Welcome to IDC’s New Workforce Sequence! 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 test in with Shira Ichilov (20) and Dmitriy Kravchenko (18) who symbolize Israel on the senior stage. New articles on this sequence will likely 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 urged I attempt ice dancing. I attempted determine skating , and a 12 months 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 mentioned 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 bop 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 mother and father the Olympics and watching my coach Galit competing for israel on the Olympics together with her Hava Nagila program. It’s one thing that can keep in my recollections eternally.
DK: I’ve at all times beloved skating, however as a child I didn’t wish to attempt jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach urged to go to bop and I beloved it from the primary second.
Inform us how your partnership began.
SI: Dmitriy was skating in Israel for a few 12 months earlier than we began skating collectively. I’ve break up with my companion after Worlds 2022 and was on the lookout for a companion. 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 along with your new companion?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and keen about skating and I believe if you love what you do all the pieces is feasible.
DK: Shira is a tough employee! Although 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 companion!
What has been the most important adjustment for every of you to date within the partnership?
SI: I believe, for each of us, it’s an enormous problem. Skating with a brand new companion 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 likely be to compete within the larger stage, however I’m blissful I’ve the most effective individuals by my aspect to assist me obtain our objectives collectively.
Inform us about your coaching web site.
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 now we have our crew chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal youngsters. Additionally, Boris Chait provides us all of the alternatives doable to make us the most effective we are able to presumably be.
There are 2 dance groups: me and my companion 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 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 best way (from studying learn how to do a crossover to going collectively to the World Championships!) Dmitriy is initially from Ukraine and had moved to Israel a few 12 months in the past. After 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 easy and straightforward. I take pleasure in 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 trying ahead to most this skating season? What will likely 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 likely be identical to another 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 stupendous 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 purpose is to symbolize Israel on the Olympics and be a high ice dance crew