Spotlight on Jenny Erica
An Unseen Skaters special. February 29, 2004.
Jenny Erica, 14 represents the Skating Club of New York and trains in Newark, Delaware, with
coaches Jeff DiGregorio and Ron Ludington. She also trains at rinks in Hackensack,
New Jersey, and Chelsea Piers in New York City. In the 2003-04 season, she won the
silver medal in Junior Ladies at North Atlantic Regionals and placed 11th at Eastern
When and how did you begin skating?
When I was five, I started taking group lessons once a week in the winter
time. When I was nine, my love for skating was so immense that I asked my
mom if I could have more lessons.
What are your long-terms goals on and off the ice?
My long-term goal on the ice is to make the World and Olympic team. Off
the ice, I would like to finish high school, attend college, study to become
a lawyer, and also write books.
Who has had the greatest influence on your skating?
My coach Jeff [DiGregorio] has greatly influenced my skating because he has
improved every aspect of my technique and also taught me how to train better. My mom
has also had a big influence on my skating because she devotes her time and
energy to helping me do what I love and she makes many sacrifices. She is
always there to support and love me.
Who are your favorite skaters and why?
My favorite skaters are Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen and Kristi Yamaguchi.
They are excellent skaters with positive [work] ethics which inspire me to work
What is your favorite jump, spin and connecting move?
I love to create my own intricate positions in my spins and spiral
positions. Thus, I don't have a favorite jump because I constantly
challenge myself to figure out another creative move. I enjoy practicing
all the jumps, spins and connecting moves so they get better.
What do you feel are the weakest and strongest points of your skating?
I feel that one of my strong points is that I am a good competitor. The
weakest part of my skating is my consistency because I have not been working
on the triple jumps for long.
What music did you skate to this season?
This season, I skated to "Sleeping Beauty" for my long program and
"Libertango" by Bond for my short program.
Describe and evaluate your performaces at Regionals and Sectionals. What do
you think of your performace?
I was happy with my performance at Regionals. I had a positive attitude and
really enjoyed my programs. I feel I could have skated a little better at
Sectionals. However, I have improved so much this year and I am a different
skater from what I was a year ago. I look forward to improving even more next
What are some of your off ice hobbies?
Off the ice, I really enjoy writing and spending time with my family and
Why do you love to skate?
I love to skate because I have so much fun. I will always be a skater since
it has become a part of me.
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