Spotlight on Traighe Rouse by Sylvia
An Unseen Skaters special. January 15, 2005.
Sixteen-year-old Traighe Rouse has qualified for his second Nationals at the junior level, after placing 5th in 2004. He made his debut on the Junior Grand Prix this fall, placing 4th in Serbia-Montenegro and 8th in Romania. He then placed 2nd at Eastern Sectionals to advance to 2005 Nationals. Rouse represents the University of Delaware FSC and trains in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. His long-time coach is Vicki Helgenberg, with assistance from her two children, Brian and Donna Helgenberg.
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 coaches and how would you describe their coaching styles/philosophies?
What was your experience like at 2004 Nationals (5th in Junior Men) and what did you learn?
For your short program this year you've chosen to skate to "Winter" by Bond. How do you feel you have put your own stamp on this music made famous by Alexei Yagudin at the 2002 Olympics?
How many seasons have you skated the Christopher Columbus soundtrack and what do you like about this music?
Who choreographed your programs and how involved are you in the choreographic process?
How have you improved as a skater since last year?
Was there one competition (club/non-qualifying or qualifying) in which you performed well that helped build your confidence this season? If yes, which one and please explain why.
You competed in two internationals this spring -- winning the gold at Copenhagen Trophy in Denmark (via the Young International Competition program) and Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy -- as well as your first two Junior Grand Prix events this fall (4th in Serbia-Montenegro and 8th in Romania). What were the highlights and did you have a favorite country to visit?
How would you assess your performances at Eastern Sectionals?
Will you be making any significant changes (on the technical and/or presentation sides) 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?
You did some pairs skating this past summer. What was that experience like and did pairs help you in your singles skating?
What person or persons have had the greatest influence on your skating?
Who are your favorite skaters and why?
What is your current schooling arrangement, grade, favorite and least favorite subjects?
What are your goals beyond skating?
What do you like to do for fun away from the ice? What are some of your hobbies/interests?
What is your ethnic heritage and that of your first name? Can it be mentioned that you were adopted?
What do you like the most about skating that motivates you to keep going day in and day out?
Biographical InformationName: Traighe Rouse
Date of Birth: August 5, 1988
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 6"
Hometown: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Training Town(s): Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Home Club: University of Delaware FSC
Coaches: Vicki Helgenberg, Brian Helgenberg (spins & harness)
Choreographer: Donna Helgenberg
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