March 18, 2017: Rachel and Michael set a new personal best in the free dance at the 2017 World Junior Championships, scoring 97.54 and finishing with a point total of 164.83, winning the gold medal and their first World title.
March 8, 2017: Rachel and Michael were guests on IceNetwork.com’s ‘Ice Talk‘.
March 7, 2017: March’s Skating Magazine including a recap of the junior ice dance event.
January 20, 2017: Rachel and Michael skated two strong performances at the 2017 U.S. National Championships to win the gold medal and the title of U.S. Junior Champions. They will next represent Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships from March 15-19 in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.
December 6, 2016: Michael was interviewed by Fritzi Bodenheimer for a Montgomery College Insights feature called Competitive Edge, the online magazine for for alumni and friends of Montgomery College in Maryland. Michael and training mate Quinn Carpenter (who was also interviewed) are both students at Montgomery College.
September 30, 2016: Rachel and Michael were interviewed for a feature on GoldenSkate.com titled, Parsons and Parsons: “We are always trying to improve”.
July 30, 2016: Michael & Rachel Parsons Take Home the Gold at Lake Placid to Start off 2017 Season:
Rachel & Michael Parsons launched their 2017 figure skating season in great form this week at the Lake Placid International, in Lake Placid, New York. After a stellar performance in the short dance, earning a segment score of 66.15 with their new hip-hop inspired short dance program, they went on to secure the Gold medal with a superb performance in the free dance, earning a 90.02 segment score and a total score of 156.17 — their best season start yet. Team USA’s Chloe Lewis & Logan Bye earned a 135.90 and Eliana Gropman & Ian Somerville earned a 128.33 to round out a sweep of the medal stand by Team USA.
The 2016-2017 skating season is off to a great start. Next, Rachel & Michael will be traveling abroad to represent the United States on the Junior Grand Prix circuit this Fall, then to the U.S. National Championships in Kansas City in January. They’ll finish their season at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taipei. We’ll keep you posted on their progress!
March 26, 2016: Rachel & Michael, along with training mates and friends Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter, were profiled in an article in the Baltimore Sun titled Two local ice-dancing pairs back from Hungary and closer than ever.
March 20, 2016: Rachel & Michael won the silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
January 24, 2016: Rachel & Michael won the silver medal at U.S. Nationals. They will next represent Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
December 11, 2015: Rachel & Michael won the bronze medal at the 2015/16 Junior Grand Prix Final.
October 10, 2015: Rachel & Michael won their second JGP gold medal of the season and have qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Spain in December. They also set new personal bests in their short dance (66.49), free dance (94.30) and overall score (160.79)
August 22, 2015: Rachel & Michael won the gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Bratislava, Slovakia.
August 1, 2015: Rachel & Michael placed first at the inaugural Lake Placid Ice Dance International.
March 7, 2015: Rachel & Michael set a new personal best total score of 140.94 and finished fourth at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
January 23, 2015: Rachel & Michael won the silver medal at the 2015 U.S. National Championships. They will represent Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
January 10, 2015: Rachel & Michael skated two strong performances at the Nestle Mentor Cup in Torun, Poland, taking home the Silver Medal and wowing the audience with a special exhibition performance with Team USA training mates and Mentor Cup gold medalists Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter. A video link of their performance (to “Get Smart”) is posted on YouTube.
November 25, 2014: Team Parsons placed second for the Silver Medal at Eastern Sectionals, after finishing 1st in the Short Dance and a close 2nd in the Free Dance, and recording new all-time personal best scores of 62.96 in the Short Dance, 88.46 in the Free Dance, and 151.42 overall. They once again qualify for the U.S. National Championships in January, 2015, in Greensboro North Carolina, where they will compete with top teams from all three Sections for the U.S. national title.
October 11, 2014: Rachel & Michael finished second at the JGP event in Croatia. They are first alternates for the JGP Final.
September 14, 2014: Rachel & Michael won the bronze medal at JGP Nagoya TV Cup in Aichi, Japan. They will next compete at the Croatia Cup in Zagreb, Croatia from October 8-11, 2014.
September 2014: Rachel & Michael Parsons will represent Team USA at this year’s Junior Grand Prix in Nagoya, Japan, September 10 – 14th. The competition will be streamed live on the ISU YouTube JGP channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ISUJGP2011. Results will be posted at: http://www.isuresults.com/events/fsevent00051552.htm
August 2014: Rachel & Michael took home the Gold Medal in their group in both the Short Dance and the Free Dance at this year’s Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships.
