Five favorite things with Stephen Carriere

Boston skater shares vivid memory of Michelle Kwan's free skate at 2004 U.S. Championships

Stephen Carriere has a long list of classic novels he wants to read.
Stephen Carriere has a long list of classic novels he wants to read. (Sarah S. Brannen)


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(02/01/2013) - Although he is only 23 years old, Stephen Carriere is a veteran competitor. He won the U.S. junior title in 2006, followed by the Junior Grand Prix title that year and the world junior championship in 2007. In the years since, he has earned the bronze at the 2008 U.S. Championships and brought home medals from the NHK Trophy, Cup of China, the Finlandia Trophy and Nebelhorn Trophy.

Carriere grew up in the Boston area, where he formerly trained with Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson, and later moved to Delaware to work with Priscilla Hill. He is back in his hometown, working with coach Suna Murray and attending Boston College, where he is majoring in business. What's your favorite TV show?

Carriere: My favorite TV shows are Nikita, New Girl and Castle. What's your favorite book?

Carriere: My favorite book -- I was just glued to it -- was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. But I have a resolution to read a book a week this year. I want to read a lot of the classics -- Les Misérables, Anna Karenina, all the classics that have been turned into movies lately. I do want to read The Beautiful and the Damned and Don Quixote. I've also got Steve Jobs' biography, so I want to read that, too. What's the favorite place you've ever visited?

Carriere: My favorite place is Japan. Japan is always great, and the fans are always so appreciative and fun, and very loud. Loud but polite. Of all your costumes, which was your favorite?

Carriere: I've really liked either the one I had last year for the short, with the flowers, or my short a little while ago from "Stairway to Heaven," with the dragon down the side of the leg and the green top. What's your all-time most memorable skating performance?

Carriere: Michelle Kwan's Tosca long program, 2004. I was able to get down to the lower bowl and watch from the third row, and I distinctly remember, at the end of that program, everyone was standing, and she had one of her many Michelle moments, and everybody was sobbing, crying. Christine Zukowski and her mom were sitting in front of me, and they turned around and their eyes were so red. Everybody was crying; it was amazing. I get chills just reliving that.