Competition

Eastern Great Lakes Regionals

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!img_3748 img_3727

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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Off to Nationals

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I recently competed at Midwestern Sectional Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Not only was it a fun week of competing and seeing my friends but it was also hosted at my home rink. My little sister Braedyn competed as a juvenile lady and I made sure to cheer super loud for her! She skated great and she couldn’t be more excited about her first sectionals. I competed Friday and Saturday. I was first up for the short program which I skated to Firebird. I did a fiery program that I was happy with when I skated off the ice. I made a few small mistakes (tripping on crossovers, oops) but I got a good score and ended up in 1st. On Saturday I skated to Primavera. It is a beautiful, modern program that I love! I was very happy with my skate but I also have many things to work on before nationals. I took 1st place and was thrilled that I put out two solid performances after recovering from surgery. Before and after I skated, the crowd was WILD! My whole family, my friends, and everyone from my rink were cheering like crazy! I couldn’t be more thankful for their support. Overall Sectionals was a blast and I couldn’t happier with how the week went. Now I am back to training hard and gearing up for the U.S. National Championships. I recently went to Connecticut to work with my choreography, Daniil Barantsev. I am convinced he was trying to kill me but I came home with a more in depth understanding of my programs. I cannot wait to show them off at the championships but until then you’ll find me on the ice training! (Above is a photo from after my long at Midwestern Sectionals)

Here I Come Estonia!

I’m currently on my way to Tallinn, Estonia! I can’t wait to represent Team USA at my first International this year. I have worked really hard, since my ankle surgery this summer, to be ready to compete internationally. I am thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to performing my programs in preparation for Midwesterns.  Sectionals are at my home rink and my little sister, Braedyn, just qualified as a Juvenile.  I am so proud of both of my sisters and their efforts at EGL:)

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!

Training for Competition at the World Arena

I can’t wait to compete in Colorado Springs in two weeks! I have started training harder and I can’t wait to perform my programs for the first time.