*2011 U.S. junior bronze medalist
*2010 U.S. novice bronze medalist
*2009 U.S. intermediate champion
2013 SEASON NOTES
SP Music: "Two Guitars" by 101 Strings
FS Music: Theme from Love Story by Movie Sound Unlimited
Began skating at age 4 when her family attended a public session ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program from 2002-04.
Half of her family is from Uzbekistan and the other half is from Ukraine ... Has an older brother, Jack ... Parents are Vladimir and Olesya ... Has a parrot named Feelya ... Participates in an intern program at a local hospital.
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would be a swimmer or a tennis player.
I look up to ... my brother. He is my best example and motivates me to never give up and work toward my goals.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... knowing that not very many people can do what I do, and knowing how lucky I am to have an opportunity to skate!
My figure skating hero is ... Mao Asada (Japan). Especially when she had that very shaky season and problems with her personal life, she still fought through and didn't give up.
My favorite thing about performing is ... being the only one out there on the ice for everyone to see!
Something most people don't know about me is ... I speak fluent Russian.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... attend college and hopefully pursue a career in the medical field.
The best moment of my figure skating career thus far was ... winning the junior ladies bronze medal at the 2011 U.S. championships and taking fifth place at 2011 JGP Austria.
Every day before skating ... I put my skates on the exact same way. First the right skate then the left skate. Then I tie up the right skate halfway, then the left one halfway. Finally, I tie the right one to the top and then the left one to the top. It never changes.
My hobbies are ... reading, drawing, going out with friends and playing tennis.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... listening to music.
Ways to condition off-ice: Jog, jump rope, do sit ups
Music to listen to during practice/warm-ups: Pop, dance
Skating maneuver: Spiral
Olympic sports: Gymnastics, hockey
Way to relax: Reading
Sports team: Los Angeles Kings
Things to do on a day off: Go to the movies, mall or beach
Meal: Cereal - Frosted Flakes are the best!
Program of my career: In 2010, I skated my novice free skate to the Addams Family soundtrack. I placed third in novice ladies that year the U.S. Championships. The choreography was stunning and everything went perfectly with the music.
Costume of my career: The one that went with the Addams Family program. It stood out because I had a big spiderweb on my side and I had black tights to go with my dress instead of nude ones.
Gloves or No Gloves
Short Program or Free Skate
Homecooking or Restaurant
E-Reader or Book
Theater or Rental
Spin or Jump
Trail or Treadmill
Pre-competition nap? Yes
PAST SEASON NOTES