Allison Reed/Saulius Ambrulevicius: “We try to be our best versions every time”.

Allison Reed/Saulius Ambrulevicius
Photo from @al_reed15

Lithuania’s ice dancers Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius paired up in 2017. They are the national champions of Lithuania 2017-2018. At the European Championships, which were held in Graz this January, the skaters took 11th place with a total score of 174.24.

Allison and Saulius gave this interview a few weeks before a tragic event in Allison’s family – on March 14 her brother Chris Reed, a 10-time champion of Japan in ice dancing, a talented skater and a very kind and positive person, died suddenly. We offer sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Chris.

Allison, you’ve had a very interesting career so far – besides Lithuania, you also represented Georgia and Israel at international competitions, while you were born in the USA and you have Japanese roots. Would you please tell a bit about that?


Yes, I’m half American, half Japanese. My father is American, and my mother is from Japan. As for my career, my first partner was Georgian (Otar Japaridze – Blossom on Ice), and we skated for Georgia at the Olympics. After we broke up, I teamed up for Israel (with Vasili Rogov – Blossom on Ice) and, after that ended, I took a break for two years. I didn’t skate. Then, I wanted to come back. I met Saul, and we really hit it off. It wasn’t only on the ice, it was off the ice too. We got along really well, and I knew this was going to work. I knew this was going to be it for me, and I really hoped that we could achieve something great together. And I think we really are, and it’s meant the world to me.

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