Thursday, January 20, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 2 Days!

Amanda Dobbs (Peninsula FSC)

  • 2008 US Jr. Nationals 5th
  • 2008 Jr. Grand Prix Final 7th
  • 2009 US Jr. Nationals 7th
  • 2010 US Nationals 6th
  • 2010 Four Contintents 4th
  • 2011 Cup of China 6th

Amanda is one of those brave skaters who competes at the senior level in singles and pairs, but unlike most who tend to be stronger in one, Amanda's placements last year were nearly identical in each discipline. She finished 6th in Senior ladies and 7th in Senior pairs. It seems that she is not planning to compete at Nationals in pairs this year, so I assume she is choosing to focus on singles and I think that renewed focus could be really great for her. I love her Moon River short program and she really emulates Audrey Hepburn's elegance. I am a little concerned about her free skate choice of Concierto de Aranjuez as it may be a little too mature for her. But her coaches are Jenni Meno and Todd Sand and as US National Champions and World medalists, I will trust their judgement. Look for Amanda to try to improve on her top 6 finish from last season with a goal of the top 5 in Greensboro.

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