Nicole Watt

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Nicole Watt
Nicole Watt.jpg
Watt competes in 2002.
Personal information
Alternative names Nicole Yam
Country represented Canada
Born (1985-04-28) April 28, 1985 (age 31)
Melfort, Saskatchewan
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Former coach Dale Hazell
Former choreographer Padget Riediger
Skating club Saskatoon FSC

Nicole Watt (born April 28, 1985) is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. She is the 2001 Canadian national silver medalist and competed at the 2001 Four Continents Championships and three Grand Prix events.


Watt began the CanSkate program at age seven or eight.[1][2] When she was eight, she was diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and began taking a powerful drug, which lessened but did not completely eliminate her symptoms.[1]

Watt landed her first triple, a Salchow, when she was twelve.[1] She first attracted national attention when she placed 4th on the senior level at the 2000 Canadian Championships. She was coached mainly by Dale Hazell and also trained with John Nicks in the summer of 2000.[3]

In autumn 2000, Watt received two ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments, competing in Mexico and China. In January 2001, she won the senior silver medal at Canadian nationals.[3] She was assigned to the 2001 Four Continents and finished 11th.

Watt made her senior Grand Prix debut in the 2001–02 season, competing at Skate Canada International and Trophée Lalique. She was 4th at the Canadian nationals.

In late December 2002, her left knee was drained due to swelling caused by her arthritis.[1] She withdrew from the 2003 Canadian Championships after competing in the qualifying and short programs. In February 2003, Watt said her disease was in remission and she was off her medication and training on ice 3–4 hours a day.[1] Her condition, however, deteriorated, causing her to leave skating and stay off the ice almost entirely for three and a half years until autumn 2008.[4] Although she attempted to make a comeback,[4] she did not qualify for the 2009 Canadian Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Watt was one of the recipients of the 2004 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport and 2011 UCBeyond scholarships.[5][6] Her name became Nicole Yam after marriage.[7] Yam is a national spokesperson for the Canadian Arthritis Society.[7] As of 2013, she is studying medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.[7]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
A Walk in the Clouds
by Maurice Jarre:
  • Victoria
  • The Harvest
  • A Walk in the Clouds

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Four Continents 11th
GP Cup of Russia 11th
GP Skate Canada 9th
GP Trophée Lalique 11th
Karl Schäfer Memorial 10th
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th
International: Junior
JGP China 9th
JGP Mexico 5th
Mladost Trophy 3rd J.
Canadian Champ. 4th 2nd 4th WD
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mittan, Barry (February 11, 2003). "Nicole Watt: Saskatoon's Skating Sweetheart". Golden Skate. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nicole WATT: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 26, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Canadian 15-year-old Watt has bright figure skating future". CBC News. January 21, 2001. 
  4. ^ a b Mitchell, Kevin (November 14, 2008). "Watt returns to ice". Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2004 Recipients". Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. 
  6. ^ "U of S student, former figure skater receives scholarship". CTV News Saskatoon. October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Wiseman, Greg (July 2, 2013). "Nicole Yam (Watt) inducted to MUCC Wall of Fame". Melfort Journal. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Nicole WATT: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. 
  9. ^ a b "Nicole WATT: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2001. 

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