*2012-13 U.S. champion
*Two-time U.S. bronze medalist (2008, '10)
*2012 Four Continents champion
*Two-time World Junior bronze medalist (2007, '09)
*Has won five medals in the Grand Prix Series
*2007 U.S. junior bronze medalist
2013 SEASON NOTES
SP Music: Music from The Red Violin by John Corigliano and Joshua Bell
FS Music: "Samson and Delilah" by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Costumes designed by Jan Longmire.
Began skating at age 5 in Eagle River, Alaska ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program in 1996 ... Previously coached by Shirley Hughes, Dody Teachman and Priscilla Hill.
Grew up in a military family ... Born in Germany and moved nine times while growing up ... Parents are Eric and Melissa ... Younger brother is Austin ... Supports Classroom Champions, Wounded Warriors Fund and Skate for Hope
CONNECT WITH ME
IN MY WORDS
I look up to ... Michelle Kwan. She is such an incredible ambassador for the sport, and athletes in general. For all that she has accomplished, she is extremely approachable and inspirational.
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would be a professional ice cream taster, and then an elite track athlete to run off those calories!
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... staying loose and having fun with those around me. I'm very upbeat.
My favorite thing about performing is ... the feeling of the audience being drawn into your program. The idea that you can perform a story, and have everyone follow along with you is so enticing.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... venture into broadcast journalism. I am fascinated with the other side of skating!
My hobbies are ... running on the beach and reading. I am also a huge fan of Laser Tag and venturing out to little diners in search of the best pie!
Something most people don't know about me is ... I despise bananas.
Off-ice conditioning: Cardio, running, hot yoga, swimming
Warm up music: Anything current with a great beat
Jump: Triple flip
Skating manuever: Death drops
Things to do on a day off: Sleep in and bake! Then read a book and drink a cup of coffee.
Olympic sport: Diving
Food: Chicken curry
Team: Washington Capitals
Book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
Program of my career: My free skate at the 2012 World Championships was a huge accomplishment. The pressure I felt was intense, but I stayed calm and skated one of the best longs of my life.
Costume of my career: My "Black Swan" costume was my favorite and was very well received.
Gloves or No Gloves
E-Reader or Book
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Treadmill or Trail
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: Yes
PAST SEASON NOTES