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2024 Skating Goals

2024 goals

Now that I’ve recapped my 2023 skating goals, it’s time to declare my goals for 2024. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Get the Adult Junior Moves (Pre-Gold Skating Skills) test-ready. I am NOT declaring that I will test these in 2024, but I would like to make substantial progress on them so that I can be closer to testing these skating skills. At the moment, the hardest elements for me are the diagonal chocktaw pattern (dang you, closed hips!!) and the diagonal rocker-rocker pattern. Both of these have to be done with incredible speed, and I am going realllllly slowly at the moment. My coach has told me that the rocker-rocker pattern has the highest concussion rate of any skating skills test that she’s witnessed over her 25+ year coaching history. Yikes! Send some padding and a helmet!
  2. Add a new spin to my repertoire. When I first started working with my spin coach, I had maybe 2 spins under my belt. I had a change foot sit spin and a poorly executed camel-sit-upright combination spin. Now, I have a larger spin repertoire to choose from, and I want to continue expanding my skill set. That way, we have more options to build a spin that works best for my abilities. I’m excited to keep working on new positions and features!
  3. Fine tune my mental game. This goal keeps appearing year over year. I had made great progress in 2022, but because I did not compete after Adult Nationals that year, I had to claw my way back on my mental game. It was not great this year, but I have hope that I can continue to improve my self-talk and stay more in the moment during competition.
  4. Add a new pairs element. We’ve been hoping to execute a proper death spiral, but why limit my goals to that one element? I’m keeping the door open on this so we can keep exploring what might work for us. This could be a jump, spin, lift, or something else. Let’s see how the year goes!
  5. Land a(nother) clean double salchow. I’ve landed a handful of these in the past 6-7 years and want to land another clean one in 2024. If and when I do, I want to use that momentum to make it more consistent.

If you are a skater, what are your goals for the new year?


  1. Luanne Meyer
    December 23, 2023 / 11:35 am

    I love that you set goals and reach them. You are a hard worker!

    • evabakes
      December 24, 2023 / 9:03 am


  2. December 23, 2023 / 10:47 pm

    Ooo be careful on those rocker-rockers! The thing I worry about concussion-wise is brackets, just knowing that my former coach who is such a beautiful skater went down and got a concussion on one despite his top-notch skills makes me worry. Do I have goals? Everything ends up taking so much time to learn that I don’t have a concrete timeline. Would be nice to try again on my intermediate moves, and I’m still working on the skills. I’ll be working on my freestyle through April, I hope I can improve my jumps and spins, especially my loop and flip and my camel spin. I used to be a better jumper than I am now– perhaps that won’t come back.

    • evabakes
      December 25, 2023 / 8:39 am

      Mary, you can totally pass Intermediate moves (skating skills)! I’ve fallen many, many times on brackets and took my Gold moves test with knee pads on, just in case. Wishing you a successful 2024!

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