This past weekend Keara had the opportunity to skate in Maple Grove’s 18th Annual Ice Show. She had a group number and a solo performance. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and 1 out of 2 shows were cancelled on Saturday. However I was able to get a video of Friday nights rehearsal of her solo.
Even though the performances were cut short she had a great time hanging out with fellow skaters in the locker room. Her younger sister’s large Dream Duffel dance bag was a hit! Room for others to hang their costumes and carry everything we needed in one bag; skates and all. Now she wants her own Dream Duffel. However I’m pretty sure she doesn’t need a large one. So thanks Dream Duffel! The bag was a hit among fellow skaters!
On February 28th Keara landed numerous BIG, Beautiful, perfect Double Salchows. After that her coaches asked her to do it with the arm up feature. SHE DID IT!!! It looked awesome! Below are both videos. #hardwork #doublesalchow #proudparents #usfigureskating
Her coach posted this on his Facebook page.
This morning my girl Keara started landing “real” 2S and hitting every single one of them. Then Mandy asked her to try with the arm up feature and we can say is not too shabby for the first time! Go Keara!! So proud of you!!
Exciting day for Keara. She has been constantly landing her Double Salchow but today landed a CLEAN double loop! She came off the ice so excited with a smile ear to ear! She said she was so excited she was shaking! 💜 she said “Today is my lucky day or it could be my shirt!” Well I’m so happy I was able to witness it first hand. Of course we needed a picture to mark the day! Xoxo #Futureolympian #USfigureskating #Bestdayever
Happy Valentines Day!
Yesterday Keara had the opportunity to skate on a local news stations ice rink. We braved the cold of -1 degrees at 530am. Needless to say even though we froze it was a great experience shared with fellow skaters from Maple Grove Skate School.
View Kare 11 Instagram post Here you can see Keara spin 🙂
Below are some highlights from our morning!
This morning Keara and her coaches had a little fun! Let the 2018 Winter Olympics begin! Keara wants to be IN the 2026 Winter Olympics. I wish I had those goals when I was 9 years old! Xoxo
Today Keara came one step closer to her goal. She passed her Preliminary Free skate test with flying colors! She received extra points and walked away with a 5.4!! Here is a link to US Figure Skating to learn more about their tests. http://www.usfsa.org/content/AllAboutTests.pdf
We received this email below from US figure skating this evening. To say she’s excited is an understatement. She’s now ready to compete at Preliminary Well balances where she will be doing double jumps plus her axel. She can’t wait to compete with her NEW program and dress 😉
Congratulations on passing the Preliminary Free Skating test!
The U.S. Figure Skating test structure is the backbone of participation in figure skating, and you should feel proud of this accomplishment. Passing this test allows you to compete at the preliminary level in nonqualifying competitions, and opens the door to many new opportunities.
Each official U.S. Figure Skating test that you pass is a permanent achievement that goes on your U.S. Figure Skating record. In addition, with each test that you pass, you become one step closer to achieving the highest accomplishment in testing, passing your senior or gold test. Skaters who achieve that goal earn the title “U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist,” which they carry forever.
Here is to the next step! Xoxo
This weekend, 2 years ago Keara entered her very first figure skating competition. I can’t believe how far she has come in 2 years. Her hard work and dedication to the sport has paid off tremendously! Enjoy the video 🙂
Recently Keara was asked to be in a off-ice stretching video. This video is for a personal trainer out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota who has a company that offers video subscriptions for everyone (including figure skaters). However he also offers other training programs; One on One personal training, small group training, and is a nutrition and wellness consultant, etc.
Visit his website 1solidcore.com to learn more and sign up . Make sure you told him you saw Keara’s video!! 🙂 Keara is signed up and will be doing the stretching, and strength training, landing exercises for jumps, etc….I might even jump in and “attempt” (key word is attempt) 😉 HA!
Here is a demo of the off-ice stretching video Keara did. The video that will be available online is longer and more complex, however this gives you a quick view.
On October 4 – 8, 2017 Keara skated at the 2018 Upper Great Lakes Non-Qualifying Competition. Keara did AMAZING!! She placed 9th out of 14, unfortunately she missed a major component which was a combination jump in her Axel. She didn’t make it into the Championship round but placing 9th is a HUGE accomplishment! Enjoy the Video ♥
Click here to view RESULTS –Keara’s on Page 5 Group (PrePreliminary Girls QR Group A)