Began skating on an outdoor rink in upstate New York at age 5 ... Enrolled in the Basic Skiills Program at age 8.
Family includes parents Ingrid and Ansis, brother Matiss and sister Fiona ... Matiss has played volleyball nationally and in Europe ... Has a dog named Baron and three cats named Zib, Usa and Naina ... Is enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and maintains a 4.0+ GPA ... Is a member of the National Honor Society and the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team ... Supports the humane society and the Wounded Warrior Project ... Volunteers at his rink, works concessions at school sport events, teaches skating lessons to special needs students ... Works as a national cup stacking championships referee and an assistant youth volleyball coach.
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IN MY WORDS
I look up to ... my brother, my parents and my coaches. They all are the best role models I could have. I also look up to my grandparents; they are amazing people, and have taught me so much about my heritage.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... traveling to all sorts of places I wouldn't go without skating and meeting people who have become some of my best friends.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... listening to music and drowning out anything around me.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... pursue a career in the medical field, having something to do with athletes, so I can give back to the sports world that I have come to love.
My hobbies are ... guitar, piano, singing, hiking, volleyball, skiing and any other outdoor sport you can imagine.
Warm up music: Dubstep/underground
Jump: Triple flip
Thing to do on a day off: Enjoy the outdoors
Way to relax: Play guitar with my friends (we're in a band...sort of)
Snack: Piragi (Latvian snack food)
Costume of my career: "Fiddler on the Roof" (2011). It was simple but really original and authentic to the music.
Gloves or No Gloves
Homecooking or Restaurant
Short Program or Free Skate
Rental or Theater
E-Reader or Book
Trail or Treadmill
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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