Five favorite things with Courtney Hicks

Former U.S. junior champ talks about her love of photography, affinity for a certain tropical fruit

One of Courtney Hicks' favorite hobbies is taking photographs of nature.
One of Courtney Hicks' favorite hobbies is taking photographs of nature. (Jodi Levinson)


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By Sarah S. Brannen, special to
(05/13/2013) - The career of Courtney Hicks, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, hit a snag when she fractured her tibia and growth plate in her leg at the 2011 Junior Grand Prix event in Italy. She had surgery and missed some months of training, as well as the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Back in form the next season, she finished third in the free skate and fourth in senior ladies at the 2013 U.S. Championships. She finished her season with a fifth-place finish at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, in the same rink where she had broken her leg less than two years earlier.

Hicks says she loves birds and would like to become a nature photographer when she's done with skating. She also likes to paint and draw. What's your favorite kind of bird?

Hicks: I really like woodland birds, like little finches. I like songbirds a lot. I take a lot of pictures whenever we go anywhere: flowers, birds, butterflies and a lot of landscapes. My camera is with me at all times. It's a Sony HX1. I love it. It's the first really nice camera I've had. What's your favorite artist's medium?

Hicks: I usually like colored pencils. I mix between colored pencils and markers. What's your favorite way to distract yourself before competing?

Hicks: I just talk a lot, and I'll bounce around a lot. I'll talk with whoever is around. I don't do much of the 'focusing,' because I get too nervous about what I'm going to do. You always eat pineapple before you compete. How did that start?

Hicks: Pineapple is my favorite fruit. It started in juvenile when I ate some pineapple and then I skated really well, so it became a tradition. What's your favorite competition?

Hicks: Nationals, in general, is my favorite competition because there's so much positive energy, the crowd is really excited, and there are so many great skaters there.