A CHEER thread for Mexico's Donovan Carrillo

Sylvia

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Donovan (and Andrea Montesinos Cantu) recently won the Mexican national championships (official results are not online, AFAIK):
 

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Donovan (and Andrea Montesinos Cantu) recently won the Mexican national championships (official results are not online, AFAIK):

In his SP he landed a 4T (but fell on his 3A). He did a really nice 3A-3T in the LP.
 

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Bumping because he’s currently in such good form and did really well at 4 Continents and he was so freakin close to reaching the minimum tech score for Worlds and now he’s getting a chance to do so by competing at Challenge Cup!! So freakin excited to see him doing so good!!
he finished 15th at 4 Continents!!
I can’t remember any other Mexican skater finishing that high.
 

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Bumping because he’s currently in such good form and did really well at 4 Continents and he was so freakin close to reaching the minimum tech score for Worlds and now he’s getting a chance to do so by competing at Challenge Cup!! So freakin excited to see him doing so good!!
he finished 15th at 4 Continents!!
I can’t remember any other Mexican skater finishing that high.

I was so pissed at the judges. He missed the minimums by .20!

We all need to light candles for Donovan.
 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DONOVAN on officially earning an Olympic spot for Mexico with his 20th place finish at 2021 Worlds in Stockholm! :encore:

ETA link to Donovan's happy message today :): https://www.instagram.com/p/CNIOzruLwtL/
I’m loving how all these skaters (past and present) are being so supportive on Instagram. The figure skating community is truly tight-knit.
I’m proud and so happy for Donovan.
His hard work and sheer determination have brought him here and he deserves all the good things!
You got this, Donovan!
 

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Practicing quads :)
4S: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNTMy4XHTGu/
4T: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNf3xcgH9Ul/

Recent articles (first link includes an embedded YT interview):
 

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IFS article by Susan D. Russell (June 14):
Excerpts:
Carrillo and his coach have decided to keep last season’s free skate (“Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Osvaldo Farrés and “Sway Mix” by Pedro Infante) but will rearrange parts of the program. “Because I love the songs I feel like I can still give so much more to that program,” said Carrillo. “For the short, we are going to collaborate with a choreographer whom I greatly admire. It will be something very different from what I have skated before but that challenge excites me a lot.” Though Carrillo did not name the choreographer, he is currently attending Benoît Richard′s summer camp in Courmayeur, France.
Nuñez said the technical content for his student′s programs next season has been decided: one quad in the short and two in the free. “Donovan is a very balanced skater, but I think there is always something to improve and that is why we will focus on improving the component part, and work mainly on his skating skills.”
Carrillo is excited about his Olympic opportunity for a number of reasons, but the fact that his parents are planning to go to Beijing to watch him compete outranks all others. “They have it in their plans, although we are still not sure whether events with the public will be allowed on that date. But I really hope so because my parents have never been able to travel with me to international competitions outside of Mexico. It would be something very special for me to know they are living my Olympic dream with me.” [...]
While many skaters will retire post-2022, Carrillo said that is not in his plans. He intends to continue competing as long as his body allows it and that he takes good care of himself “to be able to prolong my career as a skater for many more years.”
At the end of the article, his coach Nuñez mentioned he was planning for Carillo to start his season at the "Philadelphia Summer International in July" (they've competed there before), but since Philly will not be an international this year, perhaps they will consider attending the new Cranberry Cup senior international (August 12-15) near Boston instead?
 

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