Thursday, June 19, 2014
Skating Into the Sunset: Alissa Czisny Announces Retirement
Two-time U.S. National Champion Alissa Czisny has announced her retirement from amateur competition. Czisny will remain in the skating world, but in the form of professional shows and coaching. Czisny has been out of competition for the last two seasons due to injuries and recovering from two surgeries. Click HERE to read the news article on IceNetwork.com.
Over the years, Czisny has had many ups and downs, but through it all, she always composed both herself and her skating with the utmost class, grace, and style. Her skating skills, line, and positions were always exquisite; her only downfalls were her jumping technique and confidence issues that often held her back. Despite her inconsistency, Czisny was known for her hard work, tenacity, and optimism, all of which helped her to capture a handful of national and international titles. Czisny finished her career with two U.S. National titles ('09, '11--the second of which was won without flaw), two Skate Canada titles ('05,'10), a Skate America title ('11), and a Grand Prix Final Championship ('10).
I'll always remember Czisny as a classy champion with endless beauty and elegance-- on and off the ice.
Here are some of Alissa's most memorable performances over the years:
2005 Skate America, "La Bayadere" by Leon Minkus, (second place):
2007 U.S. Nationals, "Sabrina" soundtrack, (third place):
2009 U.S. Nationals, "The Swan," (first place short program):
2011 U.S. Nationals, "Winter into Spring" by George Winston, (first place):
2012 U.S. Nationals, "La Vie en Rose,":
2011 Exhibition at All That Skate to "Moon River":