James Peterson (figure skater)

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Jim Peterson
Personal information
Full name Jim Peterson
Country represented  United States
Former partner Natalie Vlandis
Laura Handy
Former coach Ron Ludington, Peter Oppegard, Kerry Leitch
Skating club Lakewood Winter Club

James Peterson is an American World and Olympic figure skating coach.

Peterson began coaching in 2001[1] and coaches in Florida. He was the 2009 and 2010 Professional Skaters Association Developmental Coach of the Year[1] making him one of the few coaches in history to win the award consecutively. He also has won the USOCm Developmental Coach of the year award in 2009. His former students include 2010 Olympians Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett, Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig and 2009- 2007 US National Pair Champions Tracy Tanovich and Michael Chau. Peterson's students Denney/Barrett and Evora/Ladwig made up the entire US Olympic pair team contingency at the Vancouver Games. Peterson also had Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay go to the Olympics in 2014 earning that silver medal with an amazing national performance. He also coaches the current 2016 National Champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea as well as the Junior title winners Joy Weinberg and Max Fernandez and the current National Novice champs Jonah Barret and Eli Kopmar. Making him a three peat gold medal winner coach in pairs this year. He also coaches the Youth Olympic games participants Sarah Rose and Joe Goodpaster.

Peterson continues to coach with partners Amanda Evora and Lyndon Johnston at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

He previously skated with Laura Handy and placed 10th on the junior level in 1996 and won the pewter medal with her in 1997 in juniors as well. With Natalie Vlandis he placed 7th on the senior level in both 1999 and 2000. That earned them a trip to the Neblhorn Trophy in 1999 where they placed 10 before the partnership dissolved.


  1. ^ a b Vassallo Jamrosz, Joanne (2 July 2009). "Southwest Florida FSC Making Pairs Skating Cool". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 

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