Haven Denney

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Haven Denney
2012 World Junior FS Haven Denney Brandon Frazier.jpg
Denney/Frazier in 2012
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1995-10-28) October 28, 1995 (age 23)
Ocala, Florida
Home townAurora, Illinois
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
PartnerBrandon Frazier
Former partnerDaniel Raad
CoachRockne Brubaker, Stefania Berton
Former coachIngo Steuer, Silvia Fontana, John Zimmerman, Dalilah Sappenfield, Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston
ChoreographerMarina Zueva
Former choreographerJohn Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana, Renee Roca, Julie Marcotte, Dalilah Sappenfield
Skating clubSC of New York
Former skating clubBroadmoor SC
Training locationsFox Valley, Illinois
Former training locationsWest Palm Beach, Florida
Coral Springs, Florida
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating2004
ISU personal best scores
Combined total192.65
2016 Skate America
Short program67.29
2016 Skate America
Free skate125.36
2016 Skate America

Haven Denney (born October 28, 1995) is an American pair skater. With her skating partner, Brandon Frazier, she is a two-time Skate America silver medalist (2014, 2016), the 2014 CS Lombardia Trophy champion, the 2013 World Junior champion, and the 2017 U.S. national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Haven Denney was born in Ocala, Florida.[1] Her parents, DeeDee and Bryan Denney, both competed in roller skating.[2] Haven won the 2003 U.S. pairs roller skating silver medal.[3] She is the younger sister of U.S. pair skater Caydee Denney.[3]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier first teamed up in 2002 as roller skaters before switching to the ice.[4][5] As figure skaters, they competed together for three seasons from 2005 to 2008,[6] coached by Jim Peterson and Lyndon Johnston.[7] After two seasons on the juvenile level,[6] the pair moved up a level and won the 2008 U.S. intermediate bronze medal.[5] With their families living in different states, the skaters decided to part ways.[6]

Denney then competed with Daniel Raad for three seasons.[8]

2011–12 season: Junior Grand Prix debut[edit]

Denney/Frazier teamed up again in spring 2011.[4][5] They competed on the 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, placing 8th and 7th in Latvia and Austria. They won the junior title at the 2012 U.S. Championships and were assigned to the 2012 World Junior Championships where they placed 4th. The pair was coached by Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado until the fall of 2012 when they moved to Coral Springs, Florida to train with John Zimmerman and Silvia Fontana at Coral Gables.[9]

2012–13 season: World Junior title[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Denney/Frazier finished 4th at the 2012–13 ISU Junior Grand Prix event held in Lake Placid, New York. They won gold at the 2013 World Junior Championships, the first American pair to win the title since 2007.

2013–14 season: Grand Prix debut[edit]

For the 2013–14 season, the team placed fifth at both their Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate Canada International and 2013 NHK Trophy. They were also fifth at the 2014 U.S. Championships and then fourth at the 2014 U.S. Championships.

2014–15 season: First senior medals[edit]

In 2014–15, Denney/Frazier won medals at two Challenger Series events – gold at the 2014 CS Lombardia Trophy and silver at the 2014 CS Skate Canada Autumn Classic. Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won their first GP medal, silver, at the 2014 Skate America and then finished fourth at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup. In the second half of the season, Denney/Frazier won the silver medal at the 2015 U.S. Championships. After nationals, they began training full-time under Ingo Steuer.[6] They finished 7th at the 2015 Four Continents and 12th at the 2015 World Championships.

In April 2015, Denney/Frazier changed their training location from Coral Springs, Florida, to West Palm Beach, Florida.[10] Soon after, on April 22, Denney sustained a knee injury while practicing a throw double flip off the ice.[11] She said, "When I landed, my foot stayed and my body kept rotating" and she then heard "a couple of loud pops".[12] Having torn the anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, and bilateral and lateral meniscus in her right knee,[12] she underwent surgery on April 28 at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.[11]

2015–16 season[edit]

Denney put no weight on her right leg for six weeks and then began physical therapy before returning to the ice in October 2015.[12] During this time, Frazier worked on his skating skills under Marina Zueva and her team in Canton, Michigan.[11] In October, the pair started training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Initially limited to basic stroking and crossovers, Denney began cautiously practicing jumps in late November.[12]

Denney/Frazier did not compete in the 2015–16 season. By April 2016, they were training with Rockne Brubaker and Stefania Berton at the Fox Valley Ice Center in Geneva, Illinois.[12][13]

2016–17 season[edit]

Denney/Frazier returned to competition, beginning at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial, where they placed fourth. They received invitations to two Grand Prix events, the 2016 Skate America and 2016 Skate Canada International.[14] They won the silver medal at Skate America, and finished fourth at Skate Canada International. They competed at a second Challenger event, the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, again finishing fourth.

