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    Avonley Nguyen & Vadym Kolesnik

    Avonley NGUYEN and Vadym KOLESNIK are junior Ice Dancers who represent the USA.

    Avonley Nguyen was born on 22nd November 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    Vadym Kolesnik was born on 27th October 2001 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

    They are coached in Novi, MI by Igor Shpilband and Pasquale Camerlengo.

    They had an amazing free dance at JGP Kaunas and so it seemed like a good time to start a thread.

    In a recent TSL interview Igor Shpilband said that they are one of the best junior teams he’s coached since Davis/White and Virtue/Moir.

    Update - March 10, 2019


    Biographical Information

    ISU Biography: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00103338.htm

    USFSA Fanzone bio: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/r...aspx?rp_id=101

    Ice-Dance.com Biography: https://www.ice-dance.com/site/profi...adym-kolesnik/

    Avonley's Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avonley_Nguyen

    Vadym's Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadym_Kolesnik

    Tracings.net profile: http://www.tracings.net/nguy-kole.html

    Social Media

    Avonley's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avonley_nguyen/?hl=en

    Vadym's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vadym________kolesnik/?hl=en




    Personal Best Total Score 167.90 ISU World Junior Championships 2019
    Personal Best Score Rhythm Dance 65.41 ISU JGP Ljubljana Cup 2018
    Personal Best Score Free Dance 102.72 ISU World Junior Championships 2019


    Programs


    2018-19

    RD: "Vuelvo al Sur" performed by Amelita Baltar, "Building the Bullet" by Luis Bacalov
    FD: "Demons" by Imagine Dragons, cover by Jasmine Thompson and Boyce Ave, "Experience" by Ludovico Einaudi

    2019 Junior Worlds RD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HujfiiDq_E
    2019 Junior Worlds FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJOoFAHWYDM

    JGPF RD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulqcjp6XCQo
    JGPF FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7mB5VQtJLg
    Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atkgIl5m9_s

    JGP Ljubljana RD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3yMfBgRUSY
    JGP Ljubljana FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ1PHIZ44VE

    JGP Kaunas RD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cyM...OZJD0JxB488mGV
    JGP Kaunas FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q82N...ature=youtu.be
    Medal Ceremony
    https://youtu.be/x9bNsHl4BOA

    2018 Dance-Pairs Chicago RD
    https://chicagostarproductions.zenfolio.com/p692155610
    2018 Dance-Pairs Chicago FD
    https://chicagostarproductions.zenfolio.com/p7087392

    July 2018 Skate Detroit FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXApf-kOEY8

    2017-18
    SD: “Ereds Todo En Mi” by Ana Gabriel, “Mambo Jambo” by Perez Prado
    FD: Music from West Side Story

    US Junior Nationals 2018 SD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cQyGhcquGM

    JGP Egna SD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mttrs3LuZE
    JGP Egna FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB2s5PwKjc4

    JGP Minsk SD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q_JSRkFn5s
    JGP Minsk FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU9H6lj3AXg

    LPID 2017 FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QncwAYNSYYw

    2017 Midwestern Sectionals FD
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6aio8x



    Competitive History



    Competition SD FD Final
    Season 2018 - 2019
    2019 World Junior Championships 5 (65.18) 3 (102.72) 4 (167.90)
    2019 US National Championships 2 (65.92) 1 (105.14) 2 (171.06)
    2019 Junior Grand Prix Final 5 (63.73) 5 (94.74) 5 (158.47)
    2018 JGP Ljubljana Cup 1 (65.41) 1 (100.22) 1 (165.63)
    2018 JGP Amber Cup 2 (63.40) 2 (98.44) 2 (161.84)
    Season 2017 - 2018
    2018 US Nationals (Juniors)
    7 (54.02) 4 (80.29) ​5 (134.31)
    2018 Midwestern Sectionals (Juniors) 1 (55.18) 1 (79.63) 1 (134.81)
    2017 JGP Egna/Neumarkt 6 (52.84) 6 (72.46) 6 (125.30)
    2017 JGP Minsk Arena Cup 5 (50.37) 6 (64.52) 5 (114.89)





    Miscellaneous Information

    Vadym with his previous partner, Zlata Iefymenko (skating for Ukraine)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_46knM1A4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CjIfK_oYns

    Avonley with her previous partner, Maxwell Gart
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy0GENoJpbE


    Articles and Other media

    Mar 1, 2019-NGUYEN-KOLESNIK: GOLDEN AMBITIONS
    By Elvin Walker ©IFS |
    https://www.ifsmagazine.com/nguyen-kolesnik/

    Jan. 2019 Interview USA Fan Zone
    https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/n...nd-future.aspx

