*2013 U.S. junior, '12 U.S. novice, '11 U.S. intermediate champion
Began skating at the age of 5 at a friend's birthday party ... Family lives in northern California, but he trains in southern California ... He and his mom drive more than 800 miles weekly.
Has an older sister named Vivian (14) ... Vivian is a springboard and platform diver, and has competed at the U.S. Diving Junior Nationals ... Has skipped grades in school ... Received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and the 2012 Alumni Athlete Ambassador Award (overall winner).
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IN MY WORDS
My figure skating hero is ... Patrick Chan for his sunny personality. I also look up to Brian Boitano, who shared a hometown with me, and Michael Weiss for his generosity for creating the Michael Weiss Foundation to help other skaters. I also like 2012 World bronze medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. I love watching his dramatic free skate from last season. He put a lot of athleticism and emotion into it. He is 17 right now, and he’s already a World medalist.
After I'm done skating ... I aspire to be like Hewlett and Packard who started HP in a garage in my hometown. I also want to be like another Palo Altan, Steve Jobs, someday heading a successful hi-tech company like Apple. I also want to become an international judge for figure skating.
My hobbies are ... soccer, skiing, reading, drawing and solving puzzles.
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: Yes
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