At the 2017 U.S. Championships, Denney/Frazier won the national title for the first time. Denney commented "I’m just so proud of where we are right now. We’ve worked so hard through our ups and downs and everything. I’m just very appreciative and blessed to be here."[15] They were assigned to the 2017 Four Continents Championships, where they finished eighth, and the 2017 World Championships, where they placed twentieth in the short program and did not qualify for the free skate.

2017–18 season[edit]

Denney/Frazier began the season at the 2017 U.S. Classic, where they placed fifth. They placed seventh at both of their Grand Prix events, the 2017 Skate America and 2017 Skate Canada International.

At the 2018 U.S. Championships, Denney/Frazier placed fifth. They were not selected for the 2018 Winter Olympics or any ISU Championship events. In spring 2018, the pair decided to rejoin John Zimmerman and Silvia Fontana, who are based at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida.[16]

2018–19 season[edit]

Denney developed a stress fracture in her ankle early in the summer.[17] Denney/Frazier won the bronze medal at their Challenger event to start the season, the 2018 CS Autumn Classic International. They placed sixth at the 2018 Skate Canada International, but had to withdraw from their second Grand Prix event, the 2018 Internationaux de France, because Denney's stress fracture had become too painful for her to skate.[17]

At the 2019 U.S. Championships, Denney/Frazier won the silver medal, placing third in the short program and second in the free skate, making some errors on their jumps in the latter. Frazier remarked "There were some things we left out on the table, and that’s what we are going to shoot for, to get better."[18] At the 2019 Four Continents Championships, their final event of the season, they finished in fifth place. Side-by-side jump errors continued to plague them, which Denney said would be a focus for improvement in the off-season.[19]

Programs[edit]

(with Frazier)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[20]
  • Irrepressibles selection
2017–2018
[21][22]
  • Who Wants to Live Forever
    by Queen, David Garrett
2016–2017
[1][13]
2014–2015
[23][24]
2013–2014
[9][25]
2012–2013
[26]
  • Malagueña
    by Ernesto Lecuona
2011–2012
[3]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Frazier[edit]

International[27]
Event 05–06 07–08 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 16–17 17–18 18–19
Worlds 12th 20th
Four Continents 4th 7th 8th 5th
GP Intern. de France WD
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th
GP Skate America 2nd 2nd 7th
GP Skate Canada 5th 4th 7th 6th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd 3rd
CS Golden Spin 4th
CS Lombardia 1st
CS Nepela Memorial 4th
CS U.S. Classic 4th
Nepela Trophy 4th
International: Junior[27]
Junior Worlds 4th 1st
JGP Austria 7th
JGP Latvia 8th
JGP USA 4th
National[7]
U.S. Champ. 10th V 3rd I 1st J 5th 5th 2nd 1st 5th 2nd
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; J = Junior

With Raad[edit]

National[8]
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
U.S. Championships 2nd N 7th J 6th J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Johnston, Joey (February 7, 2010). "Olympian Denney ready to melt hearts". tbo.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Walker, Elvin (May 27, 2012). "Second time a charm for Denney and Frazier". Golden Skate.
  5. ^ a b c Rutherford, Lynn (January 24, 2012). "Colorado junior pairs face California challenge". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Cloutier, Claire (September 21, 2016). "Interview with Denney/Frazier". A Divine Sport.
  7. ^ a b "Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019.
    "Earlier versions: 2013–2018". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on June 9, 2018.
    "Earlier versions". Archived from the original on April 20, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Haven Denney / Daniel Raad". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (May 17, 2013). "Change of scenery serves Denney, Frazier well". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (April 22, 2015). "Denney and Frazier regroup with Steuer". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ a b c Rutherford, Lynn (August 10, 2015). "On the mend: Denney plans August return to ice". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e Brannen, Sarah S. (April 25, 2016). "Denney, Frazier seek fresh start in Chicago". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (July 25, 2016). "Denney, Frazier win Skate Detroit free in return". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "Aaron and Settlage End Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. August 10, 2016. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Slater, Paula (January 21, 2017). "Denney and Frazier take national pairs title". Golden Skate.
  16. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (August 21, 2018). "Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier "Hit the Reset Button"". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Penny, Brandon (January 25, 2019). "Overcoming 4 Years Of Injuries, Tarah Kayne And Danny O'Shea Return To Health To Lead After Short At Nationals". teamusa.org. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Mammoser, Scott (January 26, 2019). "Cain and LeDuc capture Pair's U.S. title". Golden Skate.
  19. ^ Slater, Paula (February 9, 2019). "Sui and Han rebound for fifth Four Continents title". Golden Skate.
  20. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019.
  21. ^ Cloutier, Claire (July 26, 2017). "U.S. Champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier: "We want to show everyone that we still have a lot to give"". figureskatersonline.com. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
  24. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 26, 2014). "Detroit postcards: More pair action off ice than on". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014.
  26. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 26, 2013.
  27. ^ a b "Competition Results: Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Haven Denney at Wikimedia Commons