At the 2017 United States Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, Newton Country Day School’s J. Esposito ’20
and her partner Franz-Peter Jerosch, placed second out of twelve sets of competitors, earning a silver medal in the Intermediate Pairs division. While the 2017 Nationals was Esposito’s fifth time participating in the competition, it marked the first time she medaled.
Esposito and Jerosch’s medal is significant not only because of their newly-formed partnership, but also because they are a “lefty-righty pair.”
“Olympic pairs - and even pairs at my level - are lefty-lefty or righty-righty pairs, meaning they jump and spin in the same direction,” explained Esposito. “Lefty-righty pairs are known to look messy on the ice due to spinning in opposite directions but we made it work.”
Esposito belongs to the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxborough, Mass. and is coached by 1980 Winter Games Olympian Sheryl Franks. Esposito, who began figure skating when she was three years old, practices six days a week. Her routine consists of skating for three hours, cardio and weight lifting for an hour, and 30 minutes practicing lifts.
“I’ve been doing this my whole life and I love it,” she said. “I’m so passionate about figure skating and I still want to go to the rink every day. There’s never a moment when I’m not enjoying myself.”
When asked whether she hoped to one day compete at the Olympics, Esposito grinned and replied, “Yes. I hope to be a member of Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.”