This season promises tough competition for the two U.S. pairs spots at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and Denney and Frazier plan to be in the mix. In addition to targeting their program components scores, they're working to add more technical difficulty to their programs.
"When we came to John and Silvia, our jumps were one of our weaker points," Frazier said. "We worked on our technique and did well with [triple Salchows] going into nationals, although there were still a few bumps. This year we're hoping to add [triple] toes or flips, and the flips have been easier for us. We're putting in a carry lift, which is new for us, and we've been practicing throw triple flip."
For choreography, they're sticking with Canada's Julie Marcotte, who created last season's well-received La Strada free skate. This season, Marcotte choreographed their free to Notre-Dame de Paris, the music Meryl Davis and Charlie White used to win their second world ice dance title. Over the next several weeks, Marcotte will travel to Florida to finalize a new short program.
"Meryl and Charlie are huge role models for us, especially this past year," Frazier said. "We've studied their free dance and how they became those characters. That's another tool we can use to feed off of each other on the ice. So far, it's going even better than we expected."