Alissa Czisny is a two-time U.S. champion who along with her twin sister Amber, started skating at age 1 1/2 when her mother started taking skating lessons. She currently trains at the Detroit Skating Club and is coached by Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen. _______________________________________________________________ Birthdate: June 25, 1987 Height: 5’4 Home Club: Detroit Skating Club Hometown: Bowling Green, Ohio Training town: Bloomfield Hills, MI DID YOU KNOW??? Alissa’s twin sister, Amber, is a former national and international competitor. In February 2010, Alissa ended her professional relationship with Julianne Berlin, her coach of 12 years. When Alissa and Amber were younger, Alissa’s mom, Debbie, drove them 980 miles per week for training at St. Claire Shores Figure Skating Club and then the Detroit Skating Club after they changed training locations. Alissa was a student at Bowling Green State University majoring in international studies, Russian and French and graduated summa cum laude in May 2009. Alissa has skated in various charity skating events for organizations including Hurricane Katrina relief fund, the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute (“An Evening With Champions” at Harvard University), breast cancer research foundation (“Skate for Hope”) and the Mary Louise Wright Foundation (Skating Club of Boston). Alissa is the first U.S. lady since Sasha Cohen (2002) to win the Grand Prix Final. Alissa was one of four up-and-coming figure skaters featured on the 2006 TLC series, Ice Diaries. Ice Diaries followed four skaters who were attempting to make the 2006 Olympic team. In 2011, Alissa made a brief appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler and Detroit that featured music by Eminem. Alissa’s favorite places she has travelled to for skating are Oberstdorf, Germany and...Read More
For over a decade, Alissa has been competing at the U.S. national championships as a senior lady, winning the gold in 2009 and 2011 and bronze in 2007. She is also a two-time U.S. Collegiate National Champion (2004 & 2008). The 2010-11 season was her strongest to-date and Alissa became the first U.S. lady since Sasha Cohen (2002) to win the Grand Prix final. 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 (Senior) Did not compete due to injury 2011-2012 (Senior) 22nd – World Championships 2nd – US National Championships 5th – Grand Prix Final 3rd – Trophee Eric Bompard 1st – Skate America 2010-2011 (Senior) 5th – World Championships 5th – Four Continents Championships 1st – US National Championships 1st – Grand Prix Final 3rd – Trophee Eric Bompard 1st – Skate Canada 2009-2010 (Senior) 10th – US National Championships 2nd – Skate Canada 4th – Rostelecom Cup 1st – Nebelhorn Trophy 2008-2009 (Senior) 11th – World Championships 9th – Four Continents Championships 1st – US National Championships 4th – Cup of Russia 3rd – Skate Canada 1st – Nebelhorn Trophy 2007-08 (Senior) 9th – US National Championships 6th – NHK Trophy 9th – Cup of China 2006-2007 (Senior) 15th – World Championships 5th – Four Continents Championships 3rd – US National Championships 9th – Cup of Russia 4th – Skate Canada 2005-2006 (Senior) 6th – World Junior Championships 7th – US National Championships 6th – Grand Prix Final 4th – Marshall’s Challenge 1st – Skate Canada 2nd – Skate America 5th – Campbell’s International FS Classic 2nd – Ondrej Nepela Memorial 1st – Skate Detroit 2004-2005 (Senior) 6th – World Junior Championships 7th – US National Championships 5th – Marshalls World Cup...Read More
Alissa is known for choosing music that will highlight her elegant skating style. Her free skate for the 2013-14 season is choreographed by Marina Zoueva. Choreographers she has worked with previously include Pasquale Camerlengo, Rene Roca (2010), David Wilson and Lori Nichol. 2013-2014 season: Long Program- Selections from the Gone with the Wind soundtrack by Max Steiner and Richard Clayderman Short Program- “Consolation No. 3 in D Flat Major” by Franz Liszt 2012-2013 season: Long Program- Selections from the Gone with the Wind soundtrack by Max Steiner and Richard Clayderman Short Program- “La Vie En Rose” (Edith Piaf) 2011-2012 season: Long Program- “La Valse Triste” (Jean Sibelius) Short Program- “La Vie En Rose” (Edith Piaf) 2010-2011 season: Long Program- Selections from Winter into Spring (George Winston) Short Program- Romance from Violin Concerto in D (Erich Wolfgang) 2009-2010 season: Long Program- Music from Dr. Zhivago (Maurice Jarre) Short Program- Music from The Mask of Zorro soundtrack (James Horner) 2008-2009 season: Long Program- Music from Dr. Zhivago (Maurice Jarre) Short Program- The Swan (Saint-Saens) 2007-2008 season: Long Program- West Side Story (Leonard Berstein) Short Program- The Swan (Saint-Saens) 2006-2007 season: Long Program- Excerpts from Sabrina Soundtrack (John Williams) Short Program- Prelude and Quadukka-Mayyas (Jesse Cook) 2005-2006 season: Long Program- La Bayadere (Minkus) Short Program- Prelude and Quadukka-Mayyas (Jesse Cook) 2004-2005 season: Long Program- Swan Lake Short Program- The Mission Exhibition Program- Un Bel Di (Opera Babes) 2003-2004 season: Long Program- Swan Lake Short Program- The Mission Exhibition Program- Un Bel Di (Opera Babes) 2002-2003 season: Long Program- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (by Rachmaninov) Short Program- “Rushing Wings of Dawn” (by Tim Janis) Exhibition Program- Love Theme (from Romeo and Juliet)...Read More
Alissa is appearing in all cities of the 2014 Stars on Ice tour.
April 4-May 18, 2014
Stars on Ice
For ticket information, visit StarsonIce.com
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