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Reed and Ambrulevicius: Triumphs and transformations

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Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius

Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius perform their Rhythm Dance at the 2023 European Figure Skating Championships on home ice in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius

Following their bronze medal triumph at the 2024 European Championships, Lithuania’s Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius are wasting no time in their efforts to enhance their performance for the upcoming 2024-25 season. This past season marked a pinnacle in the careers of these ice dancers who joined forces in 2017.

They skipped a few provincial competitions, as well as the first of three Challenger Series, after Reed had dislocated her shoulder. However, they were back on the ice and took silver at 2023 Nebelhorn Trophy in mid-September. They followed up with a bronze medal win at both 2023 Skate Canada and 2023 NHK Trophy—their first medals in the Grand Prix series. Reed and Ambrulevicius then wrapped up the first half of the season after placing first at 2023 Golden Spin of Zagreb in December.

A month later, the remarkable duo secured another celebrated bronze at the European Championships, held in their home country of Lithuania. Wrapping up the 2023-24 season at Worlds, they placed a commendable sixth place, marking their best performance in this event to date. Adding to the significance of their achievement is the fact that they have been residing and training in Montreal since 2021.

During this interview, the five-time Lithuanian National champions delve into their season in detail, focusing particularly on their unforgettable experience at the European Championships in Ambrulevicius’ hometown of Kaunas. They open up about the range of emotions they experienced and reflect on their thoughts leading up to and following their performances, as well as the significant impact their achievements had on the people of Lithuania. Acknowledging the challenging preparations for the World Championships, they candidly discuss the strategies and support systems that proved instrumental in their journey.

Reed and Ambrulevicius are already back in training and have established new goals for the 2024-25 season. They share their thoughts about the new Rhythm Dance theme as well as what is important to them when choosing Free Dance music.

We also dive in a little deeper in their Free Dance theme from this season: digitalization.

Off the ice, Saulius is a gifted photographer. He shares what fascinates him about this form of art and which of their teammates he plans to shoot next. Allison reveals her hobbies and interests off the ice and talks about the inspiration she’s obtained from her older siblings Cathy and Chris, past and present.

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