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Entry # 13
Journal entry made by Jenna on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:58:00 (EDT)
Shalom(Peace)and Hag Semeach(Happy Passover)to all! Passover this year is much more meaningful with the message of freedom that it stands for, is so important in Israel and everywhere else in the Middle East especially now.
I can't believe my first year of college is soon almost over. It has been a great year as I have learned so much, met many great people, made some really good friends, and had a lot of fun also.
Next year I start my internships and am so very excited about that. I cant wait
I have my final exams in the next couple of weeks so I'm making this short as I have alot to study for.
I missed Deans List my first semester by .017 point
This semester I really would like to make it
Entry # 12
Journal entry made by Jenna on Friday, December 03, 2010 at 11:30:03 (EST)
I just want to wish all a "VERY" Happy Chanukah and for everyone to enjoy the Festival of Lights!
College is going great as I am learning so much and enjoying myself at the same time.
Anatomy and Kinesiology are not so bad, the Labs are even better, but Athletic Training Sports Medicine are the absolute BEST!!!!
I can't believe half of my first year is almost over and soon it will be winter break.
I'm looking forward to coming home visiting with my family and friends, going to the rink to skate, and not have to worry about schoolwork and exams:dance:
Entry # 11
Journal entry made by Jenna on Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 01:05:33 (EDT)
Better later than never is always a good way to start. After the Olympics and Worlds IceWorks quieted down a bit which was nice as it was pretty hectic for awhile.
The annual IceWorks skating show rehearsals started soon after and the show "Viva Ice Vegas" was on April 23, 24, and 25. I was in 4 group numbers and they were alot of fun. My solo skating performance was to "The Rose" by Bette Midler and I choreographed it. My sister Shayna videoed it on her blackberry phone, thank you very much Shayna it is greatly appreciated.
Here is the link from youtube to see it: Jenna Syken 2010 IceWorks Skating Show
After the show I finally decided which University I will be attending in the fall and after much careful consideration I chose East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in East Stroudsburg, PA.
I was accepted into The College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Athletic Training and I want to continue in school after I graduate to get my DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
The CAATE- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Program at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is a nationally recognized leader in the field. They have small class size, a current wonderful program design, excellent faculty, and the one on one attention to the student were the important reasons in making my decision to attend there.
I will be bringing my skates with me when I go away to school, because 30 minutes away in Bethlehem, PA. is a gorgeous 2 rink facility.
I decided I will not be training or competing this year as my focus will be on my schoolwork which will be very time consuming and demanding.
Hopefully I will be able to continue to coach skating while I'm away at college as I'm coaching now and I enjoy it alot.
That's all for now, but I will be back and keep you all updated
Entry # 10
Journal entry made by Jenna on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 14:22:10 (EST)
I haven't had a chance to write as I have been so busy which is a good thing!
Feb. 6th was the IceWorks Olympic Send Off Show. I opened the show as the first skater after the National Anthems. I did my short program, did everything, and skated very strong. I fell-out of my 3/2 combo and put my hand down, but my butt didn't hit the ice! The jump was just so huge and too close to the boards-oops my mistake, but other than that I was happy. I was so excited to be skating my program in front of such a packed house and it really felt great to be out there once again!
There was a group number from last years ice show which was performed and it was "Single Ladies" and it was so good! Other skaters that train at IceWorks were in the show also and they all did such a wonderful job skating and performing. Great job everyone!
Federica & Massimo, Oksana & Maxim, and Tanith & Ben all looked great and brought the house down. Afterwards all of us from the show were upstairs in a private reception of "Meet and Greet" the show skaters. We all had a super time and a lot of fun.
This week everyone finally left safely and kind of almost on time. We've had over 3 feet of snow so it's been crazy to say the least.
Everyday we have NBC news reporters and cameras in the rink talking and filming...... maybe they should try skating? Now wouldn't that be a hoot
Entry # 9
Journal entry made by Jenna on Friday, December 25, 2009 at 15:08:24 (EST)
I"m sorry for being so late with updating my journal, but I have been extremely busy!
