May 31, 2016
Howdy! My life is a whirlpool of experiences and aggressive food eating. So much has happened since Nationals in January.
To begin, I feel obligated to address my Nationals performance. Leading up to the event, I was riddled with injuries. Although this sounds like an excuse for my unideal performances, I take full credit for not being able to use mental strength to overcome those hurdles. I remember right before my very mediocre and tense short program, telling my coaches, ‘I feel good.’ We all knew I was desperately trying to mask my anxiety. I actually felt like rabid animals were ferociously trying to eat me alive. The positives were that I was able to (semi) stand up on a quadruple toe, enjoy every second of performing, and use this to learn and improve!
By the time I was in California, I was so much better. The first day I arrived there, I skated with the lovely Carly and Gracie Gold at the Toyota Sports Center. I have a theory that their beautiful presence cured my pneumonia all the way. Phillip and I created my new short program titled “Last Days” by Max Richter. It is some of my favorite music of all time. The songs are from the TV show “The Leftovers”. Unfortunately, it’s about the leftovers of the human race, not leftovers from dinner. Both of my programs are my favorites that I’ve ever had, and I’m ELATED to show them to everyone this season.
My First Competition
Here are the highlights of my adventurous trip to California to compete at Glacier Falls (July 30-31). The first day I arrived in LA, I got a rental car that I paid a dreadful underage fee for. It drove fine and lovely. The next day, I was ready to start my day with Lana Del Rey and Starbucks. When I turned on my car, it made a horrid sloshing noise. I backed out for about 5 seconds before pulling it back in again. All of the oil spilled out of my car! I created an ocean in the parking garage. I sat there in disbelief and misery for 45 minutes before I took action. I had to get the car towed away by a nice mechanic who called me “ma’am” on the phone. It turned out that the rental I was given was faulty. What a way to start the competition week!
The jumps in my short program were a hot mess. My triple axel takeoff felt like one of those floppy inflatables in front of a car dealership. I recovered and nailed the triple lutz/triple toe. Going into my flip, my mind wandered and thought: “If you land this, things will be alright.” Of course, I doubled it because I wasn’t thinking of anything helpful. Despite the mistakes, I skated the program as well as I could, and got my highest component scores ever!
Learning from the errors in the short, I went into the long with a fire and confidence from knowing I was well conditioned from my altitude training in Colorado. The first half had 3 errors, as well as sloppy execution. I recovered in the second half. I strut my stuff in my eggplant colored costume and nailed everything! [You can watch my New World Symphony long program on IceNetwork by clicking here (it starts after the 1 hour-9 minute mark).] Being well-trained paid off. I got 2nd in the free skate, and 3rd overall! It was so encouraging, and it showed that I’m capable of much more!
Spectators and judges told me wonderful things about both of my programs. It was so incredible to hear, because my programs are my favorite that I’ve ever had!
Next on the agenda was to celebrate with Krispy Kreme, and roasting myself on the beach. I’m usually not satisfied with a trip to California unless I get some color and return with the complexion of a pomegranate.
I stayed an extra week to work with my choreographer, Phillip Mills, on my programs. I worked really hard and we fixed the areas that had errors. I also worked on quad toe, and almost landed one! It was so exciting!
One of the rinks that Phillip works at is the same rink that the famous Mr. Nicks coaches at. One day, a skater brought pizza in for everyone to enjoy, so I indulged. It was magical. Mr. Nicks witnessed my joy and referred to me as “Pizza Boy” for the rest of the trip. It made my life.
I had a glorious time enjoying my favorite place in the world [click here to view a photo I tweeted of my newest favorite shirt!], and got a lot accomplished. I’m so motivated to move forward and build from this competition, and get ready for the Salt Lake Challenge next month! Thanks for the support!
Hello!!! Since my last update, I’ve had quite an eventful off-season.
After Nationals, I had a meeting with my coaches and set a plan for this season, so that the atrocity that happened in Greensboro would never happen again. I have been taking both group and private ballet classes on a regular basis, as well as Pilates and dance classes. My goal is to stop looking like a plastic Walmart bag and to start looking like a Chanel bag.
I traveled to sunny California to work with Frank Carroll and Phillip Mills. Frank gave me incredible tips and knowledge. One of my favorite quotes from him is what he said when I would neglect technique on my jumps: “You look like a crazy Indian man with a hatchet.” Oh dear. That has to be changed. I learned so much, and I loved working with him!
Working with Phillip was magical. I got my new long program done with him, and everything worked so wonderfully. The music is New World Symphony by Dvorak, and it is by far my favorite program I’ve ever gotten. I can’t wait to show the program to everyone! California was definitely a successful and productive trip!
Fun fact, the west coast is known for their great cupcakes. So naturally, I ate 32. I have pictures to prove it, in case anyone doubts my abilities.
