summer

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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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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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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