My passion is figure skating. I've been a fan of the sport since I was a child in my single digits. I participate in the sport, and I am a professional coach. I began skating in Saudi Arabia on roller skates and taught myself how to do jumps and spins by watching video tapes that my Grandma sent to my sister and I (since Saudi TV never aired figure skating). There were no ice rinks in Saudi while I lived there so taking to the cement was the best I could do. I first stepped on ice in the summer of 1995 and after I left Saudi in 1998, I've never figure skated off-ice again. I have a DVD collection of figure skating shows and competitions going as far back as the 1960s. I have been coached by the 1996 World Pairs Champion and 1998 Russian Olympic Team member since the summer of 2000, and I have been a coach since the summer of 2006. One day I would like to coach figure skating full-time, that is my dream job.
I also really enjoy learning foreign languages - when I was 9 I began teaching myself French, before high school I had taken classes in French, Spanish and Arabic. In high school I studied French, German and Russian. And when I got to college I continued with French and German. I took a semester of Spanish and decided it was too easy for me, so I dropped the class and replaced it with Russian. I am currently reading "Les Misérables" in the French language. One day I hope to learn Spanish (speaking fluency), Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Latin. I love being able to understand other languages, and communicate with different people of the world.
Top Favorite TV Shows: LOST, 24, Breaking Bad, Firefly, The Big Bang Theory, Two Guys & A Girl, Supernatural
Top Favorite Movies: The Cutting Edge, Gone With The Wind, L'Auberge Espagnol, The Star Wars Saga, The Matrix Trilogy, The Back To The Future Trilogy, Fools Rush In, Kill Bill vol. 1, Kill Bill vol. 2, Ice Castles, Indiana Jones
Top Favorite Celebrities: Madonna, Michelle Kwan, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Weir, Ekatarina Gordeeva, Robert Patrick, Terry O'Quinn, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Néstor Carbonell, Kristen Cloke, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Tautou, Harrison Ford, Vanessa Paradis, Garth Brooks
"People who win all the time are strong and powerful. But people who have fallen and got trampled on... but are able to stand back up and fight, that's who I admire the most" - Michelle Kwan
"... And say just one extra time that you love the person who lives with you. Just say, 'I love you.' It's so great." -
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” - Madonna
"I am not handsome or sexy. Of course, it's not like I am hopeless." - Keanu Reeves
“I should do it the way I want to, as opposed to trying to make other people happy.” - Johnny Weir
“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” - Madonna
“When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” - Madonna