    Interview with Ted Barton after their win at JGP Ljubljana
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1I3...ature=youtu.be

    Avonley' s blog from JGP Minsk 2017
    https://www.ice-dance.com/site/2017-...vonley-nguyen/

    July 2017 - ice-dance.com interview
    https://www.ice-dance.com/site/getti...adym-kolesnik/
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 03-09-2019 at 12:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litenkyckling View Post
    … They had an amazing free dance at JGP Kaunas and so it seemed like a good time to start a thread. ...
    Strongly agree on both counts. The link to their absolutely breath-taking FD :

    https://youtu.be/Q82NOG86dP0 (Sep 8, 8 minutes)

    I like watching dance, but usually without really knowing why .
    The mesmerizing Vadym gave me a better understanding of what dance is all about. Thanks to him, I had a lot of eureka moments when the meaning of "making the most of every movement" really hit home. For one thing, he gave a master class in the impact of full extension. Plus the simplicity of his costume showcased his elegance, precision, sharpness.



    This not-new article gives some background on the partnership:


    Go, Avonley and Vadym .

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    yes definitely! He almost reminds me of Anthony Ponomarenko in that he's quite strong and has great skating skills, but is still actually quite young. I'll add these to the master post

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    I had my eye on them since last season, where they were already so good. I hope Avonley continues to grow a little more(their first season she was such a teensy spitfire!), but they do have stunning lifts. And their FD was just fantastic.

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    Instagram story alert:

    @andrewtorg29 has fun photos of Vadym and Avonley posing with the Team Lithuania mascot after their medal ceremonies.



    Quote Originally Posted by litenkyckling View Post
    … I'll add these to the master post
    Thanks for adding lotsa stuff to the OP.

    Will mention also that I enjoyed seeing AvonDym () at their first JGP medal ceremony. They were adorable, sweet, funny.


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    Thanks so much @ice coverage for the ice-dance.com interview link!

    I particularly loved their answers to the question about their skating journey:



    IDC: Can you share with us your individual skating journeys:

    Nguyen: I started ice dancing when I was 12 and was drawn in by the lifts. At the time, I thought that one of the best things about skating with a partner was getting to do fun lifts – kind of like having my one personal roller coaster. As time went on, being able to dance with a partner meant more to me. I think that one is the best things is that I would have a good friend to improve with and learn from, and that as we grow as a team, we will be able to tell more stories about who we are as people through our performances. I think right now, I have been really interested in how to express an emotion through movement.

    Kolesnik: My grandmother took me to the ice rink when I was four years old. I was really fat and the coaches in Kharkiv did not want to take me. But I kept coming and one coach finally said yes. Even at four years old, I really liked to skate and I like it even more today.
    And especial thanks to @litenkyckling for starting this thread for this exciting new team, and doing a great OP, and adding to it!!



    Here is another early performance of theirs:

    Their Winning FD from 2017 Midwestern Sectionals:
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6aio8x

    And a video of Vadym with his previous partner, Zlata Iefymenko, skating the Rocker Foxtrot in Adv. Novices for Ukraine in Nov. 2015.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_46knM1A4

    And Zlata & Vadym' s FD from Dec. 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CjIfK_oYns

    Avonley and Vadym have a good chance to medal or maybe even win at US. Nationals in Juniors this season if they skate as they did here!
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 09-10-2018 at 05:03 AM.

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    Count me among those newly enchanted by this team. That FD performance was something special! Thanks, everyone, for the information contributed in this thread.

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    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Sy0GENoJpbE

    Avonley's 2016 FD with her former partner Maxwell Gart, with whom she was national intermediate silver medalist. Such a performer even then!

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    Oh my goodness they were enchanting... loved both RD and FD, but the timing in that free was beautiful.. so smooth and graceful. I remember thinking she must have hollow bones, she looked so light to lift and he is just gorgeous!!

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    They were just stunning. That rotation lift in the FD literally made me gasp -- it was like she was literally floating. It didn't look like he was holding or straining to keep her up. And yes, Vadym's extension out to his fingertips is SO NICE TO SEE from such a young man. And Avonley has a bit of 'diva' to her that I love, that I think is required of ANY championship female ice dancer -- you've got to have a little bit of diva in you. She has command of her presence on the ice, and even their welcome when they are introduced, there is already a tension between them. I'm just so in love with their FD. A few commented that they love both songs but not really together as much. I disagree -- I thought the two songs went really well together, where i didn't even notice when one ended and another began. Just all around awesomeness, and I can't WAIT to see the future of these two.

    Maybe someone can tell me -- what are the rules for when a team like this, as far as when they would turn senior? Right now he is 17 and she is 15.

