Rachel Parsons (figure skater)
The Parsons at the 2018 Internationaux de France
|Full name||Rachel Marie Parsons|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||November 19, 1997|
|Home town||Derwood, Maryland, U.S.|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Former partner||Michael Parsons, Kyle MacMillan|
|Former coach||Alexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Dmitri Ilin|
|Former choreographer||Elena Novak|
|Former skating club||Washington Figure Skating Club|
|Former training locations||Wheaton, Maryland |
|Retired||2 April 2019|
|ISU personal best scores|
2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Rachel Marie Parsons (born November 19, 1997) is an American former competitive ice dancer. With her partner and brother Michael Parsons, she is the 2018 NHK Trophy bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy silver medalist, and the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela silver medalist.
On the junior level, she is the 2016 Junior World champion, the 2015 Junior World silver medalist, the 2016 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, a four-time Junior Grand Prix event champion, a three-time Junior Grand Prix event silver medalist, the 2017 U.S. junior national champion, and a two-time U.S. junior national silver medalist (2016, 2017).
She placed 4th at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Programs
- 4 Competitive highlights
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Rachel Parsons started skating at age six because she wanted to learn how to stand up on the ice. After joining the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy in June 2006, she started focusing solely on ice dance. With Kyle MacMillan, she won gold on the juvenile level at the 2009 U.S. Championships and then gold on the intermediate level at the 2010 U.S. Championships.
She teamed up with her older brother, Michael, in February 2010. They won gold on the novice level at the 2011 U.S. Championships and debuted on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series in September 2011, placing 9th in Gdańsk, Poland. After taking the junior pewter medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships, they represented the United States at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, placing 4th. They were also selected for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, where they finished 15th.
The Parsons obtained silver at both of their 2013–14 JGP assignments, which took place in Košice, Slovakia, and Ostrava, Czech Republic. They qualified for the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where they placed sixth. The duo won bronze at the junior level at the 2014 U.S. Championships and capped off their season with an 8th-place finish at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Parsons medaled at both their 2014–15 JGP assignments, receiving bronze in Aichi, Japan, and silver in Zagreb, Croatia. They finished as the first alternates for the JGP Final and won silver on the junior level at the 2015 U.S. Championships. Concluding their season, they placed fourth at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
2015–16 season: Junior World silver
During the 2015–16 JGP series, the Parsons were awarded gold in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Zagreb, Croatia. Competing in Barcelona, Spain, at their second JGP Final, the siblings took the bronze medal behind Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter and Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd, having placed second in the short dance and fifth in the free. At the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, they placed first in the short and second in the free, winning the silver medal behind McNamara/Carpenter.
2016–17 season: Junior World gold
Competing in their sixth JGP season, the Parsons were awarded gold in Yokohama, Japan, and Dresden, Germany, both times ahead of Russia's Anastasia Shpilevaya / Grigory Smirnov. In December 2016, they competed at the JGP Final in Marseille, France; ranked second in the short and first in the free, they won the title by a margin of 0.63 over Loboda/Drozd.
The following month, the Parsons would win their first junior national title at the 2017 U.S. Championships, over 11 points clear of the field. The siblings would cap off their undefeated season by winning the 2017 World Junior Championships; similar to the 2016–17 JGP Final, the Parsons won the event overall after placing second in the short and first in the free, earning an even narrower victory of 0.56 ahead of Loboda/Drozd. The Parsons earned personal bests in their combined total and free dance scores at their fifth trip to the Junior Championships. 
2017–18 season: International senior debut
Moving to the senior level, the Parsons debuted at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, winning the silver medal behind longtime rivals McNamara/Carpenter, who were also making their senior debut. They then took the silver medal at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, their debut on the ISU Challenger series. Assigned to two Grand Prix events, they finished ninth at Skate America and seventh at the Rostelecom Cup. They then competed at a second Challenger event, the Golden Spin of Zagreb, where they finished eighth.
Competing at the senior level at the 2018 U.S. Championships, they placed fifth, and thus did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. They were instead sent to the 2018 Four Continents Championships, where they finished sixth.
2018–19 season: Final season
—Rachel Parsons, 2 April 2019
After a second straight silver medal at Lake Placid's summer ice dance event, the siblings competed in three straight Challenger events, winning consecutive silver medals at the Asian Open, Nebelhorn Trophy and Nepela Trophy. At their first Grand Prix event in Japan, the 2018 NHK Trophy, they won their first and only Grand Prix medal, a bronze. At the 2018 Internationaux de France, their second Grand Prix, they finished fifth. At the 2019 U.S. Championships, the Parsons placed sixth.
(with Michael Parsons)
|Season||Short dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
(with Michael Parsons)
|GP NHK Trophy||3rd|
|GP Rostelecom Cup||7th|
|GP Skate America||9th|
|CS Asian Open||2nd|
|CS Golden Spin||8th|
|CS Ondrej Nepela||2nd|
|Lake Placid IDI||2nd||2nd|
|JGP Czech Republic||2nd|
|Lake Placid IDI||1st||1st|
|U.S. Champ.||1st N||4th J||3rd J||2nd J||2nd J||1st J||5th||6th|
|Eastern Sect.||1st N||2nd J|
| Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior |
TBD = Assigned
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- Shaffer, Jonas (March 26, 2016). "Two local ice-dancing pairs back from Hungary and closer than ever". Baltimore Sun.
- "Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2016.
- "Rachel Parsons". Wheaton Ice Skating Academy. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
- Slater, Paula (July 21, 2015). "Parsons and Parsons look to raise the bar". Golden Skate.
- Flade, Tatjana (20 March 2016). "McNamara and Carpenter take World Junior title". Golden Skate.
- Xiong, Wei (September 30, 2016). "Parsons and Parsons: "We are always trying to improve"". Golden Skate.
- Kondakova, Anna (9 December 2016). "Parsons and Parsons capture gold in Marseille". Golden Skate.
- Flade, Tatjana (18 March 2017). "USA's Rachel and Michael Parsons clinch Junior World title". Golden Skate.
- Parson, Rachel (April 2, 2019). "I've written and rewritten this post so many times I've lost count..." (Instagram).
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013.
- "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012.
- "Competition Results: Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS". International Skating Union.
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