Champs Camp: Day 1 Nuggets

23 Aug

Here are some nuggets from day 1 of Champs Camp

Weir Shows his ‘Poker Face’

Away from competitive skating for two seasons, three-time U.S. champion and World medalist Johnny Weir is back. Although Weir promised a more “classic Johnny, very pretty with classical music” program for his free skate, he admitted he is going to push the envelope with his short program.

“My short program is ’Poker Face‘ by Lady Gaga, and Gaga herself actually gave me the piece of music so I was very excited about that,” Weir said. “Even if she’s not crazy tweeting about me all the time, her and her family wanted to support my comeback and what better way than to use her music.”

Sister, Sister

The ice dancing duo of Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus are taking in everything they can at Champs Camp and enjoying the experience. The duo was the final addition to the Grand Prix Series as they were named to Skate America on August 10, and they found out through an unconventional mean.

“We found out through Twitter,” Cannuscio said. “And when we saw we were invited to Skate America, I screamed.”

Cannuscio’s sister, Isabella, competed at Skate America last year and her experience in 2011 has been great for Anastasia this season.

“Since Isabella got to go to Champs Camp two years ago and Skate America last year I have been asking her what it’s like and what we get to do,” Cannuscio said. “It’s nice having her there for advice because I like to ask a lot of things before I go somewhere so I know what to expect.”

Happy Birthday to…Both of You!

Although they have been skating together since 2006, the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have a connection that dates back to their births. The 2009 World Junior bronze medalists both celebrated their birthdays on August 20, as Marissa turned 22 and Simon 25. Some years though, having their birthday on the same day is more fun than others.

“This year we spent our birthday on a plane (to Champs Camp) sadly,” Shnapir said.

“Last year we had to do the Cranberry Open on our birthday and it was fun because all the judges stood up and sang to us. We always enjoy having our birthday around this time though because we get to see all of our friends at competitions.” Castelli added.

No Longer a Rookie

Last year, Douglas Razzano was a rookie on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series as a late entry to Skate America. Razzano was added to the roster for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America on October 14 and performed his short program just seven days later. Although rushed, Razzano says he wants to take that same spontaneous mentality into his Skate America assignment this year.

“Last year was almost so spontaneous that there wasn’t any time to really stress out or have it get in my head,” Razzano said. “This year, I really want to pace myself and take my time and it’ll be what it’ll be, but I hope it’s good.”

Finishing 15th in 2010, Razzano has improved upon his finishes at the U.S. Championships by five positions each of the last two years, finishing fifth in 2012, and credits changes he made as the reason for the results.

“A few years ago I made a lot of changes and I am glad to finally see them pay off,” he said. “We are very resistant to change, we find something that works and we don’t usually like to stray away from that, but I took a big leap, did things a bit different and I am really glad to see it pay off.”

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