What were you feeling when you found out your team earned a spot on Team USA?
Upon finding out that we had earned a spot on Team USA each member of the Junior team was ecstatic. Earning a spot on Team USA had been our ultimate goal for a very long time; we had been working persistently and were confident that, in time, our hard work would pay off. We were rewarded for our effort in March 2012 in Worchester MA at Nationals. Our coaches were extremely proud that we had reached our goal, and we were more thankful than ever for their efforts that got us to a level worthy of a spot on Team USA. In addition we were thankful for the constant support of our families and friends, without which our goal would have been unattainable. Shortly after we finished celebrating, we looked at the big picture; realizing that very few young ladies our age will ever have the opportunity like the one in front of us. Knowing that, going forward we stepped up our training, commitment, and sportsmanship, and are determined to makeour time on Team USA the most memorable experience possible.
How does it feel being a member of the first Synchroettes team to travel to an international assignment?
Being the first Synchroettes Team to receive an international assignment has had a huge impacton our organization. The younger skaters look up to us more than ever before and the entire organization has really rallied in support of the Junior Team. Over the past few years the Junior Team has hosted numerous bake sales for various fund raisers and non-profit organizations. Our Pre-Juvenile, Beginner, and Juvenile Teams have recently begun hosting their own bake sales to raise funds for the Junior Team’s travel expenses. This is a generous effort that the Junior Team is very thankful for. Without the foundation of young skaters in the organization, we would not have the necessary support for the success of the individual teams as well as the growth of the organization on a whole.
What kind of training have you been doing to prepare for the Junior World Qualifier and your competition in Sweden? Is it any different from how you’ve trained in past seasons?
Our on and off ice training, both with the team and individually, has become significantly more serious. We are still on the ice as a team 3 days per week, but we are expected to train our step sequences and various parts of the program daily on our own. Off ice we all stretch and do abdominal workouts on our own every day. This season we are stressing the importance of core strength. Another important factor in cardio, which we train together as well as individually. The tone of practice has become more serious in that the stakes have become higher and our goals have become larger, we need to step up our training in order to reach them. In preparationfor JWQ and Sweden, we have had many added practices on the weekends and especially over the holiday break. We are well aware that the training, while it may be exhausting, will be worth it in the end.
How would you describe your team dynamics? How have your team dynamics changed over the years?
As far as team dynamic we are all extremely close with one another, thanks to countless hours bonding on and off the ice. The majority of the 2012-2013 Junior Team has been skating together since Juvenile in 2007.
What advice do you have for younger skaters who dream of being on a nationally competitive junior or senior team?
Advice that we woundgive to younger skaters would be to set goals and to keep working towards them no matter what. Even when you may become tired and frustrated with training, never give up. Believe in yourself, trust that your coaches have your best interest in mind, and trust your teammates like they are your sisters. Before you know it, you will be on Team USA answering interview questions for the Get It Called website, it’s hard to believe we made it to where we are today.