    Also, does anyone have an idea of Vadym's citizenship for USA? Will it be a long wait to get one? I hope sooner for them! <3 2022 and 2026 and beyond!! :-)

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    I thought the two pieces of music went together pretty well, although maybe I was just wowed at the incredible rotational on the change of music.

    They are age eligible for seniors if they wish to compete at that level. I would kind of expect them to stay junior another season but we'll see how this season goes. Vadym can't apply for US citizenship until he's 18, so October of next year. As its only his second year in the US as of now, I wouldn't expect him to get it before 2022(although hey, cross your fingers!) but 2026 is definitely possible.

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    If he was actually in a position to make the Olympic team in 2022 he'd probably get Tanith Belbin'd into citizenship early. But given how dense the US ice dance field is right now, it's probably more realistic to see 2022 as a trip to Four Continents and possibly a post-Olympic Worlds.

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    i know i'm late but just watched their FD from junior GP and WOW they are so amazing (though i thought the song wasn't on par with their talent)

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    They are first after the short in Ljubljana!!! Best of luck in the FD! Look forward to seeing it again..

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    I'm jumping in the fan bandwagon while they are still relatively unknown. I can't believe how good they are after only two years together.

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    All I've seen of this young pair was their free skate in Ljubljana (literally 5 minutes ago) and WOW... they are astonishing to watch. What an exquisite performance... and if Ted is right, I'm gonna see them in December eeee!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebobes View Post
    I'm jumping in the fan bandwagon while they are still relatively unknown. I can't believe how good they are after only two years together.
    SAME! They're amazing.

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    Thank you for everyone's input earlier in the thread - I've finally got around to updating the OP! Sorry it took so long.

    I was blown away by Avonley and Vadym this weekend and I'm so thrilled for them that they are going to Vancouver

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    The sheer beauty of Avonley and Vadym's FD made me cry today.

    Their gold medal is very sweet icing on the cake.
    They skated last in both the RD and FD, and won both with the pressure of the JGPF slot on the line. Молодцы. I am ecstatic for them.



    Quote Originally Posted by litenkyckling View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zebobes View Post
    I'm jumping in the fan bandwagon while they are still relatively unknown. I can't believe how good they are after only two years together.
    As a friendly response to zebobes :

    They already are so incredibly good after only approx. one-and-a-half years together, which is all the more remarkable.

    Per Avonley in last year's ice-dance.com article, they started training together in spring 2017 (other than three weeks during the preceding autumn).

    I believe the partnership's first competition ever might have been Cannon Texas Open in early July 2017.
    They finished fifth out of five; fourth in the FD.

    ETA:
    I see now that they competed their FD slightly earlier -- late June 2017 -- at Chesapeake Open, where they placed third.

    They are wonderful in the LPIDC FD video from late July 2017 -- bursting with talent and charm, and already very skilled.

    ETA:

    2017 LPIDC SD video: https://youtu.be/VQH6w0Q9PmI?t=919 (N/K program starts at approx. 17:00; they take the ice at approx. 15:20)

    They placed fourth at 2017 Lake Placid in both SD and FD.

    Barely a year later, I think they have made quantum leaps in refinement and maturity of presentation. Mind-boggling.



    For anyone interested in getting to know them a little better, I recommend Avonley's blog from 2017 JGP Minsk (which BTW was the first time Vadym had a chance to see his family since he moved to Michigan).


    I hope that more blogging is in Avonley's future. She is a good writer, pulling together many facets of their experiences.

    And candidly sharing the bad as well as the good. Example: Her last two entries are poignant, expressing her deep disappointment over falling in the Minsk FD. Even with Vadym and their families immediately being supportive, it took until the next day for her to put what happened into perspective.

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    Congrats on their first JGP win! Reposting my reaction to their free dance from the competition thread:

    Nguyen/Kolesnik have amazed me once again, not just from the seamless integration of their free dance but also because they have improved by adding more depth to it. The first half is beautiful and flowing but the second half is now more dramatic and passionate. Watching the previous outings of the dance, the first half tended to overshadow the second half but their improved execution of it here shows that it's an integral part to bring out the needed contrast. Some noticeable improvements in the elements themselves including the speed in which they enter their camel spin and the smoother drop-like exit that makes their rotational lift look even more impressive. He is a strong partner and she is alluring, both of them consistently portraying the character of their free dance confidently and authentically. At their rate of improvement, I think they have become legitimate contenders for the WJC title.

    ETA: Their circular step sequence achieved a level 4. If I'm not mistaken, they are the first team this season to do so on the in hold/not touching step sequence.

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