In the current pandemic situation, how are you training while staying at home?
It took a bit to adjust. I was actually in Los Angeles training when our World Championships got cancelled literally 3 days before I was supposed to leave for the competition. It was a shock because figure skating competitions almost never get cancelled especially Championship events.
I was really disappointed because I had worked so hard to be in the perfect shape and I felt really confident in myself which was something I didn’t feel at this time last year. Of course I understand that health comes first and the right decision was made.
After that our Olympic team said I had to fly back to Australia, I was supposed to get new choreography after World’s and this was the first year in my whole career that I was organised to get new routines in April- usually I get them in June/July.
So I felt really deflated when I came home to Australia, I didn’t really know what I was supposed to be doing because we usually earn a break from the stress of Worlds, it’s like all this adrenaline was built up and I had nowhere to put it!
I had to completely quarantine myself immediately when I got home from the USA so I was just kind of hanging around on my own and I didn’t know how to keep myself motivated. It only took me about a week to snap out of it and find my motivation again, now I get to work out in the mornings which I never did before and it has made me feel amazing! This has been a great reflection time.
Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and upcoming athletes who all are your fans? Five tips to work upon their skills.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. I absolutely love that quote because it is so relatable to me, I never was talented in figure skating at all. I was never flexible, I was super shy, I didn’t perform, and I didn’t have any jump height or natural technique!
I had to really work hard at all of those things for a very long time, but you just take one thing at a time and tick it off one by one. Stay present and remember nothing beats hard work!
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