1. How did you start skating?
I started skating at the age of six when my mom decided that it would be a good idea to sign me up for some ice skating lessons at the local rink. I was spellbound by what the higher-level skaters could do--the spins, the jumps, the fast skating--and have been at it ever since.
2. What part of skating do you like the best?
To me, figure skating is such a unique and interesting sport in that not only does the sport values both athleticism and artistry, but there’s always some aspect of my skating to improve on—always. Jumps, spins, choreography, skating skills, posture, carriage, interpretation, more jumps, more spins…and the list goes on. Most importantly, though, you have to make it look aesthetically pleasing and effortless. That’s the challenge that I strive to work towards every day.
Also, skating has given me the opportunity for me to travel to new places that I would not have otherwise been able to go to. I’ve traveled across the nation, from Salt Lake City to Houston, from Lake Placid to Greensboro, and across the world, from Hong Kong to Tokyo. Thanks to becoming a competitive figure skater, I’ve been to places that I would have never dreamed of going to.
3. Who is your role model?
I look up to many skaters, like Brian Boitano, Patrick Chan, Daisuke Takahashi, Evan Lysacek, and Michelle Kwan. But if I had to choose just one, it would be Kim Yuna. Yuna’s jumps are textbook, her choreography sophisticated, her mind of steel. She has endured so much throughout her career, and yet, despite her successes, she has always maintained composure and humility. I will always remember that she skated over to autograph my program after the ladies' free skate at the 2009 World Championships—thank you!
4. Your best skating moment?
Standing on the podium at 2012 US Nationals. I still remember that moment so vividly; it's still so fresh in my memory. Although I had a rough free skate, I was so lucky to have gotten a medal--a memento and something to acknowledge all the hard work I put in to training leading up to that event.
5. Worst skating moment? Or most embarrassing?
When I competed at a local competition in the Intermediate level, I remember throwing up at the end of my short program. I have since learned not to eat lunch right before I compete.