Born: April 16, 1993 in Montebello, California
Home Club: Pasadena FSC
Hometown: Arcadia, California
Training Center: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Coach: Tom Zakrajsek
Choreographers (2016-17 season): Jeffrey Buttle (SP), David Wilson (FS)
Goals (off ice only): My goal is to accept any challenge that life throws me and to become a better person from each experience. Sounds super cheesy, but it’s my honest opinion. I’m going to make mistakes and have success; I hope that under all circumstances, I can come away from everything as a role model and an inspiration.
When and how did you start skating?
I started skating when I was five years old in Pasadena, California. My parents used to take me golfing every day because that was the career they wanted me to have. They took me ice skating one day because we couldn’t go golfing due to the rain, and after that I kept asking to be taken to the skating rink. My parents always tell me that they never would have let me start if they had known how expensive and difficult figure skating is.
What is your favorite thing about skating?
My favorite thing about skating is that it gives people an opportunity to go faster than possible on foot. It also combines athleticism with grace, so it gives skaters a chance to relay stories or messages to the audience while demanding physical strength.
What is your least favorite thing about skating?
My least favorite thing about skating is that one bad performance can define a skater. It’s hard to practice for days on end with no one but your coach around, and then to have one bad skate that leads to harsh judgement from so many people can be stressful for anyone. I try not to let those things bother me, but sometimes it’s hard to escape the doubt.
Foods: Cheesecake, steak, sushi, ice cream, apples
Drinks: Cappuccinos, tea lattes, Royal Milk tea, bubble tea
TV show: The Big Bang Theory
Movies: The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tangled, Lilo & Stitch, Despicable Me, Frozen, anything Disney
Actors/Actresses: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr., James Franco, Chris Pine, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Emma Watson
Artists: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Fall out Boy, Kanye West, Eminem, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, One Republic, Hoodie Allen, Timeflies, Frank Ocean
Magazines: People, Vogue, Women’s Health
Animals: Dogs, wombats, sloths
Quotes: “Be not afraid of greatness, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – She’s the Man
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present.'”
Hobbies/interests besides figure skating: skateboarding, reading, art, dancing, going to garage sales, shopping, music
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(Courtesy: U.S. Figure Skating)