*2008 U.S. bronze medalist
*2006 U.S. junior champion
*2007 World Junior champion
*2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion
Began skating at age 5 because his older sister skated, he was inspired after watching the figure skating competition at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and he was encouraged by his doctor at a young age to participate in skating or gymnastics as a cure for his constant ear infections ... His mom put him in hockey skates to learn and soon discovered that he had a talent for figure skating ... Began in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program in Stoneham, Mass. (Nancy Kerrigan's home rink) in 1994-95 ... Previously coached by Peter Johansson and Mark Mitchell (2000-09) and Susan Hamel-Botari (1996-2000).
Parents are Stephen, a financial advisor, and Patricia, a florist ... Has two sisters, Jacqui and Christine ... Ran a 5:25 mile in an annual one-mile race ... Won multiple awards for excellence in biology, French, English and mathematics at Wakefield High School; also received the Merrimack College Book Award ... Studying business ... Also attended Boston College and Villanova before enrolling at Boston College ... Has skated in multiple shows benefiting the Jimmy Fund, Salvation Army and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
CONNECT WITH ME
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I'd be some sort of athlete whether it was playing tennis or running. I would have always been an athlete.
I look up to ... Daisuke Takahashi (Japan). He is a chameleon, he has longevity and he is a sportsman.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the individuality of the sport. Nothing is like it, and nothing can mimic what it is like on the ice.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... listening to music and watching movies.
My favorite thing about performing is ... getting into a routine and doing what I do in practice but on a grand scale.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... sleep.
My hobby is ... watching movies, reading, cooking, working out, listening to music, photography, learning
The best moment of my skating career thus far was ... conquering inner demons at the 2012 U.S. Championships.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I am an efficient and experimental cook. I'm not an amazing chef, but I am a massive multi-tasker in the kitchen, and I can make some mean pancakes.
Way to condition off ice: Running
Warm up music: Florence + The Machine
Thing to do on a day off: Day in bed with books, magazines and movies
Ways to relax: Beach in the summer
Books: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Program of my career: I really enjoy my current “Swan Lake” free skate. It has surprised me in a way that I did not think I would ever be inspired by classical ballet.
Costume of my career: My “Stairway to Heaven” short program costume from 2008. It had this cool dragon down the leg and the short part of it was really light. I'm not it was kind of like a dark grey netting.
Gloves or No Gloves
Spin or Jump
Homecooking or Restaurant
Short Program or Free Skate
Theater or Rental
E-Reader or Book
Trail or Treadmill
PAST SEASON NOTES