At just 3 ½ years old, I took my first steps on the ice. It started at Christopher Morley Park in Manhasset, NY with group lessons. My mom told me that I always wanted to be the first one on the ice and was consistently the last one off. I began taking private lessons and started competing Freestyle. Fast forward a couple of years and I had passed my Senior Moves in the Field Test. I had heard about Synchronized Skating from a couple of girls at the rink and later found out about tryouts for a team called Skyliners.
After making the Novice line for Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team in 2007, I quickly learned that ‘synchro’ was my calling. Synchronized Skating is a team effort comprised of 20 skaters and characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.
In 2008, I tried out for the Junior team began competing as part of Team USA with Skyliners. For three years, I enjoyed competing on behalf of Team USA all around the world. Luckily, in 2011, when I had to make a decision on where to go to college, I found my self at Miami University. Miami is one of the few schools to offer Synchronized Skating as a NCAA sport. After winning the National Championship with Skyliners, I did not want to give up skating. I tried out for the synchro team as a freshman. Lucky for me, Miami Synchronized Skating Team is unique in the fact that it is both NCAA sanctioned and part of Team USA. I was fortunate enough to have earned a spot as a Miami Redhawk. I have to say that there really is something special about being able to represent your school and your country.
In 2013, I had the fabulous opportunity of joining The German National Skating Team, when I joined Team Berlin 1, in Berlin, Germany. Skating for Germany, at the Senior level, was a very different experience than from when I skated for Team USA. I was able to learn different coaching styles and adopted new techniques, only to enhance my skills more.
After long thought, I decided to retire from competitive skating at the end of the 2013-2014 season. I hope to be able to inspire other young skaters and motivate each student to their fullest potential.