U.S. junior pairs champion Matt Blackmer called from the road Sunday, in the midst of a 24-hour drive to Detroit to spend time at home for the holiday.
"I just crossed the border from Nebraska into Iowa," he said.
Blackmer and his former partner, Britney Simpson, split up earlier this month. He says he wants to continue with skating for another four years.
"I've had a great career, and I could go get a full-time job, but I'm not done yet," he said. "There's still so much more I want to accomplish in skating. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I'm doing every day. I've decided it's time to buckle down and find a partner."
Blackmer hasn't had any tryouts yet but says he is diligently looking for opportunities
After Christmas, Blackmer will head to Boston to watch the U.S. championships.
"I'm going there to support all of my friends," he said. "Of course, I would have loved to compete, because it's the Olympic trials. I had no expectations of making the team, but it would have been an honor. But to cheer on my friends who have a real opportunity to go, I'll be way more nervous for them. I'm going to need some serious hugging!"