Mark Cockerell

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Mark Cockerell
Personal information
Full name Mark Wayne Cockerell
Born (1962-04-24) April 24, 1962 (age 55)
Burbank, California
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Retired 1985

Mark Wayne Cockerell (born April 24, 1962) is an American former figure skater. He is the 1976 World Junior champion, the 1978 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, and a three-time U.S. senior national medalist (bronze in 1983 and in 1984, silver in 1985).

Personal life[edit]

Cockerell was born April 24, 1962, in Burbank, California.[1] He married Soviet figure skater Elena Kvitchenko, with whom he has a daughter, Anya (born in 1999).[2][3]


Cockerell won gold at the World Junior Championships in the event's inaugural year, 1976.[4] After moving up to the senior level, he won silver at three international competitions – the 1978 Nebelhorn Trophy in West Germany, 1978 Grand Prix International St. Gervais in France, and 1980 Ennia Challenge Cup in the Netherlands.

Cockerell won his first senior national medal, bronze, at the 1983 U.S. Championships. He finished 14th at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

The following season, he won another national bronze medal and was named in the U.S. team to the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.[5] He became the first man to execute a triple-triple jump combination at the Olympics and finished 13th overall after placing 18th in compulsory figures, 17th in the short program, and tenth in the free skate. Concluding his season, he placed 13th at the 1984 World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Cockerell was awarded the silver medal at the 1985 U.S. Championships, having placed second to Brian Boitano. He finished 8th at the 1985 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.


Event 75–76 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83 83–84 84–85
Olympics 13th
Worlds 14th 13th 8th
NHK Trophy 4th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Nebelhorn 2nd
St. Gervais 2nd
International: Junior[4]
Junior Worlds 1st
U.S. Champ. 3rd 3rd 2nd


  1. ^ "Mark Cockerell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wulf, Steve (March 7, 1994). "Cinderella Story". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ "Bettendorf girl skates her way to Junior Nationals". Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus. November 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Men" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Historical Placements: US Olympic Figure Skating Team" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2011.