Hannah1

The next chapter

Hi everyone. It has been a while since I’ve posted an update about what I’ve been up to. A lot of big decisions and changes have been made. I decided in April to take some time away from skating. Many factors played a role in this decision but overall my goal is to focus on school and figure out who I am outside of the sport. I still skate weekly because my love for the sport will never fade. Now that I have a lot of extra time on my hands I began coaching figure skating more often. I have four students that I coach weekly and I substitute for other coaches when needed. Additionally, I have choreographed five programs. I have found choreography to be one of my passions and an area that I would like to continue to pursue.

When I’m not at the rink I’m studying. I have a year left of my undergraduate education at Michigan State University. I live walking distance from campus and love being a “normal college student.” I am studying psychology to become a sport psychologist. I am taking nine credits this summer and a full class load in the fall and spring to fulfill my requirements to graduate spring 2020. I plan to go to graduate school so I am also studying for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). I will take the GRE at the end of this summer and apply to graduate schools in the fall.

I am unsure whether or not I will begin training again or compete. It is not completely out of question but for right now, taking a break is the right decision. I miss training and competing but pursuing my education and career has taken priority. Thanks for always rooting for me, I’m excited to see what comes next.

–Hannah

Counting down to Detroit

I just finished up Midwestern Sectional Championships. I had a rough short program making mistakes on all three of my jumping passes. I was in 6th place heading into the free program. I skated a decent free program with two mistakes and moved up to 4th place which qualified me for the U.S. Championships. The Championships will be in Detroit, which is only about an hour away from my hometown, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to compete. I am so thankful for all that I learned during the week of competition and look forward to training hard.

I also want to give a quick update about everything else in my world. I am currently taking 12 credits at Michigan State University for my sports psychology major. Juggling a full class load, training, and coaching has kept me very busy this fall. I also live on campus with two of my best friends. Not only does this put me walking distance from my classes, but I also live less than five minutes from my rink. I recently adopted a kitten from the animal shelter. His name is Peanut and I am so in love. He loves to cuddle, but most of the time is full of energy and is running around my house.

I am working hard on my preparation for U.S. Championships. I plan to continue developing my programs and improve my interpretation. My short music is “La Rosa” by Vale Tango. I choreographed the program myself and I am excited for you all to see it. My free music is “Rain, in Your Black Eyes” by Ezio Bosso. Daniil Barantsev choreographed the free program. I can’t wait to skate at U.S. Championships in my home state of Michigan this January. The hard work continues daily as I count down the days until competition.

 

My 2015 Finlandia Trophy blog

I blogged my experience at my first international of the season, Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, October 8-11, 2015. Here is the link to my blog as published on Icenetwork.com.

My Ice Challenge blog & photos

I was invited to blog for Team USA at my second senior international, Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, back in November. Here is the link to my blog as published on Icenetwork.com. Click here to view five photos from my trip.

Busy Spring

This spring has been very busy. I participated and had an amazing time at the Ice Dreams show in California. The cast included Johnny Weir, Max Aaron, Samantha Cesario, Polina Edmunds, Richard Dornbush, and Jason Brown. We all put on a great show and I loved spending time with the cast. Some of the other skaters and l even got to visit the beach, it was beautiful! I attached some pictures of my experience at the show, I hope you enjoy them.

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Photo Credit to Leah Adams!!!

Also, last weekend I competed at the Grand Rapids Open. I was very excited to debut my programs and get feedback. My short program music is Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and my long program music is Primavera by Ludovico Einaudi. I used Grand Rapids as my competition readiness for internationals. I love how my programs are turning out and I got some great feedback over the weekend!

Ice Dreams

We’re on our way to Oakland, California for the Ice Dreams show with Johnny Weir! It will be great at see all my friends and Johnny! I’m skating to Let’s Get Loud! Come cheer us on, it will be an amazing show!

Skate, Dance, Dream Show

Today I participated in the Skate, Dance, Dream show in Cleveland, Ohio. I got to meet and get to know many amazing dancers and skaters. Some of the features along with myself were Richard Dornbush, Gev Manoukian, and Sean Rabbit. Parker Pennington did a great job pulling together the show. It was amazing to be a part of and I had so much fun!

New Programs

I just got my new long and short programs. My amazing choreographer, Daniil Baranstev, came to work with me two weeks ago. I am working really hard training them now. I cannot wait too have everyone see them and give me feedback! I hope they are enjoyed as much as last years were!

US Championships

I’m currently in Omaha, Nebraska for the US Championships! I competed my short program on Thursday night and I am very happy with my performance. I am sitting in eighth place right now and I compete my long tomorrow night! It is going to be broad casted live on NBC and I skate around 8:30! Be sure to watch and wish me luck!

JGP Final

I’m headed to Sochi, Russia. I have been traveling all day and I’m half way there! I can’t wait to arrive and represent Team USA in the JGP Final. My goal is to put out two solid programs and do my best. I will keep you updated!