Michael Shmerkin

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Michael Shmerkin
Personal information
Country represented Israel
Born (1970-02-05) 5 February 1970 (age 44)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former coach Valentin Nikolayev, Galina Zmievskaya
Skating club Canada Centre, Metulla, ISR
Retired 2002

Michael "Misha" Shmerkin (born 5 February 1970) is an Israeli former competitive figure skater.[1]


Early in his career, Shmerkin competed internationally for the Soviet Union, most notably at the 1984 World Junior Championships, where he placed fifth.

As he advanced, he felt that the fact that he is Jewish[2] was being held against him. Consequently, his family moved to Israel in 1991,[3] and Shmerkin began representing his new country in international competition.[4]

At the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed 16th, Shmerkin became the first skater to represent Israel at the Olympic Games.[4][5] He placed 18th at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

In the late 1990s he skated to Jewish songs and had a tallis and menorah embroidered on his costume.[3]

He retired from competitive skating following the 2001/2002 season.[5]

Shmerkin currently coaches in New York.

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1990–91 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999-00 2000–01 2001–02
Olympics 16th 18th
Worlds 19th 14th 11th 11th 15th 15th 35th 33rd
Europeans 14th 13th 19th 20th 25th
CS Nations Cup 5th 6th 8th
CS NHK Trophy 5th 10th
CS Skate Canada 2nd 2nd
CS Skate America 7th
Golden Spin 8th 5th
Moscow News 2nd
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Piruetten 6th
Skate Israel 1st 2nd 8th 3rd
Israeli Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96 season (later renamed Grand Prix)

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