After I returned to Colorado, Phillip came to work with all the Broadmoor skaters, and created a short program for me. It’s called “La Muerte Del Angel” [Astor Piazzolla, performed] by Devich Trio. It’s a theme that I’ve never, ever done before, it’s definitely going to expand my range of artistry. The character I’m portraying is dramatic and fierce, two things I deeply enjoy being. I really, really love my new programs!
Two weeks ago, Professor Alexei Mishin came to my rink to work with Tom Zakrajsek’s students. He brought 6 of his best skaters, including the reigning world champion, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. It was phenomenal and so inspiring! Mishin gave me so many tips on my triple axel, I had a breakthrough and almost landed it! I’m so thankful that he shared his knowledge with me and the other skaters – this was one of the coolest weeks ever!
This past weekend, I competed for the first time of the season! My short program had an unfortunate mistake – I got confused and went the opposite way for 90% of the program. My choreography was designed to project to the judges; so I was uncomfortably trying to contort my body in weird shapes, like a human pretzel, to try to still make that happen. Because of the anxiety that occurred, my jumps had some issues. I still had a fantastic time performing, and I got my highest components ever, by far!!!
My long program had some small errors, including a belly flop in my footwork that had me sliding on the ice like a seal. Despite that, there were great moments in the program that completely outshone everything else! A friend told me to think of a milkshake during the slow, pretty part of my program, so I did. It worked because right after I thought of it, I nailed both my triple/triples. My score was almost a personal best, and like the short, my components surpassed any other artistry score I’ve ever gotten! My ballet classes have really been paying off!
Despite a couple mistakes, I loved every second of competing, and I was so happy to show my passion and my love for these programs! I think this competition was a lovely way to start the season, as it reflected all of my hard work since Nationals. I learned a lot, and I can’t wait to improve from there!!!
Currently, I’m switching to my gorgeous John Wilson blades, and new Edea boots! I’m also going to start getting my costumes made. Thank you so much John Wilson Blades, and the Edea team for my amazing equipment! Also, thanks to the fabulous Kelsey Barnes for designing my costumes for the past 2 years, I’m thrilled to see how my new ones turn out!
Now my focus is on landing my triple axel, and competing at Broadmoor Open, which is next month. I’m so excited!!!
Thanks for all of the support!
-Bey (Beyoncé, a.k.a. Chase)
August 15, 2014
To update on my last entry, I got my new Paramount blades, and now I feel majestic again! Also, I competed at Skate Detroit and got monitored by judges! My short program was vomit inducing, but I redeemed myself, won the long program, and moved up from 6th to 2nd!!! 😀
In a couple days, I am leaving for my very first Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France!!! Right after I get back, I will be celebrating my birthday! I am so excited!!!
I cannot even begin to explain how hard I’ve been working. I am literally a sweaty monster 24/7. I’m constantly rewarding myself with cheesecake or ice cream at the end of the day. I’m almost certain that the ice cream industry is thriving because of me.
My outfits for both programs are now finished! My costume maker, Joey Santos, and I both love rhinestones, so we get along really well. If I had the choice, I would have my costumes dipped in a bucket of glue and completely smothered in rhinestones. My love for sparkly skating costumes is unconditional. I can’t wait to wear mine in France!!!
My choreographer Phillip Mills was here this week to polish all of the outstanding programs he created, including mine! This past year, I’ve been obsessing over improving my component scores. Being a tree with long limbs requires hard work to control them and look fabulous and fierce at the same time. Phillip and one of my primary coaches, Drew Meekins, have had such a great impact on my artistry; I’m so thankful!!!
Hard work, ice cream, unbroken blades, rhinestones, and outstanding choreography are the recipe for success. I’m so thrilled to show everyone what I am capable of!
I’m going to be writing daily blogs during my trip in JGP France on icenetwork.com!!! I’m extremely eager to share my excitement and experiences! Please check out my blogs daily, starting on August 19th! (click here to read Chase’s blog) Thank you! Au revoir!!! 😀
Hi everyone! I am so excited that I have my very own website! Right now, I am in my off season, but I definitely do not have a break. I am working incredibly hard every practice to get my triple axel. Despite eating ice cream and donuts every day, I’m still somehow in the best shape of my life. I am getting closer and closer to landing it! A couple days ago, I broke my “indestructible” blade while skating. The toe pick on my right skate was ripped off. Maybe eating ice cream and donuts was a mistake. I refused to take steps back on the development of my axel, so I am currently skating with a temporary replacement blade. It is a different color, and a different length. I am practicing well, and my triple axels will be recorded and given a high-speed analysis later in the week. I can’t wait!
Thank you for reading my first blog, I am thrilled to see what these next couple weeks of hard work give me, and I will keep giving updates!
-Chase (AKA Beyoncé)