Dean Copely

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Dean Copely
Grand Prix Final 2010 Charlotte LICHTMAN Dean COPELY SD.jpg
Lichtman & Copely at the 2010–2011 JGP Final
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1989-08-28) August 28, 1989 (age 27)
Fort Myers, Florida
Residence Canton, Michigan
Former partner Charlotte Lichtman
Anastasia Cannuscio
Ashley Foy
Rachel Siegel
Coach Igor Shpilband
Marina Zueva
Choreographer Igor Shpilband
Marina Zueva
Skating club All Year FCS
Training locations Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 133.36
2011 Junior Worlds
Short dance 55.28
2011 Junior Worlds
Free dance 78.08
2011 Junior Worlds

Dean Copely (born August 28, 1989) is an American former competitive ice dancer. With Charlotte Lichtman, he is the 2011 World Junior bronze medalist and 2011 U.S. Junior champion.


Dean Copely began skating in 1993.[1] He was initially a singles skater and competed at intermediate level, coached by Priscilla Hill for six years.[2] He began dabbling in ice dancing at the age of 12 when he teamed up with Rachel Siegel and competed with her on the juvenile level, as well as with Ashley Foy.[2][3] He also briefly competed in juvenile pair skating with Meredith Pipkin.[2]

Copely skated in novice and junior ice dance with Anastasia Cannuscio for two years until April 2008 when he decided to move to Canton, Michigan.[2] He teamed up with Charlotte Lichtman after the 2008 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships.[4] They train in Canton with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva. They began competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series during the 2009–10 season.

Lichtman and Copely won gold and bronze medals on the 2010–2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, and qualified for the JGP Final where they finished 5th. They won the U.S. Junior Championships.[5] At Junior Worlds they won a bronze medal.[6]

Lichtman and Copely announced the end of their partnership on April 27, 2012. [7] He is currently attending college full time and coaching at local rinks.

Personal life[edit]

His sister, Katherine Copely, was also a competitive ice dancer.[4]


(with Lichtman)

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Austin Powers
  • The Book
  • Travel Music
  • Obituaries
  • Main Title
    by Danny Elfman
Original dance
Georgian folk:
  • Lezginka
  • Suliko
by Charlie Chaplin
Crazy for You
by George Gershwin:

Competitive highlights[edit]

Ice dance[edit]

(with Cannuscio)

Event 2007
U.S. Championships 3rd N.
N. = Novice level

(with Lichtman)

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
GP Cup of China 7th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 3rd
JGP Final 5th
JGP Austria 1st
JGP Croatia 4th
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 8th
U.S. Championships 9th J. 8th J. 1st J. 10th
Pacific Coast Sectionals 2nd J. 1st J.
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level


  1. ^ a b "Charlotte LICHTMAN / Dean COPELY: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (September 28, 2009). "Canton’s Copely Channels Chaplin with Charlotte Lichtman". SkateToday. 
  3. ^ "INTERVIEWS: Katie Copely and Dean Copely". January 7, 2003. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Walker, Elvin (February 27, 2011). "Lichtman and Copely hungry for another podium". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 26, 2011). "Copely takes Lichtman to the dark side and to a gold medal". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Flade, Tatiana (March 4, 2011). "Monko and Khaliavin capture gold". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lichtman, Copely end four-year dance partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. Ice Network. April 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charlotte LICHTMAN / Dean COPELY: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Charlotte LICHTMAN / Dean COPELY: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Charlotte Lichtman / Dean Copely". Ice Network. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Competition Results: Charlotte LICHTMAN / Dean COPELY". International Skating Union. 

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