This girl is on fire!

Figure Skating

Yesterday Keara spent the afternoon/evening in Apple Valley. She took 2 US Figure Skating tests. Pre-Preliminary Freeskate and Pre-Juvenile Moves in the field. She passed BOTH!! This is a HUGE accomplishment! We are so proud of all the hard work it took to pass!!! She received bonus points and high marks on everything!

“The test structure is the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating. Passing skill tests presided over by official judges advances the skater to the next level. Skaters test in moves in the field, free skating, pairs and ice dancing. As a skater advances, the tests become more difficult.” Read More here

 You can read more about the 2 tests below. There are 8 tests total in each category. She’s now onto the 4th test for Moves, and the 2nd test for Freeskate 🙂


Figure Skating, Life of a Skater

​May 26, 2017 One of Keara’s coaches was at a coach conference. He posted a pic of himself and figure skater Jason Brown on Facebook. Since Jason is Keara’s FAVORITE male skater EVER! I asked her coach if he could get her an autograph if he saw Jason again. The next evening he texted me something WAY better!!!!  Rodrigo made Keara’s day (probably her YEAR!! She hasn’t stopped smiling and she’s been landing axels non-stop! (Jumping for joy 😂)😘😘😘 Special Thank you to Jason Brown for doing it for her! ❤️#USFigureskater #JasonBrown #Axelclub #MaleIdol

2017 Rising Stars Competition June 3rd

Competition, Figure Skating

On Saturday we spent the entire day in Blaine, MN at the 2017 Northern Blades Rising Stars Figure Skating competition. Keara skated in 2 events which were a level above her norm.. in other words she skated up a level. She normally skates at No Test, but Saturday she skated Pre-Preliminary Well Balanced. The difference is she started landing her axel a month ago and SHE decided to skate at that level in competition regardless of her axel being new.

Keara went into the competition knowing it was going to be a tough one. She knew that the other kids competing were most likely going to be more experienced, and older. This did NOT scare her away.

Event #1 Pre-Preliminary Compulsory. She placed 3rd out of 6

Event #2 Pre-Preliminary Free Skate Well Balanced. She placed 5th out of 12. Not bad for an 8 year old skating up a level! She landed 1 out of 2 axels!!! It was her first time doing them in a competition. To say my husband and I are proud is an understatement. Blessed for amazing coaches who believe in her and helped her to get one step closer to her goal!

Rising Stars 2017

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 And with a flick of a switch..

Figure Skating

Tuesday a light switch went off. Keara has been struggling  with a mental block that caused her not to fully rotate in her axel. She would put her foot down early. If she was on the pole harness she would do amazing axels without the coach lifting her at all. As soon as he took the pole away she would go back to the same old ways.

This has gone on for months. Her coaches kept telling her she could do it and how amazing her axels were when she was on the pole harness. But No matter what anyone said something was stopping her.

How do you tell someone to do something that completely freaks them out? I know I can’t imaging jumping in the air, crosssing my feet and arms and rotating 1.5 turns backwards in the air. I can understand the fear. 
Keara has shed many tears over this darn axel. Anytime I’d bring up the axel she’d get this look on her face that I can’t describe. Almost like a disappointment. I even went as far as doing psychological work with her to find out what was going on and what scared her so much about the axel. Along with applying essential oils constantly. Mainly at 5am before leading to the rink. Weve been doing this for weeks. 

The funny thing is she was able to do a double salchow. The salchow is the same as an axel but has a three turn before it. So they are very similar. 

Her coaches never gave up and no matter how frustrated they got or us as parents. They kept pushing her so she could reach her goal. One of her goals was to get her axel while she was 8 years old. So she can start nailing her doubles. Her long term goal is Junior Nationals by 2020. 

Well a light switch went off Tuesday 5-9-17. This day is one to be remembered. Keara landed 12 perfect axels!!! Unfortunately I wasn’t there to get a video 😞 However Wednesday I walked into the rink to witness her land the most amazing axel. When I saw her do it I got goose bumps on my entire body. The look she gave me showed accomplishment and excitement. I couldn’t believe what I just witnessed. She came and told me to watch her do I decided to video. And what did she do?? She nailed the AXEL!!!! I’ve watch his video over and over because it’s amazing! After she did that her coach had her do a combination jump axel/toe loop. See the videos below. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts as she continues towards her long term goal!