2019 Skate America is the first event in the 2019 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. This year, the competition will mark the first Skate America event to be held in Las Vegas.
Two-time World Junior medalists (silver in 2018, bronze in 2017), the 2017 JGP Final silver medalists, and the 2018 U.S. national junior champions Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will be among the competing ice dance couples.
The skaters talk about Skate America 2019, their new programs, their training schedule, and more.
You’ll be skating at Skate America in front of your home crowd. Is it easier for you, or more challenging? Do you feel any extra pressure?
I think it’s much easier because the whole crowd is supporting you. When they announce that we’re representing USA, everyone is yelling, it’s so great. I feel like skating in America has a lot of fun. There’s a lot of energy, a lot of good vibes.
Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko paired up in 2014 and have since won two World Junior Figure Skating Championships medals, silver at the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final and their first junior national title at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. This season, their first on the senior level, they’ve already won bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy, which was held last week in Oberstdorf, Germany. After the short dance, Christina and Anthony commented on their performance.
You had a fantastic skate, very confident, very strong out there. How do you feel about your performance?
I’m really happy with how we skated. I think it was a little bit better than what we did in Salt Lake. We hadn’t had that much time in between to improve a lot, but I think we did a good job today.
I think we did really well. We had a lot more confidence than we did in Salt Lake City. For sure, there’s always much more to work on, but we’re really happy with how we skated today.
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