Welcome to IDC’s New Staff Sequence! For this collection, we interview athletes who will enter the upcoming 2023-24 season in a brand new partnership, or debuted final season. In our first interview, we verify in with Shira Ichilov (20) and Dmitriy Kravchenko (18) who characterize Israel on the senior degree. New articles on this collection will probably be posted each Monday.
Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular recollections.
Shira (SI): I began to curler skate once I was 3 yrs previous. Once I was 12 yrs previous, my father spoke to Boris Chait, the President of the Israeli federation, and he steered I strive ice dancing. I attempted determine skating , and a yr later relocated to New Jersey to skate with my coach Galit Chait-Moracci .
Dmitriy (DK): once I was 4 years previous on my birthday my dad and mom took me to the rink and one of many coaches there stated I ought to begin taking classes and that’s how I began.
What drew you to ice dance?
SI: I’ve at all times beloved to bounce since I used to be a child. Once I was nonetheless a curler skater, all of us knew that leaping isn’t for me. I keep in mind as a child watching with my dad and mom the Olympics and watching my coach Galit competing for israel on the Olympics along with her Hava Nagila program. It’s one thing that can keep in my recollections without end.
DK: I’ve at all times beloved skating, however as a child I didn’t wish to strive jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach steered to go to bounce and I beloved it from the primary second.
Inform us how your partnership began.
SI: Dmitriy was skating in Israel for a few yr earlier than we began skating collectively. I’ve cut up with my accomplice after Worlds 2022 and was in search of a accomplice. At Nationals, me and Dmitriy met, then me, Dmitriy, my coach and the federation have determined to check out.
What’s it that you simply already like most about dancing together with your new accomplice?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and captivated with skating and I believe once you love what you do all the pieces is feasible.
DK: Shira is a tough employee! Though she is extra skilled than me, she by no means stops working and at all times pushing me and herself to the restrict and at all times wish to enhance.
What experiences do every of you carry to the partnership?
SI: Dmitriy is a bit youthful and fewer skilled than me. He hasn’t competed internationally but. I’ve competed internationally for the final 7 years and took part in 3 World Championships and a pair of junior.
DK: I don’t have a lot expertise, however I’m studying and bettering with the assistance of my coach Galit and accomplice!
What has been the largest adjustment for every of you up to now within the partnership?
SI: I believe, for each of us, it’s a giant problem. Skating with a brand new accomplice is at all times a problem, however I believe we’re heading in the right direction.
DK: I believe for me my largest problem will probably be to compete within the larger degree, however I’m comfortable I’ve one of the best folks by my aspect to assist me obtain our targets collectively.
Inform us about your coaching web site.
We’re coaching with the Israeli workforce in New Jersey. Our workforce is like household. We’ve got three coaches in our workforce: Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Bychenko and Evgeni Krasnopolsky and we’ve our workforce chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal kids. Additionally, Boris Chait provides us all of the alternatives potential to make us one of the best we will presumably be.
There are 2 dance groups: me and my accomplice Dmitriy and Maria [Nosoviskaya] and Mikhail [Nosovitskiy] and we even have a pair workforce and singles skaters.
Who’re your coaches? Did both or each must relocate? If that’s the case, inform us concerning the transfer(s).
SI: I’ve been with Galit since age 13 years previous. She has been with me for each step of the way in which (from studying the right way to do a crossover to going collectively to the World Championships!) Dmitriy is initially from Ukraine and had moved to Israel a few yr in the past. Once we determined to skate collectively, he moved right here to New Jersey.
DK: I’ve moved to New Jersey about 3 months in the past. I like it! Everybody right here has made my change very clean and simple. I get pleasure from each second right here.
Who’s choreographing your packages. Is another person arranging your music? If that’s the case, please share these experiences.
Each: We went to Detroit to make our packages with Pasquale Camerlengo and Igor Shpilband. We had a tremendous time making the brand new packages. We’re very excited to point out our packages. For the music, we’re working with Hugo Chouinard.
What’s every of you wanting ahead to most this skating season? What will probably be your largest problem(s)?
SI: I’m very excited to lastly be again after not competing final season. I believe our largest problem will probably be similar to some other new workforce to get used to skating with one another and have the ability to present our greatest each single time.
DK: I’m wanting ahead to compete and present everyone our new packages and partnerships collectively.
Inform us about your program for this season.
Our SD this season will probably be Get down on it, Yesterday and It’s Raining Males. It’s a really enjoyable program! Our free dance is to a singer from Montreal. It’s a gorgeous track.
Please share something you prefer to our readers to learn about you as a workforce?
Each: I hope everybody will get pleasure from us this season we’re very exited for our journey collectively! Our objective is to characterize Israel on the Olympics and be a high ice dance workforce