ABOUT jessica

 

I started skating when I was 5 years old in San Jose, California. When I was just 7, my family and I moved to Colorado Springs so I could pursue my dream of becoming a successful skater. I lived in the Springs from 2005-2011 training under Tom Zakrajsek. I worked hard to make my first Junior National team in the 2008/09 season, winning the bronze medal in Juvenile. The following year I went to Junior Nationals again at the Intermediate level. My first U.S Championship was in 2011 Greensboro, NC. Later that year, I started pairs and my mom and I moved to Los Angeles, CA so I could team up with A.J Reiss. Together we skated two seasons Junior and one season Senior, earning two Junior Grand Prix, one Spring International, and competing in three U.S Championships. A.J and I went our separate paths following the 2014 season and started our search for new partners. I moved rinks to Aliso Viejo, CA for 5 months working with Todd Sand and Jenni Meno. My mom and I then made a monumental decision to move across the country to Ellenton, Florida so that I could train at one of the best pair schools in the nation. I have now been training with Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora, and Jim Peterson since November, 2014.

ABOUT JOSHUA

 

I started skating when I was 4 years old. I first found success at the intermediate level, capturing the bronze medal nationally. I also won sectionals as a Novice singles skater and competed twice internationally in my solo career. In 2009 I moved to Minnesota to skate with Olivia Oltmanns. Together we competed in 4 junior grand prix events and 6 US championships. My career with her eventually took me to Colorado Springs where I trained under the tutelage of Dalilah Sappenfield. I currently attend online school at Colorado Christian University, pursing a major in business. I have consistently held a GPA over 3.5, juggling this with a nearly full-time position as a server at Anna Maria Oyster Bar and 35+ hours a week at our training facility.

HOW WE TEAMED UP

 

Following the 2015 US Championships in Greensboro, we decided to put on a tryout in Florida. Having known each other from competitions with our previous partners we each knew of the other’s abilities. Although there was still plenty of time left in the off-season to hold tryouts, we knew that we were meant to skate together. A second tryout was held in Colorado Springs to cement previously held ideas and to get the blessing of Josh’s coach, Dalilah Sappenfield. It didn’t take long to make it official, and as of late April 2015, Joshica is here to stay.