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Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig

Amanda Evora was born on November 17, 1984 in New York . She competes with Partner Mark Ladwig. They are the 2007 U.S. national pewter medalists. The 2005/2006 season was their first on the Grand Prix. Evora previously skated with Mike Adler.

 Her Hobbies are Going to the beach, collecting sand dollars, shopping, watching hockey, playing soccer, dancing, swimming, ballet, and traveling.

Fun facts about Amanda.She  began skating at age 6 because her dad found her sister's old skates and they fit. Her father works as a chemical engineer, she formerly skated with Mike Adler (2000-01), was previuosly coached by Megan Faulkner (1995-99), attends the University of South Florida, majoring in business administration, teaches private skating lessons and Basic Skating Skills group lessons part time. Her most prized possessions are the pictures that remind her of some of the best times in her life. People may not know she is a proud aunt to her niece and nephew, Ayana and Logan. Hobbies are going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, eating at new restaurants and relaxing at home watching movies. Her closest friends in figure skating are Jeremy Barrett,Mark Ladwig, Mikey Chau, Robbie Crowley, and Alex Hill, enjoyed traveling to Korea "because it was an equal balance of great company and beautiful sites", has a passion for the art of music, ballet, and dance, wants to contribute back to figure skating after her career as either a coach or a judge, wants to be a teacher, lists her biggest life-defining moment as when she moved away from her family to pursue her skating career, received a letter for Symphony and Orchestra, National Honor Society member from 1998-2000, would love to meet Bono from U2 because he is such an inspiration through his music, listens to Dave Matthews on her iPod.

Mark Ladwig  was born on May 6, 1980 in Fargo, North Dakota.He competes with Partner Amanda Evora. They are the 2007 U.S. national pewter medalists. The 2005/2006 season was their first year on the Grand Prix. Ladwig previously skated with Kelsey Sollom and Keri Blakinger. He married Janet Marie Beverley on August 4th 2006.

His hobbies are Collecting new state quarters, sailing, reading, and wood working

Fun facts about Mark began skating at age 5 in the man-made outdoor rink behind his house, participated in the Basic Skills Program presented by Marshalls for three years, graduated from Moorhead Senior High School in 1999, and lettered in track, band, drama and swimming, he is a very busy man - besides training, he is a bartender/waiter at Gio's Fabulous Martini & Pizza Bar full time, also helps out at the club's competition every fall in a variety of capacities, supporter of March of Dimes for Premature Children - his wife, Janet Beverley Ladwig, was born a premature, and without the organization's support she would not be around today, Janet graduated from North Dakota State University in May 2008 with a degree in interior design, formerly paired with Kelsey Sollom (1990-99), Keri Lynn Blakinger (1999-2001) and Christine Dean (2002), has been coached by Dawn Franklin (1985-99), Ron Ludington (1999-2002) and Traci Poletis (1999-2002), was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scout of America, was a pole vaulter in high school with a personal best of 11-1/2 feet, sister, Erin, attends the University of Maryland, and brother, Todd, flies EA-6Bs as a naval flight officer, hobbies include woodworking, running and sailing, closest friend in skating is Amanda Evora, favorite foreign country so far is Korea because of its unique culture and many historic sites and friendly people, has a passion for reading, has dedication to balance making a living and training to be on the World and Olympic stage, favorite kind of music is bluegrass, biggest life-defining moment was marrying his best friend, Janet, says he and his wife would win on "The Amazing Race," and after skating, he wants to pay for college by using his winnings from the competition, would like to meet Stephen Hawking for his personal strength and creative imagination, listens to Rhonda Vincent, Ray LaMontagne, Nickelback, Tenacious D, Dave Matthews, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Travis Tritt.

Some information courtesy of Amanda and mark official website