OPT's Elite Athlete Samantha Cesario wins the Bronze!

American Samantha Cesario , part of  the One Physical Therapy Elite Athlete Consulting Program, earned the bronze medal in her second Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit. She finished fourth at JGP Romania in 2010. The Skating Club of New York representative maintained her third-place standing after the short program with a clean free skate to music fromBlack Swan. She easily set personal-best marks in all three phases of the competition, with 101.62 of her 153.84 total points coming in the free. The highlight of her free skate came in the second half of the program, when Cesario earned 8.23 points for a triple Salchow-double toe-double loop combination.

"After missing the U.S. Championships last year, it was such a privilege to be given this opportunity to represent the U.S. in Gdansk," Cesario said. "I was extremely happy with both of my performances, and winning a medal means so much to me. I've had another great international experience, and I hope the rest of my season continues in the same direction."

We send Samantha Cerario our congratulations, and will continue to make her continued success a priority.