Jerod Swallow

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Jerod Swallow
Punsalan swallow.jpg
Punsalan and Swallow in 2002.
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1966-10-18) 18 October 1966 (age 50)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partner Elizabeth Punsalan
Jodie Balogh
Shelly Propson (pairs)
Former coach Igor Shpilband
Sandy Hess
Former choreographer Igor Shpilband
Skating club Detroit Skating Club
Former skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
Retired 1998

Jerod Swallow (born October 18, 1966) is an American ice dancer. With his partner and wife Elizabeth Punsalan, he is a five-time U.S. national champion, two-time Skate America champion, and competed twice in the Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Jerod Swallow was born October 18, 1966 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] He married Elizabeth Punsalan in September 1993.[2]


Early career[edit]

Swallow competed in two disciplines at the 1985 World Junior Championships, placing fourth in pair skating with Shelly Propson and fourth in ice dancing with Jodie Balogh. He and Propson withdrew from the 1986 U.S. Championships after an accident in a practice session. She hit her head when she fell from a lift and was taken to hospital where she recovered quickly.[3][4]

Partnership with Punsalan[edit]

Swallow teamed up with Elizabeth Punsalan in mid-1989. They were initially coached by Sandy Hess in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[5] They placed 7th at 1989 Skate America and 5th at the 1990 U.S. Championships. The following season, they won their first U.S. national title. They were one of the favorites for the 1992 Olympic team but at the 1992 U.S. Championships, Swallow fell during the free dance and they finished in third.[2] Swallow was ready to leave competition for show skating but Punsalan persuaded him to continue.[2]

In 1992, Punsalan/Swallow began working with Igor Shpilband for choreography in Detroit. By the 1993–94 season, he had become their head coach.[5] The couple developed a rivalry with Renee Roca / Gorsha Sur, who had earlier choreographed a program for them and trained alongside them.[6] The U.S. had a single berth to the ice dancing event at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Punsalan and Swallow were involved in a letter-writing campaign to Congress to prevent Sur from receiving expedited citizenship, which would allow him to compete at the 1994 Olympics.[7][6] At the U.S. Championships in January 1994, Punsalan and Swallow placed first in the original dance, ahead of their injured rivals in second.[8] Roca/Sur withdrew before the free dance and Punsalan/Swallow went on to win their second national title and were named to the Olympic team. They competed at the 1994 Olympics only two weeks after her father's death,[2] finishing 15th.

Punsalan/Swallow won silver at the 1995 U.S. Championships behind Roca/Sur but finished ahead of them the following year to take their third national title.[9] Punsalan/Swallow won another two national titles at the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Championships. They placed 7th at the 1998 Winter Olympics and 6th at the 1998 World Championships.

Punsalan/Swallow ended their eligible career in 1998 and continued to skate in shows for a number of years. Swallow is managing director at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[10]


Ice dancing with Punsalan[edit]

Event 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Winter Olympics 15th 7th
World Champ. 11th 12th 7th 6th 6th
GP Final 6th
GP Cup of Russia 3rd
GP Lalique 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 6th 5th
GP Skate America 7th 4th 3rd 1st 4th 1st
GP Skate Canada 2nd
U.S. Champ. 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Champions Series (Grand Prix)

Ice dancing with Balogh[edit]

Event 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89
Skate America 5th
World Junior Champ. 4th
U.S. Championships 5th J. 10th 6th
J. = Junior level

Pair skating with Propson[edit]

Event 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
World Junior Champ. 4th
U.S. Championships 6th J. WD
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ "Jerod Swallow". Sports Reference. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pucin, Diane (February 18, 1994). "Liz Punsalan Ice Dances Her Way Through Grief And Anger Two Weeks Ago, Her Brother Was Charged In Her Father's Stabbing Death. Being On The Ice Helps Her Smile Through The Tears.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "National Figure Skating Championships : Wachsman and Waggoner Fall, but Win Pairs Title". Times Wire Services. The Los Angeles Times. February 7, 1986. 
  4. ^ Alfano, Peter (February 8, 1986). "Skaters discover high cost of risks". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ a b Rosewater, Amy (May 24, 2011). "Shpilband, Zoueva at forefront of dance revolution". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Blount, Terry (February 17, 1995). "Latest skating controversy will be detailed on ABC". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kent, Milton (February 16, 1995). "Skating squabble plays to soap opera background". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Longman, Jere (January 6, 1994). "OLYMPICS; Roca, Ice Dancer, Breaks Arm But Comes Back to Skate On". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Randy (January 20, 1996). "Punsalan, Swallow Win Dance Title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 27, 2011). "Hubbell, Donohue hope to put a spell on judges". icenetwork. Retrieved July 27, 2011.