Igor Shpilband

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Igor Shpilband
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Personal information
Full name Igor Yuryevich Shpilband
Country represented United States
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1964-07-14) July 14, 1964 (age 51)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Tatiana Gladkova
Former coach Ludmila Pakhomova

Igor Yuryevich Shpilband (Russian: Игорь Юрьевич Шпильбанд, born July 14, 1964) is a former Soviet ice dancer and current ice dancing coach. He is the 1983 World Junior champion with former partner Tatiana Gladkova.

Personal life[edit]

Shpilband was born in Moscow on July 14, 1964, to a Jewish family. In 1990, he and several other Soviet skaters were part of a U.S. tour headlined by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean when one of them, Gorsha Sur, decided to defect and Shpilband, Veronica Pershina and Elena Krykanova decided to join him.[1][2]

Shpilband got a coaching position in Detroit not long after.[1] He became a naturalized United States citizen in 2000.[3] With his former wife Veronica Pershina, he has a daughter, Ekaterina, a competitive figure skater for the United States.[4][5]

Competitive and coaching career[edit]

Shpilband (4th from left) in 2011 with Marina Zueva and students Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Meryl Davis/Charlie White, and Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani

Shpilband was coached by Lyudmila Pakhomova from age 12 to 20.[6] He and his partner, Tatiana Gladkova, won the silver medal at the 1982 World Junior Championships and then gold in 1983.[7] Shpilband retired from competitive skating following Pakhomova's death in 1986.[6]

Following his defection, he began working as a coach and choreographer at the Detroit Skating Club.[8] Gorsha Sur recommended him as a coach to Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, who were among his first students.[1] Shpilband formerly coached in collaboration with Elizabeth Coates. He began coaching with Marina Zueva in 2001.[2] In 2003, Shpilband began coaching at the Arctic Edge Arena in Canton, Michigan.[9] On June 3, 2012, Shpilband confirmed that he had been fired from the Arctic Edge Arena.[8][10] On June 12, it was announced that his new training site is the Novi Ice Arena in Novi, Michigan, and American ice dancers Madison Chock/Evan Bates confirmed that they would train with Shpilband in Novi.[11] They were joined soon after by Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniūnas of Lithuania.[12]

Shpilband has coached the following skaters:

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Gladkova)

Event 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
World Junior Championships 2nd 1st
Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd


  1. ^ a b c Rosewater, Amy (May 24, 2011). "Shpilband, Zoueva at forefront of dance revolution". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hayes, Marcus (February 23, 2010). "Torch passed as Canadians take ice-dancing gold". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  3. ^ Rosewater, Amy (February 22, 2010). "Coaches balance loyalties with 'jacket dance'". Ice Network. 
  4. ^ "2006 Cup of Russia". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  5. ^ Mittan, Barry (September 6, 2009). "Shpilband Follows Dad to the Ice". Golden Skate. 
  6. ^ a b Russell, Susan D. (January 5, 2013). "Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov". IFS Magazine. 
  7. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. 
  8. ^ a b Barnas, Jo-Ann (June 3, 2012). "Coach Igor Shpilband fired from position at Canton's Arctic Figure Skating Club". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Barnas, Jo-Ann (June 4, 2012). "U.S. Figure Skating confirms top American teams to stay in Canton after Shpilband dismissal". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on June 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "U.S. endures ice dance shakeup". Associated Press (ESPN). June 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Shpilband moving to Novi, bringing Chock and Bates". Icenetwork. June 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lithuanians Tobias, Stagniunas follow Shpilband". Icenetwork. June 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Alisa AGAFONOVA / Dmitri DUN". International Skating Union. 
  14. ^ "Alissandra ARONOW / Zachary DONOHUE". International Skating Union. 
  15. ^ "Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO". International Skating Union. 
  16. ^ "Ghiaccio, Cappellini-Lanotte, i programmi per la nuova stagione" [Skating: Cappellini-Lanotte's programs for the new season]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN". International Skating Union. 
  18. ^ "Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS". International Skating Union. 
  19. ^ "Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE". International Skating Union. 
  20. ^ "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS". International Skating Union. 
  21. ^ "Grethe GRUNBERG / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union. 
  22. ^ "Jessica JOSEPH / Brandon FORSYTH". International Skating Union. 
  23. ^ "Siobhan KARAM / Joshua MCGRATH". International Skating Union. 
  24. ^ "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV". International Skating Union. 
  25. ^ "Caitlin MALLORY / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union. 
  26. ^ "Lydia MANON / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union. 
  27. ^ "Pechalat, Bourzat team up with Shpilband in Novi". IceNetwork. May 20, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Justyna PLUTOWSKA / Peter GERBER". International Skating Union. 
  29. ^ "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union. 
  30. ^ [1]
  31. ^ "Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI". International Skating Union. 
  32. ^ "Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR". International Skating Union. 
  33. ^ "Skate Canada: Virtue, Moir staying with Zoueva". Icenetwork. June 6, 2012. 
  34. ^ [2]
  35. ^ [3]
  36. ^ Coomes, Penny. "Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland change coaches". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved May 10, 2015.