Gillian Wachsman

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Gillian Wachsman
Personal information
Full name Gillian Margaret Wachsman
Country represented United States
Born (1966-09-19) September 19, 1966 (age 51)
Riverside, Connecticut
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Former partner Todd Waggoner, Robert Daw
Former coach Pauline Williams
Retired 1988

Gillian Margaret Wachsman (born September 19, 1966)[1] is an American former pair skater. With Todd Waggoner, she is the 1985 NHK Trophy champion, 1985 Skate America bronze medalist, and 1986 U.S. national champion. The pair competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics, placing fifth, and at three World Championships, placing as high as fourth.


Early in her career, Gillian Wachsman competed with Robert Daw. They placed fourth at the 1984 Skate America and won the pewter medal twice at the U.S. Championships.

Wachsman teamed up with Todd Waggoner in the autumn of 1984.[2] In their first season together, they took the bronze medal at the U.S. Championships. The following season, the pair won bronze at the 1985 Skate America, gold at the 1985 NHK Trophy, and then gold at the 1986 U.S. Championships ahead of Jill Watson / Peter Oppegard. They were assigned to their first World Championships and finished seventh. The pair was coached by Pauline Williams.[3]

After winning silver at the 1988 U.S. Championships, Wachsman/Waggoner were selected to represent the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The pair placed fifth in Calgary. Their final amateur competition was the 1988 World Championships where they placed fourth. They retired in order to focus on their educations.[3]


With Todd Waggoner[edit]

Event 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88
Winter Olympics 5th
World Championships 7th 7th 4th
Skate America 3rd
NHK Trophy 1st 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd

With Robert Daw[edit]

Event 1982–83 1983–84
Skate America 4th
U.S. Championships 4th 4th


  1. ^ "Gillian Wachsman". Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. 
  2. ^ Alfano, Peter (February 8, 1986). "Skaters discover high cost of risks". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "Flying High: Life is an Adventure for Waggoner Family". Skating magazine. February 2014.