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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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Spring Events

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:)

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