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Arutyunyan joins Wagner’s camp Ashley Wagner, the two-time reigning U.S. champion, announced


she has commenced training part-time with Rafael Arutyunyan in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. She continues to train with John Nicks in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Arutyunyan will accompany Wagner to competitions. “I scrambled a bit after Mr. Nicks confi rmed he would no longer


be my travel coach,” Wagner said. “I’m now thrilled to have two great coaches in my corner. I have no doubt my time with Rafael will benefi t my skating as I work toward my goal of making the 2014 Olympic Team. I am looking forward to getting busy and preparing for the coming year.” In April, Nicks, a renowned Olympic and World coach, announced he will no longer travel


to events with his students. Wagner and Nicks began their professional relationship in the summer of 2011 when Wagner relocated from Delaware to Southern California to begin train- ing with Nicks. Arutyunyan, a former national competitor for the Soviet Union, has worked with Mao


Asada, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Sergei Voronov, Jeff rey Buttle and others. Wagner will begin her season in Detroit Oct. 18–20, at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate Ameri-


ca, where she will attempt to defend her title. She will also compete at 2013 Trophée Bompard in Paris before vying for her third straight U.S. title at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston in January.


Olympic Day 2013: They dare to curl Across the globe, millions of people in


more than 160 countries celebrated Olympic Day 2013, held the week of June 23 to com- memorate the founding of the modern Olym- pic Movement in 1894. The Colorado Springs World Arena Ice


Hall invited the public to try skating and curl- ing on its two sheets of ice. Eleven members of Team USA, including 2010 Olympians Ra- chael Flatt and Caydee Denney and 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, lent their support to the free event. U.S. Figure Skating’s Snowplow Sam and certifi ed instructors were on the ice as well. Many of the fi gure skaters were eager


to try curling. Their comfort level on the ice showed, as Agnes Zawadzki’s throw of a curl- ing stone fi nished with graceful arm and hand gestures. At one point, Aaron sat atop a stone and, with a strong push from John Coughlin, glided down the ice where Max Settlage and Ice Hall Director Allan Long furiously swept


their curling brooms to guide him toward the hogline. Long was pleased with the event’s suc-


cess and appreciated Team USA’s support. “As the only U.S. Olympic Training Site


for fi gure skating, we are extremely proud that our athletes represented us so wonderfully at Olympic Day,” Long said. “It reaffi rms why we consider them not only great athletes, but peo- ple who are role models on and off the ice.” Team USA members who participat-


ed in Olympic Day 2013 in Colorado Springs were Max Aaron, 2013 U.S. champion; Made- line Aaron and Max Settlage, 2013 U.S. ju- nior bronze medalists; Caydee Denney, 2010 Olympian; John Coughlin, two-time U.S. pairs champion; Joshua Farris, 2013 World Junior champion; Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympian; Al- exa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, 2013 U.S. pairs silver medalists; Angela Wang, fourth at 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final; and Agnes Zawadzki, 2013 U.S. bronze medalist.


U.S. pairs silver medalists Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are busy preparing for the upcoming season, but they took time out of their schedule to share their top fi ve all-time favorite movies.


ALEXA SCIMECA Miracle The Wizard of Oz Black Swan Elf The Pursuit of Happyness


Agnes Zawadzki push- es the stone during Olympic Day 2013.


6 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013


CHRIS KNIERIM We Were Soldiers Remember the Titans Star Wars (all of them) The Lord of the Rings trilogy First Blood (Rambo)


JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


alexa chris T 5OP MOVIES


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