Terry Kubicka

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Terry Kubicka
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1956-04-03) 3 April 1956 (age 58)
Long Beach, California
Residence Fairfield, California
Former coach Evy Scotvold

Terry Kubicka (born April 3, 1956 in Long Beach, California) is an American retired figure skater. He is the 1976 U.S. national champion. He competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics, where he became the first and only skater to perform a legal backflip; it was banned after the competition.[1] He was the first American to land the triple lutz, at the 1974 U.S. Championships.[2] Kubicka said he had landed it in the short program but it was not filmed so he did it again in the long.[3]

Kubicka decided to begin skating after his parents took him to the Ice Follies show.[1] Evy Scotvold coached him for nine years, from group to private lessons.[1] After ending his competitive career, Kubicka toured with Ice Capades for three years then left skating to become a veterinarian. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of California, Davis.[1]

In September 1982, Kubicka married his wife, Annie, with whom he has three children – Katie, Christopher, and Scott.[1] In 2005, he returned to skating as a National Technical Specialist.[1] He is currently an International Technical Specialist.[4]


Event 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76
Olympics 7th
World Champ. 12th 7th 6th
Skate Canada 3rd
St. Gervais 2nd
Prague Skate 1st
U.S. Champ. 1st N. 1st J. 2nd 2nd 1st
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ a b c d e f Schneider Farris, Jo Ann. "Terry Kubicka - 1976 United States Men's Figure Skating Champion". About.com. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 27, 2011). "Mroz attempting to push boundaries of sport". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rosewater, Amy (October 11, 2011). "Kubicka, Mroz's legacies linked by Lutzes". Icenetwork. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ ISU Communication No. 1467 PDF