J. Paul Binnebose

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J. Paul Binnebose
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1977-11-26) November 26, 1977 (age 41)
Sacramento, California
ResidenceCO and WI
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Former partnerLaura Handy
Jacki Davidson
Sara Ward

J. Paul Binnebose (born November 26, 1977) is an American former pair skater. With former partner Laura Handy, he is the 1999 World Junior silver medalist and 1999 U.S. senior national bronze medalist.


Early in his pairs career, Binnebose competed with Sara Ward. They placed ninth at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He and his next partner, Jacki Davidson, won the junior bronze medal at the 1996 U.S. Championships.

By the 1997–98 season, Binnebose was competing with Laura Lynn Handy. The pair won the 1997 Nebelhorn Trophy and finished sixth at the 1998 U.S. Championships. In the 1998–99 season, Handy/Binnebose won the silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships and senior bronze at the 1999 U.S. Championships. They withdrew from the 1999 World Championships because Binnebose had the flu.[1]

On September 29, 1999, Binnebose fell while lifting Handy and hit his head on the ice, suffering a skull fracture and brain injury.[1][2] He had emergency brain surgery and was put in an induced coma.[2][3] His heart also stopped twice but he was brought back and gradually began to recover.[2] Binnebose was released from hospital on November 30, 1999.[1] His accident and recovery was featured on the Discovery Health Channel television series Impact: Stories of Survival. As of 2010, he continued to suffer facial paralysis and other effects of the injury but had returned to the ice and was teaching skating.[2]

Binnebose has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations including Feed America and a monthly residual program he started in 2014 through a franchise company, ACN, INC.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Binnebose married a fellow skater, with whom he has two sons, Ethan and Eli.[2][5] He was divorced in 2013 and later married his longtime friend, Crystal Hess-Binnebose.[citation needed] He has a daughter, Eléora, from his second marriage and a stepdaughter Enya.[citation needed] The family lives in WI and CO.


With Sara Ward[edit]

Event 1993–94
World Junior Championships 9th

With Jacki Davidson[edit]

Event 1996
U.S. Championships 3rd J.

With Laura Handy[edit]

Event 1997–98 1998–99
World Championships WD
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
International: Junior
World Junior Championships 2nd
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Slovakia 1st
U.S. Championships 6th 3rd
Eastern Sectionals 1st
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c "Skater released from hospital after two months". Associated Press. CBS Sportsline. November 30, 1999. Archived from the original on October 4, 2000. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e Beiser, H. Darr (December 21, 2010). "Skater Binnebose back on the ice, teaching after brain surgery". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Handy, Binnebose go separate ways after horrific crash". Associated Press. ESPN. January 18, 2001. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "ACN Direct".
  5. ^ Stevens, Ryan (June 10, 2014). "Interview With Paul Binnebose". Skate Guard.