Armin Mahbanoozadeh

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Armin Mahbanoozadeh
Armin Mahbanoozadeh 2010 Skate America.jpg
Mahbanoozadeh at 2010 Skate America
Personal information
Full name Armin Mahbanoozadeh
Country represented United States
Born (1991-08-15) August 15, 1991 (age 22)
Alexandria, Virginia
Home town Great Falls, Virginia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coach Christy Krall, Eddie Shipstad, Catarina Lindgren, Kathy Casey, Priscilla Hill, Traci Coleman, Karl Kurtz
Former choreographer Irina Romanova, Nathan Birch
Skating club Washington FSC
Former training locations Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wilmington, Delaware
Began skating 1997
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 211.17
2010 Skate America
Short program 67.61
2010 Skate America
Free skate 143.56
2010 Skate America

Armin Mahbanoozadeh (Azerbaijani: Armin Mahbanuzadə; born August 15, 1991) is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Skate America bronze medalist and the 2012 U.S. national pewter medalist. He is also a two-time Junior Grand Prix Final medalist (2008 silver, 2007 bronze) and the 2007 U.S. novice champion.

Personal life[edit]

Mahbanoozadeh is a classically trained pianist.[1] His surname means “born from a lady as beautiful as the moon” in Persian.[2] He graduated from Langley High School in 2009 and was accepted to Dartmouth College but ultimately gave up his spot due to his training.[3] He studied at the University of Pennsylvania until his move to Colorado Springs, Colorado.[4] In June 2013, Mahbanoozadeh was re-accepted into Dartmouth.[5]


Mahbanoozadeh won the bronze at the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final and silver at the 2008–2009 Final.

Mahbanoozadeh made his senior Grand Prix debut during the 2007–2008 season. He finished 9th at 2009 Skate Canada and 11th at 2009 Cup of China. At his first senior U.S. Nationals, he finished 8th.

During the 2010–2011 season, Mahbanoozadeh placed 4th at 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy and received one Grand Prix assignment, 2010 Skate America where he won his first medal on the senior circuit. He was fourth after the short program and moved up to claim the bronze, edging out Adam Rippon.

For the 2011–2012 season, Mahbanoozadeh began attempting a quad toe loop in competition.[6][7] He was assigned to Grand Prix events 2011 Skate America and 2011 NHK Trophy, placing 10th and 8th respectively. In December 2011, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to be coached by Christy Krall, Eddie Shipstad, Catarina Lindgren, and Kathy Casey.[8] Mahbanoozadeh finished 4th at the 2012 U.S. Championships and was awarded the pewter medal. He was named as the second alternate for the 2012 Four Continents behind 13th-place finisher Richard Dornbush, and as a result was not selected when Jeremy Abbott withdrew.[9][10]

Mahbanoozadeh won the silver medal at the 2012 U.S. International Classic.[11] He replaced the injured Evan Lysacek at the 2012 Skate America.[12]

In June 2013, Mahbanoozadeh said he would not compete the following season.[13]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Beetlejuice
    by Danny Elfman

Competitive highlights[edit]


Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
Four Continents 7th
GP Cup of China 11th
GP NHK Trophy 8th
GP Skate America 3rd 10th 7th
GP Skate Canada 9th
Ice Challenge 3rd
Nebelhorn 4th
U.S. Classic 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 10th
JGP Final 3rd 2nd
JGP Croatia 3rd
JGP France 2nd
JGP Spain 1st
U.S. Champ. 8th J. 6th J. 8th 6th 4th 13th
South Atlan. Reg. 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level


Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
U.S. Champ. 7th N. 1st N.
U.S. Junior Champ. 16th I. 2nd I.
NACS Pittsburgh 1st N.
Eastern Sect. 3rd N. 1st N.
South Atlan. Reg. 2nd Ju. 5th I. 3rd I. 1st I. 2nd N. 2nd N.
Levels: Ju. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice


  1. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 13, 2012). "Mahbanoozadeh 'selfishly' skating for just himself". Ice Network. 
  2. ^ "Figure Skaters Online » News Archive » Mahbanoozadeh proves he’s latest U.S. sensation". Figure Skaters Online. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Elfman, Lois (January 13, 2011). "U.S. Figure Skating Championships Head South". Falls Church News-Press. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Walker, Elvin (September 26, 2012). "Mahbanoozadeh finds success in the Springs". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (June 26, 2013). "The Inside Edge: 'Dougs' take show on the road". Ice Network. 
  6. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (July 16, 2011). "Comeback kids golden at Liberty". Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (August 26, 2011). "Top U.S. men talk quads at Champs Camp". Icenetwork. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (December 28, 2011). "Mahbanoozadeh moves training site to Colorado". Ice Network. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "U.S. names skaters to international competitions". U.S. Figure Skating (Ice Network). January 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dornbush to replace Abbott at Four Continents". U.S. Figure Skating (Ice Network). February 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 15, 2012). "Aaron rumbles with quad Salchow, eight triples". Ice Network. 
  12. ^ Zeitlin, Anna (January 19, 2013). "Armin Mahbanoozadeh: "I've never had so much fun working hard."". Absolute Skating. 
  13. ^ Brannen, Sarah S. (June 4, 2013). "Mahbanoozadeh moves on to 'next chapter in life'". Ice Network. 
  14. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 11, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Armin MAHBANOOZADEH: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. 
  20. ^ a b c "Armin Mahbanoozadeh". Ice Network. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Armin MAHBANOOZADEH". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013. 

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