*Owns three Junior Grand Prix Series medals (gold at 2011 JGP Austria and 2010 JGP Czech Republic, bronze at 2011 JGP Australia)
Began skating at age 5 years old with her older sister, Nina, after seeing Nancy Kerrigan on TV ... Coach Dianne DeLeeuw was the 1975 World champion and 1976 Olympic silver medalist.
Owns a 4.8 GPA ... Honored as a nominee for the 2010 Viking Awards in math and computer science ... Earned the 2012 Viking Award in math, the 2011 Viking Awards in physical science, english social studies and math and the 2009, '11 and '12 Downey Council PTA Reflections contest winner in literature ... Is a 2012 National Merit Scholarship qualifier... Ranks in the Top 1 percent of the junior class at Downey H.S. ... Recognized at DUSD (Downey Unified School District) Board meeting in June 2012 ... Inducted into City of Downey Kids Day Hall of Fame in 2009 ... Participated in Skaters Care - A benefit for Japan tsunami relief ... Volunteers at school and in the community through Key Club (since 2009), with the Downey City Library children's programs and with the City of Downey Community Services.
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would be a runner or play tennis, because I like athletic sports.
I look up to ... Michelle Kwan. She has achieved so many honors and still competed while attending college.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... feeling the wind when I push fast, performing in competition and training hard without sweating profusely.
My figure skating hero is ... Yu-Na Kim (Korea). She is able to compete well under pressure and combines grace with athleticism.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... jogging, wiggling my legs around and doing deep breathing exercises.
My favorite thing about performing is ... feeling the crowd getting pumped when I nail elements.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... work in a biology, chemistry and/or a health-related field.
My hobbies are ... reading, writing, working out, watching anime and playing with my cousin's dog Milo.
The best moment of my skating career thus far was ... competing and getting gold at my first international competition at 2010 JGP Czech Republic.
I always ... eat a banana before I skate.
Something most people don't know about me is ... that I have maintained straight As since elementary school.
Way to condition off ice: Plyometrics and balance
Warm up music: Pop
Ways to relax: Watch a movie, read a book
Books: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen; The Jungle by Upton Sinclair; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Animal Farm by George Orwell
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
Sports team: Anaheim Ducks, L.A. Lakers, L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Angels
Gloves or No Gloves
Spin or Jump
Short Program or Free Skate
E-Reader or Book
Homecooking or Restaurant
Theater or Rental
Trail or Treadmill
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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