January 30th, 2011
A champion once, a champion again.
Alissa Czisny of the Detroit Skating Club had done it, fighting through the fear that once consumed her, fighting through the doubts that threatened to end her skating career.
Czisny won her second U.S. ladies figure skating title Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. But as anybody who has followed her skating career knows, Czisny hit rock bottom to get there.
“To be able to come back after everything that happened last year, with everything that I went through, it confirmed the choices I made were the right ones,” she said.
A string of disappointments had followed her 11th-place finish at the 2009 world championship. But to Czisny, the 2009 U.S. champ, the biggest failure had been finishing 10th at the 2010 nationals, the competition that decided the Olympic team.
That led Czisny to part last spring with her longtime coach, Julie Berlin, and turn to Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen, former champion skaters who had taken Jeremy Abbott to his second U.S. men’s title last season and a spot on the Vancouver Olympic team.
The decision was a difficult one; Berlin had been the one who developed Czisny’s lyrical style, including her graceful spirals and spins.
But in Sato and Dungjen, Czisny was able to embrace what she needed: a fresh start. She started the season by winning medals in her two Grand Prix competitions before taking gold in the Grand Prix Final last month in China.
She entered nationals in Greensboro a changed skater, confident, focused and poised. She showed it Friday night, taking second to Mirai Nagasu in the ladies short program. And then she delivered it again Saturday night, opening with a secure triple lutz-double toe combination and fighting for the landing on her triple loop. Czisny won the free skate with 128.74 points and 191.24 total.
Rachel Flatt, third after the short, moved ahead of Nagasu to win the silver medal. She’ll join Czisny on the U.S. world team that will travel in March to Tokyo.
“I’ve been able to be a lot more consistent in my competitions this season,” she said, “doing what I have to do when I have to do it, and I plan to do the same thing at worlds.”
Alissa Czisny was born on June 25th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alissa_Czisny
June 25th, 1987
6 + 25 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = her personal year (from June 25th, 2010 to June 24th, 2011) = Generating a buzz. Things happen really quickly. Skyrocketing. Meteoric rise.
June 25th, 1987
6 + 25 = 31 = her core number = Competitive. Contender.