David Mitchell (figure skater)
|Country represented||United States|
April 23, 1982 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Loren Galler-Rabinowitz
|Former coach||Natalia Dubova|
|Skating club||SC Boston|
|ISU personal best scores|
2003 NHK Trophy
2004 Skate Canada
2003 NHK Trophy
2003 NHK Trophy
Mitchell began skating at the age of eight and took up ice dancing at ten. He teamed up with Galler-Rabinowitz before the 1999 season, finishing fifth on the novice level at their first-time competition at the United States Figure Skating Championships. They went on to win the novice title in 2000 and the junior title in 2002. That, combined with their pewter medal in 2003 at the senior level, made them the first US figure skaters to medal at the Novice, Junior, and Senior levels at Nationals in a four-year span. The pair finished fourth in the 2003 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell won bronze at the 2004 U.S. Championships. They missed the following year's national championship due to surgery to repair torn cartilage in Mitchell's shoulder. Their bronze medal finish was noteworthy in that both teams who placed above them were at the time ineligible for the Olympics. Had the Olympics been held that year, Mitchell and Galler-Rabinowitz would have been the highest ranking US ice dancers sent.
The pair made news in late 2005 when Mitchell's mother campaigned against a bill that would make ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Maxim Zavozin U.S. citizens in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Despite her letter urging Senator Hillary Clinton to vote against it, the bill passed. The effort was moot, however: Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell only finished ninth at the 2006 U.S. Championships, which would not have scored the duo an Olympic berth even if the Belbin and Zavozin teams had been ineligible.
Mitchell retired after the 2005/2006 competitive season.
Mitchell graduated from Tufts University in 2004 where he studied Political Science & Government and was a brother at Delta Tau Delta. He is currently attending Law School at the University of Florida.
|Four Continents Championships||8th|
|World Junior Championships||12th||4th|
|U.S. Championships||5th N.||1st N.||5th J.||1st J.||4th||3rd||9th|
|Cup of Russia||7th|
|Junior Grand Prix, China||3rd|
|Junior Grand Prix, USA||3rd|
|Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria||8th|
|Junior Grand Prix, Norway||9th|
|Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic||8th|
|N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level|
|Season||Original dance||Free dance|
by Oscar Lopez
||Variations on a Tango
by Astor Piazzolla
arranged by Antonio Najarro
- Mittan, Barry (March 8, 2002). "Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell skate well at first Junior Worlds". Golden Skate. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- Mittan, Barry (August 30, 2005). "Adversity Strengthens Resolve for American Dancers". Skate Today.
- Mittan, Barry (April 1, 2004). "Dancers Excel in Multiple Endeavors". GoldenSkate. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- Rosewater, Amy (July 26, 2004). "Putting Their Legs to the Test — Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell Now Focusing Solely on Skating". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
- "Mitchell's letter to lawmakers". ESPN. December 5, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
- "Belbin faces another road block in quest for citizenship". ESPN. December 5, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
- "Loren GALLER-RABINOWITZ / David MITCHELL: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012.
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