*2012 junior pewter medalist, '08 U.S. intermediate pewter medalist
Began skating at age 6 ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program ... Formerly coached by Suna Murray (2005-11) and Tom McGinnis (2000-06).
Parents are Tobey and Mary Ann, older brother is Sam ... Four-year high school honor roll student ... 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team, three-time National Latin Exam Medalist, AP Scholar ... received Skating Club of Boston's 2011 Robert L. Black Memorial Award for best student-athlete and the 2010 Blanchard Award for Most Improved Skater ... Co-creator and co-producer of skating gala to benefit Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp ... Show raised $20,000 over two years (2010, ‘11), enabling seven critically ill children to attend summer camp.
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IN MY WORDS
I look up to ... my mom. She's the hardest-working, funniest person I know. She can make anybody laugh and is always willing to work for what needs to be done.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the feeling at the end of a free skate when my legs are on fire, and I'm pushing as hard as I can. I just feel so free and so alive.
I started skating because ... I hated hockey. My parents put me in hockey classes because my older brother played. I was not a fan. After class one day, I saw the figure skaters and asked if I could try that instead.
My figure skating hero is ... Ross Miner. Without a doubt one of the hardest working and nicest people there is. He's a great role model for everyone in figure skating. I'm pretty lucky to be able to train with him.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... listening to "I'm Alive" by Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews.
My favorite thing about performing is ... the crowd. If I do a great job, they get so pumped up with me. If I'm struggling, they support me. It's nice to always have that there.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I'm a huge “Seinfeld” addict. Whenever I'm not actually watching it, I'm just watching it in my head.
The best moment of my figure skating career thus far was ... at the 2012 U.S. Championships. I was so depressed after bombing the short and ending up 10th. But that just made skating a great free skate and pulling up to fourth so much better. I literally had zero expectations of medaling after that short and to end up with the pewter medal was a huge shock. It was awesome that I got to be on the podium with Philip Warren and Tim Dolensky because they're two of my best friends in the skating world.
I always ... rub my eyes before starting a program.
Way to condition off-ice: Running up and down the steps at Harvard Stadium
Warm up music: Anything country
Jump: Triple loop
Thing to do on a day off: Play touch football on the beach
Way to relax: Watching "Downtown Abbey" on my laptop while sitting in the bathtub
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
Team: Red Sox (how could I be from Boston and not say that?)
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Snack: Anything dipped, coated or smothered in peanut butter
Meal: Banana pancakes
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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