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Amanda Evora

Olympic Pairs Figure Skater



What is your career highlight so far?

The whole year 2010 has been the highlight of my career so far!  In January, my partner Mark Ladwig and I became the Silver Medalists at the US National Championships, which qualified us a spot to the Winter Olympic Games in February, and the World Championships in March.  We hit our season's best scores placing in the top half in both Olympics and Worlds.   As we enter a new season, we recieved our first Grand Pris Medal placing third at the Cup of Russia Grand Pris Event.


What advice do you have for an aspiring skater?

With a relentless positive attitidue, a diligent hard working ethic, and a constant faith in achieving your goals, you will become sucessful in anything you paln to do with your life.  This is something that the sport of figure skating has taught me throughout the years, and I would want other aspiring skaters to learn.


What is the toughest element for you to do?

Being a pair skater, I'd say the toughest element to perform is the triple twist lift.  This is where the man assists the lady into the air as she rotates three times before the man catches her, and they land the element together.  One of my favorite elements to perform is a throw triple jump.  Similar to the twist, where the man assist the lady into the air as she jumps.  The lady then rotates three times around and lands the jump/throw by herself.  It's a great feeling to come down from the air so effortless looking on one foot gliding backwards!.


When did you know that you had the talent to be an Olympian?

I would say a year before the Olympics, I knew I had the talent to get there.  Self-worthiness is what I like to call it.  You must first believe you are capable to be an Olympian before becoming one.  In order to make the Olympics in pair skating, you must be the top two pair teams in the United States within that year.  There were a few other pair teams among my peers that also had the capability to make that Olympic team, however with the performances Mark and I skated at the 2010 US Nationals, it made our dreams a reality.


What was your favorite subject in school?

Math was always my favorite subject in school.  It was easy to understand.  The answers are always black and white, the procedure of solving the problems always the same.  Call me a math geek!.


What is your favorite quote and why?

I love quotes, and I have many favorites.  One of my favorites is "Life is not a problem to solve, but a mystery to live."  My childhood priest had said that once in Church, and it has always stuck to me.  Prehaps from the question you asked before, life is not as easy to understand as math =)  Life is not always black and white, and therefore not always the same procedures to solve problems!  We must all learn to live the mystery...


What do you do in your free time?

Unfortunately, I do not have much free time.  Monday thru Friday, I train and skate through the mornings to the mid afternoon.  In the mornings before skating and throughout the days' break, I work as an accountant assistant at the rink's office.  In order to support my own skating, I also teach beginner skaters through the rest of the afternoon.  During some of the evenings, I attend classes at the University of South Florida, and I plan to graduate at the end of this year with a Business Administration Bachelor Degree.  When I'm not skating, working, or going to school, I do enjoy staying active.  I like going to pilates classes, and took my first yoga class just a few days ago!  To relax, I love going to the beach or even laying out at the pool..


If you weren't a figure skater, what would you be?

I thoroughly enjoy the artistic side of skating, and I would be surprise if I had become a type of dancer.  I would have love and still would love to become a ballroom dancer one day.  If I had not continued my skater career when I was younger, I know I would have joined the dance and/or cheerleading team through highschool and college as I find team spirit very important as well!.