16-year-old Emmy Ma made a splash at this year’s U.S. Nationals, where she won the short program in the Junior ladies event with a lovely performance. Facing a field of mostly younger rivals, Emmy’s skating stood out for her musicality, skating skills, and maturity. Although she faltered a bit in the long program, Emmy captured the Junior ladies pewter medal at Nationals. One month later, she won her first-ever international competition, the Junior ladies event at Challenge Cup in the Netherlands.
It was a great season for Emmy; and a bit unexpected, as it was the first time she had qualified for U.S. Nationals in 4 years. Emmy’s career had a promising start in the Juvenile/Intermediate ranks (including a U.S. Nationals Intermediate bronze medal in 2013). However, she ran into obstacles in her Novice years, suffering several injuries that stalled her progress. At times, it was difficult to keep up her motivation for the sport–which made last year’s success all the sweeter. Now, heading into the 2017-18 season, Emmy will compete in Seniors nationally, and hopes for a coveted assignment to a Junior Grand Prix event.