*2013 World Junior silver medalist
*2012 World junior bronze medalist
*2010 U.S. junior champion, 2007 U.S. juvenile champion
*2009 U.S. novice bronze medalisty, 2008 U.S. intermediate silver medalist
Began skating at age 3 after being inspired by his older sister to get into the sport.
Parents are Steven and Marla ... Sister is Jordan (19) and brother is Dylan (14) ... Member of the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team, the Highland Park Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society ... Received the Athlete Alumni Ambassadors Award, the Ralph Potter Memorial award for Exceptional Ability and Achievement and the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence ... Works with Chicago Cares to help renovate underprivileged schools in the Chicago area ... Has participated in a variety of charity shows and has worked with Alzheimer’s patients ... Supports Tsunami Relief, The Susan G. Komen 3-Day, City Skate outreach program and the Beyond Sports Foundation.
IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would probably be either a gymnast, soccer player or a volleyball player. I love sports and truly could not see myself living a life without them. I played soccer until I was in eighth grade and loved it. I was never as serious about it as I was skating, but I loved being part of a team and having teammates who play and compete in tournaments with you. On the other hand, I love volleyball. I've really only played in school during gym, but I really love the sport and truly enjoy playing it! I've always wanted to play, but never really had the time. I probably wouldn't be great considering my height, but you never know. Finally, gymnastics has always intrigued me. I did it when I was little and absolutely loved it! When I was younger, I was told that I had to choose between gymnastics or skating...I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if I picked gymnastics, but I couldn't be happier with my choice.
My favorite thing about performing is ... the audience! I love playing a character while I skate and really getting into the mood of my program. The best feeling is when you are performing and the crowd is supporting you and is really getting into the program, and you feel them cheering you on as the program begins to end. Also, I love performing in front of judges and having the opportunity to act and play a role on the ice that is absolutely nothing like me and the way I would act off the ice!
Ways to condition off-ice: Biking, swimming laps
Warm up music: Any time of pump up music that puts me in a good mood!
Jump: Triple flip
Skating maneuver: Hydroplane
Way to relax: Lying down in my parents’ room watching a movie!
Olympic sport: Gymnastics
Beverage: Ice cold water
Snack: Apples and peanut butter
Team: Chicago Bulls
Book: Romeo and Juliet
Prorgam of my career: "Nessun Dorma" because it was my first free skate as a senior at the U.S. Championships and the crowd responded in a way I had only imagined in my dreams. It was truly incredible to have received a standing ovation.
Gloves or No Gloves
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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