As we continue our countdown towards the British Championships, this week we focus on junior skating pair Steven and Chloe. They have now been skating together since March 2015 and told us more about how they have progressed over this time and qualified for the Junior World Championships...
Name: Steven Adcock and Chloe Curtin
DOB: 26/04/1995 and 11/08/2001
Facebook: Chloe Curtin and Steven Adcock
Home Arena: Chelmsford Riverside Ice & Leisure
Coach/Choreographer: Daniel Thomas and Paula Allen
Short Program (SP) music choice for British Championships: The Short Program music choice is Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock, an iconic Rock and Roll number. This is a fun program, depicting a typical Jive type dance from the Rock and Roll era.
Free Program (FP) music choice for British Championships: The Free Program music choice is a melody from Les Miserables soundtrack but is performed by Lindsay Stirling. We believe it is a lovely recording of this legendary musical as it is a memorable and nostalgic melody. We try to depict the rise and fall of the music and portray its haunting beauty.
On the ice:
Who/what inspired you to step onto the ice and what age?
Steven: I wouldn't really say anyone inspired me to get on the ice. I started skating as it was one of the activities at my local leisure centre during the summer kid’s camp. I liked ice skating so asked my parents for lessons and started the Skate UK courses at age five.
Chloe: My older sister wanted to start ice skating lessons so we both signed up for a six week course; I was seven and a half at the time.
How long have you been skating together? We have been skating together since March 2015, so about eight months.
How many hours do you train a week?
Steve: I train about 16/17 hours a week.
Chloe: I train for 13 hours on the ice and three and a half off the ice.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in ice skating?
Steven: It would either be when I competed in my first international competition at Novice Men at the Ice Challenge in Graz or more recently at the JGP in Torun where we achieved the qualifying technical score for Junior Worlds.
Chloe: Being invited to compete in the Junior Grand Prix in Poland and achieving the qualifying score required for the Junior World Championships.
How many times have you competed at the British Championships?
Steven: I have competed in six British Championships, both a mix between pairs and solo.
Chloe: This will be my second British Championships competition.
Do you have a skating hero you look up to?
Steven: I wouldn't say I have a skating hero but I do love watching the Russian pair skaters because of how on point they always are. Also I do enjoy watching the Italian pair Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek because of the personality they have on the ice and during their routines.
Chloe: American figure skater, Gracie Gold.
Off the ice:
Other than skating what do you like to do in your spare time?
Steven: I like to watch TV, listen to music and podcasts.
Chloe: I enjoy trampolining and socialising with friends.
One thing you can’t live without and why?
Steven: It sounds obvious but I probably could not live without my phone, simply because a lot of day to day activity involves using it and most things that need doing will require involvement with my phone.
Chloe: One thing I can’t live without is my friends because their support and fun keeps me motivated.
Steven: I don't really have any favourite music as such because I like a lot of different types; Disclosure, Kanye West, Example and The Fratellis.
Chloe: I enjoy listening to pop music.
Favourite film/TV programme?
Steven: I really love Friends and the Big Bang Theory. My favourite film series is Marvel Avengers and all three Iron Man films.
Chloe: The Big Bang Theory!
Steven: Our family loves animals; we have two dogs (Monty and Murphy), two cats (Bear and Neyo), a rabbit (Daisy) and a hamster (Trixie). In the past we have also had gerbils and tropical fish.
Chloe: I like going on all the scary rides at theme parks, the scarier the better!
Coach, Dan Thomas said:
"I have coached Steven for many years and feel that he is more talented than me, and I am a former British Pairs champion at every level and was a member of European and Olympic training Squad.
"Steven has the same desire to work hard to reach his full potential as myself. He has a great ability on and off the ice, physically and mentally, and has qualified for senior men as well as pairs. He was also on both international squads before turning his full attention to his new pairs partner.
"Steven and Chloe have recently qualified for the Junior Worlds and have the technical score for Europeans after only nine months of partnership."
Published 13th November 2015