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    Karina Manta & Joseph Johnson

    Karina Manta, born March 30, 1996, and Joseph Johnson, born May 5, 1994, are a U.S. ice dance team.


    The first time I saw Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson skate, I thought Wednesday Addams and Huck Finn had grown up and formed an ice dance team. I immediately fell in love with them. Their dances this season are irreverent, quirky, funny and endearing. They are offbeat and fresh and never, ever pretentious.

    Karina and Joe began skating together in February of 2014. Early in the 2015-16 season, they were added to the U.S. international selection pool and assigned to Skate Canada Autumn Classic, where they earned a bronze medal. In November they placed first in the Pacific Coast Sectionals, qualifying for the 2016 National Championships.

    I hope skating fans will show Joe and Karina some love. They are a singular team with distinctive choreography. Ice dance needs them.


    BACKGROUND AND GENERAL INFO


    ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034969.htm

    Icenetwork bio: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/manta_johnson
    Ice-dance.com profile from the 2016 US Nationals: http://www.eventcoverage.ice-dance.c...a-joe-johnson/

    Ice-dance.com profile from the 2015 US Nationals:
    http://eventcoverage.ice-dance.com/m...joseph-johnson

    Stats on ice: https://statsonice.com/skaterteam/Ka...oseph/Johnson/

    ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034969.htm


    SOCIAL MEDIA


    Karina on tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/search/karina%20manta

    Karina's twitter: https://twitter.com/karinamantras

    Karina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karinamanta/?hl=en

    Joe's twitter: https://twitter.com/joejohnsonice

    Joe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joejohnsonice/

    Update May 2016


    PROGRAMS AND VIDEOS


    2016-2017
    SD
    FD "Dream On" by Aerosmith

    2016 Lake Placid IDI FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IVBIa_94bc

    2015-16
    SD "March from Love for Three Oranges" and "Cinderella Waltz" by Prokofiev
    FD "Maple Leaf Rag," "Bethena," and "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin

    SD practice at 2015 Autumn Classic International: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGrej95BtBM

    SD from 2015 Autumn Classic International: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39ostc

    FD from 2015 Autumn Classic International: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39...ee-dance_sport

    Karina's video montage of their Autumn Classic experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC2Y...ature=youtu.be

    Articles and Other Media


    Article about Karina from May, 2014: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/loc...9bb2963f4.html

    PHOTOS


    Great pic from Patrick: http://patrick-commentates-skating.t...ph-johnson2015

    Karina and roommate Jason Brown ready for the "Great Gatsby" themed school dance: https://twitter.com/jasonbskates/sta...72882762510338




    COMPETITIVE HISTORY


    2016 - U.S. Championships - 7th
    2016 - Pacific Coast Sectional - 1st
    2015 - Autumn Classic International - 3rd
    2015 - U.S. Championships, Junior - 10th
    2015 - Midwestern Sectional, Junior - 3rd
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    Karina and Joe's blogging from the Autumn Classic for ice-dance.com:

    2015 ACI Blog #1: The Karina & Joe Show
    Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 23:01
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/2015-a...arina-joe-show (written by Karina)

    2015 ACI Blog #2: The modern Chaz Michael Michaels (as Joe has dubbed Hanyu )
    Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:13
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/2015-a...chael-michaels (written by Joe)

    2015 ACI Blog #3: I brought pictures!
    Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 19:47
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/2015-a...ought-pictures (written by Karina)

    2015 ACI Blog #4: First international medals
    Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2015 23:59
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/2015-a...ational-medals (by Joe -- who has a very humorous and expressive writing style )

    Nice photo of Karina and Joe with their Autumn Classic medals:

    Wishing them the best at Nationals.



    Quote Originally Posted by humbaba View Post
    ... Karina and roommate Jason Brown ready for the "Great Gatsby" themed school dance: https://twitter.com/jasonbskates/sta...72882762510338 ...
    Thx for the thread .

    As an aside, for those who don't know: Karina, Jason, and Britney Simpson no longer live together.
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    Best of luck to them at Nationals! I wonder how well they will place - they were (I believe) 10th at Junior Nationals last year. But I think that they had to move up to Seniors this year, correct? I believe Joe should be old enough that he has aged out.

    Quote Originally Posted by golden411icecoverage View Post
    As an aside, for those who don't know: Karina, Jason, and Britney Simpson no longer live together.
    I was under the impression that that arrangement was temporary - didn't Jason's family very quickly move to Colorado Springs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicfan80 View Post
    Best of luck to them at Nationals! I wonder how well they will place - they were (I believe) 10th at Junior Nationals last year. But I think that they had to move up to Seniors this year, correct? I believe Joe should be old enough that he has aged out.



