New Staff Sequence: Shira Ichilov & Dmitriy Kravchenko

Welcome to IDC’s New Staff Sequence! For this collection, we interview athletes who will enter the upcoming 2023-24 season in a brand new partnership, or debuted final season. In our first interview, we test in with Shira Ichilov (20) and Dmitriy Kravchenko (18) who characterize Israel on the senior stage.  New articles on this collection can be posted each Monday.

Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular reminiscences.
Shira (SI): I began to curler skate once I was 3 yrs previous. Once I was 12 yrs previous, my father spoke to Boris Chait, the President of the Israeli federation, and he recommended I strive ice dancing. I attempted determine skating , and a 12 months later relocated to New Jersey to skate with my coach Galit Chait-Moracci .

Dmitriy (DK): once I was 4 years previous on my birthday my dad and mom took me to the rink and one of many coaches there mentioned I ought to begin taking classes and that’s how I began.

What drew you to ice dance?
SI: I’ve all the time liked to bop since I used to be a child. Once I was nonetheless a curler skater, all of us knew that leaping isn’t for me. I bear in mind as a child watching with my dad and mom the Olympics and watching my coach Galit competing for israel on the Olympics together with her Hava Nagila program. It’s one thing that can keep in my reminiscences ceaselessly.

DK: I’ve all the time liked skating, however as a child I didn’t wish to strive jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach recommended to go to bop and I liked it from the primary second.

Inform us how your partnership began.
SI: Dmitriy was skating in Israel for a few 12 months earlier than we began skating collectively. I’ve break up with my companion after Worlds 2022 and was in search of a companion. At Nationals, me and Dmitriy met, then me, Dmitriy, my coach and the federation have determined to check out.

What’s it that you just already like most about dancing together with your new companion?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and captivated with skating and I believe whenever you love what you do every thing is feasible.

DK: Shira is a tough employee! Despite the fact that she is extra skilled than me, she by no means stops working and all the time pushing me and herself to the restrict and all the time wish to enhance.

What experiences do every of you convey to the partnership?
SI: Dmitriy is a bit youthful and fewer skilled than me. He hasn’t competed internationally but. I’ve competed internationally for the final 7 years and took part in 3 World Championships and a couple of junior.

DK: I don’t have a lot expertise, however I’m studying and enhancing with the assistance of my coach Galit and companion!

What has been the largest adjustment for every of you to date within the partnership?
SI: I believe, for each of us, it’s a giant problem. Skating with a brand new companion is all the time a problem, however I believe we’re heading in the right direction.

DK: I believe for me my largest problem can be to compete within the larger stage, however I’m glad I’ve the very best individuals by my aspect to assist me obtain our objectives collectively.

Inform us about your coaching website.
We’re coaching with the Israeli crew in New Jersey. Our crew is like household.  We’ve three coaches in our crew: Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Bychenko and Evgeni Krasnopolsky and we’ve our crew chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal youngsters. Additionally, Boris Chait provides us all of the alternatives doable to make us the very best we will presumably be. 

There are 2 dance groups: me and my companion Dmitriy and Maria [Nosoviskaya] and Mikhail [Nosovitskiy] and we even have a pair crew and singles skaters.

Who’re your coaches?  Did both or each must relocate? In that case, inform us in regards to the transfer(s).
SI: I’ve been with Galit since age 13 years previous. She has been with me for each step of the best way (from studying tips on how to do a crossover to going collectively to the World Championships!) Dmitriy is initially from Ukraine and had moved to Israel a few 12 months in the past. Once we determined to skate collectively, he moved right here to New Jersey.

DK: I’ve moved to New Jersey about 3 months in the past. I adore it! Everybody right here has made my change very easy and simple. I take pleasure in each second right here.

Who’s choreographing your applications. Is another person arranging your music? In that case, please share these experiences.
Each: We went to Detroit to make our applications with Pasquale Camerlengo and Igor Shpilband. We had a tremendous time making the brand new applications. We’re very excited to point out our applications. For the music,  we’re working with Hugo Chouinard. 

What’s every of you trying ahead to most this skating season? What can be your largest problem(s)?
SI: I’m very excited to lastly be again after not competing final season. I believe our largest problem can be identical to another new crew to get used to skating with one another and be capable of present our greatest each single time.

DK: I’m trying ahead to compete and present all people our new applications and partnerships collectively.

Inform us about your program for this season.
Our SD this season can be Get down on it, Yesterday and It’s Raining Males. It’s a really enjoyable program! Our free dance is to a singer from Montreal. It’s a good looking music.

Please share something you want to our readers to learn about you as a crew?
Each:  I hope everybody will take pleasure in us this season we’re very exited for our journey collectively! Our objective is to characterize Israel on the Olympics and be a high ice dance crew