*2012 junior silver medalist
*2010 U.S. novice bronze medalist
2013 SEASON NOTES
SP Music: "Beyond the Sea" by Charles Trenet
FS Music: "Il Postino" by Luis Bacalov, "Payadora" by Lisandro Adrover
Costumes designed by Joyce Jiang
Started skating when he was 6 after going on a school field trip to the rink ... Previously coached by Lynda Struck ...
Has three brothers (one older, two younger) ... Parents are Joseph, a mechanical engineer, and Susan, a teacher ... Has two cats, Figaro and Cleo ... Studying exercise and health science at Kennesaw State University ... Received a Steinway Piano Study Grant in 2008 ... Serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Transfiguration Catholic Church.
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would love to be a either a gymnast or diver. I love flipping and turning. It would be so much fun.
I look up to ... my mom. She has so much to handle and manages to get it all done.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the satisfaction of mastering a new element, jump or spin. And I also just love the gliding feeling.
I started skating because ... my first grade class went on a field trip to the rink and I loved it so much that I signed up to take a group class with some of my friends.
My figure skating hero is ...Scott Hamilton. He has overcome so much in his life and he always kept on going.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... laughing and talking with my coaches. I love them so much and it's always fun to make jokes and laugh with them before competition.
My favorite thing about performing is ... the accomplished feeling of executing a good performance. And skating my program in the competition setting, it's kind of like a reward for all the hard work you've put into it.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... complete my bachelor’s degree, possibly go on to some type of grad school (maybe physical therapy) and continue to coach skating.
My hobby is ... playing the piano. It's my escape from a stressful day.
The best moment of my skating career thus far was ... earning the silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships and being chosen to represent Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I love roller coasters! I am a total thrill seeker who will never be satisfied. One of my dreams is to go to Cedar Point in Ohio and ride every one of the 16 roller coasters.
Way to condition off ice: Weight training, plyometrics, core stability work
Skating maneuver: A deep outside spiral
Thing to do on a day off: Go swimming!
Ways to relax: Reading, playing piano
Olympic sport: Aerial ski jumping! It's so amazing.
Meal: Spaghetti and meatballs
Sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Books: The Wheel of Time series
TV genre: Drama
Program of my career: My 2011-12 short program. I wrote the music so it really resonated with me.
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
Pre-competition nap: Yes
PAST SEASON NOTES