*2011 U.S. junior champion
*2009 U.S. intermediate silver medalist
Began skating at age 5 after seeing an advertisement in a community activities magazine ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program in 2003 and '04 ... Underwent surgery to repair a leg injury sustained during the free skate at 2011 JGP Italy and missed the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
Has two younger sisters, Kylie and Kelsey ... Has a Parakeet named Kiki ... Parents are Gene and Nelisa ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Won the Patriots Pen Award for essay writing ... Serves on the All Year FSC Junior Board ... Volunteers at club competitions.
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IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I think I would want to be a gymnast. There's a lot of jumping and spinning in gymnastics that makes it similar to skating, plus I did gymnastics before I started skating.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... talking and moving around a lot. I like to stay distracted and warm, and I also have to drink coffee during my warm up. When I sit or don't talk, I start to think about the competition and I get really nervous, so I just keep myself distracted and active. While a lot of athletes like to stay focused before a competition, it's best for me to completely avoid it!
After I'm done skating, I want to ... become a nature photographer.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I love to draw and paint, and I really love birds!
I always ... eat a can of pineapple before my off-ice warmup at competition, and I have to drink coffee during the warm up. I also need a hug from my mom before I go to get on the ice. I also have two stuffed animals that I bring to every competition.
Jump: Triple flip
Skating maneuver: Twhicks pretzel
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
Meal: Frozen yogurt with mochi
Book: Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Gloves or No Gloves
E-Reader or Book
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Treadmill or Trail
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: No
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