Nam Nguyen

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Nam Nguyen
Nam Nguyen 2015.jpg
Nguyen at the 2015 Four Continents
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1998-05-20) May 20, 1998 (age 19)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Coach David Glynn
Former coach Brian Orser, Ernest Pryhitka, Tracy Wilson, Joanne McLeod, Kevin Bursey
Choreographer David Wilson
Former choreographer Jeffrey Buttle, Lori Nichol, Joanne McLeod, Aaron Lowe
Skating club Toronto Cricket Club
Training locations San Jose, California
Former training locations Toronto, Ontario;
Burnaby, British Columbia
Began skating 2003
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 242.59
2015 Worlds
Short program 79.62
2016 Skate America
Free skate 164.86
2015 Worlds

Nam Nguyen (born May 20, 1998) is a Canadian figure skater. He is the 2014 World Junior champion, 2014 Skate America bronze medalist and 2015 Canadian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Nam Nguyen was born May 20, 1998 in Ottawa.[1] Both of his parents are from Vietnam — his father, Sony, moved to Canada in 1988 and sponsored his wife, Thu, in 1994.[2] His father is an engineer and his mother works for a medical software company.[2] His sister, Kim, is six years younger and is also a figure skater.[3] He lived in Richmond, British Columbia and Burnaby, B.C. from 1999 to 2012, and then moved to Toronto, Ontario, so that he and his sister could train under Brian Orser.[2][3] He is a student at Northview Heights Secondary School.[3]

Career[edit]

Nguyen began skating in 2003.[1] Growing up, his figure skating idols were Evgeni Plushenko, Stephane Lambiel, and Jeffrey Buttle. Nguyen also cites his training mates, Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez, as being his inspirations.[4]

Early career[edit]

From 2007 to 2009, Nguyen won three Canadian national men's titles — Juvenile, Pre-Novice, and Novice — each time becoming the youngest skater to do so.[5][6] In 2010, he won the bronze medal on the junior level at the Canadian Championships. Nguyen performed in the exhibition gala at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] The following year at the 2011 Canadian Championships, he became the youngest skater to win the junior men's title.[7][8][9][10]

2011–12 season[edit]

In the 2011–12 season, Nguyen became age-eligible for international junior competition. He finished 12th in his first Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Riga, Latvia and then won the bronze medal in his second event in Brasov, Romania. He placed 7th on the senior level at the 2012 Canadian Championships and was assigned to the 2012 World Junior Championships. Nguyen landed his first triple axel in competition in the preliminary round and qualified for the short program with a first-place finish.[11] He was 18th in the short program and 11th in the free skate, finishing 13th overall at the event. Joanne McLeod coached him at the BC Centre of Excellence in Burnaby, British Columbia until the end of the season.[5]

2012–13 season[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Nguyen moved to Toronto to work with Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.[12] He started the season at the JGP in France where he finished ninth. He did better at his second JGP event, in Turkey, earning the bronze medal. At the Canadian Championships, he placed sixth in the senior division. He finished the season at the World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy, where he placed 12th.

2013–14 season[edit]

The next season, he placed fourth and 16th at his two JGP events. Competing at the senior level, he placed fifth at the Canadian Championships. He then competed at his first senior international, the Four Continents Championships, and placed tenth. Afterwards, at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, he placed first in both segments and won the gold medal. He finished the season at the senior World Championships, where he placed 12th.

2014–15 season[edit]

Nguyen started the 2014–15 season with a silver medal at the inaugural Skate Canada Autumn Classic, an ISU Challenger Series event. He made his senior Grand Prix debut at the Skate America, winning the bronze medal. He continued to his second Grand Prix event, the Cup of China, where he placed fourth. This placed him ninth in the final Grand Prix standings, making him third alternate for the final.[13] In December, he won the gold medal at the Skate Canada Challenge,[14] the qualifying event for Canadian Nationals.[15] In January, he won his first senior national title, outscoring the silver medalist by more than 30 points. After placing 11th at the 2015 Four Continents, he finished 5th at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, recording his personal best scores in both segments.

2015–16 season[edit]

Nguyen started his season by winning silver at the 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic. Turning to the Grand Prix series, he placed 5th at the 2015 Skate Canada International and 7th at 2015 Rostelecom Cup.

Nguyen finished fourth at the 2016 Canadian Nationals. He was assigned to the 2016 World Championships in Boston after Liam Firus withdrew,[16] where he failed to qualify to the free skate. At the 2016 Team Challenge Cup, he mentioned in an interview that he would change his coach to David Glynn.[17] Skate Canada confirmed the coaching change a few days later, stating Nguyen will move to San Jose in May.[18]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016–2017
[19]
2015–2016
[1][20][21][22][23]

2014–2015
[24][25]
  • Sinner Man
    by Nina Simone
    choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle

2013–2014
[12][27]
  • Does Anybody Really Know
    What Time It Is? [28]
    (from Chicago)
    by Robert Lamm

2012–2013
[29]
  • The Ritz, Roll and Rock
    by Cole Porter
  • Red Blues
    by Cole Porter
    choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle
  • Air on the G String
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
    choreo. by David Wilson
2011–2012
[5]
2010–2011
[6]
  • Smooth Criminal
    by Michael Jackson
    performed by David Garrett
2009–2010
[30][31]
  • Fever
    by John Davenport
2008–2009
[32][33]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Seasons: 2011–12 to present[edit]

