Within the second article of our New Crew Collection, we examine in with Cayla Cottrell & Uladzislau (Vlad) Palkhouski, who’re within the second yr of their partnership. Cottrell & Palkhouski are coached by Marina Zoueva, Johnny Johns, Ilya Tkachenko, and Yelena Sokolova and so they prepare on the Worldwide Skating Academy on the Hertz Area in Florida. They lately debuted their new packages on the 2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships the place they completed fifth.
Inform us about your particular person skating journeys?
Cayla: I began skating by means of the study to skate program at a rink in Colorado, and from there I began doing pairs at age eight. I finally discovered my true ardour was ice dance and have been doing that ever since.
Vlad: I began skating very younger, so I don’t actually bear in mind a lot. However I competed for Belarus with my earlier associate Emiliya Kalehanova for six seasons. And now I sit up for competing with Cayla this yr for the second season.
What drew you to ice dance?
Cayla: The inventive expression, the intricate components, and the power to convey a narrative by means of dance with a associate.
Vlad: The great thing about this sport, the spirit of rivalry, choreography and the complexity of the weather.
What are your earliest skating recollections?
Cayla: I first was drawn to skating after I was seven, as a result of I wished to see the fish nonetheless swimming beneath the ice/pond. And after stepping on the ice, I instantly fell in love with the game.
Vlad: I began determine skating after I was 5, I don’t actually have any early skating recollections.
Inform us about how your partnership began (tryout, and so forth.)?
The start of our partnership and tryouts was a troublesome one. We initially tried to schedule a tryout in July of 2020. Sadly, that was proper throughout the top of pandemic in addition to civil unrest in Vlad’s residence nation. So we had been unable to truly have a tryout till December of 2020 in Belarus. After our tryout we each realized we wished to kind a partnership. Nonetheless, due to the continuation of the journey ban, Vlad was not in a position to receive a visa and journey to the USA till August of 2021.
It was then we shortly put our packages collectively, and ended up competing within the 2021/22 U.S. Nationwide Qualifying Collection and ultimately ended our first season by inserting eleventh in Senior Ice Dance on the 2022 U.S. Determine Skating Championships.
Inform us about your coaching challenges throughout the pandemic.
Cayla: For the protection of everybody our rink closed down throughout the pandemic for roughly three months. Throughout that point I labored out at residence on-line with my private trainers. And was fortunate sufficient to buy some curler blades with Edea boots so I may take my canine working up and down my neighborhood streets.
Vlad: I used to be caught in my residence nation, I couldn’t get to the USA, and at residence there have been additionally issues there: the ice schedule and the variety of coaching periods had been restricted.
What do you want most about skating together with your associate?
Cayla: The factor I like most about skating with Vlad is his aggressive spirit, and our related objectives to repeatedly enhance ourselves as a crew. I admire his energy and dedication.
Vlad: Most of all in my associate’s skating, I like her endurance and resilience. I like that she is an open-minded individual, and isn’t afraid to strive one thing new.
What are you wanting most ahead to this season?
This season we’re wanting ahead to enhancing our total high quality and abilities.