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Nicole Leonard describes herself in one word as determined, and her actions support her words. The national anthem played yet again for Nicole Leonard's 4th Gold Medal in Junior International Solo Dance at Worlds. Nicole's compulsories included a "dynamite Blues with solid footwork and a choctaw that was engraved into the floor boards!" The Solo Freedance, was very Nicole - she knows how to work it and has the right choreography to prove it.
After a very close battle in the Compulsories and Original Dance, Hector Pereira and Andrea Flynn have earned a Silver Medal for their Junior Team Dance at at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Portimao, Portugal. This is a first for Andrea, but it is a return to the world stage for Hector who placed 2nd in Junior Solo Dance at the World Championships in 2007 and also placed 4th in Junior Team Dance at the World Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Jessica Feuerstein has earned a Silver medal in Junior Women Figures for Team USA at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Portimao, Portugal. She was also the Silver Medalist last season in Germany and the 2008 Bronze Medalist in Taiwan. The final results for our other Junior Figure competitors include Erica Sheley in 5th place, Collin Moore in 4th place and Michael Cooper in 5th place - all good placements when the playing field is the whole world.
In this season's Junior World Team USA, Collin Moore is one of our newbies to World Competition. But, he managed to keep his composure through all the rough practices, his performance was solid and consistent and he has proven to be a great addition to our strong young figure team. Coach Petra Dayney felt he skated the best he could have and is very proud of him.
Other Junior World Team USA's results include: Erica Broach 11th in Junior International Solo Dance; Clayton Rhoads 4th and John Burchfield 8th in Junior Men's Freeskating; Trevor Anthony/Paula Lopez 7th in Junior Dance; Shauna McCullough 11th and Crystal Roseborough 13th in Junior Ladies' Freeskating; Jeremy Jessup/Amanda Engel 6th in Junior Pairs.