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Kwan honored with Distinguished Alumni Award Michelle Kwan, the


most decorated skater in American history, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Denver as part of its alumni weekend, May 17–19, in Denver. Kwan, who obtained a bachelor’s in


international relations from DU in 2009, was honored alongside Patricio Serna, former justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court; and Joseph Saunders, executive chairman and former CEO of Visa, Inc. Kwan, Saunders and Serna each re-


turned to campus and participated in lectures, conversations and Q&A sessions to share their stories from post-grad life. “It hasn’t been rainbows and butterflies,”


Kwan told DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp during the weekend’s events. “It’s challeng- ing. You need to follow your passion to a place where you can move the needle, being creative where you land and being fluid. If you don’t like the place that you land, just be flexible enough to adjust where you want to go and do good.”


Olympic champ to coach Knierims Two-time U.S. pairs


champions Alexa Scime- ca-Knierim and Chris Knierim have begun train- ing with Aliona Savchenko and her coaching team. The pair has trained under Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 2012. The pair will train in both the greater


Chicago area and Oberstdorf, Germany. “We are extremely grateful for the rela-


tionship and career we have built with Dalilah and all of our coaches at the World Arena,” Alexa said. “We will always cherish those experiences we shared together over the last six seasons.” “We are incredibly excited and moti-


vated to start our journey with the newly crowned Olympic champion Aliona Savchen- ko and the members of her team,” Chris added. Savchenko won the gold medal at the


2018 Olympic Winter Games, and is a six-time World pairs champion. “I am so happy that I am able to share


my passion with such a hardworking and intelligent pair,” Savchenko said. Last season, the Knierims won their


second U.S. title and the bronze medal in the Team Event at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.


Gambill moves training base


to Colorado Springs Olympic figure skat-


ing coach Tammy Gambill is moving her training base this summer to the World Arena Ice Hall in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I want to be in an


environment that includes all of the resources that the Olympic Training Center has to offer,” Gambill said. “I really enjoyed working with Christy (Krall) and Tom (Zakrajsek) this past season. I am excited about the energy at the World Arena Ice Hall and being around all of its coaches. After the Olympics, I was really motivated to take on this new challenge.” Gambill, who coached three athletes at


the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, has guided multiple international medalists in her career. Among her many students are reigning U.S. medalists and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team members Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou.


She had been coaching at IceTown Riverside in California since 1997.


Denney and Frazier to train in Florida 2017 U.S. pairs cham-


pions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier will train under John Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana and Jeremy Barrett in Wesley Chapel, Florida, they announced in early July. Denney and Frazier had trained under


Rockne Brubaker and Stefania Berton in Illinois. “We have had some ups and downs over


the last couple of seasons,” Frazier said. “We have both gone through a lot and we know we still have much more to give as the new quad gets underway.” “We feel that our best skating is still in


front of us, and we are happy to be back with such a great team of coaches,” Denney said. “They really are family to us.” The duo finished fifth at the 2018 U.S.


Championships.


Brown announces coaching change 2014 Olympic Team


Event bronze medalist and 2015 U.S. champion Jason Brown is now training under Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Previously, Brown had trained under Kori


Ade for nearly two decades.


“Words can’t ever fully capture the love


and appreciation that I feel toward Kori (Ade) and her team and all that we accomplished together,” Brown said. “Kori has and will con- tinue to be a major influence on me as a skat- er and a person. When I left Chicago in 2013, I took a major step toward independence, but now it’s time for me to take the next step. “I’m excited about my future with Brian,


Tracy and their incredible team of coaches. I’m eager to continue growing in the sport that I love.”


Brown will train alongside two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, among many other top-level skaters. Last season, Brown earned the silver


medal at Skate Canada International and placed third at the Four Continents Champi- onships.


Chock and Bates move training to Montreal Madison Chock and


Evan Bates are training now with Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Canada. Most recently, the team trained under Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan. “We are so appreciative to Igor and his


team,” Bates said. “He helped us advance our careers and reach new heights and we are thankful for that.” “We’re really excited to start a new


chapter in Montreal,” said Chock, who is back on the ice after ankle surgery at the end of last season.


Chock and Bates, who are six-time U.S.


medalists (they won the U.S. title in 2015) and two-time World medalists, finished fifth at the World Championships in Milan. The duo has been to two Olympic Winter Games together, while Bates skated at the 2010 Olympic Games with partner Emily Samuelson. Chock and Bates will join the American


duos of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Dono- hue, and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker in Montreal.


Isabella Cannuscio, the 2010 U.S. junior ice dance pewter medalist with Ian Lorello, married Colin McManus, the 2016 U.S. ice dance pewter medalist with Isabella’s sister, Anastasia Cannuscio, May 27, at Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Anastasia served as maid of honor, while Kyle Herring, who won the 2004 U.S. intermediate ice dance bronze with Isabella, was best man. The couple exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony in front of approximately 90 guests.


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