Rachel Parsons/Michael Parsons: “We know each other probably even better than we know ourselves”.

Rachel Parsons/Michael Parsons
Photo by David W. Carmichael

Rachel  Parsons and Michael Parsons are a sibling ice dancing team that paired up  in 2010. Together, they are the 2017 World Junior champions, the 2016-17 JGP Final champions,  and five-time US junior medalists .  At the Internationaux de France in Grenoble 2018  they came fifth with  171.17 points ahead of Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain LeGac (FRA) on 170.64.


We’re really happy with how we skated in the short dance. To be honest, we didn’t get the score that we wanted – we felt like we skated better here than in Japan, but ended up with the lower score. In Japan, we said our main priority is to improve the levels going into France and we got higher levels this time, we got better key points and better footwork levels. So, we’re feeling pretty good.


At the end of the day, we’re competing against ourselves as our main priority, and I feel like this was a good step forward in terms of levels and in terms of expression.

As for our free dance, I think that that wasn’t the best program we could have put out, but it was clean, which is what we were trying to do.


Speaking of free dance, we fixed some levels and we lost some levels, so I can’t say that we had a net gain. I don’t think our energy level was where we wanted it to be today. But it was still a clean skate and it was really fun to skate in front of this crowd here in France, so we’re really happy about that.

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