Katie Orscher

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Katie Orscher
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Orscher and Lucash in 2004.
Personal information
Full nameKathryn Orscher
Country representedUnited States
Born (1984-06-18) June 18, 1984 (age 35)
Farmington, Connecticut
Home townGlastonbury, Connecticut
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former partnerGarrett Lucash
Former coachVadim Naumov
Evgenia Shishkova
Former choreographerElena Petrenko
Igor Shpilband
Skating clubCharter Oak FSC
RetiredApril 5, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total153.05
2005 Four Continents
Short program56.15
2005 Four Continents
Free skate98.23
2005 Worlds

Kathryn "Katie" Orscher (born June 18, 1984) is an American figure skater who competed as a single skater and pair skater. With partner Garrett Lucash, she is the 2005 U.S. national champion and 2005 Four Continents bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Katie Orscher was born in Farmington, Connecticut and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut.


Singles career[edit]

Orscher was originally a single skater. She won the junior bronze medal at the 2000 U.S. Championships. She retired from singles in November 2000 to compete in pairs.

Pairs career[edit]

From 2000 through 2006, she competed with partner Garrett Lucash. Lucash remembered her during his search for a partner and gave her a call. They both rotate clockwise. They trained in Simsbury, Connecticut.[1]

In 2005, Orscher and Lucash won the gold medal at the U.S. Championships. They went on to win the bronze medal at the 2005 Four Continents Championships. At the 2005 Worlds, their placement combined with that of Rena Inoue / John Baldwin earned the United States two entries to the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In the summer of 2005, Orscher broke her foot, causing them to lose training time before the 2005-06 season. In January 2006 at the U.S Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, they were in first after the short program but dropped to third after the long program and missed the Olympic team by .66 points.

Orscher and Lucash announced their retirement from competitive skating in April 2006.[2]


(with Lucash)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Egyptian Disco
    by DJ Disse
  • Samson and Delilah
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Still Got the Blues
    by Gary Moore
  • Spartacus
    by Aram Khachaturian
  • Unchained Melody
    Mythos N DS Cosmo
  • The Black Stallion Returns
    by Georges Delerve

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pair skating with Lucash[edit]

Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Worlds 16th 13th 12th
Four Continents 10th 6th 7th 3rd 5th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Trophée Eric Bompard 5th
GP Skate America 7th 8th 6th
GP Skate Canada 7th 9th
Nebelhorn 3rd
U.S. Champ. 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd
GP = Grand Prix

Single skating[edit]

Event 1999–2000 2000–2001
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 6th
Triglav Trophy 1st J.
U.S. Championships 3rd J.
J. = Junior level


  1. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (October 16, 2002). "Orscher and Lucash Take Third at Nebelhorn Trophy". Golden Skate.
  2. ^ "Pairs skaters Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash announce retirement". U.S. Figure Skating. April 5, 2006. Archived from the original on May 16, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Katie ORSCHER / Garrett LUCASH: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Katie ORSCHER / Garrett LUCASH: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 4, 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on February 22, 2006.
  6. ^ a b "Katie ORSCHER / Garrett LUCASH: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.
  7. ^ a b "Katie ORSCHER / Garrett LUCASH: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2003.
  8. ^ a b "Katie ORSCHER / Garrett LUCASH: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 30, 2002.

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