Skaters

Rachael Flatt
Born:
July 21, 1992
Birthplace:
Del Mar, Calif.
Height:
5' 2"
Level:
Senior
Hometown:
Del Mar, Calif.
College:
Stanford University (deferred admission until fall 2011)
Training Town:
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club:
Broadmoor SC, Inc.
Coach:
Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin, Erik Schulz, Janet Champion, Christy Krall, Patti Gottwein
Choreographer:
Lori Nichol
Flatt is the 2010 U.S. champion, 2008 World Junior champion and a two-time U.S. silver medalist ... Won the U.S. novice title in 2005 ... Earned the silver medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships as a junior ... Captured the silver at the 2007 Junior Grand Prix Final ... Finished seventh at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games ... Placed fifth in her World Championships debut in 2009 ... Has won two silver medals in the Grand Prix Series (2008 Cup of Russia, 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America).

Flatt started skating at age 4 ... Her dad took her to the local mall to shop for a birthday gift for her grandfather, and they came home with skating lessons instead of a gift ... Awarded the Cheyenne Mountain High School Athletic Excellence Award in 2008 and 2010 ... On the Honor Roll for straight A's at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School and Cheyenne Mountain High School from 2004-10 ... Inducted into National Honor Society in May 2009 .... Received Colorado Springs Sports Corporation High School Champion award 2008-10 ... Member of U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team in 2009 and 2010 ... Took all AP honors courses her senior year at Cheyenne Mountain High School ... National AP Scholar ... Graduated Cheyenne Mountain summa cum laude ... Recipient of Colorado Springs Class of 2010 "Best and Brightest" Award ... One of two 2010 recipients of Broadmoor Rotarian College Scholarship ... Was accepted to Stanford University, from which she has deferred admission for a year ... Also accepted by several Ivy League schools ... Intends to study chemical engineering in college ... Recipient of the Presidential Fitness Award ... Spokesperson for Reading Is Fundamental, the largest and oldest non-profit reading program in the country ... Athlete Ambassador for the USOC's "Team For Tomorrow", a educational and humanitarian group that spreads goodwill around the world ... National spokesperson for the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its educational "I Compete Clean" campaign ... Has participated in several benefit shows for cancer, including Skate for Hope, Blades for the Cure and Kaleidoscope ... Formerly skated pairs with Andrew Speroff, with whom she won the 2004 U.S. intermediate title ... Formerly coached by Cindy Sullivan and Robi Chalmers (2000-01), and Tiffany Mayes and Suzy Semanick Schurman (1997-2000) ... Suffered two bulging discs in her back in 2006 ... Biggest influences in her life are her parents and her mentor, Dorothy Hamill ... Biggest life-defining moment was going to the Olympics ... Most prized possessions are a gold heart necklace that her parents gave her for passing her gold senior moves-in-the-field test, and the matching gold heart earrings they gave her for passing her senior gold free skate test ... The hearts symbolize "Skating with Heart" ... Hobbies include surfing, tennis, ballet and reading ... At the age of 3, she knew more Spanish than English ... Father is a biochemical engineer and mother is a molecular biologist ... Grandfather was a national fencing champion ... If she weren't a skater, she'd want to be an engineer, scientist or physician ... Wants to finish school at Stanford, pursue a career in science and travel after she's done competing ... Something most people would be surprised to learn about her is for good luck, her dressmaker always puts a renegade bead (different color or style) in her costumes, which she has to hunt down and find ... If she could have dinner with any one person, it would be Michelle Obama because "she is also a very inspiring and fascinating woman, and I respect her in so many ways" ... The one celebrity she most wants to meet is Tina Fey ... Listens to all kinds of music including the Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, the Rolling Stones and Elton John ... Has two Old English Sheepdogs, Lucy and Ethel, named for the main female characters on "I Love Lucy" (her favorite reruns) ... Says the dogs get in as much trouble as their TV human counterparts ... Also has a cat, Tom ... Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/RachaelFlatt.

