John Zimmerman (figure skater)
Ina and Zimmerman in 2001.
|Full name||John Luther Zimmerman IV|
|Country represented||United States|
November 26, 1973 |
|Residence||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Former partner||Brie Teaboldt
|Former coach||Tamara Moskvina
|Former choreographer||Alexander Zhulin
|Skating club||Birmingham FSC|
John Luther Zimmerman IV (born November 26, 1973) is an American professional pair skater. With skating partner Kyoko Ina, he is the 2002 World bronze medalist and a three-time U.S. national champion. They also competed at the 2002 Olympics. Zimmerman is now a coach.
Zimmerman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He has two older sisters. He married Italian skater Silvia Fontana on August 28, 2003.1 Their daughter, Sofia Zimmerman, was born on April 2, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida.2
Zimmerman also works as a model, and has been seen in photo shoots for Barneys New York and various designers.
Zimmerman and Fontana appeared on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2004, and made appearances for Am/FAR, amongst other charities. In 2003, an access bridge at his alma mater, Homewood High School, was named after himcitation needed.
Zimmerman started skating at age 3 at a mall. He briefly partnered with Brie Teaboldt for the 1994/1995 season. Then he paired with Stephanie Stiegler from 1995 through 1998, and won the bronze medal at the 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships while being coached by Peter Oppegard. Their partnership ended in 1998 due to injuries.3
Zimmerman teamed up with Kyoko Ina. Initially, they were coached by Peter Burrows and Mary Lynn Gelderman in Monsey, New York and they also commuted to Stamford, Connecticut to work with Tamara Moskvina.3 They later trained under Mosvkina and Igor Moskvin in Hackensack, New Jersey.4
Zimmerman covered figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics, being featured as Yahoo's special guest expert correspondent on the Games in Turin.5 He later competed in a new ABC skating series "Thin Ice," aired on March 19, 2010, paired with Shae-Lynn Bourne, a world champion Canadian ice dancer. They finished in second place, winning a total of $50,000. They skated to "Closer" by Ne-Yo and "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Shine On You Crazy Diamond
by Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
|Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninov
|Truman Show||Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninov
|Grand Prix Final||5th||4th|
|GP Cup of Russia||3rd||4th|
|GP Skate America||5th||5th||4th||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd|
|GP = Grand Prix|
|CS Trophée Lalique||6th|
|CS Skate America||3rd|
|CS = Champions Series (later Grand Prix)|
- "Five favorite things with Fontana and Zimmerman". Ice Network. 2011-11-01.
- Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (2012-04-11). "The Inside Edge". Ice Network.
- Mittan, J. Barry (1998). "Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman". Archived from the original on January 11, 2010.
- "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
- "Turin 2006 Winter Olympics - Expert Archive". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 2006-04-29.
- Rutherford, Lynn (May 17, 2013). "Change of scenery serves Denney, Frazier well". IceNetwork.
- "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 20, 2001.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Zimmerman (figure skater).|
- Official Figure Skating Site
- Official Site
- Kyoko Ina / John Zimmerman at the International Skating Union