|Full name||Igor Shpilband|
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
July 14, 1964 |
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Former partner||Tatiana Gladkova|
|Former coach||Ludmila Pakhomova|
Shpilband was born in Moscow on July 14, 1964, to a Jewish family. In 1990, he and several other Soviet skaters were part of a U.S. tour headlined by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean when one of them, Gorsha Sur, decided to defect and Shpilband, Veronica Pershina and Elena Krykanova decided to join him. He got a coaching position in Detroit not long after. Shpilband became a naturalized United States citizen in 2000. With former wife Pershina, he has a daughter, Ekaterina "Katia" Shpilband, who is a competitive figure skater in the United States. He proposed marriage to Adrienne Lenda, an Arctic FSC coach, during the 2006 Cup of Russia competition in Moscow.
Competitive and coaching career
Shpilband was coached by Lyudmila Pakhomova from age 12 to 20. He and his partner Tatiana Gladkova won the silver medal at the 1982 World Junior Championships and then gold in 1983. Shpilband retired from competitive skating following Pakhomova's death in 1986.
Following his defection, he began working as a coach and choreographer at the Detroit Skating Club. Gorsha Sur recommended him as a coach to Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, who were among his first students. Shpilband formerly coached in collaboration with Elizabeth Coates. He began coaching with Marina Zueva in 2001. In 2003, Shpilband began coaching at the Arctic Edge Arena in Canton, Michigan. On June 3, 2012, Shpilband confirmed that he had been fired from the Arctic Edge Arena. On June 12, it was announced that his new training site is the Novi Ice Arena in Novi, Michigan, and American ice dancers Madison Chock / Evan Bates confirmed that they would train with Shpilband in Novi. They were joined soon after by Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniūnas of Lithuania.
Shpilband's students and choreography clients have included:
- Alisa Agafonova / Dmitri Dun
- Alissandra Aronow / Zachary Donohue
- Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
- Becky Bereswill
- Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein
- Katherine Copely / Deividas Stagniūnas
- Meryl Davis / Charlie White (until June 2012)
- Margarita Drobiazko / Povilas Vanagas
- Grethe Grünberg / Kristian Rand
- Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler
- Jessica Joseph / Brandon Forsyth
- Siobhan Karam / Joshua McGrath
- Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
- Lee Dong-Whun
- Caitlin Mallory / Kristian Rand
- Lydia Manon / Ryan O'Meara
- Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat, from May 2013.
- Justyna Plutowska / Peter Gerber
- Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow
- Jamie Silverstein / Ryan O'Meara
- Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
- Lauren Senft / Leif Gislason
- Lauren Senft / Augie Hill
- Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (until June 2012)
- Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (until June 2012)
- Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe
- Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen
- Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao
|World Junior Championships||2nd||1st|
|Golden Spin of Zagreb||2nd|
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- "Alisa AGAFONOVA / Dmitri DUN". International Skating Union.
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- "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN". International Skating Union.
- "Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS". International Skating Union.
- "Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE". International Skating Union.
- "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS". International Skating Union.
- "Grethe GRUNBERG / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union.
- "Jessica JOSEPH / Brandon FORSYTH". International Skating Union.
- "Siobhan KARAM / Joshua MCGRATH". International Skating Union.
- "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV". International Skating Union.
- "Caitlin MALLORY / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union.
- "Lydia MANON / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union.
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- "Justyna PLUTOWSKA / Peter GERBER". International Skating Union.
- "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union.
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- "Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR". International Skating Union.
- "Skate Canada: Virtue, Moir staying with Zoueva". Icenetwork. June 6, 2012.
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