Justin Pekarek

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Justin Pekarek
Gibbons and Pekarek.jpg
Hilary Gibbons and Justin Pekarek performing with Act I of Boston
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1981-08-26) August 26, 1981 (age 34)
Valencia, California
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Former partner Jamie Silverstein
Hilary Gibbons
Former coach Igor Shpilband
Elizabeth Coates

Justin Pekarek (born August 26, 1981 in Valencia, California) is an American former competitive ice dancer. With Jamie Silverstein, he is the 2000 Four Continents bronze medalist and 1999 World Junior champion.


Silverstein and Pekarek won the 1999 World Junior and U.S. Junior titles.[1][2]

The next season, Silverstein and Pekarek moved up to the senior level. They won gold at the 1999 Nebelhorn Trophy, silver at the 2000 U.S. Championships, and bronze at the 2000 Four Continents. They announced their split on January 10, 2001.[3]

Pekarek teamed up with Hilary Gibbons for several years. They won bronze at the 2003 Karl Schäfer Memorial.

Pekarek coached and competed with the Theatre on Ice team Act I of Boston at the Skating Club of Boston. He and Gibbons coached competitive ice dance teams to national titles at the juvenile, intermediate, and novice level. Pekarek retired from coaching in 2008 after Graduating with his BSME from Umass Lowell.

Personal life[edit]

Gibbons and Pekarek were married in January 2008. Their son, Cooper Joseph, was born on September 1, 2011.[4]

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Gibbons[edit]

Event 2002–2003 2003–2004
Karl Schäfer Memorial 3rd
U.S. Championships 9th 7th
Midwestern Sectionals 1st

With Silverstein[edit]

Event 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00
Worlds 12th
Four Continents 3rd
Skate America 5th
Sparkassen Cup 4th
Nebelhorn 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 10th 1st
JGP Final 6th 1st
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP France 2nd
JGP Germany 3rd 1st
U.S. Championships 1st N. 3rd J. 2nd J. 1st J. 2nd
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP = Junior Grand Prix (Junior Series)


  1. ^ World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Dance PDF (11.0 KB)
  2. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek continue winning ways". Associated Press. Canadian Online Explorer. February 14, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek announce end to successful career". ESPN. January 10, 2001. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 8, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Catching Up with Emily Hughes". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 

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