*Two-time U.S. champion (2009, '11)
*2012 U.S. silver medalist; 2007 U.S. bronze medalist
*2010 Grand Prix Final champion - First U.S. lady to win the Grand Prix Final since Sasha Cohen ('02)
*Two-time U.S. Collegiate champion (2004, '08)
*Owns eight Grand Prix Series medals (gold at 2005 Skate Canada, 2010 Skate Canada, 2011 Skate America; silver at 2005 Skate America, 2009 Skate Canada; bronze at 2008 Skate Canada, 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard, 2010 Trophee Eric Bompard)
2013 SEASON NOTESSP Music: "La Vie En Rose" by Edith Piaf
Began skating at 18 months with her sister.
Graduated summa cum laude in May 2009 from Bowling Green State University with a degree in liberal studies ... Presented with the "Outstanding Sophomore of the Year Award for International Studies" in 2006 along with the "First-Year Russian Student Award" in 2006 ... Has a twin sister, Amber, who was an international-level figure skater ... Parents are Mark and Debbie Czisny.
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IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I'd probably be a ballerina or a dancer, or participate in some other (individual) sport, or travel the world in some other capacity!
I look up to ... my mom. She has taught me so much about living and loving! I also look up to my coaches, Jason Dungjen and Yuka Sato, because they are not only amazing skaters and coaches, they are also wonderful people, too!
My favorite things about being a figure skater are ... the everyday training and discipline that it takes to be successful, the chances we get to compete and perform under pressure to show our best to the world, the opportunities to travel all over the world and the friends that I meet through skating!
I started skating because ... my sister and I didn't want to stay with a babysitter! My parents used to live in Wisconsin, and they cross-country skied in the winter, but when they moved to Ohio, there wasn't enough snow on the ground all winter to cross-country ski. My mom decided to take a weekly skating lesson for something to do during the winter months. It was her one chance to have some peace and quiet for an hour or so each week...until my sister and I wanted to come along with her. Once we started skating, we never wanted to leave the ice!
My figure skating hero is ... Scott Hamilton. He has overcome so many things and has come out stronger. His perspective on skating and life are inspiring! (Plus, he's from Bowling Green, Ohio, where I grew up!)
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... breathing deeply, praying, focusing on keeping my body relaxed and preparing my mind for what I need to do on the ice.
My hobbies are ... reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, dancing, bicycling, playing the piano, traveling, modeling, shopping
Something most people don't know about me is ... I don't own a TV.
Ways to condition off-ice: Biking
Jump: Triple Lutz
Skating maneuver: Any type of spin!
Way to relax: Reading
Snack food: Ice cream (but it's a rare treat, not a snack food!)
Gloves or No Gloves
Short Program or Free Skate
Book or E-reader
Treadmill or Trail
Theater or Rental
Restaurant or Homecooking
Pre-competition nap? Yes
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