I want to wish everyone a "belated" Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas, and all good things for a Happy & Healthy New Year
The holidays are a fun time especially if it snows and we got almost 2 feet in Delaware-WooHoo
Before leaving the rink on Thursday Dec. 24 I ran a clean short program complete with all my jumps, spins, footwork, and transitions:dance:
What a nice way to end the week on such a happy note. Slava & I were very happy to say the least!
My long program is so beautiful and my dress is a perfect match for it. The color and the crystal beadwork are just so amazing I love it so much!
Israel Nationals was to be held next month, but it was postponed according to the IISF official announcement:sad:
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and always remember it's about being thankful for what you have.....:wave:
Entry # 8
Journal entry made by Jenna on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:05:36 (EDT)
I am so happy to be back on the ice and have also started jumping again!
About 3 weeks after getting 4th place at the 2009 Liberty Summer Competition I took a freaky fall on the ice while practicing my spiral sequence and put an intramuscular tear in my iliopsoas muscle. Needless to say that was very painful:(
Last week I started jumping after being back on the ice only about 2 weeks. I stepped out of my first double axel and the second double axel was "spot on"!
I am so excited about the coming season and competing my new programs, especially my "new long" as it is so pretty and I love the music:)
Entry # 7
Journal entry made by Jenna on Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 20:21:53 (EDT)
I just debuted and competed my "new" Senior Ladies Short Program in the 2009 Liberty Summer Competition. The Liberty Competition is a USFSA monitored competition where skaters from across the USA, Canada, and some even from Europe come to compete and get feedback on their programs from some of the top USFSA judges in the sport.
USA skaters competing at Liberty also vie for the top spots with the possibility of getting an International Assignment awarded to them.
The last time I competed in the Liberty Summer Competition was back in 2005. 1999 was my first time competing in it, but back then it was called the Wissahickon Summer Competition a very famous and quite prestigious USFSA monitored summer competition where the best of the best would come and compete.
Since 1999 which was my first time competing in Wissahickon and every time since competing in Liberty I have always been on the podium and medaled. I did this time also
Having been off the ice from Janury (Euros) and not skating till April 27th (after my surgery) which is about 4 months it only gave me only 55 days before I had to compete. I had to learn just about everything all over again including my jumps! Slava did an amazing job with the music and the choreography. I love it and it shows!
So to compete my "new" short program on July 18th and get a 4th place medal (pewter) was very nice to say the least.
I had just started landing my 3flip the week before the 4th of July weekend, so we put it in my program as my opening jump only 2 weeks later. I hit a few nice 3flips and 3sals on my warm-up, but I popped the 3flip in the program as my timing with the music wasn't quite down pat yet.
I did hit 3toe-2toe and my 2axel of course.
My jumps are back and with my butt in the middle of the glass/boards as my jumps have returned right up there with the all the height and power as well. I felt so comfortable out there on the ice competing once again, and it showed as I love my music, the choreography of my program, and my outfit.
I want to thank "gloryday" for videoing my Liberty Senior Ladies Short Program group B and posting it up on YouTube:
Thank you very much "gloryday" I appreciate it.
With some more time working it and competing it this program will be my best short program ever!
I also have to work on my counting.
Entry # 6
Journal entry made by Jenna on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 17:39:07 (EDT)
Well it is finally done and I am so happy. After listening to numerous selections of many different kinds of music in the rink..... I kept being drawn back to listening to one piece that I really liked. Slava was quite happy as he saw how I really like this piece and I felt it on the ice.
The only times I skated to Classical music was when I was 9 years old and I qualified to compete in the 2001 US Junior Nationals. Then once again when I was 12 and I qualified again to compete in the 2003 US Junior Nationals. It has been awhile, but I think it is the right time now for me to skate once again to Classical music. My Long Program will be "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven
Entry # 5
Journal entry made by Jenna on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11:34:42 (EDT)
I am so excited to announce the music for my Short Program for the 2009-2010 upcoming season it is "Europa" by Santana. Slava and I brought lots of music to the rink to listen to and after hearing "Europa" we both said "that's it, that's the one!" Next will be the Long Program selection and I will update and post that when we decide.
