December 3, 1976 |
Staten Island, New York
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Former coach||Robin Wagner
|Former choreographer||Nina Petrenko|
|Former training locations||Hackensack, New Jersey|
Fontana began skating at age four. She began representing Italy in international competition in the 1993-94 season. During her career, she won five national titles and finished as high as 7th at the European Championships and 8th at Worlds. She finished 10th at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Following the 2002, Fontana left competitive skating. She made a comeback in the 2005-06 season, hoping to skate at the Olympics in her home country of Italy. Her 2nd place finish at the Italian Nationals qualified her for Italy's Olympic team. She placed 22nd in her final competitive event.
Following the Olympics, Fontana performed in ice shows around the world, as well as a skating competition on Italian TV. She coaches at Coral Gables in Coral Springs, Florida with John Zimmerman. Their students include Haven Denney / Brendon Frazier.
Fontana married American pair skater John Zimmerman on August 28, 2003. The two coach together, and have served as ambassadors for Right to Play. The couple also have a line of sportswear, Karisma, which Fontana founded in 2009. They have representatives selling the clothing line in the United States, especially in the Midwest. Their daughter, Sofia Zimmerman, was born on April 2, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|GP Cup of Russia||11th||9th||9th|
|GP Skate America||10th|
|GP Skate Canada||7th||5th|
|GP = Grand Prix|
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