International[34]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Worlds 12th 5th 27th
Four Continents 10th 11th 8th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 8th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP Skate Canada 5th
GP Skate America 3rd 6th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 5th
Autumn Classic 2nd
International: Junior[34]
Junior Worlds 13th 12th 1st
JGP France 9th
JGP Latvia 12th
JGP Mexico 4th
JGP Poland 16th
JGP Romania 3rd
JGP Turkey 3rd
National[35]
Canadian Champ. 7th 6th 5th 1st 4th 3rd
SC Challenge 1st
Team events[34]
World Team Trophy 4th T
(6th P)
Team Challenge Cup 1st T
(9th P)
TBD: Assigned, WD: Withdrew
T: Team result; P: Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Seasons: 2006–07 to 2010–11[edit]

National[35]
Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
Canadian Champ. 1st Jv. 1st P. 1st N. 3rd J. 1st J.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; P. = Pre-novice; N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2016–17 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
25–27 November 2016 2016 NHK Trophy Senior 6
75.33
8
137.10
8
212.43
[36]
21–23 October 2016 2016 Skate America Senior 4
79.62
7
159.64
6
239.26
[37]
14–18 September 2016 2016 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Senior 5
74.08
5
146.47
5
220.55
[38]
2015–16 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
22–24 April 2016 Team Challenge Cup Senior 7
64.91
9
127.10
- [39]
28 March - 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships Senior 27
61.61
FNR -
-
[40]
18–24 January 2016 2016 Canadian Championships Senior 5
76.04
4
151.65
4
227.69
[41]
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup Senior 7
70.78
6
160.89
7
231.67
[42]
30 October–1 November 2015 2015 Skate Canada Senior 4
76.10
4
162.72
5
238.82
[43]
12–15 October 2015 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic Senior 2
86.53
2
154.57
2
241.10
[44]
2014–15 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
16–19 April 2015 2015 World Team Trophy Senior 6
77.42
7
158.63
6
236.05
[45][46]
23–29 March 2015 2015 World Championships Senior 9
77.73
4
164.86
5
242.59
[47]
9–15 February 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships Senior 14
63.78
8
145.55
11
209.33
[48]
19–25 January 2015 2015 Canadian Championships Senior 1
81.78
1
175.10
1
256.88
[49]
7–8 November 2014 2014 Cup of China Senior 6
72.85
5
149.00
4
221.85
[50]
24–25 October 2014 2014 Skate America Senior 7
73.71
2
158.53
3
232.24
[51]
15–16 October 2014 2014 Skate Canada Autumn Classic Senior 5
66.08
1
159.55
2
225.63
[52]
2013–14 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
26–28 March 2014 2014 World Championships Senior 16
66.75
9
147.31
12
214.06
[53]
13–15 March 2014 2014 World Junior Championships Junior 1
72.87
1
144.19
1
217.06
[54]
22–24 January 2014 2014 Four Continents Championships Senior 10
68.17
10
136.52
10
204.69
[55]
9–15 January 2014CD 2014 Canadian Championships Senior 7
70.97
4
147.46
5
218.43
[56]
19–21 September 2013 2013 JGP Baltic Cup (Poland) Junior 23
40.18
12
98.69
16
138.87
[57]
5–6 September 2013 2013 JGP Mexico Cup Junior 4
64.38
4
116.66
4
181.04
[58]
2012–13 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
28 February – 2 March 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 16
53.43
9
119.15
12
172.58
[59]
18–19 January 2013 2013 Canadian Championships Senior 6
67.90
6
132.79
6
200.69
[60]
20–22 September 2012 2012 JGP Bosphorus (Turkey) Junior 3
59.09
3
112.47
3
171.56
[61]
23–25 August 2012 2012 JGP Courchevel (France) Junior 11
46.06
8
102.39
9
148.45
[62]
2011–12 season
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
27 February – 3 March 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 1
116.33
18
51.13
11
117.07
13
168.20
[63]
21–22 January 2012 2012 Canadian Championships Senior 8
57.32
6
121.96
7
179.28
[64]
22–24 September 2011 2011 JGP Brasov Cup (Romania) Junior 5
54.82
2
114.73
3
169.55
[65]
1–3 September 2011 2011 JGP Volvo Cup (Latvia) Junior 12
47.08
9
101.87
12
148.95
[66]
Early career
Date Competition Level PR SP FS Total Ref
17–20 January 2011CD 2011 Canadian Championships Junior 2
55.22
1
114.67
1
169.89
[67]
11–14 January 2010CD 2010 Canadian Championships Junior 4
52.30
3
96.51
3
148.81
[68]
13–14 February 2009 2009 Canadian Championships Novice 2
40.22
1
67.70
1
107.92
[69]
30 January – 2 February 2008CD 2008 Canadian Championships Pre-novice 4
29.22
1
59.09
1
88.31
[70]
31 January – 3 February 2007CD 2007 Canadian Championships Juvenile 1
34.32Jv.
[71]
  • ^Jv. Juvenile skaters have only one program (free skate).
  • ^CD Competition dates, not event dates.
  • JGP = Junior Grand Prix

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External links[edit]

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