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November Events

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!

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US Championships Recap

Hello Everyone,

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.

Thanks for following!

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My Season Thus Far

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!

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