Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno - Moving On Up!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | 08:00 AM ET
Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno moved from Ontario to B.C. to train for the 2010 Olympics with Victor Kraatz. Kraatz and partner Shae-Lynn Bourne became the first North American couple to win a World Championship title in Ice Dance.
Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno placed fourth at the HomeSense Skate Canada International in November.) (Photo Courtesy David Carmichael)
Well there are less than two weeks left until we leave for the ISU World Figure-Skating Championships in Sweden.
Nice enough, but nothing is ever really interesting unless you put it into context... We are Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno, two halves of our favorite ice dance team! haha
Moving to Vancouver three years ago to work with our coaches, Maikki & Victor Kraatz, has been a great adventure, and now our careers are entering a new chapter. This year we’ve climbed from the top eight ice dancers to third in our country, being the only world competitors not on the national team in the previous season.
It’s been a year full of surprises and amazing experiences... We won the bronze medal this year at the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships. We showed that we belong in the Senior category, that we too had ‘stepped it up’ and are ready to move to the next level in our careers.
Nationals was a very special experience for us this year as it was held here in Vancouver. We wanted to impress the home crowd and honestly we had a bit of pressure because of the high calibre of current Canadian skaters.
To put a bit of what we do into perspective it takes several months to prepare for an event and it comes down to that four minute performance. The energy and support of the home crowd carried us through.
Even though it can be stressful we always have one thing in mind, “there’s nothing to lose so let’s go out there and dance.”
Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno skated to bronze to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the 2008 Skate Canada Championship. (Photo Courtesy Brett Barden, Skate Canada)
We have watched Vancouver grow into an Olympic city and the signs of this are everywhere. It’s a blast participating in many different Olympic themed events because it reminds us of our dream goal of making the Olympic team in our home country and the city where we live and train.
This is our first World Championships together and we are just 'over the moon' excited.
We actually get the chance to represent our country at a World Championship. We’ve been to many international events but nothing like this.
This year we’ll get to dip our toes in what is the highest level of competition next to the Olympics.
At our first world event we are going to hold nothing back and (as our coach always advises us) “Just skate”.
We will make a stand on the world scene by showing our enthusiasm to the crowd, getting them involved and giving them a good show.
But for now we’re off to the rink, the gym, and to begin contemplating what to pack for Sweden..!!
- Allie & Michael
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