Newly crowned U.S. National skating champion Alissa Czisny was gracious enough to take time out of her schedule to answer some questions from Required Elements. The interview was conducted via e-mail.
Czisny is a two-time U.S. national champion and the reigning Grand Prix Final champion. She began skating when she was a toddler and is known for being one of the most graceful skaters on the ice and a skilled spinner. Czisny won the 2009 national championship but was unable to make the Olympic team last season, finishing 10th at nationals. Shortly after, Czisny left her coach Julie Berlin to work with Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen. She has had a resurgence this season, winning Skate Canada, the Grand Prix Final, and the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship.
Czisny is scheduled to compete at the Four Continents Championship in Taipei later this week and at the World Championships in Tokyo next month. Czisny skates for the Detroit Skating Club.
Required Elements: Alissa, so much has been made of the changes you've made this season. How much of the troubles in the past have been physical versus mental?
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