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Michael Weiss (figure skater)Description : Michael Weiss (born August 2, 1976) is an American former competitive and currently professional figure skater. He is a three-time national champion (1999, 2000, 2003) a two-time World bronze medalist (1999, 2000), and a two-time Olympic team member.Michael Weiss was born August 2, 1976 in Washington, DC. His father, Greg, was a gymnast on the 1964 Olympic team, and his mother, Margie, was also a gymnast and national champion. His sister Geremi was a figure skater and junior national silver m... Page:m

Michael Weiss
Stars on Ice 2010 in Manchester (16).jpg
Michael Weiss in 2010
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1976-08-02) August 2, 1976 (age 40)
Washington, DC
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
CoachDon Laws, Audrey Weisiger
ChoreographerLisa Thornton-Weiss, Peter Tchernyshev
Skating clubWashington, FSC
Former training locationsFairfax, Virginia
Laurel, Maryland
Began skating1985
Retired2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total206.94
2003 Skate America
Short program73.85
2003 Skate America
Free skate133.09
2003 Skate America
Medal record
Figure skating: Men's singles
Representing United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place2000 NiceMen's singles
Bronze medal – third place1999 HelsinkiMen's singles
Four Continents Championships
Bronze medal – third place2001 Salt Lake CityMen's singles
Grand Prix Final
Bronze medal – third place2003–04 Colorado SpringsMen's singles
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place1994 Colorado SpringsMen's singles
Silver medal – second place1993 SeoulMen's singles

Michael Weiss (born August 2, 1976) is an American former competitive and currently professional figure skater. He is a three-time national champion (1999, 2000, 2003) a two-time World bronze medalist (1999, 2000), and a two-time Olympic team member.

Personal life

Michael Weiss was born August 2, 1976 in Washington, DC. His father, Greg, was a gymnast on the 1964 Olympic team, and his mother, Margie, was also a gymnast and national champion. His sister Geremi was a figure skater and junior national silver medalist; his other sister, Genna, was junior world diving champion.

Weiss graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. He holds an associate degree in business marketing from Prince George's Community College. Weiss was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In September 1997, he married his jazz dance teacher, Lisa Thornton. Their daughter, Annie-Mae, was born in September 1998 and their son, Christopher Michael, in October 1999.

Career

Weiss began skating in 1985. Audrey Weisiger coached him from the age of nine. Weiss took the silver medal at the 1993 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea and won gold at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At the 1997 U.S. Championships, Weiss attempted to become the first American to land the quad toe loop. It was initially believed to have been successful but three hours after the competition, U.S. Figure Skating ruled that the jump had been two-footed and decided not to ratify it. He pulled up from fifth after the short program to take the silver medal behind Todd Eldredge and was sent to Lausanne, Switzerland to compete at his first World Championships, where he finished seventh.

In February 1999, Weiss won his first senior national title at the U.S. Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. The following month, he was awarded the bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. After recovering from a stress fracture in his left ankle, Weiss defended his national title at the 2000 U.S. Championships in Cleveland, Ohio and won bronze at the 2000 World Championships in Nice, France.

Weiss missed part of the 2000–01 season due to a stress fracture in his foot. At the start of the 2002–03 season, Don Laws filled in for Weisiger at the Campbell's Classic. On October 29, 2002, Weiss decided to leave Weisiger to train full-time with Laws.

Weiss competed 19 consecutive years at the U.S. Championships. He was the first American to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. He invented the "Tornado", a backflip with a full twist, and debuted it at the Hallmark Skaters Championship in December 2002. Though not allowed in competition, it is a crowd favorite in exhibitions.

Weiss turned professional in 2006. He toured with Stars On Ice and competed in Ice Wars. Around 2012, he began teaching skating skills to hockey players.

Michael Weiss Foundation

While still an eligible skater, Weiss started the Michael Weiss Foundation, which gives scholarships to up-and-coming figure skaters. Skaters who have received scholarships include Mirai Nagasu, Madison and Keiffer Hubbell, Daisuke Murakami, and Christine Zukowski.

Programs

SeasonShort programFree skating
2005–2006
  • Semiramide Overture
    by Gioachino Rossini
  • La Donna e Mobile
    by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Symphony No 6
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Moonlight Sonata
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Symphony No 9, Ode of Joy
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
2004–2005
  • Henry V
    by Patrick Doyle
  • Stairway to Heaven
    by Led Zeppelin
  • Bonzo's Montreaux
    by Led Zeppelin
  • Unforgiven
    by Metallica
2003–2004
  • Henry V
    by Patrick Doyle
  • Patriotic medley
2002–2003
  • Selections
    by van Halen and Metallica
  • Malagueña
    by Ernesto Lecuona
  • Concierto de Aranjuez
    by Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Malagueña
    by Ernesto Lecuona
2001–2002
  • Malagueña
    by Ernesto Lecuona
  • Che Gelida Manina
    by Giacomo Puccini
  • La Tregenda
    by Giacomo Puccini
    performed by the Czechoslovak Orchestra
  • Nessun dorma
    by Giacomo Puccini
    performed by the National Opera Orchestra
2000–2001
  • Taras Bulba
    by Franz Waxman
  • William Tell Overture
    by Gioachino Rossini

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix (1995–97: Champions Series)

International
Event92–9393–9494–9595–9696–9797–9898–9999–0000–0101–0202–0303–0404–0505–06
Olympics7th7th
Worlds7th6th3rd3rd6th5th6th
Four Continents3rd9th
GP Final4th3rd
GP Cup of Russia3rd4th6th4th
GP NC / Bofrost10th5th8th4th
GP Lalique/Bompard3rd2nd5th1st3rd6th
GP NHK Trophy4th
GP Skate America2nd2nd4th4th5th1st3rd
GP Skate Canada6th
Goodwill Games6th4th2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy2nd1st
St. Gervais2nd
Universiade1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds2nd1st
National
U.S. Champ.1st J.8th6th5th2nd2nd1st1st4th3rd1st2nd5th4th
U.S. Olympic Fest.6th
J. = Junior level
Event1987–881988–891989–901990–911991–92
U.S. Championships6th N.2nd N.5th N.3rd N.5th J.
U.S. Championships (figures)1st2nd
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
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