Jamie Silverstein

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Jamie Silverstein
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1983-12-23) December 23, 1983 (age 36)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former partnerRyan O'Meara
Brandon Forsyth
Justin Pekarek
Former coachIgor Shpilband
Marina Zueva
Skating clubArctic FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total155.51
2005 Skate America
Comp. dance29.98
2006 4CC
Original dance48.28
2005 Skate America
Free dance78.79
2005 Skate America

Jamie Silverstein (born December 23, 1983) is an American former competitive ice dancer. With Justin Pekarek, she is the 2000 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 1999 World Junior champion, and 2000 U.S. silver medalist. With Ryan O'Meara, she is the 2006 U.S. bronze medalist and competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Silverstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] She grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.[2] After her parents divorced when she was 11, she moved with her mother to Michigan.[3]

Skating career[edit]

Early in her career, Silverstein competed with Justin Pekarek. They won the 1999 World Junior and U.S. Junior titles.[4][5] The next season, they moved up to the senior level. They won gold at the 1999 Nebelhorn Trophy, silver at the 2000 U.S. Championships, and bronze at the 2000 Four Continents. They announced their split on January 10, 2001.[6] Silverstein later revealed that she had battled eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, during her career.[3][7][8]

Silverstein trained briefly with Brandon Forsyth but never competed with him.[7] She left competitive skating for a period and attended Cornell University.[8] She was off the ice completely for two years, stepping onto the ice again in late 2004.[3] Silverstein decided to make a return to competition. In April 2005, she began training with Ryan O'Meara.[9] They won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships and qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics. They were coached by Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[3][10]

On May 3, 2006, Silverstein and O'Meara announced that they would take time off from competitive skating, with Silverstein planning to return to school.[11]

Later life and career[edit]

In 2008, Silverstein graduated from Cornell University with a degree as a College Scholar, choosing to specialize in catharsis and emotional psychology. Her thesis work involved a performance piece whose subject was Ekman's six basic emotions. Now she works as a yoga instructor and is an advocate in eating disorder recovery. She also maintains a blog.

In 2012, Silverstein opened a yoga studio, The Grinning Yogi, in Seattle.[12]


With O'Meara[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Salsa: Round the World
  • Rhumba: Sweet the Sting
  • Cha Cha
  • Nu Tango

With Pekarek[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • I Like It Like That
  • Eres Todo en Mí
  • I Like It Like That

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Series / Junior Grand Prix

With O'Meara[edit]

Event 2005–06
Winter Olympics 16th
Four Continents Champ. 6th
GP Skate America 5th
U.S. Championships 3rd
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st

With Pekarek[edit]

Event 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00
World Champ. 12th
Four Continents Champ. 3rd
GP Skate America 5th
GP Sparkassen Cup 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
International: Junior[13]
World Junior Champ. 10th 1st
JGP Final 6th 1st
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP France 2nd
JGP Germany 3rd 1st
U.S. Championships 1st N 3rd J 2nd J 1st J 2nd
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Anderson, Shelly (February 18, 2006). "Local skater savoring Olympic 'experience'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^ a b c d Elliott, Helene (February 17, 2006). "Silverstein Already Has a Big Victory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek continue winning ways". Associated Press. Canadian Online Explorer. February 14, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek announce end to successful career". ABC Sports Online. ESPN. January 10, 2001. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008.
  7. ^ a b DeSimone, Bonnie (October 22, 2005). "Skater dancing way into contention for Olympic berth". ESPN. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Macur, Juliet (February 18, 2006). "Ex-Rising Star Makes a Healthy Return to the Ice". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (October 10, 2005). "Painful Breakups Lead to New Beginnings for Silverstein and O'Meara". SkateToday.
  10. ^ a b "Jamie Silverstein & Ryan O'Meara". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on May 24, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "Silverstein and O'Meara announce time off from competitive skating". U.S. Figure Skating. May 3, 2006. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ Elfman, Lois (June 14, 2012). "Silverstein experiences life's twists and turns". IceNetwork.com.
  13. ^ a b c d "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Justin PEKAREK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016.
  14. ^ "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.

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