Welcome to IDC’s New Workforce Collection! For this sequence, 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 examine in with Shira Ichilov (20) and Dmitriy Kravchenko (18) who characterize Israel on the senior degree. New articles on this sequence will likely be posted each Monday.
Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular reminiscences.
Shira (SI): I began to curler skate once I was 3 yrs previous. After I was 12 yrs previous, my father spoke to Boris Chait, the President of the Israeli federation, and he prompt 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 mother and father 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 cherished to bop since I used to be a child. After I was nonetheless a curler skater, all of us knew that leaping isn’t for me. I bear in mind as a child watching with my mother and father 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 reminiscences perpetually.
DK: I’ve at all times cherished skating, however as a child I didn’t need to strive jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach prompt to go to bop and I cherished 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 break up with my associate after Worlds 2022 and was searching for a associate. At Nationals, me and Dmitriy met, then me, Dmitriy, my coach and the federation have determined to check out.
What’s it that you just already like most about dancing together with your new associate?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and captivated with skating and I believe if you love what you do all the things is feasible.
DK: Shira is a tough employee! Despite the fact that 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 need to enhance.
What experiences do every of you convey 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 couple of junior.
DK: I don’t have a lot expertise, however I’m studying and enhancing with the assistance of my coach Galit and associate!
What has been the most important adjustment for every of you up to now within the partnership?
SI: I believe, for each of us, it’s an enormous problem. Skating with a brand new associate is at all times a problem, however I believe we’re heading in the right direction.
DK: I believe for me my greatest problem will likely be to compete within the greater degree, however I’m blissful I’ve one of the best individuals by my facet to assist me obtain our targets collectively.
Inform us about your coaching website.
We’re coaching with the Israeli crew in New Jersey. Our crew is like household. Now we have three coaches in our crew: Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Bychenko and Evgeni Krasnopolsky and we have now our crew chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal youngsters. Additionally, Boris Chait offers us all of the alternatives attainable to make us one of the best we are able to presumably be.
There are 2 dance groups: me and my associate Dmitriy and Maria [Nosoviskaya] and Mikhail [Nosovitskiy] and we even have a pair crew and singles skaters.
Who’re your coaches? Did both or each should relocate? In that case, inform us in regards to the transfer(s).
SI: I’ve been with Galit since age 13 years previous. She has been with me for each step of the best way (from studying how you can 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 adore it! Everybody right here has made my change very clean and straightforward. I take pleasure in each second right here.
Who’s choreographing your packages. Is another person arranging your music? In that case, please share these experiences.
Each: We went to Detroit to make our packages with Pasquale Camerlengo and Igor Shpilband. We had an incredible time making the brand new packages. We’re very excited to indicate our packages. For the music, we’re working with Hugo Chouinard.
What’s every of you trying ahead to most this skating season? What will likely be your greatest problem(s)?
SI: I’m very excited to lastly be again after not competing final season. I believe our greatest problem will likely be similar to every other new crew to get used to skating with one another and be capable to present our greatest each single time.
DK: I’m trying 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 likely 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 lovely music.
Please share something you want to our readers to learn about you as a crew?
Each: I hope everybody will take pleasure in us this season we’re very exited for our journey collectively! Our objective is to characterize Israel on the Olympics and be a prime ice dance crew