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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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Training Programs Again

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.

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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.

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I’m thrilled to be keeping this short program for the 2016-17 season.

 

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)