Welcome to IDC’s New Crew Collection! 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 symbolize Israel on the senior degree. New articles on this collection shall 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Shira (SI): I began to curler skate after I was 3 yrs outdated. After I was 12 yrs outdated, my father spoke to Boris Chait, the President of the Israeli federation, and he steered I strive ice dancing.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Dmitriy (DK): after I was 4 years outdated on my birthday my dad and mom took me to the rink and one of many coaches there stated I ought to begin taking classes and that’s how I began.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 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 dad and mom the Olympics and watching my coach Galit competing for israel on the Olympics together with her Hava Nagila program. It’s one thing that may keep in my reminiscences without end.
DK: I’ve at all times beloved skating, however as a child I didn’t need to strive jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach steered 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 couple of yr earlier than we began skating collectively. I’ve break up with my associate after Worlds 2022 and was on the lookout 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 simply already like most about dancing together with your new associate?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and obsessed with skating and I feel whenever you love what you do all the pieces is feasible.
DK: Shira is a tough employee! Regardless 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 bettering with the assistance of my coach Galit and associate!
What has been the most important adjustment for every of you thus far within the partnership?
SI: I feel, for each of us, it’s an enormous problem. Skating with a brand new associate is at all times a problem, however I feel we’re heading in the right direction.
DK: I feel for me my largest problem shall be to compete within the larger degree, however I’m joyful I’ve the very best folks by my aspect to assist me obtain our objectives collectively.
Inform us about your coaching web site.
We’re coaching with the Israeli workforce in New Jersey. Our workforce is like household. We now have three coaches in our workforce: Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Bychenko and Evgeni Krasnopolsky and we’ve got our workforce chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal kids. Additionally, Boris Chait provides us all of the alternatives attainable to make us the very best we are able to probably be.
There are 2 dance groups: me and my associate 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 should relocate? In that case, inform us concerning the transfer(s).
SI: I’ve been with Galit since age 13 years outdated. She has been with me for each step of the best way (from studying the best way to do a crossover to going collectively to the World Championships!) Dmitriy is initially from Ukraine and had moved to Israel a couple of 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 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 shall be your largest problem(s)?
SI: I’m very excited to lastly be again after not competing final season. I feel our largest problem shall be identical to some other new workforce 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 shall 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 an exquisite track.
Please share something you want to our readers to learn about you as a workforce?
Each: I hope everybody will take pleasure in us this season we’re very exited for our journey collectively! Our aim is to symbolize Israel on the Olympics and be a high ice dance workforce