Skating

Summer Changes

Just wanted to update everyone on my summer. I am recovering from a slight injury that I got before Glacier Falls. During this time off, I have been able to reflect on my past year in California. It has been wonderful training with Ashley, Adam and Nathan. I am also appreciative of what I learned from Rafael Arutyunyan and his team of coaches. However, after doing some soul searching to figure out the best plan for me moving forward, I have decided to switch my head coach to Tammy Gambill. I look forward to this opportunity and am so happy to be back on the ice.

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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!

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Spring Events

My first blog from California! The past month has been a whirlwind of events. I graduated from Williamston High School on June 7th. On June 12th, I had my open house to celebrate and say goodbye to my friends and family. Three days later I traveled to California. As you can imagine, packing up your entire life to move is not an easy task. I was so busy the couple weeks before leaving that all my packing happened the day before I left. So here I am in California. A whole new journey has begun and I couldn’t be more excited. I am training under Rafael Arutyunyan. I am enjoying the competitive environment, my new training mates, and coaches. My long time coach will remain a part of my coaching team too. I have less than a month to train before my first competition of the season which is Skate Detroit. In August, I will participate in Champs Camp for the first time because of my two international Grand Prix assignments.
I am honored to be representing Team USA in Beijing, China and Moscow, Russia. I have been to Sochi, Russia for the JGP Final in 2012 and I am excited to go back. I have never been to China and can’t wait to compete there and meet their wonderful skating fans. I have a lot of training to do before then and Rafael is working me hard. I’ve been in California for 2 weeks and I’m exhausted every night. I can’t wait for all of you to see my new programs. They are both very different from anything I have done before and a lot of fun. Tom Dickson choreographed my long program and Rohene Ward did my short program. I was thrilled to have such amazing choreographers work with me. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I am up for the challenge!! See you in 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)

Here I Come Estonia!

I’m currently on my way to Tallinn, Estonia! I can’t wait to represent Team USA at my first International this year. I have worked really hard, since my ankle surgery this summer, to be ready to compete internationally. I am thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to performing my programs in preparation for Midwesterns.  Sectionals are at my home rink and my little sister, Braedyn, just qualified as a Juvenile.  I am so proud of both of my sisters and their efforts at EGL:)

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)

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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.

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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!

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!!

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!