When did you start skating?
Scarlett: I started skating in 1994 when I was 5.
Lionel: I started skating at 7 and competing at 8 in ice dance.
Why did you start skating?
Scarlett: I was on holiday when I first tried it having seen kids skating. The moment I put a foot on the ice, I knew this sport was for me!
Lionel: My cousin and I go in the ice rink in Lyon after seeing a competition on TV. I stay on the ice all the day and the night I say to my parents that I want to do this my all life.
Why did you choose ice dancing?
Scarlett: I choose ice dancing because I love dancing and on the ice it’s ten times more fun!
Lionel: In Lyon there is the best ice dance center, with one of the best coaches in the world, Muriel Zazoui, so I decide to train with the best.
How did you team up?
Scarlett: We were both looking for a partner, both living in Lyon at that time so we tried out. The result was positive and we teamed up!
Lionel: We start together when our partner decided to skate together.
How long have you been skating together?
Scarlett: 2 years.
Lionel: In September, it would be our 3rd season.
How has working with your coaches benefited your skating?
Scarlett: They help us evolve throughout our dances, technically and artistically.
Lionel: We have 3 coaches of ice dance, one physical preparator, one choreographer, one doc, and I have one physiotherapist. They’re all very good. They’re very complementary.
What do you like most about skating with your partner?
Scarlett & Lionel: I think in couples we can express a lot of thing, we can make and create new elements.
What are your goals for this season?
Scarlett: A good performance at nationals and junior worlds.
Lionel: I hope we can win the French master’s for the second time and the French junior national championship for the first time together.
What is your favorite dance element?
Scarlett: Latin dances and waltz.
Lionel: I think this is lift, Scarlett is very stretchy, and I work hard in physical preparation.
Who do you look up to most on or off the ice?
Scarlett: Marie-France Dubreuil.
Who is your favorite skater and why?
Scarlett: Anissina/Peizerat, Dubreuil/Lauzon, Denkova/Staviski.
Lionel: I love a lot of skater. I really like Sasha Cohen in women, for me she’s really strong and determined. In dance Marina and Gwendal, they create new elements, they change our sport, and when they skate there is a lot of emotion. In men Jeff Buttle and Johnny Weir, because they’re both good skaters and very interpretive. In pairs Shen Zhao.
How do you spend your time off the ice?
Scarlett: School, dance and being with friends.
Lionel: I work on physical preparation a lot of time. I go in physiotherapist and when I have free time I go shopping and stay with my friend but it’s really rare. I work on our website too.
What is your favorite school subject?
Scarlett: Literature and languages.
Lionel: When I was in school it was biology.
What are your goals beyond skating?
Scarlett: I want to carry out my studies.
Lionel: I have different goals for my future. I’m a little superstitious so I don’t talk about it.
To learn more about this team and keep track of their season, check out their website, http://www.scarlett-lionel.new.fr/