Is it just me or has November flown by? I had a very busy month which included the 2017 Midwestern Sectional Championships, Thanksgiving, a new show program, and new skates.
Early this month I competed at Midwestern Championships. They were held in Colorado Springs at the World Arena. I always love visiting Colorado because of the beautiful mountains and scenery. I had time to enjoy being outside because the weather was exceptionally nice for this time of year and most of my practices weren’t until the evening. Most mornings, I walked around a nearby pond to wake up my legs along with enjoy the mountain view and fresh air. I competed on Friday and Saturday and was happy with my performances. My secondary coach and aunt, Kirsten Miller-Zisholz, put me on the ice. I placed 2nd therefore qualifying for the 2017 US National Championships. With battling a groin pull throughout this year, I have had to be conscious of pain level and how much training I can do. Luckily my groin is getting better and I hope it will be back to 100% by the Championships.
Post Midwestern Championships I went home for Thanksgiving. I love returning to Michigan to see my family and friends. On Thanksgiving my family and I have TWO dinners, one with each side of my family. We go to my grandmother’s house in the early afternoon and my aunt’s house in the evening. By the end of the day we were stuffed.
While I was home for Thanksgiving I created a new show program. The music is “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix. This show program is for two Christmas shows I am thrilled to be performing in. On December 10th, I am performing in “Christmas Odyssey On Ice” in San Diego [link to show info]. On December 17th, I am performing in “Celebrate The Holidays On Ice” which will be in Santa Barbara [link to a show poster on Facebook] (Ice in Paradise rink in Goleta). If you are in the area, come out to see these exciting shows.
As if I was not busy enough, I just started to break in a new pair of skates. I wear Graf boots with Matrix blades, and my new skates are perfect. I love breaking in new skates if there are no blisters involved. I am back in training mode and excited for the upcoming months. Shows, Christmas in Michigan, then US Championships!
I’m back in Cali after a busy and fun week in East Lansing, Michigan for Regionals. I had a great week filled with friends, family, and of course lots of time spent at the rink. East Lansing is my hometown and competing surrounded by familiar faces made this competition very special. I also spent the week working with my long time coach, Kirsten, which was a lot of fun. I am happy with how well my programs were received by the judges and fans. I chose to do more simple technical programs than usual since I have only been back training jumps for a short time. I was happy to get regionals under my belt after battling a groin injury for the past couple months. I pulled my groin mid-July and was off the ice for 6 weeks. Now that my groin is feeling better, I am excited to start training at full steam. My younger sisters, Braedyn (Novice) and Giselle (Intermediate), also competed. They both made final rounds and it was fun to be able to watch them skate and cheer them on. I haven’t seen them skate in few months and I was able to see how much they have improved. Now, I am back to training with my new team of coaches, Tammy Gambill and Vincent Restencourt, and training mates. I’m ready for some hard work!
Just wanted to update everyone on my summer. I am recovering from a slight injury that I got before Glacier Falls. During this time off, I have been able to reflect on my past year in California. It has been wonderful training with Ashley, Adam and Nathan. I am also appreciative of what I learned from Rafael Arutyunyan and his team of coaches. However, after doing some soul searching to figure out the best plan for me moving forward, I have decided to switch my head coach to Tammy Gambill. I look forward to this opportunity and am so happy to be back on the ice.
Off-season is officially over. I had a great couple of months working on technique and consistency with my coach Rafael Arutyunyan. I also visited my home in Michigan for a week and went on vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with my family. Having a couple months to condition and refocus for this season was great, but I’m back to training programs and adding the jumps I’ve been working on to my programs.
I decided to keep my short program from last season which is ‘Arabesque’ by Benise. My new long program is choreographed by Nadia Kanaeva, and I am in love with it. The music is a combination of three songs by Havasi: ‘Spring Wind’, ‘The Unbending Chinese Tree’, and ‘Ad Martem’. The style of the program is different from anything I have done in the past. Nadia made the choreography very challenging. I only fell a couple times while first working on it; Nadia enjoyed laughing at me. I hope that I can do the choreography as well as she envisions.
My first scheduled competition is Glacier Falls in late July. It will be the first time I compete there, and I will debut my new long. I am very excited for this season to start. In the meantime I’ll be training hard with my mind set on my future goals.
My family and I in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. My sisters (from left to right) are Giselle, Neysa, and Braedyn. Neysa is seventeen and Braedyn and Giselle are fifteen.
I’m thrilled to be keeping this short program for the 2016-17 season.
Last time I posted I was 16 days from competing at the 2016 US Championships. I wanted to check in with you guys and recap my experience.
This year championships were in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was freezing but luckily the rink and hotel were connected by skywalks. The skywalks went from building to building all over the city. I got lost in them a couple times but it was better than walking outside in subzero temperatures.
I got to Saint Paul on Tuesday, had a day to practice on Wednesday, and competed on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday was the short program. I drew to skate 22nd out of 22 girls so I competed at almost 11 pm. A pregame nap was necessary that day. I skated a pretty good short. My triple-triple combination was under rotated but my other jumps and spins were well done. I was in 9th going into the long.
