This Is What Dreams Are Made Of! Christina Carreira


Christina Carreira is a Canadian-born ice dancer who competes for the United States. With her skating partner, Anthony Ponomarenko, she is a two-time Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2018 Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist, an eight-time medalist on the ISU Challenger Series, and a three-time U.S. national medalist.

We CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE SKATER AND PERSON THAT IS CHRISTINA CARREIRA. In an environment where competition can bring out the worst in people, she has remained true to herself and led with kindness and positivity.

Even more than being a technically and artistically gifted skater, Christina is a good person who cares for those around her – and that’s really what matters, right?

This month on Women Fitness Europe we have Christina talking about her journey , favourite food and travel!

Namita Nayyar:

You were born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and in 2013, moved to Novi, Michigan, United States. You started skating at the age of three years and competing by the age of six years. With Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette, you won sectional titles from the juvenile level. Representing Quebec, you both became the 2012 national champion at the pre-novice level. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of ice dancing. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?

Christina Carreira:

I started skating at the age of three, and I started ice dance when I was 6 with my previous partner, we skated together for 7 years. When I was 13 I moved to Michigan by myself, when training got more serious. I teamed up with Anthony the following year and we started competing internationally on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. We did well in junior, and after 4 years together we had two junior world medals, the following season, we moved up to senior, and the competition was a lot tougher, we had a great first year at the senior level but then it was hard to keep the momentum going. Over the last two years, we have been able to establish ourselves on the national and international level. I think what helped us was trusting the team around us and the plan they made for us. In ice dance, it can take a long time to achieve success, we’re both very determined and motivated to achieve our goals so we work hard every day and it’s been paying off.

Namita Nayyar:

You won the Silver Medal at the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, in Columbus, Ohio. Tell us more about this spectacular achievement of yours.

Christina Carreira:

Winning the silver medal at our national championship was special for us, the US is one of the strongest countries in the world in ice dance so it’s a really big honor to be recognized as one of their top teams. We had been working very hard all year to achieve our goal of being in the top two at nationals. It felt like our hard work had paid off and it was a great week overall, the crowd was also incredible.

Namita Nayyar:

In April 2014, you teamed up with American ice dancer Anthony Ponomarenko and since then it has been no holding back. You both have won numerous ice dancing competitions. Tell us more about your Ice dance arenas, the perfect chemistry between the two, and synchronizing in perfect harmony when performing in a competition.

Christina Carreira:

I’m so grateful for my partnership with Anthony, this year was our tenth season skating together and it was our best one yet. He is one of my best friends which makes working together every day and traveling the world together even more special. In the last few seasons, we focused on connecting before competing, we have a little ritual that we do before taking the ice at a competition; we talk through our cues for our program and we hug and sync our breath so that we feel more connected.

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