Ola Kamieniecki: “I always wanted to represent Poland”
Interview by Vladislav Luchianov
Photo: courtesy of Ola Kamieniecki
We do not know much about this talented Polish figure skater. But I think it’s just yet. Last season she attracted specialists’ attention at the World Junior Championships in Korea, where she earned additional spots for Poland for the next season. Also, last month she won her first senior level skating competition at the Broadmoor Open 2011.
Her coaches are Irina Vorobieva (1981 World pair champion) and Alexander Zaitsev (two time Olympic Gold medalist and 6 time World pair champion). Choreographer: Tatiana Druchinina (World champion in rhythmic gymnastics).
I decided to talk with Ola Kamieniecki about her skating, first senior’s success and some other things.
When did you feel first time you want to be a figure skater?
Ola Kamieniecki: I lived in Phoenix, Arizona when I started skating. It was so hot there; the only cold place was the ice rink. My mom took me to the rink and I loved it from the beginning. I enjoyed it so much, that I wanted to go there everyday.
Tell us about your impressions of your participation at the World Junior Championships 2011. As I know you’ve earned additional spots for Poland there.
O. Kamieniecki: Competing at the Junior Worlds in South Korea was an amazing experience. It was my first time competing in front of such a large crowd. The Korean people were so nice. It was the first time. I signed so many autographs. This competition motivated me incredibly. I am glad that I earned two extra JGP spots for Poland by qualifying for the final round. I am happy that there will be an opportunity for more skaters to compete, representing Poland, this upcoming season.
What moment from your kid’s years on the ice is the most memorable to you?
O. Kamieniecki: I always remember after a competition, no matter how I did, my parents would be proud of me. The most memorable competition was Junior Worlds in Korea when I placed 6th in the preliminary round. This was my favorite competition so far.
And what could you say about your volunteer work with kids?
O. Kamieniecki: I volunteer my time to help young skaters on the ice every Saturday. I love to teach them new skills. The most memorable moment for me is when the kids learn what I have been teaching them. This is a great accomplishment for me, that I could teach them something I once learned.
We don’t know too much about skating in Poland. I mean recent years. Tell us about it, please.
O. Kamieniecki: I don’t know much about skating in Poland because I live and train in Colorado Springs. I skate at the World Arena, where Patrick Chan trains. From what I know, it is much harder for the skaters in Poland because the ice rinks always close for the summer. Figure skating isn’t a popular sport in Poland, but I hope to change that soon. When people in Poland hear about figure skating they are interested, but there aren’t many skaters there. There are many more skaters in the United States and Russia.
And what do you think about your success at the Broadmoor Open 2011?
O. Kamieniecki: I was surprised to win Broadmoor Open because it was just a competition for me to try out my two new programs. It wasn’t my best performance, but it was OK for my first time competing at the senior level. It was nice to see that the judges liked my program. I was happy to see that the crowd enjoyed my performances. I always like to please the crowd, not only the judges.
What is your main dream in figure skating?
O. Kamieniecki: My main dream in skating is to go to the Sochi Olympics 2014 and represent Poland. I always wanted to represent Poland since I was little kid. I also want to show everyone how much I enjoy skating. I love competing and showing everyone what I love to do. I like to train and work hard everyday, and competing when I can show everyone what I have been training for.
Who is your favorite skater and why?
O. Kamieniecki: My favorite skater is Evgeni Plushenko. He was always my inspiration. He is so powerful and exciting to watch on the ice. I really like all his programs. His programs are so entertaining to watch. I especially like his footwork and of course his incredible jumps.
I also know that you help your mother with her skating designs works. Could you tell about it?
O. Kamieniecki: Yes, I help my mom with her company Skating Designs. I help design new practice pants, jackets and shirts. I also design competition dresses. I made a few of my competition dresses. I am a model on my Mom’s website.
But how do you manage your time among so many things like skating, school and work with your mom?
O. Kamieniecki: I have to be very organized to manage skating, school and work with my Mom. I don’t waste any time. I am doing a school program, which is part time at home and part time at school. I would like to go to regular school, but it is too hard to continue when I miss so many days of school. I usually do school work in the morning, and then I go to skating in the afternoon. After skating, I rest and help my mom. I help my mom by putting crystals on outfits, packing orders, designing a new line of clothes and many other things. I also study some more. If I have any free time, I love to paint.
Ola, what about your next plans?
O. Kamieniecki: My next plans are that I will be going to the JGPs in Riga, Latvia and Gdansk, Poland. In between the two competitions, I will go to St. Petersburg to train for one week. After my JGPs, I will go to Polish senior nationals, which is combined in the three nationals competition including the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. After that I am planning to compete at the first Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. All I hope for is to stay healthy. I am so excited for this upcoming season.