March 14, 2014: Rachel & Michael finished 8th at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
January 9, 2014: Rachel & Michael won the bronze medal at the 2014 U.S. National Championships and will represent Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
December 8, 2013: Rachel & Michael finished 6th at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.
December 1, 2013: Rachel & Michael travel this week to Fukuoka, Japan, to compete in their first Grand Prix Final. Team USA is sending three Junior ice dance teams this year, including Michael & Rachel and their training mates, Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter. In the Senior ice dance event World Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White will be representing Team USA. To follow the results visit: http://www.isuresults.
October 11, 2013: With two silver medal finishes at their Junior Grand Prix events, Rachel and Michael have qualified to compete at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan from December 5-8.
October 4, 2013: Michael and Rachel earned the silver medal at Czech Skate!
September 2013: Off to Slovakia for our first Grand Prix of the year!
August 2013: Michael and Rachel have had a great start to their 2013 – 2014 Season so far, winning 1st and 2nd at Chesapeake and now 1st and 2nd in Lake Placid too! We always enjoy the beautiful Adirondack summer weather. So great to see everyone too. Michael has fully recovered and we’re looking forward to a great new season.
January 8, 2013: Rachel & Michael were forced to withdraw from Nationals due to an ankle injury Michael sustained last week. The 2012-13 season had started strong for them and included their first JGP medal (a bronze), a silver medal at the 2013 Eastern Sectional Championships, and new personal-best scores. They were looking forward to competing at Nationals and wish their friends and fellow competitors the best of luck in Omaha. Here’s a link to their 2013 Free Dance from the Eastern Sectionals.
November 2012: Rachel and Michael took home the Silver medal at the 2013 Eastern Sectionals in Hyannis, MA. They turned in a new person-best score (79.30) to win the Free Dance, with another strong Short Dance performance, to win 2nd place overall with their best combined score yet (135.64). Now it’s on to nationals in Omaha in January!
October 2012: In their second Junior Grand Prix assignment this year (in Zagreb, Croatia), Rachel & Michael put in two personal-best performances, winning 2nd place in the Short Dance and 3rd overall to bring home the Bronze Medal, their first in international competition. Here are the full results and videos of their short dance and free dance. They complete their second Junior Grand Prix season ranked 13th out of 70 teams in the final JGP world standings, their best finish yet.
September 2012: Michael and Rachel traveled to Linz, Austria, to compete in the Junior Grand Prix event on September 12th, finishing 4th in the Short Dance and 6th overall. The ISU site has the full results and videos of their short dance and free dance on their YouTube channel.
August 2012: Rachel & Michael appeared live with 2-time Olympian Michael Weiss, Brian Boitano, and a host of other champion skaters in “Ice Champions Live,” September 8th, 4pm, at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Balston, VA.
January 2012: Rachel & Michael finished fourth at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games. Watch video highlights after the short dance at the 2012 Youth Olympics.
November 2011: Rachel and Michael won the silver medal at the 2012 Eastern Sectional Championships.
August 2011: Rachel & Michael finished 9th out of 21 teams competing in the 2011 Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Poland, in their first Junior Grand Prix Assignment.
Kosice welcomes skaters to third JGP stop (Ice-dance.com) 9.10.13
Americans Choate, Parsons siblings earn first career JGP medals (Icenetwork.com) 10.06.12
Olympic Games are the goal of ice dancing siblings from Rockville (Washington Post) 1.18.12
2012 Winter Youth Olympic Athletes Announced (US Figure Skating) 12.21.11
Local Skaters Selected for Youth Winter Games (Washington Post) 12.16.11
Brother-sister ice dance team from Derwood wins Novice national title (Gazette) 2.2.11
Rachel and Michael Parsons & Gudis and Pogrebinsky Dominate Novice Dance at The U.S. Figure Skating Championships (WFSC Blade) 2.2.11
Novice Free Dance Report (Ice-dance.com) 1.24.11
Parsons siblings capture first title of the U.S. Championships (GoldenSkate.com) 1.24.11
Parsons siblings ride “Firebird” to novice title (Icenetwork.com) 1.24.11
Wheaton club skates to national glory (Gazette Newspapers) 11.24.10
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