MAY 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
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Current residence: Melbourne, FL
High school attended: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School
Year of graduation: 2008
Location of high school: Melbourne, FL
College attended: University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Year of graduation: Spring 2013
Degree/major: Digital Media - Game Design, Spanish Minor, Translation & Interpretation Certificate
Other college activities: Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (2011-present)
Career goals: to work in video game design
Current skating club: Space Coast Skating Club, Melbourne, FL
Coaches name: Joe & Marie Gaudy
When did you begin skating: I've been on skates since I could walk, but competing since 2001 (I was 11 years old).
Are you sponsored and if so, by whom: no
Future goals you hope to obtain as a skater: win Worlds
Team USA Sport Accomplishments: 3rd place in Junior Team Dance (Worlds 2006), 2nd place in Junior Team Dance (Worlds 2007, 2008)
Pan American Games: 2nd place in Women Solo Compulsory Dacne & 3rd place in Women Solo Dance Combined (Pan American Championships 2011)
Awards, honors and statistics received in roller sports: Southern Region Skater of the Year (2002, 2006), National Champion in JWC Team Dance with Joey Rodriguez (2006-2008), National Silver Medalist in WC Women Solo Dance (2009-2010, 2012), National Champion in Senior Solo Dance (2010), National Silver Medalist in Senior Solo Dance (2012)
Who is your favorite sports figure: I have many, but my top choices are Jeff Clement & Harriett Lee Graham, and Heather Menard Turley.
Who is the person you most admire/greatest influence in your life and why: I try to model myself on my parents, Harriett Lee Graham, and Heather Menard Turley, because these individuals exemplify different aspects of who I want to be as a person.
List your hobbies: playing video games, cutting/mixing music, graphic design
What music do you listen to during training or competition? The Beatles, or whatever music I skate to for that competition
What makes you a unique and special person: I have a diverse variety of interests, and I love to pay attention to detail.
Favorite food before a competition: Power Bar, or grilled cheese sandwich
Favorite movie: A Hard Day's Night
Favorite place to shop: GameStop
Most prized possession: my Höfner bass guitar
If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be: persistent
Father's name: Joe Gaudy
Father's occupation: Owner of Galaxy Skateway in Melbourne, FL
Mother's name: Marie Gaudy
Mother's occupation: Owner of Galaxy Skateway in Melbourne, FL
Family Members Who Have Competed or Are Competing in Amateur or Professional Athletics: My parents were American Senior Dance National Champions in 1972 and 1973.