Moyle and Seitz Take Fourth at Junior Grand Prix Final

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Kendra Moyle & Andy Seitz

U. S. pairs skaters Kendra Moyle 15 and Andy Seitz, 20, made a successful debut this season. The pair placed fourth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in the Czech Republic, missing the podium by less than two points. They won the SBC Trophy in Japan and finished second at the Sofia Cup to reach the Final. That was a significant accomplishment for a first-year team. “We weren’t expecting it at all,” Moyle noted. Now we’re hoping to place at U. S. Nationals.” “I want to make Junior Worlds,” Seitz added. “I’d eventually like to go to Olympics and Worlds and make it big.”

Moyle began skating at the age of four. “My Dad always liked watching skating and he thought it would be good for me,” Moyle recalled. “I tried a little bit of everything but didn’t like anything until I started skating.” She landed her first triple salchow at 12 and has been competing in ladies as well as pairs, placing sixth at Sectionals this season. She reached the podium in juvenile ladies at Junior Nationals in 2001, finishing third.

At nine, Moyle tried dancing for a year with Nathan Truesdell, competing as far as Regionals in pre-juvenile and testing up to her pre-silver dances. “It just wasn’t my thing,” she said. She started pairs at eleven. “My rink is really big in pairs,” she said. “It looked like a lot of fun so I took a couple of tests and it evolved from there. It’s so much different than singles because there’s so much variety in the elements. It’s not just jump, spin, jump, spin.”

Seitz didn’t start skating until he was ten. “I played T-ball and flag football and soccer and even hockey for a year,” he said. “But I didn’t like hockey. I didn’t know how to skate and with all the equipment I couldn’t move. So I started skating pairs with my sister, Lindsey. She was skating when I was playing hockey. I did all my freestyle tests up through juniors and competed at Junior Nationals in singles in intermediates, but mainly I just did pairs.” He competed with Lindsey for nine years, placing second at the Junior Grand Prix in Budapest, fourth in Romania and ninth in juniors at U. S. Nationals in 2005.

In early 2005, Moyle had broken up with her previous partner and had put up her resume on the Pairs Partner Search website. Her coach saw Seitz at Nationals and arranged a tryout. “I wanted to go away to school and move away from home and spread my wings a little,” Seitz said. They began skating together in February 2005. “From our first time together, we really jelled,” Seitz added.

The couple trains primarily in Canton, Michigan. Sergei Petrovski and Adrienne Lenda coach the skaters, who train on ice for about two and a half hours a day, five days a week. Moyle does another hour or two a day of training for singles. Igor Shpilband, Marina Zoueva and Olga Volozhinskaia choreograph the couple’s programs. For the 2005-06 season, they are using “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” for the short program and “Jealousy Tango” and “Nu Tango” for the long.

“It’s a joint effort between us and our coaches to find the music,” Seitz said. “We’re very athletic skaters so the short is real peppy and athletic and the long is a tango theme. Adrienne found the music and had it in mind for us.” For their exhibition program, the skaters are using Josh Groban’s “To Where You Are”.

Off ice, they both listen to similar music including techno, hip-hop, and pop rock, but not country music. To relax, Moyle enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends and reading. Seitz likes going out with friends, dancing, watching movies and fishing.

He is currently enrolled at Eastern Michigan University where he is studying business administration, while she is a sophomore in high school. Her favorite subjects are math and chemistry, but she hasn’t decided on a future career.

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