Gregory & Petukhov at the 2004 Four Continents Championships
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||May 22, 1981|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||James Shuford|
|Former coach||Priscilla Hill, Natalia Linichuk,
|Skating club||SC of New York|
|ISU personal best scores|
2006 Skate America
2003 Skate America
Gregory began skating at age seven. She competed in novice ladies' singles before deciding to concentrate on ice dance.
Gregory competed in junior ice dance with James Shuford until they split. She was without an ice dancing partner for nearly three years and told her coach that she would quit skating and go to college if she could not find one by September 1, 2000. She met Russian ice dancer Denis Petukhov on an online skating partner search. He spoke little English and so had a friend write his messages for him. He arrived in the United States on a tourist visa on August 31, 2000 to try skating with her and several other prospective partners. After skating with Gregory first, Petukhov canceled his other tryouts and never used his return plane ticket to Russia.
Gregory and Petukhov were originally coached by Oleg Epstein and Sandra Hess but made a change in 2003 to Nikolai Morozov and Shae-Lynn Bourne. Following the 2005-2006 season, they switched again to Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karpanosov at the University of Delaware in Newark. On September 7, 2007, they announced another coaching change, this time to Priscilla Hill at The Pond Ice Arena, also in Newark.
Gregory and Petukhov both suffered injuries in a fall during the warmup before the free dance at 2007 Skate Canada International on November 4, 2007. Petukhov lost his footing while practicing a one-handed rotational lift and dropped Gregory onto the ice, injuring her ribs and hip and skidding into the boards himself, hurting his own knee and neck. Gregory was taken to a hospital following the fall but released that night. They were then forced to withdraw from competition for the rest of the season while they healed from their injuries.
Gregory and Petukhov did not return to competition, partially due to financial difficulties. In 2008, they moved to Connecticut and began coaching and choreographing for other skaters at the International Skating Center of Connecticut. They also launched their own YouTube channel, OlympianUncut, focusing on a behind-the-scenes look at the skating world. Gregory and Petukhov are successful show skaters and also devote much of their time to Fever on Ice, a program they founded in 2009 that combines learn-to-skate sessions with academics and is targeted at middle school students in Connecticut. Fever on Ice was one of two "Rings of Gold" award winners for 2010, and Gregory was the first skater to receive the individual award for her contribution to the program.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|2007–2008||Lord of the Dance
by Yoav Goren
||Adam and Eve
by Yoav Goren
(Preliator and Sarabande)
|2005–2006||Romeo and Juliet|
||God Bless America
by Celine Dion
by Andre Kiew
by Craig Armstrong
|Winter Olympic Games||14th|
|Four Continents Championships||6th||4th||2nd|
|Grand Prix Final||6th|
|Cup of Russia||4th|
|Trophée Eric Bompard||4th|
|Cup of China||4th|
|WD = Withdrew|
|World Junior Championships||10th|
|U.S. Championships||8th J.||4th J.||1st J.|
|Junior Grand Prix, China||2nd|
|J. = Junior level|
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