With 5 weeks to go until the 2015 British Championships, this week find out more about 16-year-old Anastasia Vaipen-Law.
With her Mum and Dad both figure skating coaches, Anastasia told us she would not know what she would do if she didn’t have skating in her life. Find out more below...
Name: Anastasia Vaipen-Law
Home Rink: Dundee Ice Arena
Choreographer: Andrew Smith
Short programme music choice for the British Championships: I am skating to 'Micmacs a tire-larigot – Larrons En Foire’. This piece of music is very fun and cheeky and it brings a lot of excitement to the ice. The music is fast and happy and it really helps to express that side of me and what I am capable of doing.
Free programme music choice for the British Championships: I will be skating to 'Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens'. It has a mix of tempo and goes from fast to slow continuously throughout the programme. This music finishes in a very powerful way and it helps to make it dramatic and keeps people on the edge of their seat. I like to have the variety of tempo because it really helps me to once again show what I am capable of doing on the ice.
On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to step onto the ice and what age? My Mum and Dad are both figure skating coaches and I loved watching my Mum in shows and wanted to do it myself one day. I first stepped onto the ice at the age of three and started skating and lessons aged seven.
How many hours do you train a week? I train for a total of 21 hours a week, including on and off-ice training.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in ice skating? I won the bronze medal in the 2013 British Figure Skating Championships in Junior Ladies.
How many times have you competed in the Nationals? I have competed in four Nationals.
Do you have a skating hero you look up to? Russian Figure Skater, Elena Radionova.
Off the ice:
Other than skating what do you like to do in your spare time? I like to go to the gym, shopping and listening to music.
One thing you can’t live without and why? Skating because it's a big part of my life and I don't know what I'd actually do if I didn't have it.
Favourite band/music: Calvin Harris, Oliver Heldens and many others...
Favourite film/TV programme: Friends and Forest Gump
Fun fact: I am half Ukrainian
Published 30th October 2015