Derrick Delmore

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Derrick Delmore
DerrickDelmore NH2007 1.JPG
Delmore in 2007
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1978-12-12) December 12, 1978 (age 38)
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Former partner Kelcie Lee
Crystal Kim
Alix Clymer
Former coach Shirley Hughes
Peter Oppegard
Former choreographer Shirley Hughes
Jill Shipstad Thomas
Skating club Washington FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 157.84
2004 Nebelhorn Trophy
Short program 60.51
2004 Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate 102.52
2005 Four Continents

Derrick Delmore (born December 12, 1978) is an African-American figure skater. He is the 1998 World Junior champion, the 2000 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, 2000 Karl Schäfer Memorial bronze medalist, and 1999 U.S. National Collegiate champion.

Personal life[edit]

Derrick Delmore was born on December 12, 1978 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. In 1995, he was awarded the Paderewski medal for a decade of playing classical piano at the national level.[1] He attended Stanford University, graduating in June 2000 with a double major in communications and psychology.[1]


Delmore started skating when he was eight years old.[2] He competed in novice pair skating with Alix Clymer in the 1990–91 season and with Crystal Kim in the 1995–96 season. Competing in men's singles, he won the pewter medal (fourth place) on the novice level at the 1992 U.S. Championships and on the junior level at the 1995 U.S. Championships.

During the 1997–98 ISU Junior Series, Delmore won silver in Bulgaria and finished sixth in Hungary. In December 1997, he was awarded gold ahead of Russia's Sergei Davydov and China's Li Yunfei at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

At the 2002 Skate America, Delmore broke one of his blades during a practice session and back-up skates were delivered to him hours before the short program.[2] He went on to finish 8th at the event. A right hip flexor injury began bothering him in early November 2002 after he fell on a quad attempt at the 2002 Skate Canada International.[3] Due to the injury, he withdrew from the 2003 U.S. Championships after placing 12th in the short program.[3]

Delmore appeared as the male lead in a musical production of Cold As Ice at the Gateway Playhouse in 2007[4] in New York. In 2008, he retired from single skating to compete as a pair skater.[5] He and his partner, Kelcie Lee, placed 5th at the junior level at the Sectional Championship; they did not qualify for the 2009 U.S. Championships.

Delmore works as a skating coach at the East West Ice Palace in California.[6]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Harlem to Madagascar
  • Harlem to Madagascar
  • Fever
  • Bond, James Bond
  • The Untouchables: End Title
  • Cockeye's Song

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs career[edit]

Event 1990–91
U.S. Championships 10th N. 6th N.
Pacific Coast Sectionals 5th J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Singles career[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Series (Junior Grand Prix)

Event 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08
Four Continents 10th 11th
GP Skate Canada 5th
GP Skate America 5th 8th
GP NHK Trophy 10th
Finlandia Trophy 5th 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 2nd 5th 6th 7th 5th
Golden Spin 5th
Schäfer Memorial 11th 3rd
International: Junior[9]
Junior Worlds 10th 1st
JGP Hungary 6th
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
St. Gervais 1st J.
Blue Swords 17th J.
U.S. Champ. 4th N. 7th J. 7th J. 4th J. WD 11th 5th 10th 8th 10th 6th WD 8th 7th 12th 6th 15th
U.S. Collegiate 1st
U.S. Olympic Fest. 1st 3rd
Eastern Sect. 1st N. 3rd J. 2nd J. 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
South Atlantic Reg. 1st N. 2nd J. 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ a b c "Derrick DELMORE: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Derrick Delmore". (U.S. Figure Skating). 
  3. ^ a b "Derrick Delmore Withdraws After Short Program". U.S. Figure Skating. January 2003. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cold as Ice". Gateway Playhouse. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "1998 World Junior Champion Derrick Delmore Retires from Singles Skating". U.S. Figure Skating. March 11, 2008. Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Staff Coaches". East West Ice Palace. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Derrick DELMORE: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 28, 2003. 
  8. ^ "Derrick DELMORE: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 29, 2002. 
  9. ^ a b "Competition Results: Derrick DELMORE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. 

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