Hey everyone, welcome to our blog. As the 2016/17 season comes to an end, it’s time to get rolling into the 2017/18 Olympic season! Josh and I have been busy picking out music, getting our programs choreographed, and gearing into this upcoming year. We are excited to announce our music choices and choreographers to you all and share a little bit about what we’ve been up to since nationals.
Placing 5th at the 2017 US Championships, we were thrilled with our results and how much we had overcome that season. After battling with injuries and sickness all year, we could finally relax knowing we skated programs to be proud of. I decided to take a week-long trip to Colorado Springs to visit my dad and older brother while Josh took a trip to Minnesota and Chicago to visit friends. We both came home feeling refreshed and ready to get back on the ice.
Once it was time to pick our program music we really wanted to take into consideration our style of skating, what we move well to, and what we feel when we’re in the moment of our programs. For our short program, we will be skating to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban. When deciding on this piece, we listened to a few different versions, but in the end we went with the original. Every time we listened to it, we could see and feel ourselves skating to it from our hearts. We contacted Ilona Melnichenko, asking if she would be willing to choreograph our short program; Ilona responded with excitement and many creative ideas. With her background in ice dance, we were excited to work with her. Luckily for us she teaches only 3.5 hours away from where we train, so we drove across to the east coast of Florida and spent one long, fun weekend learning crazy transitional moves and being pushed way out of our comfort zone. Eleven hours of choreography later, we had the most challenging 2 minute and 50 second program we’ve ever done together. We love this program and we’re so excited to continue improving it throughout the season.
For our long program music we picked Gone with the Wind. This piece has always been one that I love. After struggling to find music that both of us absolutely loved, this idea came to Josh, and I immediately felt strongly optimistic about it. We listened to it over and over and excitedly asked our coach what he thought. He was all for it and so were we. We asked Phillip Mills to choreograph our long. He has choreographed programs for many national champions, and world and Olympic skaters so we were overjoyed when he excitedly agreed to spend a week working with us. Josh and I are looking forward to debuting our new programs in July at Skate Detroit.
As some of you may remember, Josh had been struggling with a shoulder injury since Cup of China. A recent MRI showed a tear in his labrum and inflammation in his AC joint, but he was told he wouldn’t need surgery and that there were other options which he could pursue. He ended up getting a cortisone shot to the joint, which was the source of his pain. This seems to help a lot and we have been able to fully train since then. Josh’s injury recovery has allowed us to pick up where we left off on pushing the triple twist, our main focus. As we get back into program mode, we will continue zeroing in on the twist, finding new lift exits, and improving our program components. This will be an exciting year for everyone and we are looking forward to another great season!
Thank you for reading,