Announced the end of their partnership following the 2011-12 season.
Hawayek and Bramante are the 2011 U.S. novice bronze medalists ... Started skating together in June 2010.
Hawayek began skating when she was 4 -- "My older older brother played hockey, and I was always at the rink watching him." ... Participated in the basic Skills Program from 2000-02 ... Father, Jonathan, works in pharmaceuticals and mother, Kirstin, is a consultant ... Has an older brother (Bradley, 17) and a younger brother (Nathan, 11) ... Has two Springer Spaniels, Lexie and Zoey ... Has made the honor roll every semester at the Nardin Academy ... Has received her school district's Superintendent's Art Award ... Member of the National Junior Honor Society ... Works as a learn-to-skate coach ... Has participated in the Run4Leah, which raises awareness and funding for NF2 (Neurofibromatosis 2) ... Previously partnered with Tyler Popiela ... If she weren't a skater, she would want to be an actress ... Skater she most admires is Kaitlyn Weaver ... Favorite quote: "Never let your fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." ... Hobbies include drawing, dancing, singing, playing the piano and skiing ... Defining life moment is standing on the podium at the 2011 U.S. Championships ... Wants to go to college for a biology-related field and coach after she's done competing ... Training town is 350 miles from her home, so she travels back and forth from Buffalo to Detroit every week with one of her parents.
Bramante started skating when he was 4 years old -- "My best friend, Mikey, was told to skate by his orthopedist, so I joined him and fell in love with skating fast!" ... Participated in the Basic Skills Program from 1997-99 ... Previously competed with Crystal Parisek and Susan Enright, winning the intermediate silver medal at the 2008 U.S. Junior Championships with the latter ... Has been coached by Justin and Hilary Pekarek ... Older brother, Matthew works in Hollywood as a special effects artist; worked on movies such as Tron
and Real Steel
and as well as many Super Bowl commercials ... Father, Jim, is a movie theater owner and mother, Paula, is the vice president of eLearning at the New England College of Business ... Has a 150-pound Newfoundland named Hollie ... Attends the New England College of Business, where he made the Dean's List his freshman year ... Graduated Dover Sherborn Regional High School in 2010 ... Was captain of his high school's cross country ski team ... Is an Eagle Scout, for which he did a leadership project that involved managing a team of skaters and scouts to build an outdoor gazebo, benches and planter for the Skating Club of Boston ... Works part time at the Detroit Skating Club in the hockey office and volunteers in the DSC learn-to-skate program ... If he weren't a skater, he'd want to be a successful entrepreneur ... Skaters he most admires are Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir and Meryl Davis & Charlie White ... Favorite quote: "Impossibilities can always be broken down into possibilities." ... Enjoys everything about cars (F1 racing, American muscle cars, etc.), boating, skiing, hockey, ballroom dancing, and spending time with family and friends ... Defining life moment was his first competition in Lake Placid, when he stood at center ice in the 1980 rink, the same sheet where the "Miracle on Ice" took place ... Wants to continue his education, coach and develop the skills to become a successful entrepreneur after he's done skating.
2012 Season NotesSD Music: "Sway" by the Pussycat Dolls and "Tequila" by the Champs
FD Music: "Alegria," "Querer" and "Irna" from Cirque du Soleil
Costumes designed by Rest Elegance (SD) and Stephanie Miller/Luanne Williams (FD)
2011 Season NotesFD Music: "Strictly Violin" by ND and "The Red Violin" by Ikuko Kawai
Won the novice bronze medal at the U.S. Championships