Jennifer Kirk

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Jennifer Kirk
Jennifer Kirk 2003 NHK Trophy.jpg
Kirk in 2003.
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1984-08-15) August 15, 1984 (age 32)
Newton, Massachusetts
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former coach Ken Congemi, Frank Carroll, Richard Callaghan, Evy Scotvold, Mary Scotvold
Skating club SC of Boston
Former training locations El Segundo, California
Boston, Massachusetts
Began skating 1994
Retired September 7, 2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 178.77
2003 Skate America
Short program 58.68
2003 Skate America
Free skate 120.09
2003 Skate America

Jennifer Anne "Jenny" Kirk (born August 15, 1984) is an American figure skater. She is the 2000 World Junior champion and the 2002 Four Continents champion.

Early life[edit]

Jennifer Kirk was born in Newton, Massachusetts.[1] Prior to skating, she was a gymnast until the age of nine.[2] She also studied ballet and once performed with the Boston Ballet.[3]


Kirk grew interested in skating and began training with coaches Evy and Mary Scotvold at the age of 10[2] at the Skating Club of Boston. At 15, a piece of bone tore from her pelvis and jutted into her hip flexor.[4]

Kirk won gold at the 2000 World Junior Championships. In 2002, she captured the Four Continents title. At the 2002 World Championships, she placed 15th in the short program before withdrawing due to a hip injury.[5]

Ahead of the 2002–03 season, Kirk moved to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, to train with Frank Carroll and Ken Congemi. In addition to single skating, she also briefly dabbled in pair skating with Fedor Andreev in the summer of 2003, describing it as fun but challenging.[2][6]

Kirk won the bronze medal at the 2004 U.S. Championships. The following season, she withdrew from her first Grand Prix assignment due to an injury.[5] She placed 10th at the 2004 Cup of Russia and won bronze at the 2005 Four Continents.

On September 7, 2005, Kirk announced her retirement from competitive figure skating.[7] She moved to Boston, where she worked as a coach, but later returned to Southern California. Kirk's decision to quit competitive skating the year before the Olympics was profiled on Ice Diaries.

Kirk is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating International Committee. In the fall of 2012, she and her colleague, David Lease, launched "The Skating Lesson", a podcast and website.[8] The two interview current and former skaters, coaches, choreographers and skating officials including Debi Thomas, Frank Carroll, Sandra Bezic, Alissa Czisny and Rudy Galindo. The web-series has garnered a following of thousands of figure skating fans with its weekly video interviews.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In May 1999, Kirk's mother, Pat Harris, was diagonosed with breast cancer. She died in August 2001. The loss of her mother was one of the reasons Kirk decided to retire. "Although I still love skating very much, my passion and love for the competitive aspect of the sport has dwindled following the death of my mother in 2001 and my nagging hip injuries."[7] In 2009, she revealed her career-long struggle with eating disorders and mentioned that it had been a factor in her decision to retire.[9][10] She also stated that disordered eating was very common among skaters but not enough was being done to address the problem.[11][12]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Chicago
    by John Kander, Fred Ebb
  • Chicago
    by John Kander, Fred Ebb

  • Die Fledermaus
    by Johann Strauss II

  • Evita
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber


GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05
Worlds WD1 18th 17th
Four Continents 5th 1st 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 10th
GP NHK Trophy 6th 5th
GP Skate America 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th
GP Sparkassen 4th
GP Trophée Lalique 3rd
International: Junior[17]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Netherlands 4th
U.S. Champ. 3rd N 3rd J 7th 4th 5th 5th 3rd 4th
Levels: N = Novice, J = Junior. WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b "Jennifer KIRK: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jennifer Kirk: Online Interview". November 10, 2003. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mittan, Barry (January 9, 2003). "Jennifer Kirk: Gymnastics Background Strengthens Kirk's Skating". GoldenSkate. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kirk, Jennifer (June 27, 2009). "Preventing Pain in Figure Skating". True/Slant. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jennifer Kirk". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on March 9, 2005. 
  6. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (October 30, 2008). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew". Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "2004 U.S. Bronze Medalist Jennifer Kirk Announces Retirement From Competitive Figure Skating". U.S. Figure Skating. September 7, 2005. Archived from the original on November 10, 2005. 
  8. ^ The Skating Lesson's about page
  9. ^ Kirk, Jennifer (July 5, 2009). "Skating's not-so-secret Shame". True/Slant. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ Kirk, Jennifer (July 8, 2009). "The Aftermath". True/Slant. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Coker, Lesleyann (January 20, 2010). "Jenny Kirk on Figure Skating's Eating Disorder Epidemic (Part I)". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ Coker, Lesleyann (January 21, 2010). "Jenny Kirk on Figure Skating's Eating Disorder Epidemic (Part II)". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Jennifer KIRK: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Jennifer KIRK: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 18, 2003. 
  15. ^ "Jennifer KIRK: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 11, 2002. 
  16. ^ "Jennifer KIRK: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 19, 2001. 
  17. ^ a b "Jennifer KIRK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 28, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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