In the months after the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were productive for Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, but they weren’t very exciting. “Lots of long days, long hours, not doing anything but drills. It got a bit monotonous,” Hawayek said. “We’d ask our coaches, ‘Can’t we work on new programs? New elements?’ They said, ‘No, you have to stroke.’ They wanted us to show more confidence in the solidity of our skating rather than work on new things.”… read more here

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