JUNE 2013 FIGURE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Jessica Gaudy of Melbourne, FL is a six time Team USA member. She has three world medals to her name in the Junior Team Dance division and a Pan Am Championships Silver Medal in the Senior Women’s Solo Dance division. Jessica comes from a family of skating champions as her mom and dad were Senior Dance Champions. Jessica just graduated college with a degree in video game design. USA Roller Sports wishes all the best to Jessica!
Team USA Years: 2006-2010, 2012-2013
Hometown: Palm Bay, FL
Current residence: Palm Bay, FL
When did you begin skating: I have been on skates since I could stand, but only competing since age 11, in 2001.
Current skating club/ Coaches name: Space Coast Skating Club (FL018); coached by Joe & Marie Gaudy, Sandro Guerra
Are you sponsored and if so, by whom: Komplex USA
Occupation, current employer: USARS Certified Skating Coach at Galaxy Skateway, Melbourne, FL
High school attended: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School
Year of graduation: 2008
Location of high school: Melbourne, FL
Other high school activities: National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society
College attended: University of Central Florida
Year of graduation: 2013
Degree/major: Digital Media - Game Design, Minor in Spanish, Certificate in Translation & Interpretation
Other college activities: Alpha Phi Omega National Co-ed Service Fraternity
Pan American/World Games/International Experience: 2011 Pan American Championships - Silver Medalist in Ladies Solo Compulsory Dance and Bronze Medalist in Ladies Solo Dance Combined
Team USA awards, honors and statistics: 2006 Junior Worlds - Bronze Medalist in Junior Team Dance, 2007 Junior Worlds - Silver Medalist in Junior Team Dance, 2008 Junior Worlds - Silver Medalist in Junior Team Dance
Other awards, honors, and statistics in skating: 2002 Southern Region J.O. Skater of the Year, 2006 Southern Region Elite Skater of the Year (with Joey Rodriguez), 2009 Southern Region Elite Skater of the Year (with John Burchfield), 2012 Southern Region Elite Skater of the Year
Life Goals: Become a World Champion.
Career goals: Work in video game design. Become a skating choreographer.
Favorite sports figure: I look to all my favorite skaters, past and present, for inspiration.
Favorite food before a competition: granola bars, protein bars, or bananas
Favorite movie: A Hard Day's Night
Favorite place to shop: GameStop
Favorite music to listen to during training or competition: Usually my free dance music, but whatever I feel like listening to at the time.
Favorite possession: my Höfner violin bass guitar
Favorite hobbies: playing video games, programming, animation, video editing, audio recording and mixing
If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be: persistent
Who is the person you most admire/greatest influence in your life and why: My parents have had the greatest influence on my life, and I would not be the person I am today without their guidance and support.
Father’s name: Joe Gaudy
Father’s occupation: Owner/Operator of Galaxy Skateway in Melbourne, FL
Mother’s name: Marie Gaudy
Mother’s occupation: Owner/Operator of Galaxy Skateway in Melbourne, FL
Family Members Who Have Competed or Are Competing in Amateur or Professional Athletics: My parents were U.S. National Champions in Senior Dance in 1972 and 1973.