Sunday, January 23, 2011

Agnes Zawadzki Readying for Senior US Nationals Debut

Agnes Zawadzki skates her long program at 2010 Cup of Russia

© Yurl Kochetkov/epa/Corbis

Agnes Zawadzki, who won the US ladies junior title last year, makes her senior national debut this week at the 2011 US Figure Skating Championships. The reigning World Junior silver medalist, Zawadzki, the sixteen year old from Chicago told IceNetwork that she's hoping to play spoiler in Greensboro.

Here are some key quotes from IceNetwork's article: Zawadzki aims to play spoiler at U.S. Champs

"I've got to do it, especially in the long program." - Agnes Zawadzki

"I'm still getting used to the pressure [of being in contention] at such high-level competitions." - Agnes Zawadzki

"If she had done the Junior Grand Prix, her results might have been a little stronger overall, and she could have made the [Junior Grand Prix] Final, but competing on the Senior Grand Prix she learned how to cope with the pressure of TV and compete with the top women in the world." - Tom Zakrajsek, Agnes' coach

"She's been working on her mental toughness, not just for the long program but in general." - Tom Zakrajsek

"There are so many great women to compete with at nationals, that to receive any kind of assignment -- be it worlds, Four Continents or junior worlds -- would be a huge honor." - Tom Zakrajsek

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