Entry # 4
Journal entry made by Jenna on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 10:40:18 (EDT)
Well, it's been a little over a year and lots has happened.......good, bad, and exciting!
After 2008 Israel Nationals I came home and had a lot of work to do for the upcoming season. Working on my jumps and my programs was the schedule that I was on.
March 2008: My mom was put in the hospital and she was very sick. That was a very scary and hard time for my family.
August 2008: I pulled my adductor muscle and at the Israel Training Camp in Monsey, NY I skated my show number with my thigh wrapped. I was scratched from the JGP in Mexico, but competed at the JGP in Spain. My physical therapist Sara accompanied me to Spain.
October 2008: Evgeny Krasnopolsky (Israeli Senior F/S Mens' skater) came to live with us to skate and train with my coach Slava Uchitel at Ice Works. Evgeny had to get used to lots of things while he was here pertaining to skating. Like having ice sessions all day long to train and skate and working out with me and my personal trainer at the Y.
December 2008: Evgeny and I went to Israel for the 2009 Israel Nationals with Slava. My mom was too sick to travel and my dad was scheduled for surgery the week after I came home. I got so sick the first night I was in Israel. I woke up in the middle of the night with fever and vomiting. I can't thank Carol Hasday (General Secretary of the IISF) enough for coming and taking care of me in the middle of the night. All week while I was in Israel Carol and Evgenys' mom Lora took such good care of me as I was so sick. Toda, Toda, Toda Raba to my "2 Israeli moms"☺ I did compete at the 2009 Israel Nationals in Senior Ladies being sick and not to the best of my ability, but I won. I am now the 2009 Israel National Senior Ladies Champion☺
When I came home I was still sick and I went to the doctor. I had strep throat, infected tonsils, swollen glands, a viral and bacterial infection in my stomach, chest, and lungs. I was one sick puppy to say the least. I was on lots of medicine and in bed with a very high fever that lasted for 5 days.
January 2009: I started back on the ice working real hard and the President of the IISF Boris Chait came to see my programs at Ice Works where I skate and train. He was very pleased with my both my programs the jump content and the levels. I was told me that I would be going to the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. I couldn't wait and I was so excited, European Nationals how sweet is that!
Three days before we are to leave I take a bad fall and hurt my hip. I go see my Doctor who is the Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics, he gives me medicine for the pain and swelling, and he works on me. We do a lot of x-rays and he feels confident that nothing is broken and as long as I stay vertical I should be all right.
I competed at 2007 Junior Worlds with anterior tibial tendonitis and the posterior tibial tendon detached from the navicular bone of my landing foot so I know pain and how to suck it up when you have to. You do what you have to do when you are an athlete and your country and Federation needs you, your adrenaline kicks in and you're in automatic over drive.
At Euros I had the IISF Team Dr working on me 24/7. I can't thank Dr. Mark Goldfarb enough for all that he did for me at Euros. I took another fall on my hip during a practice session and the President of the IISF then medically scratched me. The day after I returned home I had an MRI and the diagnosis was an injury to my pubic symphysis bone with a strain to my gluteus maximus muscle along with a contusion and edema. Needless to say I was off the ice and in physical therapy. A bone scan was also done just to make sure that there was no stress fracture involved anywhere because of the extent of and where the injury was located.
March 2009: Evgeny had to go back to Israel as the IDF (Army) had called for him.
April: I started back on the ice very with 1 session a day for week 1 and then 2 sessions a day for week 2. Then I had to have surgery to get my tonsils out on April 18th.
Monday the 27th I will be going back to the rink to start back skating again☺
Soon to be posted will be some of my photos from the past year and a video from the 2009 Israel Nationals that Evgenys' mom Lora (toda raba Lora) who videoed my show program "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend". Now the video is posted on You Tube where Lora put it
What a year this has been and I am glad it is over!
I am so looking forward to next year and a new season