Igor Shpilband

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Igor Shpilband
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Personal information
Full nameIgor Yuryevich Shpilband
Former country(ies) representedSoviet Union
Born (1964-07-14) July 14, 1964 (age 54)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s)Veronica Pershina (divorced)
Former partnerTatiana Gladkova
Former coachLudmila Pakhomova

Igor Yuryevich Shpilband (Russian: Игорь Юрьевич Шпильбанд, born July 14, 1964) is an American ice dancing coach and former competitor for the Soviet Union. 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; 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] In 2006, he became engaged to skating coach Adrienne Lenda.[6]

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.[7] He and his partner, Tatiana Gladkova, won the silver medal at the 1982 World Junior Championships and then gold in 1983.[8] Shpilband retired from competitive skating following Pakhomova's death in 1986.[7]

Following his defection, he began working as a coach and choreographer at the Detroit Skating Club.[9] Gorsha Sur recommended him as a coach to Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, who were among his first students.[1] Shpilband formerly worked in collaboration with British coach Elizabeth Coates.[10] He began coaching with Marina Zueva in 2001.[2] In 2003, Shpilband began coaching at the Arctic Edge Arena in Canton, Michigan.[11] On June 3, 2012, Shpilband confirmed that he had been fired from the Arctic Edge Arena.[9][12] 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.[13] They were joined soon after by Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniūnas of Lithuania.[14]

Shpilband is currently coaching the following skaters:

Shpilband has coached the following skaters:

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Gladkova)

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


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  14. ^ "Lithuanians Tobias, Stagniunas follow Shpilband". Icenetwork. June 14, 2012.
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  24. ^ "Alissandra ARONOW / Zachary DONOHUE". International Skating Union.
  25. ^ "Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO". International Skating Union.
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  30. ^ "Katherine COPELY / Deividas STAGNIUNAS". International Skating Union.
  31. ^ "Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2014-02-10.
  32. ^ "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS". International Skating Union.
  33. ^ "Grethe GRUNBERG / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union.
  34. ^ "Jessica JOSEPH / Brandon FORSYTH". International Skating Union.
  35. ^ "Siobhan KARAM / Joshua MCGRATH". International Skating Union.
  36. ^ "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV". International Skating Union.
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  38. ^ "Caitlin MALLORY / Kristian RAND". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2010-03-22.
  39. ^ "Lydia MANON / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union.
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  42. ^ "Justyna PLUTOWSKA / Peter GERBER". International Skating Union.
  43. ^ Thea Rabe / Timothy Koleto at ISU
  44. ^ "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union.
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