Skate America: Notes from Pairs Short Program Press Conference

Schuster: It was a great experience for us. It was a little bit shaky. But we did our best. It was not a clean skate, but I think we can proud of new stuff for us.

Roscher: It was a really great experience because it was the first big Grand Prix, the first time in America, and the first time with such a lot of people watching us. I really liked the crowd cheering for us.

Stellato: We are very pleased with our performance, happy to be here. It’s kind of a homecoming for me. It’s like my wedding (laughed), it’s like I know everybody.

Knierim: We’re very happy to be back on competitive ice. It felt weird to compete again, because when you compete, it feels like high sensitivity.

Frazier: I never started my season off at a Grand Prix before. There was a lot of positivity out there tonight. It was a little bit of a fight tonight, but it was our starting base.

Knierim: The music choice was strictly from Shae-Lynn (Bourne). In the beginning, Brandon come into my world, and I try to save him. [Music is from Stranger Things.]

Frazier: [on starting season in Boston for second year in a row]: I remember last year when we started, it was the same vibe, we had some things we were working through. Last year, we were on a mission. When we came out here tonight, it felt exactly the same.

Knierim: Every event is important. Whether it’s a Grand Prix [or not], we attack it the same way.

Stellato: [On her expression in lifts] Both my former partner, Nate Bartholomay, and Maxime are so strong. They both made me feel very safe and very strong. I feel very secure over Maxime’s head, and I really like performing even in a lift. The whole last minute of the program, I’m being carried, I love it, it’s my favorite part of the program. This was our first real off-season as a team [previous summers, there was either Covid or she was not released]. We really took that time seriously, and we think that’s why there’s been such a great improvement from then to this time. We’re trying to keep together and centered, so we don’t let [pressures] get to us.

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