    I was under the impression that that arrangement was temporary - didn't Jason's family very quickly move to Colorado Springs?
    Yes, Karina and Joe are competing as Seniors at Nats.

    Jason moved to the OTC in spring 2014, IIRC -- and has lived there ever since, AFAIK.
    I've never heard a thing about his family moving to Colorado Springs, although he seems to see them relatively frequently, one way or the other: they visit him in Colorado and travel to his comps, and sometimes he visits them in Illinois.
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    Joe and Karina were among the Team USA members featured at the USFS SkateFest on Saturday in Colorado Springs.

    USFS posted lots of nice photos on Facebook:

    Others taking part:
    Jordan Moeller, Mariah Bell, Chris Knierim (so sweet to see him working with little ones), Scimeca, Weinstein/Simon

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    The website "Two for the Ice" has named Karina and Joe's FD as one of its five favorite dance programs of the year.

    http://www.twofortheice.com/tftis-top-10-of-2015/

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    Cute pic of Adam Rippon photo bombing Karina, Joe and Hannah. Or is it the other way around? Maybe Adam is the bombee.

    https://twitter.com/karinamantras

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    Manta & Johnson reflect on their skating journeys
    by Anne Calder | Photos by Robin Ritoss
    Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:08
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/articl...ating-journeys

    Best to Joe and Karina in St. Paul .

    Group photos including Joe and Karina from the Broadmoor Skating Club send-off dinner for Nats:
    Last edited by ice coverage; 01-14-2016 at 05:10 PM.

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    I really hope that Karina and Joe are able to make a splash at Nationals this year. What are their realistic chances of finishing in the top 6-8? If they did that, would their chances be pretty good that they get assigned more Senior Bs and get a bye that way to Senior Nationals next season? Would they even get a GP assignment?

    I really want to see Karina rap, BTW.
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    They were the skaters at our table at the Friends of Figure Skating breakfast. They were very nice to talk with....didnt know you could train at the Airforce Acadamy Rink....

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411icecoverage View Post
    Manta & Johnson reflect on their skating journeys
    by Anne Calder | Photos by Robin Ritoss
    Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:08
    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/articl...ating-journeys

    Best to Joe and Karina in St. Paul .

    Group photos including Joe and Karina from the Broadmoor Skating Club send-off dinner for Nats:
    Sorry if I double posted...need a nap! Karina and Joe were the skaters at our friends of figure skating breakfast table. They were very nice people. Didnt know you could train at the USAF Acadamy rink.....

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    Congrats to Karina & Joe on a GREAT debut (7th place) at U.S. Nationals! I hope that this gets them more international assignments this fall. I believe they only were assigned the Skate Canada Autumn Classic. Hopefully, they will at least get some more Senior International Bs. It would be GREAT if the assignments allowed them to have not have to go through Regionals/Sectionals.

    What is the likelihood they would even get a GP assignment, even if it was a last minute or replacement situation?

    Here's a pretty cool photo posted by Joe about their Nationals experience: https://www.instagram.com/p/BA75RIGpx4g/.
    Karina posted a great photo of them as well: https://www.instagram.com/p/BA-WHkumXWT/.

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    I would love to see Karina and Joe get a grand prix spot, but I don't think it's likely. I'm hoping they will get some senior Bs next season so they can get points and improve their international ranking. Then GP spots might be possible the following year. I suppose there's a chance they could get a Skate America host pick. Again, that's probably a long shot, but I can hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbaba View Post
    I would love to see Karina and Joe get a grand prix spot, but I don't think it's likely. I'm hoping they will get some senior Bs next season so they can get points and improve their international ranking. Then GP spots might be possible the following year. I suppose there's a chance they could get a Skate America host pick. Again, that's probably a long shot, but I can hope.
    I don't think it's that long of a shot! The Shibutanis will likely get one spot at the U.S. Champs. Chock and Bates might get the 2nd if USFS wants a head to head showdown, but I don't think that will happen, I think C&B will get two spots elsewhere as will Hubbell and Donahue. Hawayek and Baker are #17, so they'll get two spots also. I think Cannuscio/Mcmanus will get the 2nd spot since they're No #30 on the SB list at the moment (and don't qualify for one automatically), but the 3rd spot is up for grabs, so the battle will likely be between these two and Aldridge/Eaton. So it's totally possible. Depends on how they fare during summer comps.....

    Waiting for baited breath for their FD!!

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