Jean-Luc Baker

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Jean-Luc Baker
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1993-10-07) October 7, 1993 (age 20)
Burnley, England
Home town Auburn Hills, Michigan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Partner Kaitlin Hawayek
Former partner Joylyn Yang, Nicole McClellan
Coach Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Massimo Scali, Elizabeth Punsalan, Natalia Annenko-Deller
Former coach Sharon Jones Baker, Stephen Baker
Choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Massimo Scali
Former choreographer Sharon Jones Baker
Skating club Seattle SC
Training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locations Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Began skating 1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 157.12
2014 Junior Worlds
Short dance: 66.73
2014 Junior Worlds
Free dance 90.39
2014 Junior Worlds

Jean-Luc Baker (born October 7, 1993) is an American ice dancer. With partner Kaitlin Hawayek, he is the 2014 World Junior champion, 2013 JGP Final silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national junior champion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jean-Luc Baker was born in Burnley, England to Sharon Jones Baker, who represented the United Kingdom in ice dancing at the 1988 Winter Olympics, and Stephen Baker, who competed for the U.K. in pair skating at the 1976 World Junior Championships.[2] The family moved to the United States when he was four. Baker attended Harbour Pointe Middle School and Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. After graduation, he moved to Detroit, Michigan to pursue his career.[3] He has a black belt in taekwondo.[4]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jean-Luc Baker was inspired to switch from singles to ice dancing by his mother.[5] He teamed up with Joylyn Yang in the summer of 2006, with his parents coaching the duo.[6][4] They won U.S. national titles on the juvenile and intermediate levels and took the novice bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Championships. The following season, Yang/Baker were assigned to two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, finishing 7th in Japan and 10th in the Czech Republic. They were 6th on the junior level at the 2011 U.S. Championships.

Partnership with Hawayek[edit]

Baker teamed up with Kaitlin Hawayek in June 2012.[2] They were sent to two JGP events and won the silver medal in Germany. Hawayek/Baker took the junior silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships and were assigned to the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan where they finished 7th.

During the 2013–14 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Hawayek/Baker won the gold medal in their JGP events, at the JGP Mexico and the JGP Poland. Their results qualified them to the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where they won the silver medal. They then won the gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships setting a new Junior World record for the overall score with a total of 157.12 points.

For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, Hawayek/Baker were assigned to Rostelecom Cup, where they will be making their Grand Prix debut, and NHK Trophy.[7]

Programs[edit]

With Hawayek[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[8][5]
  • Happy Feet
  • It Had To Be You
    by Harry Connick
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
Amelie
by Yann Tiersen:
  • J'y suis jamais alle
  • Comptine d'un autre ete - L'Apres
  • La Noyee
  • Sur le fil
2012–2013
[2]

With Yang[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2010–2011
[9]
2009–2010
[10]
2008–2009
[10][6]
2007–2008
[10]

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Hawayek[edit]

International[1]
Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
GP NHK Trophy TBD
GP Rostelecom Cup TBD
International: Junior[1]
World Junior Champ. 7th 1st
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Turkey 5th
National[11]
U.S. Championships 2nd J. 1st J.
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

With Yang[edit]

International[12]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
JGP Czech Republic 10th
JGP Japan 7th
National[10]
U.S. Championships 7th N. 3rd N. 6th J.
U.S. Junior Champ. 1st Jv. 1st I.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER". International Skating Union. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Managan, Megan (March 27, 2014). "Kamiak graduate wins gold at Junior Worlds Ice dancing competition". South Everett Beacon. 
  4. ^ a b Myhre, Rich (January 5, 2010). "Local ice dancers' Olympic dreams". The Herald. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Thayer, Jacquelyn (December 5, 2013). "For Hawayek and Baker, a Quick Step to Success". ice-dance.com. 
  6. ^ a b "JOYLYN YANG & JEAN‐LUC BAKER" (PDF). ice-dance.com. 2009. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2014-15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Ice Dance". July 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joylyn YANG / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Joylyn Yang / Jean-Luc Baker". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker, IceNetwork 
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Joylyn YANG / Jean-Luc BAKER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. 

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