ABOUT JULIE

"It is my goal to be able to not only teach my skaters the fundamentals and solid technique of the sport, but also teach them proper life lessons that will help them once they are away from the arena."

"It is my mission and goal to succeed as not only a technically sound coach, but also a positive role model leading them to make healthy nutritious food choices and make exercise a part of their life."

Julie is a member of United States Figure Skating & the Professional Skaters Association. She is a Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field passing both senior level tests under the instruction of Amy Vecchio & Tom McGinnis. She was a 2004 Senior Ladies Regional competitor. She has over 18 years of coaching experience teaching both groups and private skaters, levels ranging from recreational to competitive as well as hockey. She currently holds a Registered Rating from PSA in both Freestyle and Moves in the Field as well as apprenticed under Master Rated coach Debi Leeming. Julie is currently on full professional staff at Colonial Figure Skating Club,  Northeast Ice Skating Club, North Shore Skating Club, and Wilmington Figure Skating Club. She is a basic skills instructor for the Flynn rink and the Stoneham Learn to Skate program, where she started her coaching career in 1998. Julie joined the Northeastern University Figure Skating Club as the collegiate coach in the 2016/2017 season. 

 

Julie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Merrimack College and Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University. In 2019, she graduated from Simmons University in the Didactic Program in Dietetics and is currently working towards licensure as a Registered Dietitian.

 

She has four years of training as a personal trainer and is currently an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified group exercise instructor teaching strength and conditioning classes geared specifically towards skaters. 

 

Julie has a strong belief in a multidisciplinary approach to skating that combines proper nutrition as well as strength and off ice conditioning to supplement athletic ability providing a sound skating technique.

 

My Goals:

Figure skating has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has often been quoted that figure skating requires the endurance of a runner, agility of a boxer, flexibility of a gymnast and grace of a dancer, which can be incredibly demanding. Each of these different characteristics must be individually developed and trained to present the skater as having the whole package. Skaters must have both the knowledge and training to attain this skater’s ideal.

 

Since retiring from competitive skating, I am focused on coaching professionally. It is my goal to be able to not only teach my skaters the fundamentals and solid technique of the sport, but also teach them proper life lessons that will help them once they are away from the arena. Proper nutrition and conditioning are often overlooked as part of a training program in the sport of skating. As a professional skating coach, I have the ability to teach technical elements of the sport, but am also qualified to give my skaters healthy nutrition advice and proper off ice training techniques that will result in a positive relationship with food and exercise. It is my mission and goal to succeed as not only a technically sound coach, but also a positive role model leading my skaters to make healthy nutritious food choices and make exercise a part of their life.

 

Background:

My experience of coaching young impressionable skaters over the last nineteen years has been an amazingly rewarding one. More notable are those skaters that have told me that I have unknowingly helped them to begin leading a healthier lifestyle, simply because I personally live an active life while understanding the positive impact of eating nutritiously.  This is what prompted me to further my education, so that I would have the formal background and education to continue to guide my skaters towards a healthy lifestyle giving them the fuel necessary to maximize their athletic ability.

 

It was this personal experience that also prompted me to return to graduate school at Northeastern University specializing in nutrition. Once my studies began, I realized how passionate I was about encouraging my skaters to have a positive relationship with food. Upon graduating Northeastern, I was offered a position at Boston Children’s Hospital where I have been exposed to clinical experience and the opportunity to volunteer in the summer of 2011 in the adolescent clinic going to conferences, working closely with dietitians, and shadowing patient appointments. This cemented my vision of becoming a registered dietitian and continuing my education at Simmons College.

 

Due to my professional involvement in both the skating community and clinical world, I am able to attend conferences and seminars which offer the opportunity to continue to expand my knowledge on both topics. I recently attended a Professional Skater’s Association conference, in which there was a presentation from the United States Olympic Committee regarding sports nutrition. It was so enlightening to see nutrition be acknowledged at a coach’s seminar, in efforts to recognize the importance of healthy eating habits and fueling properly and the signs of a developing eating disorder and to proactively prevent them in the majority of skaters. I will be completing my sports nutrition rotation with the athletic department at Northeastern University in the Spring of 2020. 

Inspiring Change: Julianne Pondelli '18CDPD Takes Nutrition to the Ice