David Mitchell (figure skater)

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David Mitchell
Galler rabinowitz mitchell.jpg
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1982-04-23) April 23, 1982 (age 37)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Former partnerLoren Galler-Rabinowitz
Kendall Tupper
Former coachNatalia Dubova
Skating clubSC Boston
ISU personal best scores
Combined total145.04
2003 NHK Trophy
Comp. dance28.67
2004 Skate Canada
Original dance44.24
2003 NHK Trophy
Free dance73.76
2003 NHK Trophy

David Mitchell (born April 23, 1982) is an American retired ice dancer. He competed for most of his career with partner Loren Galler-Rabinowitz. Together they are the 2004 U.S. bronze medalists.


Mitchell began skating at the age of eight and took up ice dancing at ten.[1] He teamed up with Galler-Rabinowitz before the 1999 season, finishing fifth on the novice level at their first-time competition at the United States Figure Skating Championships. They went on to win the novice title in 2000 and the junior title in 2002. That, combined with their pewter medal in 2003 at the senior level, made them the first US figure skaters to medal at the Novice, Junior, and Senior levels at Nationals in a four-year span.[citation needed] The pair finished fourth in the 2003 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell won bronze at the 2004 U.S. Championships. They missed the following year's national championship due to surgery to repair torn cartilage in Mitchell's shoulder.[2] Their bronze medal finish was noteworthy in that both teams who placed above them were at the time ineligible for the Olympics.[3] Had the Olympics been held that year, Mitchell and Galler-Rabinowitz would have been the highest ranking US ice dancers sent.[4]

The pair made news in late 2005 when Mitchell's mother campaigned against a bill that would make ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Maxim Zavozin U.S. citizens in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics.[5] Despite her letter urging Senator Hillary Clinton to vote against it, the bill passed.[6] The effort was moot, however: Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell only finished ninth at the 2006 U.S. Championships, which would not have scored the duo an Olympic berth even if the Belbin and Zavozin teams had been ineligible.

Mitchell retired after the 2005/2006 competitive season.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell graduated from Tufts University in 2004 where he studied Political Science & Government and was a brother at Delta Tau Delta. He is currently attending Law School at the University of Florida.[citation needed]

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Galler-Rabinowitz)

Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Four Continents Championships 8th
World Junior Championships 12th 4th
U.S. Championships 5th N. 1st N. 5th J. 1st J. 4th 3rd 9th
Cup of Russia 7th
Skate Canada 9th 9th
Skate America 9th
Bofrost Cup 6th
NHK Trophy 7th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th
Junior Grand Prix, China 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, USA 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria 8th
Junior Grand Prix, Norway 9th
Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic 8th
N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level


(with Galler-Rabinowitz)

Season Original dance Free dance
2001–2002[1] Seduction
by Oscar Lopez
by Prokofiev
  • Merengue
  • Rhumba: Bessa Me
  • Maria
    by Ricky Martin
Variations on a Tango
by Astor Piazzolla
arranged by Antonio Najarro


  1. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (March 8, 2002). "Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell skate well at first Junior Worlds". Golden Skate. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (August 30, 2005). "Adversity Strengthens Resolve for American Dancers". Skate Today.
  3. ^ Mittan, Barry (April 1, 2004). "Dancers Excel in Multiple Endeavors". GoldenSkate. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Rosewater, Amy (July 26, 2004). "Putting Their Legs to the Test — Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell Now Focusing Solely on Skating". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  5. ^ "Mitchell's letter to lawmakers". ESPN. December 5, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  6. ^ "Belbin faces another road block in quest for citizenship". ESPN. December 5, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  7. ^ "Loren GALLER-RABINOWITZ / David MITCHELL: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012.

External links[edit]

Loren Galler-Rabinowitz / David Mitchell at the International Skating Union