CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS*2003 U.S. intermediate pewter medalist
Began skating at the age of 9 after watching the 1998 Olympic Winter Games
Graduated from Marcos de Niza High School in 2007 ... Teaches group skating classes ... Biggest influence on his life is his mother, Arlene Nelson ... Looks up to Michelle Kwan ... Defining life moment was his short program at the 2011 U.S. Championships - "Seeing people standing at the end was the most unbelievable feeling. I get chills thinking about it." ... Always puts his right skate on first ... Has one brother, Stephen (22) ... Hobbies include traveling, running, cooking, skiiing, cleaning and music
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IN MY WORDS
I look up to ... Michelle Kwan for her passion and consistency for more than a decade.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... everything. I love to train, I love the structure, I love how it challenges me and I am so grateful to be able to travel the world doing something that I love so much.
After I'm done skating I want to ... go into television. I want Ryan Seacrest's job. I'm not kidding.
Something most people don't know about me is ... that I have a brother and that I have my real estate license.
Ways to condition off-ice: Running or Pilates
Music to listen to during practice/warm-ups: Everything. My iPod has a wide array of music.
Jump: Triple Axel
Way to relax: Lying on the beach with my iPod playing.
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
TV: Reality shows
Skating move: Spread eagle
Food: My aunt's lasagna
Program of my career: My short program at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C. It was clean and a vast majority of the arena was standing. It was truly breathtaking. I get chills thinking about it.
Gloves or No Gloves
Short Program or Free Skate
Book or E-reader
Treadmill or Trail
Restaurant or Homecooking
Pre-competition nap? Yes
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