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Hi I'm Chris

I'm internationally ranked Team USA ice-dancer, Masters student at Gonzaga University, tax accountant, husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Chris and I'm currently a Master's of Accountancy student at Gonzaga University. Before attending Gonzaga University, I competed as an internationally ranked ice-dancer for the United States Figure Skating Association. As an internationally ranked ice-dancer, I have had the opportunity to compete in over 13 countries and meet people from all over the world. Some of the highlights of my ice-dancing career include medaling three times at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, participating in the 2001 Junior World Figure Skating Championship, and winning a major figure skating competition in Harbin, China. I started ice-skating when I was two-years old. My grandfather had a lake house in New Jersey and every winter, he would take my sisters and me ice-skating. At first, my grandfather would drag me across the ice, but I quickly learn how to hold myself up on the ice. From the moment I started skating, I was hooked. It became my passion. When I was four years old, I started playing hockey; however, the leagues in my hometown had some major issues and they fell apart. I was forced to look into different forms of ice-skating. While watching the 1994 Olympics, I remember watching a Russian ice-dancing team and thinking to myself, "that's what I want to do!". I retired from competitive skating after the 2010 Olympic trials and married my beautiful wife, Hilary. I have been extremely blessed and I'm very grateful for the may opportunities I've been given.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16-years old, my family relocated to Utah. I was starting my career as an internationally ranked ice-dancer and I choose to remain in Delaware to continue training with my skating partner and coaches. Most kids do not leave home or are traveling around the world unsupervised at 16. I had to decide at a very young age how I wanted to live my life, who I wanted as friends, and what standards I wanted to live by. The church leaders in my youth group be came my second family and helped my make wise decisions. They showed me just as much love and concern for my well being as my family in Utah. They taught me that as I keep the commandment of our Heavenly Father, I will have peace and will be guided down righteous paths. While these leaders encouraged me to make good choices with my life, I had to find out whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day was true on my own. I could not live off borrowed faith. Through study of the Book of Mormon and prayer, I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. From that witness, I knew that the Prophet Joseph Smith really did translate the Book of Mormon, saw God, the father, and his son, Jesus Christ, and through their authority, restored the same church that Jesus Christ established in the New Testament. With this testimony of the truthfulness of the church, I know that I lived my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ before this life, and that I choose to come to this earth to be receive a body and to be tried and tested. I know that my savior, Jesus Christ, took upon himself my sins and weaknesses so that I can return to my Heavenly Father and live my family for eternity. This is why I'm a Mormon. Knowing the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives you a eternal perspective. No matter how tough live gets, when you have a testimony, you can have peace that our Heavenly Father loves us and will bless us for our faithfulness.

How I live my faith

While serving a Russian speaking mission in the Baltic States, I saw the aftermath of the Soviet Union. I met thousand of people who had faith ripped out of their lives by the Soviet Union. After serving in these countries, I gained a greater appreciation for a country that allow people to worship freely. I do not take this religious freedom for granted. I love that fact that I can pray, read my scriptures, attend church freely. I love that I can teach my family about Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for all mankind. I live my faith by doing the small and simple thing. I thank my Heavenly Father for the many blessing he has given me throughout my live. I study the scriptures. I strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ.