1. Did you get any input into your Grand Prix series selection this year? If yes, what are some of the factors in your input?
I did not get to choose either of my assignments this year. I felt lucky that I was assigned two! After I received my assignments Jason and I planned out my training schedule.
2. Are you going to make a few trips to Colorado Springs as you did in March to work with Kathy Casey and Christy Krall? Is it still relevant?
I enjoyed going out to Colorado and got a lot out of working with Kathy and Christy. At the present time I have no plans to return this season.
3. What will you miss the most about Toronto besides the friends you’ve made?
What I miss the most about Toronto is the city life, the subways, downtown, and all of the attractions you find in a big city. Currently, I live in a Michigan suburb about 40 minutes from downtown Detroit.
4. You are now training in Detroit alongside my current favorite woman skater Aissa Czisny. Do you have a close friendship with her and do you see that growing this year?
I have known Alissa for a few years. When I made the move to Detroit she opened her home to me and allowed me to stay with her until I was able to move into my own apartment. She is an incredible person on and off the ice.
5. What are your favorite SP and LP in the last four seasons?
Each year I gain a new favorite. In the past years I would say my favorite SP are Toccata and Fugue (2008) and Jonathon Livingston Seagull (2010) my favorite long may be Barber Concerto (2010). My current programs are my new favorites.
6. During the movie RISE the guest skaters were asked ‘what was the greatest lesson they learned from figure skating’. I believe it was Scott Hamilton who said “When you fall, you get back up.” What’s the greatest lesson figure skating has taught you?
I would say that skating has taught me self-discipline. I learned at an early age that if I wanted to achieve success I was expected to work and earn my time on the ice.
7. If you have the opportunity to interview any skater dead or alive which skater would you choose and why?
I would have to say John Curry because I admire his mix of athleticism and artistry and the work he did after his competitive career.
8. Are you superstitious? If yes, what are some of those superstitions?
One superstition that I have is with my skates. I put on my left skate first all of the time at practice and at competitions. I cannot remember when this started but I am uncomfortable if I start with my right. It is hard to explain, so I guess it is a superstition.
9. As I’m an only child myself, I’m curious as to what the best things are and what are the most challenging things about having so many brothers and sisters? And being the oldest, did/do you feel pressure to be a good role model?
One of the benefits of having so many brothers and sisters is that you always have a playmate when you are little and a friend when you are older. I am very close with my brothers and sisters. I can’t say I feel pressure to act a certain way but I do try and lead by example.
10. How do you motivate yourself in difficult times?
I try and gain perspective and find some gratitude. Then I try and focus on where I want to be and try not to get distracted.