Nationals

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)

US Championships

I’m currently in Omaha, Nebraska for the US Championships! I competed my short program on Thursday night and I am very happy with my performance. I am sitting in eighth place right now and I compete my long tomorrow night! It is going to be broad casted live on NBC and I skate around 8:30! Be sure to watch and wish me luck!