Greg Zuerlein (figure skater)

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Greg Zuerlein
2011 Four Continents Madison CHOCK Greg ZUERLEIN.jpg
Chock and Zuerlein in 2011.
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1988-10-26) October 26, 1988 (age 28)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Residence Northville, Michigan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Former partner Madison Chock, Anastasia Olson
Former coach Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva, Tatiana Gladkova
Former choreographer Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva
Skating club Arctic FSC
Former training locations Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1993
Retired June 2011
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 151.86
2011 Worlds
Short dance 61.47
2011 Worlds
Free dance 90.39
2011 Worlds

Greg Zuerlein (born October 26, 1988) is an American former ice dancer. With Madison Chock, he is the 2009 World Junior champion, 2008 JGP Final champion, and 2011 U.S. national bronze medalist. They competed together from 2006 to 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Zuerlein was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] He enrolled in Schoolcraft College. His older sister competed in synchronized skating at Junior Synchro Worlds.[2] In March 2014, Zuerlein married Philippe Maitrot, who is originally from France.[3]

Career[edit]

Chock/Zuerlein at 2010 Trophee Bompard

Zuerlein began skating at the age of four. He competed in single skating at the 2002 and 2003 U.S. junior championships on the juvenile level. He then took up ice dancing. Zuerlein skated with Anastasia Olsen from 2002 through 2006. They won the bronze medal in intermediate dance in 2005 and placed 12th at the novice level at the 2006 U.S. Championships.[2]

Zuerlein teamed up with Madison Chock in June 2006.[2] They placed 5th in the novice division at the 2007 U.S. Championships. They began working with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva in 2007.[4] Chock/Zuerlein were assigned to the 2007–08 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Tallinn, Estonia, which they won. They won the bronze medal at their second event, qualifying them for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, where they placed 5th.

During the 2008–09 season, Chock/Zuerlein won gold at the Junior Grand Prix Final and at the U.S. Junior Championships. They capped off the season by becoming World Junior champions.[5]

In the 2009–10 season, Chock/Zuerlein made their senior Grand Prix debut, finishing 6th and 8th at 2009 Skate America and 2009 Cup of China respectively. They placed 5th in their senior national debut.

Chock/Zuerlein won their first senior Grand Prix medal, bronze, at 2010 Skate Canada International. They won a second bronze medal at 2010 Trophée Éric Bompard. They won their first senior national medal, bronze, at the 2011 U.S. Championships. They made the team to the Four Continents where they finished 5th. They finished 9th in their first and only appearance at the World Championships, setting personal best scores in both segments of the competition.

On June 7, 2011, Chock and Zuerlein announced the end of their five-year partnership, with Zuerlein retiring from competition.[6][7]

Programs[edit]

(with Chock)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2010–2011
[1][8]
  • Cabaret (soundtrack)
  • Nothing Else Matters
    performed by Santa Esmeralda
  • Satellite
    by J. Moreno feat. Santana
Original dance
2009–2010
[9][8]
  • Yema Ya
  • Agua Nile
    by Afro-Cuban Folk
2008–2009
[10][8]
2007–2008
[11][8]
2006–2007
[8]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Chock[edit]

International[12]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Worlds 9th
Four Continents 5th 5th
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of China 8th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
International: Junior[12]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 5th 1st
JGP Estonia 1st
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Italy 1st
JGP U.K. 1st
National[8]
U.S. Champ. 5th N. 3rd J. 1st J. 5th 3rd
Pacific Coast 1st N.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

With Olson[edit]

Event 2005–06
U.S. Championships 12th N.
Pacific Coast Sectionals 4th N.
N. = Novice level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Mittan, J. Barry (March 8, 2009). "Chock Full of Gold". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (April 1, 2014). "The Inside Edge: Yankowskas gets back in the game". IceNetwork. 
  4. ^ Rosewater, Amy (July 1, 2011). "Chock, Bates form new on-ice partnership". IceNetwork. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein Announce End of Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ Golinsky, Reut (October 12, 2011). "Catching up with Greg Zuerlein". Absolute Skating. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 7, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Competition Results: Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 26, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Greg Zuerlein at Wikimedia Commons