Skating with the Stars Update

Brooke and I managed to perform the routine last week really well even though our practice rehearsal before the show had us pretty stressed out. I slipped and fell while lifting Brooke over my head which shook our confidence pretty bad. In some ways it was better that it did happen because it made me realize quickly what I had been doing wrong. I have tendency to think when I am practicing that if something works then maybe more of that something will make it work even better. When I am learning something new I tend to keep tweaking it to the extreme until I go too far then I come back. It is not a terrible thing except in this format not only could I hurt Brooke but we don’t have time to play around. In this case I had noticed our lifting coach just slightly turning his head to the side as he lifted Brooke. So I started doing that as well which made it easy to get underneath Brooke and use my legs. As we continued I started getting Brooke way over my right shoulder before i lifted her until I was almost lifting her completely with my right arm and right leg. When it finally came crashing down I remember really pushing off my right leg and having brooke too far over the right side and being totally off balance as I exploded through my legs. Of course on skates unlike shoes there is no friction and I just remember trying to reach over my head and save Brooke as I was going down. Luckily we were both ok but it scared us both pretty good. To top it of we lost our double sow throw which had been working pretty well in the previous days. Needless to say we were freaking out before we competed. We managed to get a quick warm up before we hit the stage where things felt pretty good and that carried through into the final skate. When Brooke landed the double sow I got so excited that I could barley finish the routine and almost fell down.
That was very exciting night and I was fired up to be a point ahead of Rebecca who skated flawlessly.
Now we are working hard to get our routine together for this Monday. It is a free skate where we pick the music and choreograph the run ourselves. I really will miss the time here but my body is starting to beg a little for mercy. I was trying to do some axels the other day and unfortunately I don’t think it is going to happen. They are harder than I thought plus I fell hard on a silly little knee slide and my left wrist is pretty much worthless right now. When I crash and have to put my hands down it is extremely painful. This translates to it being kind of hard to try axels when I know i will take some spills. I don’t want break my wrist before Monday. My right shoulder which I blew up doing aerials and had fixed years back is not loving these overhead lifts or the crashes either. Back soreness standard, ankle is hanging in there, fitness is good, attitude is even better. Show is on Monday and Tuesday.

Looking forward to getting up to Squaw Valley Wednesday and skiing with everyone. See you there.

4 Responses to “Skating with the Stars Update”


  • I really hope you win. i vote for you as much as possible every week. Don’t get injured! :)

  • Just got back from one week skiing in Vail, Co., and watched the taped Monday and Tuesday finale shows. We are shocked that you were eliminated Monday eve. What?????
    You were great and competed very well…much better than Bethenny, that’s for sure! You and Brooke were awesome to watch! Jonny, we are BIG fans, and have followed you from Nagano to the present, and we know you have a huge following. Something odd happened during the elimination process, and it’s weird, to say the very least. It should have been you and Rebecca in the finals, and everyone knows that!

  • All I have to say is you were robbed. You don’t know me (obviously) so I’m sure it doesn’t mean much. And of course I watch on DVR so I don’t vote either :) BUT, that being said, you were robbed. This is the problem when people are voting based on things totally unrelated to the show they’re voting on. You’re a better figure-skater than I’ll ever be!

  • Killer Advice….
    ” tendency to think when I am practicing that if something works then maybe more of that something will make it work even better. When I am learning something new I tend to keep tweaking it to the extreme until I go too far then I come back.”

    What a different way to think about progressions when tied to a partner a coordinating movement. Figure skating doesn’t get the credit it deserves as an extreme sport, for sure.

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