Rockne Brubaker

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Rockne Brubaker
2013 Nebelhorn Trophy Lindsay DAVIS Rockne BRUBAKER IMG 6889.JPG
Davis/Brubaker in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Rockne Lee Brubaker II
Country represented United States
Born (1986-06-21) June 21, 1986 (age 31)
St. Louis, Missouri
Home town Algonquin, Illinois
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Former partner Lindsay Davis, Mary Beth Marley, Keauna McLaughlin, Mariel Miller, Stephanie Freitag
Former coach Jenni Meno, Todd Sand, John Nicks, Dalilah Sappenfield, Lei Ina McLaughlin, Tom Zakrajsek
Former choreographer Christine Binder, Sarah Kawahara, Dalilah Sappenfield, Lea Ann Miller
Former skating club All Year FSC
Former training locations Aliso Viejo, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating 1991

Rockne Lee Brubaker, II[1] (born June 21, 1986) is an American pair skater. With Keauna McLaughlin, he is the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2007 World Junior champion, and a two-time (2008–2009) U.S. national champion. With Mary Beth Marley, he is the 2012 Four Continents bronze medalist and 2012 U.S. silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Rockne Brubaker Jr was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His younger brother Collin Brubaker is a competitive ice dancer.[2] He was named after his father, Rockne Brubaker Sr., who had been named after Knute Rockne.

Brubaker graduated from Harry D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois[citation needed]. He is a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs majoring in business administration and sports marketing.[3]

Brubaker became engaged to Italian pair skater Stefania Berton on February 2, 2013.[4] The couple married on June 5, 2015 in Wisconsin.[5]


Early years[edit]

Rockne Brubaker began skating at the age of five or six.[6][7] He originally competed as a single skater, reaching the level of novice. He competed as a pair skater at the same time and eventually gave up singles to focus on pairs around age 12.[6] At 17, he left Chicago and moved to Colorado Springs to train with top pairs coach Dalilah Sappenfield.[6]

With partner Stephanie Freitag, he placed 5th at the novice level at the 2001–2002 season Midwestern Sectional Championships.[8]

In September 2003, Brubaker began skating with Mariel Miller, with whom he competed on the junior level.[9] They won bronze medals at the 2004–05 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2005–06 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. They won the junior title at the 2005 U.S. Championships. While originally intending to compete at the senior level at the 2006 U.S. Championships, Miller & Brubaker announced their split in December 2005 due to a lack of height difference that could lead to injury.[7] They were coached by Dalilah Sappenfield and Tom Zakrajsek.

Partnership with McLaughlin[edit]

Sappenfield teamed up Brubaker with Keauna McLaughlin in May 2006.[7] They were coached by Sappenfield and Lei Ina McLaughlin in Colorado Springs.[3] The pair went undefeated in their first competitive season together (2006–07). In that season, McLaughlin and Brubaker competed on the 2006–07 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit and won both their events and the Junior Grand Prix Final. They went on to win the junior title at both the 2007 U.S. Championships and the 2007 World Junior Championships. McLaughlin and Brubaker were the fourth American pair team in history to win the World Junior title.[10][11] Because of the age difference between McLaughlin and Brubaker, this was their only junior-age-eligible season.

McLaughlin and Brubaker began the 2007–2008 season on the Grand Prix circuit at the 2007 Cup of China, where they won the silver medal. They won a second silver medal at the 2007 NHK Trophy. Their success at these two competitions qualified them for the 2007–08 Grand Prix Final, but they withdrew after the short program due to an injury to Brubaker.

Later that season, they competed at the 2008 U.S. Championships and won the senior national title, becoming the first U.S. pairs team in 51 years to win consecutive junior and senior national titles.[12] Despite winning the U.S. title, McLaughlin and Brubaker were not assigned to the World Championship or World Junior Championship team due to ISU age restrictions. McLaughlin was too young for senior ISU championships and Brubaker was too old for the World Junior Championships. McLaughlin and Brubaker's win, combined with the wins of Jessica Rose Paetsch & Jon Nuss on the junior level, and Brynn Carman & Christopher Knierim on the novice level, gave their coach Dalilah Sappenfield a sweep of national pair champions for 2008, an accomplishment which led to Sappenfield being named Coach of the Year.[13]

McLaughlin and Brubaker began the 2008–2009 season at the 2008 Skate America, where they won the silver medal. A week later they competed at the 2008 Skate Canada International, where they won the bronze medal. At the 2009 U.S. Championships, McLaughlin and Brubaker successfully defended their national title, which resulted in them being selected to compete at the 2009 Four Continents and the 2009 Worlds. They placed 5th at Four Continents and 11th at the World Championships.

In April 2009, Brubaker had hernia surgery to repair muscle tears in his lower abdomen.[14]

In May 2009, McLaughlin and Brubaker changed coaches to John Nicks[15] and relocated to California.[16]

McLaughlin and Brubaker began the 2009–2010 season at the 2009 Cup of Russia, where they won the bronze medal. They continued their season at the 2009 Skate America, where they placed 4th. As the top American pair team on the international circuit, McLaughlin and Brubaker entered the 2010 U.S. Championships as the favorites to win their third consecutive national title and secure one of the two pair skating berths on the U.S. Olympic team. Despite several days of strong practices, they delivered an uncharacteristically rough short program, including falls on a triple salchow and a freak fall on a death spiral, leaving them in 7th place.[16] The pair was able to move up to 5th place after the long program but it was not enough to win a place on the Olympic team.[17]

Determined to rebound from their national result, McLaughlin and Brubaker competed at the 2010 Four Continents less than ten days later. There, they recorded a personal best score in the short program and ultimately won the silver medal.

