Spotlight on Austin Kanallakan by Sylvia
An Unseen Skaters special. January 2, 2005.
Austin Kanallakan, 13, won the Novice Men's title at this year's Pacific Coast Sectionals after having finished 5th at Sectionals one year ago (which made him a first alternate to 2004 Novice Nationals). He represents the All Year FSC and is coached by Tammy Gambill in Riverside, California.
How would you describe the feeling of qualifying for "big" Nationals for the first time?
When and how did you begin skating?
What has been the most memorable moment in your skating career so far?
What has been the biggest challenge or disappointment that you have overcome
in your skating career?
How long have you been working with your current coach, Tammy Gambill, and
how would you describe her coaching style or philosophy?
What music are you using this season?
Who choreographed your programs?
How have you improved as a skater since last year, when you placed 5th in
Novice at Pacific Coast Sectionals?
Was there one competition in which you performed well that helped build your
confidence this season?
How would you describe your performances at SWP Regionals (1st) and at
Pacific Coast Sectionals (1st)?
Will you be making any significant changes in your programs for Nationals?
What are your goals for Nationals in Portland? Long term skating goals?
What do you consider to be the strongest and weakest aspects of your skating?
What is your current favorite jump, spin and connecting element to do?
What person has had the greatest influence on your skating?
Who are your favorite skaters and why?
What is your current schooling arrangement, grade, favorite and least
What are your goals beyond skating?
What do you like to do for fun away from the ice? What are some of your
Do you have any similarly athletic siblings?
What do you like the most about skating that motivates you to keep going day
in and day out?
Biographical InformationName: Austin Kanallakan
Date of Birth: May 23, 1991
Place of Birth: Sherman Oaks, California
Height: 5' 1/2"
Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, California
Training Town(s): Riverside and Lake Arrowhead, California
Home Club: All Year FSC
Coach: Tammy Gambill
Choreographer: Peter Oppegard & Erika Shorr (SP); Philip Mills (FS)
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