Keeping busy!

Keeping busy!

Since graduating in December with my bachelor’s degree in business and competing at the U.S. Championships in Detroit in January, I have been keeping busy. Want to know what I have been up to? Check out this interview I did with Claire Cloutier, of Divine Sport and contributing writer at Figure Skaters Online.

The eight verbs of my 2017-2018 season

The eight verbs of my 2017-2018 season

I haven’t written a journal in a long time due to my busy schedule. Instead of reflecting on my performances at the U.S. Championships (which I feel were not as strong as they could have been), I wanted to share with you a list of the craziness that was going on in my life throughout this season. Here goes nothing…

1. Studying – I took 16 credits during fall semester. Workload was manageable, but definitely took a toll on my sleep schedule.

2. Recruiting – Interviewing for internships this upcoming summer was a lot. From June until October, I was e-mailing, calling, and grabbing coffee with numerous professionals in the finance world. It paid off because I will be interning at Lazard Middle Market this summer (No, this doesn’t mean my skating career is over).

3. Training – No explanation needed here.

4. Traveling – I always feel so fortunate that something I love so much enables me to see the world. This fall it was Germany, Croatia, and even my first-ever trip to NYC.

5. Grieving – My grandmother passed away at age 95. This special lady was prevalent in my life from day one and she is missed dearly. While very sad, she is in a much better place.

6. Celebrating – My sister had a baby! Mason Robert Zinken came into this world right after Camilla left. Uncle Alex couldn’t be more proud of his sister and her husband.

7. Medaling – After 4 years of struggles to get on an international podium, I finally got my game together and came 2nd at Nebelhorn Trophy.

8. Laughing, crying, and everything in between – This season was one of my best yet. I overcame a lot of demons that were holding me back, but it definitely wasn’t 100% glam.

All things aside, I’m thrilled with everything I accomplished both on and off the ice. I may not be representing our country at the Olympics, but I have never been prouder to be a part of U.S. Figure Skating’s incredibly talented group of athletes. Onwards and upwards.

Here’s to a great 2018!


(Photo by Robin Ritoss, taken at Nebelhorn Trophy)

Spring ahead

Spring ahead

It’s Friday night (April 14) after a long week and while I should be studying for upcoming finals, I’m instead going to update you all on my life.

This spring has been my craziest ever. Once Nationals wrapped up, I dove right back into school. I, for some reason, decided to sign up for 18 credits this semester and boy, has it been wild. Apart from my finance courses and a couple general business classes, I also decided to take Italian. While I don’t know if I’ll ever use the language, it’s been a blast.

On top of the normal training I do and my heavy course load, I’ve also been teaching quite a bit and guest skating in club shows. I love performing so to have the opportunity to perform in eight different shows this spring has been amazing (I still have three of the eight left). As far as programs for next season go, Tom Dickson came in and worked with me for five days on two new pieces. I will be debuting my new short at a local competition here in May and the long a bit later in June.

As well, one of my best friends (also a former skater – Molly Oberstar) is getting married in June so this past weekend we took a trip to Chicago to celebrate her and her fiancé Ben. It was a perfect weekend and a nice break from all the work I’ve been putting into both skating and school.

Anyways, just a few updates for now. Hope this post finds you happy and healthy! Have a great week!


My crazy busy life

My crazy busy life

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve last updated you in regards to my life, but my schedule hasn’t allowed much room for it. Anyways, life has been crazy busy and I’m loving it. I am taking 16 credits this semester and my classes include corporate finance, marketing, business strategy, supply chain operations, corporate responsibility and ethics, and a career skills class. I love the environment at the university and being here during the election was also quite exciting as the student population tends to stand strong for their beliefs.

Skating has been going well. Slovakia wasn’t perfect for me nor did I attain the results I wanted, but it was a step in the right direction. The combo in the short was a silly mistake and putting the quad out in the long was something that I needed to do to truly evaluate where it stands under pressure. We’ve made a few technical adjustments since then and continue to work on the quad technique. I also got a new long program, choreographed by Sebastien Britten to “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. I will be debuting it at Sectionals. One other major change that I have made is that Page Lipe will now be my head coach. Tom has been an incredible coach and mentor, but logistically it makes more sense to have Page oversee all my training as she works with me on a daily basis. Tom and his wife Catarina will both remain involved with my career, but on a more as needed basis/consultant role. They’ve truly shaped who I am as a person and a skater and will remain a vital part of my team.

That’s it for now!

A new chapter

A new chapter

June 13, 2016

Hey everyone,

As some of you already know, I have made a major change this past week. As of June 6, I am currently a Minneapolis resident. The past six years, I spent in Colorado Springs were incredible and I learned so much about myself. However, I have decided that I wanted to finish my undergraduate studies and I could no longer do that online. I will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and studying finance at the Carlson School of Management. That being said, many people have wondered about my skating career and I am happy to say that it is definitely going to continue. I will be working with Page Lipe, here in Minneapolis, and traveling to Colorado to work with Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren, and Erik Schulz on a regular basis. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing support system behind me and look forward to starting this new chapter in my life.

I’ll keep you all updated throughout the summer, but for now I need to get ready for classes, which started today.

Thanks for the continued support and for following my career!


P.S. My new programs, choreographed by Tom Dickson, are:

Short – Intro by B-Tribe and Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings
Long – La Strada by Niño Rota