Joelle Forte

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Joelle Forte
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Joelle Forte skates her free program at the 2011 U.S. Championships
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1986-07-05) July 5, 1986 (age 30)
Home town Merrick, New York
Residence Bethpage, New York
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Coach Dmitri Gromov
Former coach Peter Burrows
Choreographer Anna Zadorozhniuk
Former choreographer Jeff Carstensen
Skating club SC of New York
Began skating 1990
World standing 88[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 139.70
2011 Skate America
Short program 48.86
2011 Skate America
Free skate 90.84
2011 Skate America

Joelle Forte (born July 5, 1986) is an American figure skater. She is a four-time North Atlantic Regional champion, the 2009 Eastern Sectional champion, and represented the United States at Skate America in October 2011, Nebelhorn Trophy in September 2011, and Gradena Spring Trophy in May 2011.


Forte began skating at age four and entered her first qualifying competition in 1996, at age ten. That year, she placed fourth at the juvenile level at North Atlantic Regionals. Forte first competed nationally during the 1999-2000 season, when she finished ninth at the National Championships at the novice level. She continued skating for over a decade following that season, not qualifying for the National Championships again for several years. Forte retired temporarily, not competing during the 2004-05 season due to chronic back injury, but returned after a year and a half away, citing her ongoing love for the sport.[2] She finally made it back to Nationals in 2008-2009, by which point she was competing as a senior, the oldest skater in the ladies competition.[3]

In the 2009-2010 season, Forte intended to represent Azerbaijan, although, due to paperwork issues, she never had an opportunity to actually compete on its behalf.[4] She resumed representing the United States. During the 2010-2011 season, Forte received her first senior international assignment, Gardena Spring Trophy, and the following season, she was assigned to represent the United States at Skate America, the first Grand Prix assignment of her career.[5] Though unusual for a skater to add new jumps to her repertoire so late in her career, Forte included a triple flip in her short program for the first time at the 2011 Liberty Summer competition, and is working on adding a triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination for the 2011-12 competitive season.[6]

Forte has performed with the Ice Theatre of New York. She also regularly participates in One Step Closer, an annual HIV/AIDS benefit show.[7]

Before the start 2013-2014 competitive season, Joelle suffered a major setback to her training due to an infection in her right ankle which caused her to be hospitalized for a week. She lost 3 months of skating and training and only started competing at the end of August. She went on to win North Atlantic Regionals Championship and won bronze at Eastern Sectional Championship. She had a personal best score of 52.86 for her short program at Eastern Sectional Championship. She qualified for the 2014 U.S. Prudential Figure Skating National Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Forte modeled with the Ford Agency for 10 years to help support her skating.[8] She has modeled for Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, etc. She graduated from Fordham University in May 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and hopes to attend graduate school.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013-14 Feeling Good
by Michael Bublé
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
by John Powell
2012-13 Feeling Good
by Michael Bublé
The 13th Warrior
by Jerry Goldsmith
2011-12 O
(Cirque du Soleil)
by Benoit Jutras
The 13th Warrior
by Jerry Goldsmith
2010-11 O
(Cirque du Soleil)
by Benoit Jutras
Piano Concerto No. 2
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
2009-10 Did not compete this season Did not compete this season Taking Chances
by Celine Dion
2008-09 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
by John Powell
Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013-14
GP Skate America 8th
Nebelhorn 7th
Gardena 4th
Kempen Trophy 1st
NACS Canada 1st N.
U.S. Champ. 9th N. 12th 9th 14th 15th 21st
Eastern Sect. 3rd N. 6th J. 11th J. 7th 9th 10th 10th 1st 4th 3rd 4th 3rd
NA Regionals 1st N. 4th J. WD 2nd J. 1st 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
NA = North Atlantic


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