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Alissa Czisny 2011 US Nat'l LP07:25

Alissa Czisny 2011 US Nat'l LP

Alissa Czisny's free skate at the 2011 U. S. National Championships

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ISU GP Skate America - Alissa CZISNY - SP

Alissa Czisny's short program at 2012 Skate America

Alissa Czisny (born June 25, 1987) is an American Figure skater. She is the 2009 and 2011 U.S. national champion, the 2005-2006 Skate Canada International gold medalist, and the 2004–2005, 2008-2009 season U.S. Collegiate Champion.

BiographyEdit

SkatingEdit

Alissa first garnered international attention in 2005 when she won Skate Canada International and placed second at Skate America. She qualified for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix Final and placed sixth. She went on to the 2006 U.S. Championships in St. Louis, where she was a heavy favorite to place in the top three. However, she fell multiple times and finished seventh overall.

She began the 2006-07 season at Skate Canada International where she placed fourth. She also competed at Cup of Russia in November. At the 2007 United States Figure Skating Championships she was in fifth after the short program, but went on to win the free skate to take the bronze medal and the final U.S. spot to the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

She finished third at the 2008 Skate Canada in the 2008–2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series behind Joannie Rochette and Fumie Suguri. In early 2009 she won the U.S. National Championships.

She is best known for her fast, well-positioned spins and graceful spirals. Unlike most skaters, Alissa spins and jumps clockwise. She has struggled with consistency in her jumps throughout her career.

Alissa formerly skated in Jackson Proflex hinged boots, and was the most successful skater to do so at the time. After the 2008 U.S. National Championships she switched to a custom-designed Jackson unhinged boot.[1]

Coaching and ChoreographyEdit

Alissa works with a team of on-ice coaches, including Julianne Berlin, Yuka Sato, Natalia Deller, Brian Boitano, and Linda Leaver.

Her choreographers include David Wilson, Kurt Browning, and Lori Nichol.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Alissa is a student at Bowling Green State University on a full academic scholarship; she is studying international studies, Russian and French.[3] She expects to graduate in May 2009.[1]

Her fraternal twin sister, Amber, is also a figure skater. The two began skating as toddlers when their mother took them with her to the skating rink.[3] Both teach figure skating, and Amber helps to coach Alissa.[1]

Alissa's hobbies incude rockwall climbing, reading, ballet, rollerblading, biking, 3-D Art and playing the piano.[2]. She has also worked as a model for companies such as Mondor and MAC.[1]

She was one of four up-and-coming figure skaters featured on the 2006 TLC (TV channel) series, Ice Diaries.

ProgramsEdit

AlissaSpiral

Czisny performs a forward spiral during her long program at the 2008 Skate Canada.

Season Short Program Long Program Exhibition
2010-2011 The Mask of Zorro soundtrack
by James Horner
Winter and Spring
by George Winston
2009-2010 The Mask of Zorro soundtrack
by James Horner
Doctor Zhivago (film) soundtrack
by Maurice Jarre
2008–09 The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Doctor Zhivago (film) soundtrack
by Maurice Jarre
I, Don Quixote
by Linda Eder
Bridge over Troubled Waters
by Simon and Garfunkel
2007–08 The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns
West Side Story (soundtrack) suite
by Leonard Bernstein and O. Sonstadt
2006-07 Prelude and Quadukka-I-Mayas
by Jesse Cook,
performed by the Hamzy Egyptian Strings Ensemble
Excerpts from Sabrina (1995 film) soundtrack
by John Williams
Man of La Mancha
2005–06 Prelude and Quadukka-I-Mayas
by Jesse Cook,
performed by the Hamzy Egyptian Strings Ensemble
La Bayadère
by Leon Minkus
2004–05 The Mission (soundtrack) soundtrack
by Ennio Morricone
Swan Lake
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Un bel di
performed by Opera Babes
2003–04 The Mission (soundtrack) soundtrack
by Ennio Morricone
Swan Lake
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Un bel di
performed by Opera Babes
2002–03 Rushing Wings of Dawn
by Tim Janis
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
2001–02 Rushing Wings of Dawn
by Tim Janis
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
2000–01 Moonlight Sonata
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Faust (opera)
by Charles Gounod

Competitive highlightsEdit

Skate Canada 2008 ledis podium

Czisny (right) with the other medalists at 2008 Skate Canada.

Post-2004Edit

Results
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Worlds 15th 11th 5th 22nd
Four Continents 5th 9th 5th
Grand Prix Final 6th 1st 5th
GP Bompard 3rd 3rd
GP Cup of China 9th
GP Cup of Russia 9th 4th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th WD
GP Skate America 4th 2nd 1st
GP Skate Canada 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Nebelhorn 4th 1st 1st
Ondrej Nepela 2nd
Challenge Cup 3rd
International: Junior
World Juniors 6th 6th
National
U.S. Champs. 7th 7th 3rd 9th 1st 10th 1st 2nd WD
U.S. Collegiate 1st 1st
Midwest. Sect. 2nd 1st
EGL Regionals 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew; EGL = Eastern Great Lakes

Pre-2004Edit

Event 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003 2003–2004
U.S. national champion 2nd J. 11th 10th 12th
Junior Grand Prix, Sofia 5th
Junior Grand Prix Final 5th
Junior Grand Prix, Slovakia 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, France 2nd
Gardena Spring Trophy 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st J.
Midwestern Sectionals 1st J. 2nd 2nd 2nd
Eastern Great Lakes Regionals 1st J. 2nd 1st
  • J = Junior level

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Alissa Czisny journal entry 1/3/09
  2. 2.0 2.1 Profile on Official Site
  3. 3.0 3.1 ISUFS biography

External LinksEdit

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