Inspiration from the 2010 U.S. Ladies Champion, Rachael Flatt

I’ve known Rachael for many years.  She is one of the hardest workers I know and has dedicated many years to achieving this goal!  Rachael is also a nice person and a tremendous scholar.

Rachael entertains the audience in this video of her short program at the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Rachael is known for consistently skating well!  Her consistency and strong technical ability helped earned Rachael this national championship.

Be sure to watch Rachael at the Olympics!  She competes in the short program on Tuesday, February 23, and the long program on Thursday, February 25.
February 22, 2010

Inspiration from the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Men’s Champion, Jeremy Abbott

Wow, brings back the memories.  It’s great to see a nice guy have success!  I’ve known Jeremy since he lived in Aspen, Colorado.  Jeremy and I trained together at the World Arena in Colorado Springs for almost 10 years.  I remember when Jeremy did pairs for a period.  Jeremy, his pair partner, Brittany Vise, and my sister, Christina, and I all medaled in Open Juvenile Pairs at the 1999 Junior Nationals (then called Junior Olympics).

This is an inspiring video of Jeremy from his 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships long program in Spokane, Washington.  Jeremy overcomes the pressure of trying to defend his national title and make it to the Olympics. He keeps his focus throughout each element in his four-and-a-half minute long program.  Not only does Jeremy have great technical ability, but he’s also one of the most artistic male skaters in the world.

Watch Jeremy at the Olympics!  He competes in the short program on Tuesday, February 16, and the long program on Thursday, February 18.

February 15, 2010

Inspiration from the 2010 U.S. Pairs Champions, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett

I remember when I competed against Jeremy and his former partner, Shantel Jordan, at the 2004 North American Challenge Skate in Waterloo, Canada.  We both were on the podium at that event!

Watch Caydee and Jeremy’s speed, aggressiveness, and strength of technical elements in this video of their long program from the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  Very impressive!

Be sure to watch Caydee and Jeremy at the Olympics!  They compete in the short program on Sunday, February 14, and the long program on Monday, February 15.

February 13, 2010