Teleconference summary

Thanks to Jo Ann Schneider Farris for the pre-Nationals teleconference summary. FULL summary HERE.

What are your feelings as the 2012 U.S. Nationals Figure Skating Championships approaches?:

We are feeling great! We've had a wonderful season so far. We've been working on both improving technical elements and also on our presentation. We also have been working on connecting with one another and with the audience. We are doing little things like looking at one another longer throughout the program. We want the audience to be drawn in when we do our free dance.

Way back in 2000 you were competing in novice dance at Nationals. Did you have any idea what you were getting into then?:

Charlie was 11 then, and Meryl was 12. We were very young and had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.

It's almost better to not know. We were talented little skaters then, but we couldn't do emotions when we ice danced. We were both still doing freestyle, and dance was not a huge priority then. We didn't think ice dance was a big deal then, but we happend to excel at ice dancing and realized there was some potential in it. We were having a good time then. It was the days of the old 6.0 judging system. We didn't always do what the judges wanted.

One thing we do remmeber is that we started having fun with each other on the ice beginning in 2000. That was the first year we started to have a friendship that has continued until this day.


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