|Full name||Parker Blair Pennington|
|Country represented||United States|
September 13, 1984 |
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Residence||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Coach||Carol Heiss-Jenkins, Roberta Mitchell|
|Former coach||Audrey Weisiger, Chris Conte, Ross Lansel, Nick Perna, Janet Champion, Diana Ronayne, Glyn Watts|
|Former choreographer||David Wilson, Nikolai Morosov, Pasquale Camerlengo, Olga Volozhinskaya, Renée Roca|
|Skating club||Cleveland Skating Club|
|Former training locations||Fairfax, Virginia
Parker Blair Pennington (born September 13, 1984) is an American figure skater. He won silver medals at the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy and 2007 Finlandia Trophy, three gold medals on the JGP series, and bronze at the 2002 JGP Final. Pennington won U.S. national titles on four levels—junior (2001), novice (1998), intermediate (1996), and juvenile (1995).
Pennington began skating at age three. He was coached by Carol Heiss Jenkins from 1992 through 2003. For the majority of his career, he competed out of the Midwestern Section.
In 1995, Pennington won the national title on the Juvenile level. The next year, he won it on the Intermediate level. After failing to make it out of Sectionals in 1997 on the Novice level, he won the 1998 Novice national title. This earned him a trip to the Triglav Trophy, his first international event. He won gold on the novice level.
Pennington was given his junior international debut in 1998 at an ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he placed 4th, and then placed 9th in his second assignment, in China. Since the 1999 World Junior Championships were scheduled to be held before U.S. Nationals, he competed at a since-discontinued competition to determine the US team. He placed third and was sent to Junior Worlds, finishing 16th. At the 1999 Nationals, Pennington won the bronze medal on the junior level. In 1999, Pennington was given two Junior Grand Prix events and placed 5th at both. He then won his Sectionals and won the junior silver medal at Nationals. This earned him another trip to the Triglav Trophy, where he won gold on the junior level.
In 2000, Pennington won both his Junior Grand Prix events and placed 6th at the Junior Grand Prix Final. At Nationals, he won the gold medal on the Junior level, making him the first and so far only man to win Nationals on all of the following levels: Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, and Junior. Pennington was originally scheduled to compete internationally on the Junior Grand Prix in the 2001–02 season. However, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the USFSA withdrew all their skaters from the JGP. After placing 13th in his senior-level national debut, he won the junior gold medal at the Gardena Spring Trophy.
In the 2002–03 season, Pennington won the silver medal at both his events and then won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final. He placed 6th at Nationals, earning himself another trip to the World Junior Championships. However, an injury led him to withdraw before the event began.
He was coached by Diana Ronayne from 2003 through 2005. He competed out of the Eastern Section in 2003, the only season he represented the Skating Club of New York in national competition. In 2003, Pennington won one Junior Grand Prix event and placed 6th at the other, missing qualification to the JGP Final. He withdrew from the 2004 Nationals due to injury.
For the 2004–05 season, Pennington was given his first senior international event, the Finlandia Trophy, where he placed 8th. His 16th place finish at Nationals did not earn him an international assignment for the 2005–06 Olympic season.
He was coached by Janet Champion in 2006. His placement of 9th at the 2006 Nationals earned him a trip to the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy, where he won the silver medal behind Tomáš Verner. Due to ISU rules, this medal did not earn Pennington a personal best score and did not put him on the list of seasonal best scores. That year at Nationals, Pennington placed 7th.
In the summer of 2007, Pennington moved to Fairfax, Virginia, to train under Audrey Weisiger. He changed his home club affiliation from the Broadmoor Skating Club to the Washington Skating Club and so competed out of the Eastern Section. Pennington was assigned to the 2007 Finlandia Trophy, where he won the silver medal, placing three points behind Verner and 16 points ahead of bronze medalist Kevin van der Perren. He won the silver medal at the Eastern Sectional Championships to qualify for the 2008 United States Figure Skating Championships, where he placed 11th.
In 2008, Pennington changed coaches back to Heiss Jenkins when he moved back to Cleveland to attend Baldwin-Wallace College part-time while still competing. In 2011, he organized a series of shows called Skate Dance Dream.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|International: Junior or novice|
|JGP Czech Rep.||1st|
|JGP United States||2nd|
|Triglav Trophy||1st N.||1st J.|
|U.S. Champ.||1st N.||3rd J.||2nd J.||1st J.||13th||6th||WD||16th||9th||7th||11th||8th||16th||17th|
|Midwestern Sect.||2nd N.||1st J.||3rd J.||4th||2nd||1st||3rd||1st||3rd|
|North Atlantic Reg.||1st|
|EGL Regionals||1st N.||1st J.||1st||1st|
|JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
EGL = Eastern Great Lakes
- Mittan, Barry (July 29, 2003). "Pennington Aims for Junior World Title". Golden Skate.
- "Colin Pennington Follows in Brother's Footsteps with Gold". U.S. Figure Skating. January 2003.
- "Competition Results: Parker PENNINGTON". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012.
- Borzilleri, Meri-Jo (January 8, 2006). "Ready to break the ice". Colorado Springs Gazette. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008.
- Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 8, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Catching Up with Emily Hughes". Icenetwork.
- "Parker PENNINGTON: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 17, 2003.