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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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November Events

Is it just me or has November flown by? I had a very busy month which included the 2017 Midwestern Sectional Championships, Thanksgiving, a new show program, and new skates.

Early this month I competed at Midwestern Championships. They were held in Colorado Springs at the World Arena. I always love visiting Colorado because of the beautiful mountains and scenery. I had time to enjoy being outside because the weather was exceptionally nice for this time of year and most of my practices weren’t until the evening. Most mornings, I walked around a nearby pond to wake up my legs along with enjoy the mountain view and fresh air. I competed on Friday and Saturday and was happy with my performances. My secondary coach and aunt, Kirsten Miller-Zisholz, put me on the ice. I placed 2nd therefore qualifying for the 2017 US National Championships. With battling a groin pull throughout this year, I have had to be conscious of pain level and how much training I can do. Luckily my groin is getting better and I hope it will be back to 100% by the Championships.

Post Midwestern Championships I went home for Thanksgiving. I love returning to Michigan to see my family and friends. On Thanksgiving my family and I have TWO dinners, one with each side of my family. We go to my grandmother’s house in the early afternoon and my aunt’s house in the evening. By the end of the day we were stuffed.

While I was home for Thanksgiving I created a new show program. The music is “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix. This show program is for two Christmas shows I am thrilled to be performing in. On December 10th, I am performing in “Christmas Odyssey On Ice” in San Diego [link to show info]. On December 17th, I am performing in “Celebrate The Holidays On Ice” which will be in Santa Barbara [link to a show poster on Facebook] (Ice in Paradise rink in Goleta). If you are in the area, come out to see these exciting shows.

As if I was not busy enough, I just started to break in a new pair of skates. I wear Graf boots with Matrix blades, and my new skates are perfect. I love breaking in new skates if there are no blisters involved. I am back in training mode and excited for the upcoming months. Shows, Christmas in Michigan, then US Championships!

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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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Training Programs Again

Off-season is officially over. I had a great couple of months working on technique and consistency with my coach Rafael Arutyunyan. I also visited my home in Michigan for a week and went on vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with my family. Having a couple months to condition and refocus for this season was great, but I’m back to training programs and adding the jumps I’ve been working on to my programs.

I decided to keep my short program from last season which is ‘Arabesque’ by Benise. My new long program is choreographed by Nadia Kanaeva, and I am in love with it. The music is a combination of three songs by Havasi: ‘Spring Wind’, ‘The Unbending Chinese Tree’, and ‘Ad Martem’. The style of the program is different from anything I have done in the past. Nadia made the choreography very challenging. I only fell a couple times while first working on it; Nadia enjoyed laughing at me. I hope that I can do the choreography as well as she envisions.

My first scheduled competition is Glacier Falls in late July. It will be the first time I compete there, and I will debut my new long. I am very excited for this season to start. In the meantime I’ll be training hard with my mind set on my future goals.

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My family and I in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. My sisters (from left to right) are Giselle, Neysa, and Braedyn. Neysa is seventeen and Braedyn and Giselle are fifteen.

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I’m thrilled to be keeping this short program for the 2016-17 season.

 

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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JGP Final

I’m headed to Sochi, Russia. I have been traveling all day and I’m half way there! I can’t wait to arrive and represent Team USA in the JGP Final. My goal is to put out two solid programs and do my best. I will keep you updated!

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!!!

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!