Daniil Barantsev

Surgery, New Programs, and Summer Plans

I am so excited to finally be back on the ice!  I am getting strong again after a long Spring of healing. After nationals, I had an MRI on my injured groin that didn’t show any serious problems.  So, I took two months off to try and heal my injury that I had been battling since last July. Unfortunately, after two months of staying off the ice, doing physical therapy, and being treated with Prolotherapy, my groin and abdomen still hurt. After extensive consultation with my doctor, we decided that sports hernia surgery was the only option. During my surgery in April, my doctor found micro tears and inflammation throughout my abdominals. He sutured a mesh pad into my abdomen to provide my muscles healing opportunity. My surgery was very successful but I was in a lot of pain for a few weeks. I wasn’t allowed or able to use my abs for any movement, so sitting up and laying down was a huge struggle. I spent two weeks on bed rest and then started physical therapy. It has now been six weeks since my surgery and I am happy to report I have my programs choreographed and I have begun jumpingJ My body is starting to feel strong again and most importantly, I am not in pain!

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Dallas, Texas and then Colorado Springs, Colorado to have my programs choreographed. Daniil Barantsev choreographed my short program to music called Torn by Nathan Lanier. I have been using Daniil as my choreographer since I was thirteen and it was great to work with him again. Visiting Daniil only four weeks after surgery was tough. Together we worked hard, to the point of exhaustion and very sore legs, but I was so thrilled to be back on the ice working toward next season. After a few tiring days with Daniil, I went straight to Colorado Springs to work with Tom Dickson. Tom choreographed my new long program to a compilation of songs from The Hunger Games. The program is fierce with triumph and joy also incorporated. I went from only skating 30 minutes a day after surgery to choreographing for 5 hours a day. The sore legs and lungs were well worth it because I love both of my programs. I look forward to continuing to develop the choreography and adding jumps.

Skate Detroit is my first competition planned for this season. I am already excited to debut my new programs but I have a lot of work to do until then. My aunt/coach, Kirsten Miller-Zisholz, has been working with me 1-2 hours a day in Michigan to help me get back to basics and gain my strength back. Once I am fully recovered, I plan to go back to California to train with Tammy Gambill. Unfortunately, I have not done triples since January because of my injury but my body is almost ready to get back to it. As an athlete, I want to train hard and jump triples now, but I realize that I have to build back slowly in order to prevent another injury. The wait is killing me but I am trying to enjoy the process and continue to learn along the way. Catch me at Skate Detroit strong again!

Thanks to all of you for your continued support! See you at the rink!!

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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)