Saturday night was the long program competition. I was thrilled with my performance. I felt that I was able to show the judges and crowd my joy for the sport and what I had been working very hard on all year. Moving away from home and training under Rafael has been a big challenge. I spent all year trying to adjust to the changes in technique. At nationals I finally felt like I was owning the technique instead of questioning it. I ended up placing 7th which is my highest placement at nationals thus far.
Now I am back in California training. Rafael has a plan for me and is working my butt off every day. I am excited for another season filled with hard work and improvements.
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Hi everyone! I haven’t blogged in a long time and I want to update you with what I have been up to. It has been quite a season thus far. In June I made a big decision to move to California to work with Rafael Arutyunyan. I spent all summer working hard and settling in with new coaching and techniques. I have enjoyed living in the Los Angeles area except the daily traffic I have to sit in. When I wasn’t busy skating I visited a lot of beaches including Huntington, Santa Monica, and Newport. I even tried surfing which did not work out well.
In August, I attended my first Champs Camp in Colorado Springs! It was an amazing experience. During the camp we stayed at the Olympic Training Center and skated at the Broadmoor World Arena. I got to know some of Team USA’s skaters better and recieved great feedback throughout the camp.
In October and November, I attended three international competitions. I went to Espoo, Finland for the Finlandia Trophy in October. Finland was beautiful and the crowd during the event was outstanding. They clapped along to my short program multiple times and cheered very loud. It was a great feeling to have the crowd behind me.
I was honored to represent Team USA at two Grand Prixs this year. I went to Beijing, China and Moscow, Russia. I did not skate to my full potential at either competition but I did make small personal victories. To skate against the top skaters in the world was an amazing experience. I learned a lot throughout my international events this year especially with it being my first year on the Grand Prix circuit.
I was able to sightsee a small amount in China and Russia. In Beijing, we went to see the Great Wall of China. It was simply breathtaking and pictures don’t do it justice. We walked about a mile along the wall and climbed up over 600 stairs (which I counted). If you are ever in China, the Great Wall is a must see.
In Moscow we visited the Kremlin. It is a complex for the government of the Russian Federation and overlooks the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Moskva River. I went with Polina Edmunds and some of her relatives from Moscow. They were able to tell us history about the Kremlin and show us around. Walking around in the historic area was incredible.
Currently, I am working hard to gear up for the US Championships. I am making progress everyday and getting excited. I am in Colorado Springs training and focusing on consistency. I have a countdown until Nationals going: only 16 days until the short program. Check back soon for another blog!
My first blog from California! The past month has been a whirlwind of events. I graduated from Williamston High School on June 7th. On June 12th, I had my open house to celebrate and say goodbye to my friends and family. Three days later I traveled to California. As you can imagine, packing up your entire life to move is not an easy task. I was so busy the couple weeks before leaving that all my packing happened the day before I left. So here I am in California. A whole new journey has begun and I couldn’t be more excited. I am training under Rafael Arutyunyan. I am enjoying the competitive environment, my new training mates, and coaches. My long time coach will remain a part of my coaching team too. I have less than a month to train before my first competition of the season which is Skate Detroit. In August, I will participate in Champs Camp for the first time because of my two international Grand Prix assignments.
I am honored to be representing Team USA in Beijing, China and Moscow, Russia. I have been to Sochi, Russia for the JGP Final in 2012 and I am excited to go back. I have never been to China and can’t wait to compete there and meet their wonderful skating fans. I have a lot of training to do before then and Rafael is working me hard. I’ve been in California for 2 weeks and I’m exhausted every night. I can’t wait for all of you to see my new programs. They are both very different from anything I have done before and a lot of fun. Tom Dickson choreographed my long program and Rohene Ward did my short program. I was thrilled to have such amazing choreographers work with me. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I am up for the challenge!! See you in the rink:)
Ciao everyone!! Recently I went to Milan, Italy to compete at my first senior international competition. It was an unreal experience! I arrived Thursday, the 17th of September, and went home Monday, the 22nd. It was a relatively short trip but it was jam packed with fun events. I roomed with Haven Denney and the other members of the team were Brandon Frazier, Richard Dornbush, Grant Hochstein, and Angela Wang. I had my first practice on Friday and I quickly noticed the rink felt short. I had to alter some of my jump set ups but I quickly got settled in. On Saturday I competed my short program. I fell on my triple flip and did a triple-double combination instead of a triple-triple. I ended up in 7th. Sunday was the long program. I was determined and felt very confident. I skated well and got my all time best score. I pulled up to 2nd place! My teammate, Angela Wang, got third. We were very excited to represent Team USA on the podium. Besides skating I got to see some of the sights of Milan. The Duomo was in the center of the city and was gorgeous. It was also fashion week so they had one of the streets carpeted with a bunch of booths and huge TVs. After I competed I ate a huge pizza and got gelato with Angela! Taking a bite of the gelato after our long programs was heaven! Overall Milan was a success and a lot of fun! I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.