Oona Brown/Gage Brown: “Our mom is a big inspiration for us.”

Oona Brown/Gage Brown
Photo from @gagebrown_

Oona Brown and Gage Brown are an American sibling ice dancing team that began competing in 2016. Together, they are the 2020 US Junior National bronze medalists.

In an interview with the “Blossom on Ice,” Oona and Gage commented on their performance in Tallinn, their programs, the pros and cons of skating with your sibling, races across New York, switching from pair skating to the ice dance, and more.

How do you feel about your performance in Tallinn?

Gage:

We feel very good. It was our first World Junior Championships, so it was definitely exciting to get through it and to skate our best. We really put on a good show.

Oona:

I think all the elements were strong, and we did all we could. So, yes, it felt very good.

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Starr Andrews: “I want to be different than everyone else.”

Starr Andrews
Photo from @starrandrews2001

At the 2020 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, which took place in Tallinn at the beginning of March, the 2019 International Challenge Cup silver medalist and 2017 U.S. national junior silver medalist, an American figure skater, Starr Andrews, placed eighth with 180.87 points.

In an interview with the “Blossom on Ice”, Starr commented on her performance in Tallinn and told why she wants to be different than everyone else, who brought her to the ice rink when she was a kid and how the video on YouTube that she posted for relatives has gotten 55 million views.

How do you feel about your performance at Junior Worlds in Tallinn?

I feel really good. I definitely tried to put all my energy out in both of my programs, and I’m really proud of myself.

The music for my short program is a song by Christina Aguilera, and it is definitely one of my favorite programs. It has a lot of emotion. Even listening to it, you could tell the emotion in her voice. So, it’s really good to skate to.

My long program is Salome, “Dance of the Seven Veils”. It’s definitely different from any programs I’ve done before, and I really like it, too. I’ve been working really hard on it, and I was excited to show it in Tallinn. 

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Zoe Jones/Christopher Boyadji: “We first met at the ISU Adult Competition”

Zoe Jones/Christopher Boyadji
Photo from @chris_boyadji

Zoe Jones and Christopher Boyadji paired up in April 2016 and have since won three national titles in a row. Last week, they took 4th place at the Bavarian Open, which took place in Oberstdorf, Germany. 

In an interview with the “Blossom on Ice”, which Zoe and Christopher had given before the start of the tournament, the skaters commented on their performance at the European Championships in Graz and told what life troubles they had to face, as well as how they met at the competition among adult amateurs and decided to pair up.  

You had a really good skate in Graz. How do you feel about your performance?  

Christopher:

Honestly, I think we’re quite happy with it. There was one major mistake in the free skate, but it happens. Usually we’re very strong on the throw jump, so I think we were just unlucky this time. Normally it’s not a problem. Overall, we’re very happy with what we’ve done in Graz. Short program was clean. Free program was, let’s say, nearly clean. It’s a very good improvement for us. 

Zoe:

It was a difficult few weeks leading up to this, with family life and things going on. It has just been very hard. So, I’m really happy with what we’ve done here. 

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