figure skating

Counting down to Detroit

I just finished up Midwestern Sectional Championships. I had a rough short program making mistakes on all three of my jumping passes. I was in 6th place heading into the free program. I skated a decent free program with two mistakes and moved up to 4th place which qualified me for the U.S. Championships. The Championships will be in Detroit, which is only about an hour away from my hometown, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to compete. I am so thankful for all that I learned during the week of competition and look forward to training hard.

I also want to give a quick update about everything else in my world. I am currently taking 12 credits at Michigan State University for my sports psychology major. Juggling a full class load, training, and coaching has kept me very busy this fall. I also live on campus with two of my best friends. Not only does this put me walking distance from my classes, but I also live less than five minutes from my rink. I recently adopted a kitten from the animal shelter. His name is Peanut and I am so in love. He loves to cuddle, but most of the time is full of energy and is running around my house.

I am working hard on my preparation for U.S. Championships. I plan to continue developing my programs and improve my interpretation. My short music is “La Rosa” by Vale Tango. I choreographed the program myself and I am excited for you all to see it. My free music is “Rain, in Your Black Eyes” by Ezio Bosso. Daniil Barantsev choreographed the free program. I can’t wait to skate at U.S. Championships in my home state of Michigan this January. The hard work continues daily as I count down the days until competition.

 

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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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

JGP Croatia

I just finished my second JGP in Zagreb, Croatia! After my short program I was in third place and in my long I pulled up to second! I was so excited to earn the silver medal for the second time this year and I had so much fun getting to know my team mates! Zagreb was a beautiful city and I am glad I got to sight see when I had a break from skating! Croatia was beautiful and another success!!

Success in Austria

Austria was a huge success! I had so much fun getting to know Team USA, and representing the USA when I skated! It was an amazing experience, and I am excited to come home with a silver medal! Next I will be heading to Croatia in two weeks to attend another JGP!! Go Team USA!!!

Made it!

After about 15 hours of travel I finally made it to Linz, Austria! The scenery is amazing and I cannot wait for my first practice tomorrow morning!!

JGP Austria

I’m so excited to get the opportunity to go to JGP Austria and represent Team USA!! I’ll make sure to keep you posted on how I do!

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.

Hey

Hey, I am Hannah Miller. Welcome to my new website and blog. I just finished a very exciting year by taking the bronze medal as a junior lady at the US Figure Skating National Championship. We are currently working really hard on my new short and long programs which I am excited to perform. My short program is very fast, upbeat, and by one of the greatest artists of all time. I am excited to have my new website, http://www.figureskatersonline.com/hannahmiller, and blog so I can keep you posted. Check back for details on how my year is going. I will update you with competitions and International assignments with Team USA Figure Skating. Thanks!