skater

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!

FullSizeRenderIMG_8816IMG_8815

My Season Thus Far

Hi everyone! I haven’t blogged in a long time and I want to update you with what I have been up to. It has been quite a season thus far. In June I made a big decision to move to California to work with Rafael Arutyunyan. I spent all summer working hard and settling in with new coaching and techniques. I have enjoyed living in the Los Angeles area except the daily traffic I have to sit in. When I wasn’t busy skating I visited a lot of beaches including Huntington, Santa Monica, and Newport. I even tried surfing which did not work out well.

In August, I attended my first Champs Camp in Colorado Springs! It was an amazing experience. During the camp we stayed at the Olympic Training Center and skated at the Broadmoor World Arena. I got to know some of Team USA’s skaters better and recieved great feedback throughout the camp.

In October and November, I attended three international competitions. I went to Espoo, Finland for the Finlandia Trophy in October. Finland was beautiful and the crowd during the event was outstanding. They clapped along to my short program multiple times and cheered very loud. It was a great feeling to have the crowd behind me.

I was honored to represent Team USA at two Grand Prixs this year. I went to Beijing, China and Moscow, Russia. I did not skate to my full potential at either competition but I did make small personal victories. To skate against the top skaters in the world was an amazing experience. I learned a lot throughout my international events this year especially with it being my first year on the Grand Prix circuit.

I was able to sightsee a small amount in China and Russia. In Beijing, we went to see the Great Wall of China. It was simply breathtaking and pictures don’t do it justice. We walked about a mile along the wall and climbed up over 600 stairs (which I counted). If you are ever in China, the Great Wall is a must see.

In Moscow we visited the Kremlin. It is a complex for the government of the Russian Federation and overlooks the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Moskva River. I went with Polina Edmunds and some of her relatives from Moscow. They were able to tell us history about the Kremlin and show us around. Walking around in the historic area was incredible.

Currently, I am working hard to gear up for the US Championships. I am making progress everyday and getting excited. I am in Colorado Springs training and focusing on consistency. I have a countdown until Nationals going: only 16 days until the short program. Check back soon for another blog!

IMG_8363 IMG_8164 IMG_8157

G2C and Skate Milwaukee

I just finished a very busy week consisting of G2C (Grassroots to Champions) camp and Skate Milwaukee. My home rink hosted the camp and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Jordan Moeller, Mirai Nagasu, Madison Hubbell, and Zach Donohue were all at the camp along with an amazing coaching staff. Throughout the week I worked with Tom Zakrajsek, Audrey Weisiger, Nick Perna, Kori Ade, and Pasquale Camerlengo. After working with these coaches through Thursday I headed to Milwaukee, WI for Skate Milwaukee. Ashley Cain and Barbie Long also competed and it was fun to see them! I competed my short on Friday which we kept as Firebird. I tried a triple toe-triple toe for the first time in competition and did a great program. I competed my new long program today! My music is “Perseverance” by Michele McLaughlin and “Illumination” by Jennifer Thomas. It is a strong piano piece and I am in love with the program. I was very happy with how my first competition turned out. My next step is Skate Detroit! image

Off to Nationals

image

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)

Fall 2013

Hi everyone! This fall is going to be very busy for me! I just started school and my training is starting to pick up speed. This year I am a Junior at Williamston High School and I will have to work hard to keep my grades up and skate every day. I am recovering well from my ankle surgery and working really hard to gain back strength.

My programs are also coming along really well thanks to my amazing choreographer Daniil Barantsev! My short program, with the music Firebird, is fast and furious. The Firebird is a bird from a Russian fairytale that was locked in a golden cage. The bird has majestic golden feathers that resemble fire. In my program I portray the struggle and fight of the bird to escape its cage. My long program is the opposite because it represents the weather becoming warmer, softer and everything becoming beautiful. The music title is Primavera which means spring. It is modern and unique. Towards the end the music peaks and represents a battle with winter.  I have been working with Tanith Belbin to help develop my programs and use emotion while skating through them. I love them and cannot wait for you all to see them this year!!

(Below is a picture of my sisters and me on our first day of school)

20130910-180034.jpg

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.

20130623-114604 20130623-114650 20130623-114702

 

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!

Ice Dreams

We’re on our way to Oakland, California for the Ice Dreams show with Johnny Weir! It will be great at see all my friends and Johnny! I’m skating to Let’s Get Loud! Come cheer us on, it will be an amazing show!

New Programs

I just got my new long and short programs. My amazing choreographer, Daniil Baranstev, came to work with me two weeks ago. I am working really hard training them now. I cannot wait too have everyone see them and give me feedback! I hope they are enjoyed as much as last years were!

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!!!