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At times, competition for me can seem scary and intimidating, but once I hit the ice, my nerves shrink away, mostly. Because once I step out onto the ice to compete, I keep thinking that it's just another step to get to Regionals. Which is, for me, the biggest competition of the season. If I compete well there, then I could have the chance to make it to Junior Nationals! You know, it’s really weird, because my big nerves don't usually come out until after I have competed and I am waiting for the results. But in the end, competitions are just another way to put your skills to the test!

 

Hey everyone!

It's Rachel here. Just thought that you should know a bit about me. As it says in the banner, my name is Rachel Caley. I am 14 years old and I am totally in love and committed to competitive figure skating. I was first introduced to the ice when I was about 6 years old. I didn't have any skates so I borrowed a pair of old skates from a neighbor. My mom took me to an outdoor ice rink on the town green. When I first stepped out onto the ice, I wasn't so sure that I wanted to continue, but after staying on the ice for a few more minutes, my fears had gone away, and I was soaring across the ice! Well, soaring to me, for my first time. From that day on, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue. I asked my mom if I could take lessons and she eventually agreed to let me take group lessons at the local rink. One thing led to the next and I now take private lessons in Simsbury Connecticut at the International Skating Center of Connecticut.

Anyway, I attend school at Bacon Academy High School in Colchester, CT and I am currently going into 9th grade. When I’m not skating, I enjoy going online, reading, watching television, and just hanging out with friends.

I currently skate under the Coaching direction of Vadim Naumov and his wife Evgenia Shishkova. Vadim and Evgenia were part of the Olympic team in 1992 and 1994 and World Pair Champions in 1994. In addition to Vadim and Evgenia, I am coached by Denis Petukhov and Melissa Gregory. Denis and Melissa Competed Nationally and Internationally and were members of the 2006 Olympic Team. The video below was taken during 84th Middle Atlantic Figure Skating Championships in New York City.

 

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