Competition: Figure Skating
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
School/University: University of South Florida
Major: Business Administration
How she trains: Amanda and her partner, Mark Ladwig, train together in Ellenton, Florida. To keep themselves in the competitive spirit, they train with another Olympian pair, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett. Amanda looks to Cirque du Soleil for creative inspiration. Amanda likes to challenge herself every day and has always had a strong “desire to try something difficult” when she is skating, such as a throw triple loop.
How she manages it all: Amanda likes to relieve some of her stress by spending time with people she cares about. She also enjoys playing Guitar Hero, traveling to favorite locations like St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and Oberstdorf, Germany, and by playing with her two cats, Finny and Flower. Amanda is happiest when she is living her life to the fullest; her favorite quote is: “Life is not a problem to solve but a mystery to live,” ~Father Drew.
Fun Fact: Amanda started skating when she was six years old when her father found a pair of hand-me-down ice skates that fit her. In addition to figure skating, Amanda likes to stay in shape by playing soccer and swimming.
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