*2012 U.S. novice bronze medalist
Began skating at age 2 because her mom was driving by an ice rink and asked if she wanted to skate ... Her mom then enrolled her in a public group class.
Parents are Scott Gelb, a network engineer, and Mark and Marlene Dunstan ... Has three siblings: Audrey Gelb (13), Amber Dunstan (5) and Aislyn Dunstan (2) ... Has a Holland Lop named Honey, a Pomerian named Starbucks and a Maltese named Juicy ... Attends Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and volunteers in senior homes, food pantries and neighborhood programs to help the homeless.
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would be a gymnast. I started doing gymnastics at the same time I began ice skating. Since I was so young, my mom had to decide which sport I loved the most and she said that ice skating was my favorite. She said that I would never want to leave the ice rink, so I was too tired by the time I went to my gymnastics lessons!
I look up to ... Jesus. I am so grateful to God for giving us such a great role model to live our lives by here on earth. If it weren't for Jesus, I would not have faith in God or things beyond my reach. If it weren't for my faith, I would not have made it as far as I have with my ice skating.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the daily challenge. I always have something new to work on every day. I love the challenge of learning a new jump. I also love competing and performing. It brings a lot of purpose to my life and I feel I can serve others.
My figure skating hero is ... Ilia Kulik. He taught me how to do a double Axel which was the most difficult jump for me to learn! When I met him a few years ago, I had been struggling to learn my double Axel for about two years. He made me start from scratch. He taught me all the basic exercises and skills to learn my Axel and I had to do over 1,000 good single Axels before he even started the double Axel. It was well worth it, because after seven months, I finally landed my first clean double Axel! I will always be grateful for Ilia and his patience in teaching me good technique for my Axel and now my triple jumps too!
After I'm done skating, I want to ... continue to be involved in skating, either as a coach, a performer, a judge or maybe serving on the ISU, U.S. Figure Skating or U.S. Olympic Committee - if that's possible. Skating is the only thing I love doing and I can't imagine doing anything else that doesn't involve skating!
My hobbies are ... raising bunnies, playing with my dogs, going to the movies and camping.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I have three sisters. My younger sister, Audrey, is a really good singer and she has won a lot of singing competitions. She used to skate with me when we were younger but she decided that she wanted to pursue other talents when she was about 8 years old. She was asked to record a song for a skater last year and one day I'm going to perform to one of her songs! I can't wait to find out what my baby sisters are going to do when they get older!
The best moment of my figure skating career thus far was ... placing third at the 2012 U.S. Championships and getting to skate in the HP Pavilion. It was a lot of fun and super exciting! It was such a great reward for all the years I worked so hard and for all that my family has sacrificed for me. It really encouraged me to continue my commitment and dedication to figure skating. I hope that it was just the beginning and that I will get many more opportunities to perform at prestigious events.
Jump: Triple Salchow
Thing to do on a day off: Shopping with my mom
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
Snack: Kashi cereal
Meal: California rolls
Program of my career: My current short program, "Amelie." I love the music and the choreography. It is very balletic and beautiful.
Gloves or No Gloves
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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