Jean-Luc Baker

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Jean-Luc Baker
Kaitlin HAWAYEK Jean-Luc BAKER-GPFrance 2018-Ice dance FD-IMG 5662.jpeg
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker at 2018 Internationaux de France
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1993-10-07) October 7, 1993 (age 25)
Burnley, England
Home townBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
PartnerKaitlin Hawayek
Former partnerJoylyn Yang, Nicole McClellan
CoachMarie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon
Former coachSharon Jones Baker, Stephen Baker, Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Natalia Annenko-Deller
Former choreographerAnjelika Krylova, Sharon Jones Baker, Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating clubMontreal International School of Skating
Training locationsMontreal
Former training locationsBloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total184.63
2018 NHK Trophy
Short dance70.71
2018 NHK Trophy
Free dance113.92
2018 NHK Trophy

Jean-Luc Baker (born October 7, 1993) is an American ice dancer. With partner Kaitlin Hawayek, he is the 2018 Four Continents champion, the 2014 World Junior champion, 2013 JGP Final silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national junior champion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jean-Luc Baker was born in Burnley, England.[2] He is the son of Sharon Jones Baker, who represented the United Kingdom in ice dancing at the 1988 Winter Olympics, and Stephen Baker, who competed for the U.K. in pair skating at the 1976 World Junior Championships.[3]

Baker was born with a club foot.[4] At the age of four, he moved with his family to the United States. He attended Harbour Pointe Middle School and Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. After graduation, he moved to Detroit, Michigan to pursue his career.[5] He has a black belt in taekwondo.[6]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Jean-Luc Baker was introduced to ice skating by his parents in 1995.[2][7] He was inspired to switch from singles to ice dancing by his mother.[8] He teamed up with Joylyn Yang in the summer of 2006, with his parents coaching the duo.[6][9] They won U.S. national titles on the juvenile and intermediate levels and took the novice bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Championships. The following season, Yang/Baker were assigned to two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, finishing 7th in Japan and 10th in the Czech Republic. They were 6th on the junior level at the 2011 U.S. Championships.

2012–2013 season: First season with Hawayek[edit]

Baker teamed up with Kaitlin Hawayek in June 2012.[10] They were sent to two JGP events and won the silver medal in Germany. Hawayek/Baker took the junior silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships and were assigned to the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan where they finished 7th.

2013–2014 season: World Junior title[edit]

During the 2013–14 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Hawayek/Baker won the gold medal in their JGP events, at the JGP Mexico and the JGP Poland. Their results qualified them to the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where they won the silver medal. They then won the gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships, setting a new Junior World record for the overall score with a total of 157.12 points.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Hawayek/Baker began their season at an ISU Challenger Series event, the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy. They finished fourth after placing fourth in the short and third in the free dance. Their Grand Prix assignments were the 2014 Rostelecom Cup and 2014 NHK Trophy.[11]

2015–2016 season[edit]

Baker sustained a concussion when Hawayek accidentally struck him with her arm in September 2015, just prior to the Labor Day weekend.[12][13] He returned to limited training after two weeks and full training a week later.[12]

Hawayek/Baker finished fourth at the 2015 Skate America. Due to food poisoning, Hawayek vomited eight times in four hours during the night before the short dance at the 2015 Cup of China.[13] After competing in the first segment, the duo decided to withdraw. They placed fifth at the 2016 U.S. Championships.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Hawayek/Baker won the silver medal at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International. Competing on the Grand Prix series, they finished 6th at the 2016 Skate Canada International and 4th at the 2016 NHK Trophy.

2017–2018 season: Four Continents title[edit]

Hawayek/Baker won the pewter medal at the 2018 U.S. Championships and then gold at the 2018 Four Continents Championships. They placed 10th at the 2018 World Championships. On April 20, 2018, they announced that in the summer they would begin training under Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[14]

Programs[edit]

With Hawayek[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2018–2019
[15]
2017–2018
[16]

Austen Powers medley[17]

2016–2017
[2][18][4]
2015–2016
[19][20][21][22]
2014–2015
[7][23]
2013–2014
[8][24]
  • Happy Feet
  • It Had To Be You
    by Harry Connick
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Amélie
    by Yann Tiersen
    • J'y suis jamais allé
    • Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi
    • La noyée
    • Sur le fil
2012–2013
[10]

With Yang[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2010–2011
[25]
2009–2010
[3]
2008–2009
[3][9]
2007–2008
[3]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Hawayek[edit]

International[1]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Worlds 10th
Four Continents 5th 1st
GP Final 6th
GP Cup of China WD
GP France 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 4th 1st
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th
GP Skate America 4th 5th
GP Skate Canada 6th 4th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Finlandia 4th WD
CS Golden Spin 2nd 2nd 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 4th
CS U.S. Classic 2nd
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 7th 1st
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Turkey 5th
National[26]
U.S. Champ. 2nd J 1st J 4th 5th 5th 4th
J = Junior level
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Yang[edit]

International[27]
Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
JGP Czech Republic 10th
JGP Japan 7th
National[3]
U.S. Championships 7th N 3rd N 6th J
U.S. Junior Champ. 1st V 1st I
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER". International Skating Union.
  2. ^ a b c "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Joylyn Yang / Jean-Luc Baker". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Kennedy, Michelle (August 12, 2016). "Hawayek & Baker bring a fresh inspiration". ice-dance.com.
  5. ^ Managan, Megan (March 27, 2014). "Kamiak graduate wins gold at Junior Worlds Ice dancing competition". South Everett Beacon. Archived from the original on April 5, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Myhre, Rich (January 5, 2010). "Local ice dancers' Olympic dreams". The Herald. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker: "At the senior level everything is more serious"". figureskating-online.com. December 20, 2014. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Thayer, Jacquelyn (December 5, 2013). "For Hawayek and Baker, a Quick Step to Success". ice-dance.com.
  9. ^ a b "JOYLYN YANG & JEAN‐LUC BAKER" (PDF). ice-dance.com. 2009. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "2014-15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. July 10, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (February 2, 2016). "Concussions in figure skating: How they happen". IceNetwork.com.
  13. ^ a b Blanchette, John (January 7, 2016). "It's Been A Season Of Ups And Downs, Risks And Rewards For Ice Dancers Hawayek And Baker". teamusa.org. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker to Train in Montreal". U.S. Figure Skating. April 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference ISU-1819 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2018.
  17. ^ ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2017 Skate Canada International - Gala Exhibition (Television production). Eurosport. October 29, 2017.
  18. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 5, 2016). "Hawayek, Baker: 'We're focusing on the basics'". IceNetwork.com.
  19. ^ "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.
  20. ^ Slater, Paula (August 26, 2015). "Hawayek and Baker ready to push boundaries". Golden Skate.
  21. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 5, 2015). "Hawayek, Baker reach for the stars with new free". IceNetwork.com.
  22. ^ Thayer, Jacquelyn (October 7, 2015). "Together, Hawayek and Baker Shaping Their Vision". twofortheice.com.
  23. ^ "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
  24. ^ "Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014.
  25. ^ "Joylyn YANG / Jean-Luc BAKER: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011.
  26. ^ Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker, IceNetwork.com, archived from the original on August 12, 2016
  27. ^ "Competition Results: Joylyn YANG / Jean-Luc BAKER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.

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