I am proud to be a skater. Since I started skating at age five, the sport has taken me around the U.S. and the world, and I’m very lucky that I get to do it every day. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming skating season; my goal is build on my successes from this past year, where I won the bronze medal at the NHK Trophy in Japan, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and the Four Continents Championships. However, it’s a lot of hard work. Don’t be fooled by the sparkly costumes and the lyrical music; for me and for my competitors to skate at our level, the training, both on and off-ice, as well as maintaining consistency, is very tough. In fact, publications like Sports Illustrated and USA Today have included “landing a quadruple jump” in their lists of the most difficult things to do in sports. As I practice my quad jumps, I completely agree with them!

If I could, I would live on the ice all the time. I played hockey until a few years ago, and would still be doing it if my coaches Peter and Mark wouldn’t kill me! I try to be a good sportsman, teammate, and competitor, and to stay cool under pressure. If I could give a gift to younger athletes, I would tell them that there are no shortcuts. Work hard and it pays off.

In fact, my biggest inspiration is my 91-year-old grandfather, who grew up on a farm in Missouri during the Great Depression, was a SeaBee in the Navy during World War II, and started his own successful construction company. He is my biggest fan (sorry, Mom and Dad) and when I went to visit him in his home in Iowa after Four Continents this past February, he said to me, “Just try as hard as you can. That’s all anyone can ask.” I try to live up to his request every day.

When you visit (and revisit!), you’ll be able to follow my progress in training, competitions, travels, and thoughts throughout the skating season. You’ll also be able to look at my past programs, and see some embarrassing pictures of myself as a kid. And while I have a great passion for this sport, it is not the only thing I like to do, so I hope you’ll learn more about me as a person as well as an athlete.

I would like to especially thank David Carmichael ( and Sarah S. Brannen ( for the wonderful photographs they have provided.

Thanks so much for visiting my site.