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so I let him stay in ballet longer and I think it helped him.

Hetty, why did you choose hockey, figure skating, gymnastics and ballet for Nathan at a young age?

HW: To be honest, I don’t know why I chose skating. Nathan’s sister did chess, and I wanted to choose something different for him, and I thought skating was a good activity because it was more oriented on training and not going to a lot of games. I also felt like being in only one sport is too stressful for young kids and it’s better for them mentally to have fun doing other sports.

Brandon, how did Nathan’s athleticism progress once he began working with you in the 2014–15 season?

BS: He was already a well-rounded athlete when I began working with him, in regard to motor skill development, movement mechanics and cognitive processing skills. I was not surprised when he told me that he had competed in

gymnastics throughout his childhood, and still competed in ice hockey at the present time. Due to already having a solid athletic base, we were able to progress at a more rapid rate from an off-ice training perspective. I would imagine the same could be said for on-the-ice progression rates, but I will leave that answer for Nathan and his coach.

At a certain point there is a limit on time and resources to be able to participate in multiple sports. Parents or coaches may push an athlete to be committed to one sport and give up other activities. How do you deal with this?

KA: I don’t think there’s a specific time, at least early on, that an athlete needs to specialize in only one sport. However, somewhere along the line, athletes need to begin to translate their athletic skills to sport-specific skills. In skating, this is like learning how to jump on the ice, maybe by learn- ing rotational jumps off ice so this skill becomes sport specific. Once the athlete is trying to learn more advanced sport-specific skills [like landing an

Axel], the emphasis becomes on learning the skill, not translating athleticism to the sport.

HW: We had this challenge with both gym- nastics and hockey. We asked his coaches to allow him to participate as much as possible. As parents, we monitored Nathan to see if he enjoyed participating in other sports, and made our decision based largely on this. I feel like young skaters now can do like Nathan did — go to school, do other sports and do skating. It’s OK to have fun and be a normal kid. Brandon Siakel (CSCS) is a USOC strength and conditioning coach who works with World and Olympic Team athletes, including 2018 World champion Nathan Chen. Kat Arbour (CSCS, Ph.D., PT) resides in Boston, and has a long history of working with developmental to international competitive skaters. She is the creator of, an off-ice training program website for figure skating. Peter Zapalo is the director of sports science and medicine at U.S. Figure Skating in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Te Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skat- ing College Scholarship Program was estab- lished through the Pioneer Fund in 2009 to assist current or former U.S. Figure Skating eligible skaters who dedicated their lives to skating, and now wish to pursue a full-time college education. Te Pioneer Fund serves as the private charitable foundation of the late Helen McLoraine as a way to support projects and organizations she had contrib- uted to throughout her life. Deeply influenced by her mother’s dedication to philanthropy, Helen became a generous benefactor to others, with her passion for figure skating, higher education and medical research. U.S. Figure Skating is pleased to announce the ninth class of schol- arship recipients. Te scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarships totaling $240,000 were

awarded to 36 finalists representing more than 19 different figure skating clubs from California to Colorado, Illinois to New York. Applications are evaluated based on a com- bination of academic performance and other applicant information including participation and leadership in school and community activities, a statement of goals and aspirations, and an essay.

Final awards are also based on financial- need consideration.

Tis college scholarship program will

continue to award $240,000 in future years, and between 35 to 45 scholarships will be awarded annually. Tis program is open to skaters in ladies, men, pairs and ice dance who have competed at the novice level or above in a U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned competition, and who enroll in full-time undergraduate study.

Te two-month application period for 2019 scholarships will open in mid-December 2018. For more information and an applica- tion, visit after Dec. 15, 2018.


Samantha Abelson, North Atlantic FSC Rachael Bachman, Columbus FSC Taylor Blair, Ames FSC Brittney Canter, Columbus FSC Gabrielle Carl, Palm Beach FSC Florence Cushman, Santa Fe FSC Olivia Dahlgren, North Jersey FSC Emma Gray, Chicago FSC Meghan Halaburda, Fort Wayne ISC

Nicole Keeley, SC of Boston Marcha Kiatrungrit, Washington FSC Adrienne Koob-Doddy, Peninsula SC Daniel Kulenkamp, FSC of Southern California Seungil Lee, SC of Boston Vivian Luo, Pasadena FSC Sarah Lyle, Utah FSC Isabella Martin, Miami FSC Hannah Miller, Lansing SC Ashley Moran, Skokie Valley SC Kieu-My Nguyen, Individual member Elena Pulkinen, Coyotes SC of Arizona Elana Sargent, Pilgrim SC Jonathan Schultz, FSC of Southern California Benjamin Shou, SC of New York Kevin Shum, SC of Boston Kristen Stamm, Broadmoor SC Natasha Strbiak, Cascade Valley FSC Delaney Sullivan, Northern ISC Jessica Tran, Summit FSC of North Carolina Ryan VanDoren, Colonial FSC Lydia Waterman, Denver FSC Cailey Weaver, Panthers FSC Karen Wei, Buffalo SC Hannah Wheeler, Starlight Ice Dance Club Alice Yang, St. Moritz ISC Evelyn Zhang, Stockton FSC


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