Caitlin Yankowskas

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Caitlin Yankowskas
Caitlin YANKOWSKAS John COUGHLIN Cup of China 2010.jpg
Yankowskas in 2010 with former partner John Coughlin.
Personal information
Country represented United Kingdom
Former country(ies) represented United States
Born (1990-05-06) May 6, 1990 (age 24)
Nashua, New Hampshire
Home town Pelham, New Hampshire
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[1]
Partner Hamish Gaman
Former partner Joshua Reagan
John Coughlin (2007–2011)
Daniyel Cohen
Coach Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall
Former coach Johnny Johns, David Kirby, Marina Zueva, Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra, Lei'Ina McLaughlin, Alexander Vlassov, Laura Amelina
Choreographer Marina Zueva, Damon Allen
Former choreographer Zuzanna Szwed, Dalilah Sappenfield
Skating club Skating Club of Boston
Former skating club Colonial FSC
Training locations Boston
Former training locations Canton, Michigan
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating 1994

Caitlin Yankowskas (born May 6, 1990) is an American pair skater. She is best known for her partnership with John Coughlin, with whom she skated from 2007 to 2011. They won gold at the 2011 U.S. Championships, bronze at the 2010 Cup of China, and placed 6th at the 2011 World Championships. Yankowskas currently skates with Hamish Gaman for the United Kingdom. They are the 2014 British national bronze medalists.

Personal life[edit]

Caitlin Yankowskas was raised in Pelham, New Hampshire. She was homeschooled and took ballet lessons in addition to skating.[2] She was a member of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble in Salem, New Hampshire for five years before moving to Colorado Springs.[3] Her father has a dental practice in Massachusetts. She has an older sister, Erica.[2]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Yankowskas began skating at the age of six. She skated with Daniyel Cohen in pairs at the novice level while competing as a single skater at the same time and at the same level. She and Cohen were the 2007 U.S. novice silver medalists.[4] She did not make it out of sectionals as a single skater. Yankowskas and Cohen were coached by Alexander Vlassov and Laura Amelina.[5]

Partnership with Coughlin[edit]

In June 2007, Yankowskas had a tryout with new coach Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sappenfield suggested John Coughlin as a potential partner and they had a tryout in early August 2007.[6] They placed 6th at the 2008 U.S. Championships and made their Grand Prix debut at the 2008 Skate America.

During the 2010–11 season, their Ave Maria long program was a tribute to Coughlin's mother who died in February 2010.[7] They finished 4th at 2010 NHK Trophy and won the first Grand Prix medal, bronze, at Cup of China. At the 2011 U.S. Nationals, they placed first in the short program[8] and then won the free program to earn their first national title.[9]

Yankowskas and Coughlin went on to a sixth-place finish in their debut at the World Championships in April 2011; it was the best result by an American pair since 2006.[10] After the event, Coughlin told Yankowskas that he wanted to split up.[11] On May 4, the pair announced the end of their partnership.[10][12][13]

Later partnerships[edit]

After leaving Sappenfield and Colorado Springs, Yankowskas moved in July 2011 to Canton, Michigan to train with Johnny Johns and Adrienne Lenda at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena.[14] She skated for seven weeks with Italian skater Matteo Guarise but the pairing did not go further because they were unable to agree on which country to represent.[11] In December 2011, Yankowskas said that she still wanted to continue her pairs career.[11]

On March 22, 2012, it was announced that Yankowskas had teamed up with Joshua Reagan.[1] They were coached by Johnny Johns, David Kirby, and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[1][15] Yankowskas and Reagan were assigned to the 2012 Cup of China and the 2012 NHK Trophy but withdrew from both events after Reagan sustained a rib injury in practice.[16][17] They parted ways at the end of the season.

In May 2013, Yankowskas formed a partnership with Hamish Gaman, coached by Johnny Johns and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[18] Competing for Great Britain, the pair placed fifth in their debut at the 2013 Ice Challenge. They went on to take the bronze medal at the 2014 British Championships. In mid-February 2014, they moved to Boston and began training under Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall at the Skating Club of Boston.[19][18]

Programs[edit]

With Reagan[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2012–2013
[15][20]

With Coughlin[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2010–2011
[3]
2009–2010
[21]
2008–2009
[22][23]
2007–2008
[22]
  • The Swan
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    by Wojciech Kilar

With Cohen[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2006–2007
[5]
2005–2006
[24]
  • The Mission
    by Ennio Morricone

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Gaman for the United Kingdom[edit]

International[25]
Event 2013–14
Ice Challenge 5th
National
British Championships 3rd

With Reagan for the United States[edit]

International
Event 2012–13
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy WD
National
U.S. Championships WD
WD = Withdrew

With Coughlin for the United States[edit]

International[26]
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
World Champ. 6th
Four Continents Champ. 4th 4th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Skate Canada 7th
Ice Challenge 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th
National[22]
U.S. Championships 6th 7th 6th 1st
Midwestern Sectionals 1st 1st

With Cohen for the United States[edit]

National
Event 2006 2007
U.S. Championships 10th N. 2nd N.
N. = Novice level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rutherford, Lynn (March 22, 2012). "Yankowskas finds her prince after lengthy search". Ice Network. 
  2. ^ a b Pollock, Chelsey (February 5, 2011). "NH native skates her way to glory". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN: 2010/2011 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived August 15, 2011)
  4. ^ "2007 U.S. Novice Results". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  5. ^ a b 2007 Nationals biography at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived September 30, 2011)
  6. ^ Walker, Elvin (March 13, 2011). "Yankowskas and Coughlin rising to the top". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (January 19, 2011). "Yankowskas, Coughlin have sights set on gold". UniversalSports. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 28, 2011). "A new look and a first place finish". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 29, 2011). "Yankowskas and Coughlin win gold with stirring tribute". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "After finishing 6th at worlds, US champs split". Associated Press. usatoday.com. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Barnas, Jo-Ann (December 11, 2011). "Jo-Ann Barnas: Caitlin Yankowskas is prepared but unpaired". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (May 4, 2011). "A blow for U.S. pairs skating". UniversalSports. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2011 U.S. Pairs Champions Yankowskas and Coughlin Announce End of Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (July 26, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Yankowskas changes coaches". icenetwork. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Caitlin Yankowskas / Joshua Reagan at IceNetwork at the Wayback Machine (archived April 20, 2013)
  16. ^ "Yankowskas and Reagan Withdraw from Cup of China". U.S. Figure Skating. October 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Scimeca and Knierim Invited to 2012 NHK Trophy". U.S. Figure Skating. November 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (April 1, 2014). "The Inside Edge: Yankowskas gets back in the game". IceNetwork. 
  19. ^ "Caitlin Yankowskas". National Ice Skating Association. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / Joshua REAGAN: 2012/2013 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived October 23, 2013)
  21. ^ Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN: 2009/2010 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived March 26, 2010)
  22. ^ a b c Caitlin Yankowskas / John Coughlin at Ice Network at the Wayback Machine (archived December 26, 2011)
  23. ^ Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN: 2008/2009 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived June 25, 2009)
  24. ^ 2006 Nationals biography at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived September 28, 2011)
  25. ^ "Competition Results: Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / Hamish GAMAN". International Skating Union. 
  26. ^ Competition Results: Caitlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived August 24, 2013)

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