Richard Dornbush

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Richard Dornbush
Grand Prix Final 2010 Richard DORNBUSH.jpg
Dornbush in 2010
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1991-08-27) August 27, 1991 (age 27)
Corona, California
Home town Corona, California
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Coach Tammy Gambill
Choreographer Mark Pillay
Former choreographer Braden Overett, Cindy Stewart
Skating club All Year FSC
Training locations Riverside, California
Began skating 1997
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 237.28
2014 Lombardia Trophy
Short program 83.01
2013 Four Continents
Free skate 157.92
2014 Lombardia Trophy

Richard Dornbush (born August 27, 1991) is an American figure skater. He is the 2014 Lombardia Trophy champion, 2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and 2011 U.S. national silver medalist. He competed at the 2011 World Championships[1] and was an alternate[2] for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Personal life[edit]

Richard Dornbush was born in Corona, California.[3] He has three older sisters.[4] He played the violin for six years.[5] After studying physics at Riverside Community College,[4] he transferred to University of California, San Diego and joined Earl Warren College.[6] As of 2016, he is an undergraduate student in computational physics and intends to pursue a master's degree and a career in finance with a focus on quantitative analysis.[6]


Richard Dornbush has been coached by Tammy Gambill since 1997 at Icetown Riverside in Riverside, California.[7][8]

In the 2008–09 season, Dornbush won gold in both JGP Mexico and JGP South Africa.[9] He qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he took the bronze medal.

In the 2009–10 season, Dornbush won gold at JGP Hungary.[10] He placed 5th in his other event, Germany, but qualified for the Final where he finished 4th. Dornbush was 11th at the 2010 U.S. Nationals.

Dornbush was one of twenty young skaters to receive a scholarship from the Michael Weiss Foundation.[11]

During the 2010-11 season, Dornbush won the Junior Grand Prix Final. At the 2011 U.S. Nationals he placed seventh in the short program and first in the long program to win the silver medal.[12] He was selected to compete at the 2011 World Championships, where he finished 9th.

Dornbush finished 13th at the 2012 U.S. Championships. After Jeremy Abbott withdrew from the 2012 Four Continents, Dornbush was selected to replace him.[13]

Dornbush placed 6th at the 2013 U.S. Championships. He was named as an alternate for the 2013 Four Continents and was called up when Adam Rippon withdrew due to injury.[14]

In the 2014–15 season, Dornbush won gold at his ISU Challenger Series assignment, the 2014 Lombardia Trophy.[15] Turning to the Grand Prix series, he won a bronze medal at the 2014 Cup of China and placed seventh at 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard before capping off the season with a tenth place finish at the 2015 U.S. Championships.

In the 2015–16 season, Dornbush trained with Gambill in Riverside, California, and Jonathan Cassar at IceTown Carlsbad.[6] He finished 6th at the 2015 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, 7th at the 2015 Cup of China, and 8th at the 2015 NHK Trophy. A herniated disc in his back led to his withdrawal from the 2016 U.S. Championships.[16] According to Dornbush, his back problem is likely not related to jumps.[17]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Beatles medley
  • Let's Get On
  • Staying Alive
  • Elena
    by Brian Setzer
  • La Virgen de la Macarena
    performed by Genaro Nuñez
  • La Virgen de la Macarena
    performed by Genaro Nuñez
  • Celtic medley

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

2006–07 to 2015–16[edit]

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Worlds 9th
Four Continents 13th 5th 5th
GP Bompard 7th
GP Cup of China 6th 5th 3rd 7th
GP NHK Trophy 5th 8th
GP Rostel. Cup 6th 5th
GP Skate America 4th
CS Lombardia 1st
Finlandia Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[28]
JGP Final 3rd 4th 1st
JGP Austria 6th 4th
JGP Germany 5th 1st
JGP Hungary 1st
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP South Africa 1st
Gardena 1st J
NA Challenge 3rd J
U.S. Champ. 8th J 4th J WD 11th 2nd 13th 6th 5th 10th WD
Pacific Coast 3rd J 3rd J
SW Pacific 3rd J 1st J
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

2001–02 to 2005–06[edit]

Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
U.S. Championships 5th N 6th N
U.S. Junior Champ. 11th V 1st V 5th I
Pacific Coast Sectionals 2nd N 1st N
Southwest Pacific Regionals 2nd V 1st V 1st I 1st N 1st N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice


  2. ^ "U.S. FIGURE SKATING ANNOUNCES 2014 U.S. OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING TEAM". U.S. Figure Skating. January 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Richard Dornbush".
  4. ^ a b Rosewater, Amy (January 19, 2012). "Prankster Dornbush happy with new reputation". Ice Network.
  5. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (January 11, 2011). "No mystery here - Dornbush ready to contend". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Johnson, Erika (January 14, 2016). "Ice King". University of California at San Diego. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Alexander, Jim (February 2, 2013). "Gambill's pupils young but talented". The Press-Enterprise.
  8. ^ a b c Rutherford, Lynn (August 25, 2011). "Dornbush tackles 'spaghetti western' film genre". Icenetwork. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Staed, Becca (October 11, 2008). "U.S. sweeps gold medals at the JGP South Africa". Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  10. ^ Brown, Mickey (August 29, 2009). "Dornbush, Hochstein shine at JGP Hungary". Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  11. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (February 4, 2011). "Dornbush stuns many, but not benefactor Weiss". Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  12. ^ Walker, Elvin (November 8, 2011). "Richard Dornbush Hits the Big Leagues". IFS Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  13. ^ "Dornbush to replace Abbott at Four Continents". U.S. Figure Skating. Ice Network. February 3, 2012.
  14. ^ "Richard Dornbush Set to Compete at 2013 Four Continents Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. February 4, 2013.
  15. ^ Slater, Paula (October 4, 2014). "Dornbush forges ahead after Lombardia win". Golden Skate.
  16. ^ "Dornbush withdraws from U.S. championships". January 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Brannen, Sarah S. (January 16, 2017). "The Inside Edge: Fenway Park a skater's haven".
  18. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016.
  19. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015.
  20. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014.
  21. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 12, 2013.
  22. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012.
  23. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 18, 2011). "Dornbush debuting new short at Skate America". Icenetwork. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  24. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011.
  25. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 26, 2009.
  26. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009.
  27. ^ "Richard DORNBUSH: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007.
  28. ^ a b "Competition Results: Richard DORNBUSH". International Skating Union.

External links[edit]

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