In June 2010, McLaughlin and Brubaker announced the end of their partnership.[18]

Partnership with Marley[edit]

Brubaker was uncertain whether to continue skating competitively but his coach arranged some tryouts.[19] In August, he had a two-day tryout with Mary Beth Marley and he was impressed enough to cancel his other tryouts,[20] although she had no pairs experience.[2] Marley relocated to Aliso Viejo, California,[20] and they began training together in earnest in September with coach John Nicks.[2][21] Their first international competition was the Mentor Nestlé Nesquik Cup in Toruń, Poland, where they earned the minimum technical scores required to compete at an ISU Championship. They placed fourth at the 2011 U.S. Nationals and were named as alternates for Four Continents. They were assigned to the event after an injury led Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett to withdraw.[22] Jenni Meno and Todd Sand became their main coaches for the 2011–12 season and Nicks also continued to work with the pair.[23][24]

In the 2012–13 season, Marley and Brubaker were assigned to 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 NHK Trophy, however, on August 14, 2012, the pair announced the end of their partnership.[25] Brubaker said he planned to continue in competitive figure skating.[25] In late August, he had a tryout with Amanda Evora, which did not result in a partnership because neither of them could move.[26] Brubaker said he would not compete in the 2012–2013 season.[26] In January 2013, he confirmed he had moved back to Chicago and was continuing his partner search.[27]

Later career[edit]

On February 19, 2013, Brubaker announced his partnership with Lindsay Davis.[28] They competed together for one season. In March 2014, he became the skating director at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Illinois.[29]


With Davis[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

With Marley[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

With McLaughlin[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Romeo and Juliet
    by Sergei Prokofiev
  • Romeo and Juliet
    by Nino Rota
    choreo. by Dalilah Sappenfield

With Miller[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Grease

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pair skating with Davis[edit]

Event 2013–14
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP Skate Canada International 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
U.S. Championships 9th

Pair skating with Marley[edit]

Event 2010–11 2011–12
World Championships 10th
Four Continents Champ. 8th 3rd
GP Skate America 7th
Cup of Nice 3rd
MNNT Cup 1st
U.S. Championships 4th 2nd

Pair skating with McLaughlin[edit]

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
World Champ. 11th
Four Continents Champ. 5th 2nd
Grand Prix Final WD
GP Cup of China 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd 4th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
International: Junior[45]
World Junior Champ. 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Hungary 1st
JGP Taiwan 1st
U.S. Championships 1st J. 1st 1st 5th
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Pair skating with Miller[edit]

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
World Junior Champ. 4th
JGP Final 3rd 3rd
JGP Bulgaria 1st
JGP France 1st
JGP Romania 2nd
JGP Slovakia 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st J.
U.S. Championships 2nd N. 1st J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Pair skating with Freitag[edit]

Event 2001–02
Midwestern Sectionals 5th N.[48]
Upper Great Lakes Regionals 2nd N.[49]

Single skating[edit]

Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Midwestern Sectionals 13th N. 15th N. 7th N.
Southwestern Regionals 2nd N.
N. = Novice level


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  30. ^ Lindsay DAVIS / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2013/2014 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2014)
  31. ^ a b Lindsy Davis / Rockne Brubaker at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived September 8, 2014)
  32. ^ Mary Beth MARLEY / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2011/2012 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2012)
  33. ^ Mary Beth MARLEY / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2010/2011 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived April 23, 2011)
  34. ^ Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2009/2010 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 14, 2011)
  35. ^ Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2008/2009 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2009)
  36. ^ a b Programs at the official website of Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker at the Wayback Machine (archived January 24, 2011)
  37. ^ Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2007/2008 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived January 29, 2008)
  38. ^ Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2006/2007 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived April 29, 2007)
  39. ^ Mariel MILLER / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2005/2006 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived August 31, 2006)
  40. ^ a b MILLER Mariel / BRUBAKER Rockne at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived September 16, 2014)
  41. ^ Mariel MILLER / Rockne BRUBAKER: 2004/2005 at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2005)
  42. ^ Competition Results: Lindsay DAVIS / Rockne BRUBAKER at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived April 20, 2014)
  43. ^ Competition Results: Mary Beth MARLEY / Rockne BRUBAKER at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived June 21, 2013)
  44. ^ Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived September 22, 2012)
  45. ^ a b Competition Results: Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER at the International Skating Union at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2012)
  46. ^ Keauna McLaughlin / Rockne Brubaker at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived June 10, 2010)
  47. ^ Mariel Miller / Rockne Brubaker at U.S. Figure Skating at the Wayback Machine (archived February 22, 2006)
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  49. ^ "2001–2002 Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships Novice Pairs Free Skate and Final Results". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 

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