After returning from Sochi you pretty much went back to normal life as a high school student. Was that a hard transition? What’s the toughest part of living in two worlds – the international ice skating spotlight and the everyday life of an 11th grader? What’s the most fun part?
I’m a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. I love my school, I love to learn, and it’s a very important part of my life. Returning from Sochi, I went right back to school and I went back to normal right away. Life continues. The Olympic experience was amazing, but it was also three weeks of my life compared to 12 years of being an everyday student at school. The most challenging thing about balancing my skating with my school is just keeping up with all of my work as I travel internationally and participate in the highest level of competition. My school really helps with everything, and we work together to create a great schedule. Going to school really helps me to separate my sports life from my everyday life, which is fun because it lets me do fun, different things that are completely aside from skating. It’s fun to have many friends and classmates.
Your mom is one of your coaches. What is it like taking instruction from your mother?
Having my mom as my coach is both helpful and difficult at the same time. It’s helpful because since she’s my mom, she knows what’s going on all the time, and what I do at home and how my everyday schedule affects my skating. It’s also difficult because since she’s my mom, we don’t always agree on things. However, I am thankful that she pushes me hard to reach my goals.
You make triple-triples look like a piece of cake, but you must have “off” days when things don’t seem to go well on the ice. How do you stay confident in a sport where perfection is the standard expected by judges?
Every day is different, and you can’t expect to have everything perfect at all times in any sport. Figure skating is a very difficult coordination sport, and many things can influence your good or bad days. Training leads up to that important competition day, and that is where you try to reach your peak. I stay confident by understanding that this sport is a step-by-step process that will bring results at the end of the day. I consistently stay with my training plan, which helps me to do that step-by-step process.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Favorite way to spend a free day?
Going to Great America Theme Parks with friends
Favorite place you’ve visited?
Last song listened to on your iPod?
Christina Aguilera songs
Beauty product you must have?
Favorite fashion trend right now?
Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?
I’d rather be invisible