*2012 U.S. pewter medalist
*Two-time Junior Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2008, bronze in '07)
*2007 U.S. novice champion, '05 U.S. intermediate silver medalist
Started skating at age 5 when he tried it with a friend for fun ... Says "even though it was awful," he really enjoyed learning to skate and continued taking lessons ... Switched coaches in December 2011, moving from Priscilla Hill in Alexandria Va., to Colorado Springs to train under Christy Krall, Eddie Shipstad and Catarina Lindgren.
Parents are Masoud and Maryam ... Has a Golden Retriver named Dillon ... Skates at the Michael Weiss Foundation annual show ... Won the National Honor Society Academic award in 11th and 12th grades ... Active member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Volunteers at the International Cancer Advocacy Foundation (ICAN) by organizing and cataloging research relevant to various cancers.
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IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I'd be a pretty normal guy at a college in some big city.
I look up to ... all of the fantastic Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Being surrounded by such motivated and diverse people inspires me to continue training.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... jumping, spinning, skating ... almost everything except early morning sessions. Especially not early morning sessions. I am generally unpleasant at 7:30 in the morning.
My figure skating hero is ... anyone who dedicates their life to this sport.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... watching corny sitcoms and listening to overly upbeat music.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... go to college and meet lots of people completely outside of skating.
My hobbies are ... playing piano, reading, reddit, most things tech, politics, listening to podcasts.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I'm quite the techie. I enjoy building computers, web design, coding, hacking and general developments in consumer technology. It's purely coincidental that I sometimes develop debilitating stomachaches when there's a huge tech keynote.
The best moment of my figure skating career thus far was ... recovering from a very rough season and finishing on the podium at the 2012 U.S. Championships.
I always ... tie my skates over and over again. Before warm up (at least three times), during warm up, after warm up (another two times). I'd tie my skates during the program if I could. Maybe I'm on to something ...
Jump: Triple Axel
Thing to do on a day off: Read by the pool
Way to relax: Deep tissue massage
Olympic sport: Dressage
Snack: Fro Yo
Costume of my career: My "Avatar" outfit was a ton of fun. We seriously considered adding a tail. Okay, maybe not.
Gloves or No Gloves
E-Reader or Book
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Treadmill or Trail
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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