John Zimmerman (figure skater)

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John Zimmerman
Ina zimmerman.jpg
Ina and Zimmerman in 2001.
Personal information
Full name John Luther Zimmerman IV
Country represented United States
Born (1973-11-26) November 26, 1973 (age 43)
Birmingham, Alabama
Residence Hackensack, New Jersey
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Partner Kyoko Ina
Former partner Brie Teaboldt
Stephanie Stiegler
Former coach Tamara Moskvina
Igor Moskvin
Peter Burrows
Former choreographer Alexander Zhulin
Artur Dmitriev
Skating club Birmingham FSC
Retired 2002

John Luther Zimmerman IV (born November 26, 1973) is an American professional pair skater and coach. With skating partner Kyoko Ina, he is the 2002 World bronze medalist and a three-time U.S. national champion. They also competed at the 2002 Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Zimmerman was born in Birmingham, Alabama.[1] He has two older sisters. He married Italian-American skater Silvia Fontana on August 28, 2003.[2] They have two daughters – Sofia, born on April 2, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida,[3] and Eva, born on June 2, 2013.[4] Their son, John Luther, was born in 2016.

Zimmerman has worked as a model, appearing in photo shoots for Barneys New York and various designers. He and Fontana also appeared on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2004, and made appearances for Am/FAR, amongst other charities. In 2003, an access bridge at his alma mater, Homewood High School, was named after him.[citation needed]


Zimmerman started skating at age 3 at a mall. He briefly partnered with Brie Teaboldt for the 1994-95 season. Then he paired with Stephanie Stiegler from 1995 through 1998, and won the bronze medal at the 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships while being coached by Peter Oppegard. Their partnership ended in 1998 due to injuries.[5]

Zimmerman teamed up with Kyoko Ina in 1998.[6] Initially, they were coached by Peter Burrows and Mary Lynn Gelderman in Monsey, New York and they also commuted to Stamford, Connecticut to work with Tamara Moskvina.[5] They later trained under Mosvkina and Igor Moskvin in Hackensack, New Jersey.[1]

Ina and Zimmerman won the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships. In 2003, they turned professional and began skating on Stars on Ice.

Zimmerman competed in the January 2006 FOX television program "Skating with Celebrities", where he partnered with FOX broadcaster Jillian Barberie. They finished in second place.

Zimmerman was featured as Yahoo's special guest expert correspondent for figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.[7] He later competed in an ABC skating series "Thin Ice" (aired on March 19, 2010), paired with world champion Canadian ice dancer Shae-Lynn Bourne. They finished in second place, winning a total of $50,000. They skated to "Closer" by Ne-Yo and "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.

Zimmerman works as a coach at Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs, Florida with Silvia Fontana.[8] He has coached Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier (autumn 2012 to February 2015)[8][9] and Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres (from June 2016).[10]


(with Ina)

Season Short program Free skating
  • Truman Show
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    by Sergei Rachmaninov


GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

With Kyoko Ina[edit]

Ina and Zimmerman perform a "detroiter".
Event 1998–99 99–2000 2000–01 2001–02
Olympics 5th
Worlds 9th 7th 7th 3rd
Four Continents 2nd 3rd
GP Final 5th 4th
GP Cup of Russia 3rd 4th
GP Lalique 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd
GP Skate America 5th 5th 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd
GP Sparkassen 2nd
U.S. Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st

With Stephanie Stiegler[edit]

Event 1995–96 1996–97
World Championships 15th
GP Trophée Lalique 6th
GP Skate America 3rd
U.S. Championships 4th 3rd

With Brie Teaboldt[edit]

Event 1994–95
U.S. Championships 12th


  1. ^ a b c "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. 
  2. ^ "Five favorite things with Fontana and Zimmerman". 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (2012-04-11). "The Inside Edge". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1998). "Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman". Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Selena (January 7, 2002). "FIGURE SKATING; Ina and Zimmerman Melt Ice in Melting Pot". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Turin 2006 Winter Olympics - Expert Archive". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 2006-04-29. 
  8. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (May 17, 2013). "Change of scenery serves Denney, Frazier well". 
  9. ^ "Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (January 25, 2017). "Zimmerman's tutelage guiding James, Ciprès". 
  11. ^ "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 20, 2001. 
  12. ^ a b "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Stephanie STIEGLER / John ZIMMERMAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. 

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