August 12, 2009
Once again, sorry it has
been so long since I last wrote an entry! Where to start?
The past couple of months have been pretty busy for me. I
was in Bulgaria in March for Junior Worlds, which was pretty
exciting to go back to. Sofia has become very pretty over
the past couple of years, so it was nice to see some of the
changes that had occurred. I
skated fairly well and ended up third, so it was a good
experience for me.
a short break from Junior Worlds, I started my search for
new music. Since this year is an Olympic year, I wanted both
programs to be perfect. We searched for weeks and weeks
until finally Irina, my choreographer, thought of Polovtsian
Dances. I love
the music, and I think it will be a beautiful program to
skate to this year. After we found the long, we started
searching for the short. We wanted something really strong
and dynamic, so we chose music from “Once Upon a Time in
America”, performed by Yo-Yo Ma. It is a really cool take on
the piece; it is somewhat different from the original.
I am just working on getting my programs consistent for
Moran Memorial, which is the last weekend in August. I was
disappointed that I missed out on Liberty this year; I was
really looking forward to competing in it. Unfortunately, I
had some skate issues so I wasn't able to skate the short.
Anyway, training is going well, and Priscilla is pushing me
as always, not that it’s a bad thing. Also,
I have some exciting news; Tara Lipinski is going to be my
mentor! I have always looked up to her, and it was amazing
to hear about her skating career. Because she lives on the
opposite side of the country, we haven’t been able to do too
much but she has talked to me about her Olympic experience
and how she dealt with everything leading up to it. It is so
inspiring to hear her story, and hopefully her advice will
Moran Memorial I am going to be headed to Moscow and Nagano
for my Grand Prixs. I am so excited for both. I have always
wanted to see Red Square, so now may be my chance. Also it
will be really cool to go to Nagano since that is where Tara
won her Olympic gold. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Hope
everyone is doing well.