By Staff

Caitlin Mallory is a 22-year-old University of Michigan student who grew up in California. She briefly considered abandoning her United States citizenship to compete on the Estonia Olympics team as a figure skater.

Mallory is one of several skaters featured a New York Times article that examines the International Skating Union rules that require just one member of a dance team to have a passport from the country they represent.

Mallory, who studies neuroscience at Michigan, partners with Kristjan Rand. From the Times article:

“It was a hard, really hard decision,” Mallory said of considering taking on citizenship in Estonia. “When it came down to the last month before I really had to make the decision, I consulted my parents and some lawyers to try to work out what it would mean logistically for me to be able to go to school in Michigan and be able to continue training in the U.S., and we just realized it was too much of a sacrifice for one competition.”



Jim Knight

Fri, Jan 29, 2010 : 10:21 a.m.

Eep: We made the fix.


Thu, Jan 28, 2010 : 5:33 p.m.

The article in the New York Times actually says the opposite of what has been reported here. Mallory considered giving up her United States citizenship in order to compete for Estonia, but then decided not to. She is still a US citizen, and will NOT be competing for Estonia in the Olympics. Per the NYT article, "But because of Estonias laws against dual citizenship, Mallory would have had to renounce her U.S. citizenship to be eligible. She decided against it after talking with lawyers and thinking about her studies."


Thu, Jan 28, 2010 : 4:28 p.m.

Why are we reporting on this skater? There are two Ann Arbor raised skaters, Emily Samnuelson and Evan Bates that have made the Olympic team and not a word. This site is as bad as the A2 news was. Report on local kids that made it not those looking for an easier way in.