Christina Gao: "I definitely have a great coach"

Interview by Vladislav Luchianov

Christina Gao began skating at age 7. In the 2004-2005 season, competing on the Juvenile level, she won the silver medal at her regional championship to qualify for the U.S. Junior Championships, where she placed 12th. She moved up to the Intermediate level the following year and won the pewter medal at her regional championship to qualify for the U.S. Junior Championships, where she placed 11th in her qualifying group and did not advance to the final. She moved up to the Novice level for the 2006-2007 season and placed 13th at her regional championship and did not qualify to her sectional championship.

In the 2007-2008 season, competing again on the novice level, Christina won both her regional and sectional championship to qualify for the 2008 United States Figure Skating Championships, where she finished 12th. The following season, she moved up to the Junior level. She won the silver medal at her regional championship and the gold medal at her sectional championship to qualify for the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships. 

At the 2009 U.S. Championships, she placed third in the short program and second in the free skating, winning the bronze medal overall. Gao made her ISU Junior Grand Prix debut in the 2009-2010 season. She won the bronze medal at the 2009-2010 Junior Grand Prix event in Poland with an overall score of 134.55 points. She had also been assigned to the event in Turkey, where she won another bronze. She qualified for the 2009-2010 Junior Grand Prix Final, where she won the bronze medal.

VLAD: Hi Christina! Thank you for acceptance our interview offer!

CHRISTINA: Thank you too!

- Christina,when did you feel first time you want to be a figure skater?

- I was 7 when I started skating, my parents just signed me up for lessons and I loved it ever since.

- What was the most difficult in learning figure skating for you?

- I’m not sure what was most difficult, I just always try to have fun when I skate no matter what.

- How do you manage your time between skating,school,free time?

- I have a set schedule that I follow everyday so it is easy to manage everything.

- About how much time does your training take you in a week?

- I train 3 to 4 hours everyday except Sundays.

- You are very promising US Junior skater. Is it because of your trainings,coach,talent?

- Thank you! I definitely have a great coach and training environment. I think that helps me a lot.

- Which ice-rink is the most comfortable for you?

- I train at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and I like it there a lot.

- What competition are still memorized in your career?

- I did very well at the JGPF, so that is definitely one I will remember.

- The history of figure skating has a lot of great skaters. Who is your favorite?

- I really like Michelle Kwan and Yu-Na Kim.

- The US Championships are on the doorstep. What do you think about it?

- I’m really excited for Nationals and I just want to go there and do what I can do!

- What is your main dream in figure skating?

- My main goal is to go to the Olympics.

- Christina,it was nice to talk to you!I wish you all the best in your skating career!

- Thank you!

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