RACHAEL'S FAVORITES
Favorite sports figure: Dorothy Hamill
Favorite sports team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite cities: Any town or village along Lake Como, Italy
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite author: Dan Brown
Favorite books: The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby
Favorite magazines: InStyle, Vogue, Moda
Favorite gadget: ipod, AT&T Blackberry
Favorite vacation spots: Hawai'i, Italy
Favorite reality show: Project Runway
Favorite foods: Insalata caprese, mom's homemade gnocchi and four-cheese ravioli with pesto and fresh heirloom tomatoes
Favorite drinks: Lemonade, Kevasicle from Keva Juice, San Pellegrino sparkling water
Favorite TV characters: Michael Scott, Liz Lemon, Will Schuester, Dr. Gregory House
Favorite TV shows: Glee, The Office, 30 Rock, Project Runway, House
Favorite movies: Remember the Titans, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Miracle, Pixar movies
Favorite concert she's attended: Elton John
Favorite web sites: iTunes, Facebook, JCrew.com
Favorite place to which she's traveled for skating: Italy
Favorite quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle; "Work hard, play harder" - her parents
  • 2011 Season Notes
    SP Music: "Summertime" by George Gershwin and "Oh, But On the Third Day/Happy Feet Blues" by Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Roberts
    FS Music: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" by Richard Rodgers and Earl Wild

    Goals are to improve her component scores and the "overall package" in her skating

    Won the silver at the NHK Trophy and Skate America, qualifying her for the Grand Prix Final for the first time
  • 2010 Season Notes
    SP Music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (Part 2) from Bob Fosse's Dancin'
    FS Music: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Won the silver medal at 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America, defeating reigning World champion Yu-Na Kim in the free skate ... Claimed the gold medal at the U.S. Championships ... Finished seventh in her Olympic debut.
  • 2009 Season Notes
    SP music: "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Henry Mancini and "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninov
    FS music: "Dialogue Du Vent et de La Mer" from La Mer by C. Debussy, "En Bateau from Petite Suite" by C. Debussy and "Dialogue Du Vent et de La Mer" from La Mer by C. Debussy

    Costumes designed by Julie McDonough

    Won her first medal in the Grand Prix Series, silver at Cup of Russia ... Captured her second consecutive silver medal at the U.S. Championships ... Placed fifth in her debut at the World Championships.
  • 2008 Season Notes
    SP music: "It Ain't Necessarily So" by George Gershwin (choreographed by Tom Dickson)
    FS music: "Romantic Rhapsody" by Andre Mathieu (choreographed by Lori Nichol)
    Costumes designed by Julie McDonough

    Won gold and silver at her two Junior Grand Prix events and silver at the JGP Final ... Finished second at the U.S. Championships ... Captured the World Junior title.
  • 2007 Season Notes
    SP music: "Scherzo: Allegro Molto from Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8" by Brahms (choreographed by Lori Nichol)
    FS music: "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin (choreographed by Tom Dickson)

    Placed fifth at the U.S. Championships in her first year as a senior ... Won the gold as a junior at the International Challenge Cup.
  • 2006 Season Notes
    SP music: "Nessun Dorma" from Giacomo Puccini's Turandot
    FS music: Music from Carmen by Georges Bizet

    Won the U.S. junior silver medal.
  • 2005 Season Notes
    SP Music: "Summertime" by George Gershwin
    FS Music: "Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky

    Won the U.S. novice title and took the gold as a novice at the Triglav Trophy.
    2010 - Grand Prix Final - 6th
    2010 - Skate America - 2nd
    2010 - NHK Trophy - 2nd
    2010 - World Championships - 9th
    2010 - Olympic Games - 7th
    2010 - AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships - 1st
    2009 - Skate America - 2nd
    2009 - Cup of China - 4th
    2009 - World Team Trophy - 4th
    2009 - World Championships - 5th
    2009 - Four Continents Championships - 7th
    2009 - AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships - 2nd
    2008 - Cup of Russia - 2nd
    2008 - Skate America - 4th
    2008 - World Junior Championships - 1st
    2008 - U.S. Figure Skating Championships - 2nd
    2007 - Junior Grand Prix Final, Gdansk - 2nd
    2007 - Junior Grand Prix (Germany) - 2nd
    2007 - Junior Grand Prix (Austria) - 1st
    2007 - International Challenge Cup, Junior - 1st
    2007 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 5th
    2007 - Midwestern Sectional - 1st
    2007 - Southwestern Regional - 1st
    2006 - State Farm U.S. Championships, Junior - 2nd
    2006 - Midwestern Sectional, Junior - 1st
    2006 - Southwestern Regional Championships - 1st
    2005 - North American Challenge Skate (Kansas), Junior - 3rd
    2005 - Triglav Trophy, Novice - 1st
    2005 - State Farm U.S. Championships, Novice - 1st
    2005 - Midwestern Sectional, Novice - 1st
    2005 - Southwestern Regional, Novice - 1st
    2004 - Southwestern Regional, Intermediate - 3rd
    2003 - U.S. Junior Championships, Juvenile - 6th
    2003 - Southwestern Regional, Juvenile - 2nd
    2002 - Southwestern Regional, Juvenile - 3rd
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