Ryan Jahnke

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Ryan Jahnke
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Jahnke competes in 2004.
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1978-03-21) March 21, 1978 (age 41)
Detroit, Michigan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former coachDiana Ronayne
Former choreographerTom Dickson
Skating clubBroadmoor SC
Began skating1985
ISU personal best scores
Combined total190.55
2004 Skate Canada
Short program64.80
2005 Cup of China
Free skate129.80
2004 Skate Canada

Ryan Jahnke (born on March 21, 1978) is an American former competitive figure skater. He is the 2004 Skate America silver medalist and 2003 U.S. national bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Jahnke was born on March 21, 1978, in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He studied pre-medicine on a four-year academic scholarship at Wayne State University before quitting due to his move to Colorado.[2] He majored in finance and minored in information systems at the University of Colorado, graduating in December 2009.[3] He is fluent in German.[1]

Jahnke married Tashiana Foreman on June 1, 2002.[1] Their son, Zayin Nicholas Jahnke, was born in November 2011.[4]


Jahnke began skating in 1985 because his friends played ice hockey.[1][2] He won the novice men's title at the 1993 U.S. Championships. Around 1995, he broke two teeth in a skating collision with Dan Hollander while training in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.[5] He was awarded bronze medals competing on the junior level at the 1995 and 1996 U.S. Championships and placed 19th at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

After training in Michigan under Diana Ronayne, he relocated in 1999 to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his coach had received a job offer.[1][5] He placed fifth at the 2000 U.S. Championships. As a result, he was sent to his first senior ISU Championship, the 2000 Four Continents in Osaka, Japan, where he finished 12th.

Jahnke won the bronze medal at the 2003 U.S. Championships and placed 6th at the 2003 Four Continents in Beijing, China. He finished 13th at the 2003 Worlds in Washington, D.C., after ranking third in qualifying group B, 9th in the short program, and 18th in the free skate.

The following season, Jahnke placed fourth at the 2004 U.S. Championships and received a pewter medal. At the 2004 Four Continents in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he had the same final placement after ranking fifth in both segments.

Jahnke competed at multiple Grand Prix competitions. At the 2004 Skate America, he placed fourth in the short and first in the free skate, obtaining the silver medal behind Brian Joubert and ahead of Michael Weiss.

Jahnke retired from competitive skating after the 2006 U.S. Championships. He made his professional debut at the 2006 Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular and has also worked as a coach. In 2010, he launched his new website, Myskatingmall.com.[3]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Brazilian medley

Competitive highlights[edit]

1999–2000 to 2005–2006[edit]

Event 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Worlds 13th
Four Continents 12th 6th 4th
GP Final 6th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Skate America 12th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th 4th
GP Trophée Lalique 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 8th 9th
Finlandia Trophy 5th
U.S. Champ. 5th 8th 8th 3rd 4th 13th 6th
GP = Grand Prix

1991–1992 to 2004–2005[edit]

Event 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99
St. Gervais 8th
International: Junior[11]
Junior Worlds 19th
Blue Swords 14th
U.S. Champ. 12th N 1st N 3rd J 3rd J 5th J 8th 9th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ryan JAHNKE: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 2, 2006.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (September 3, 2003). "Cinderella Story for USA's Jahnke". Golden Skate.
  3. ^ a b "Ryan Jahnke launching new site". Figure Skaters Online. January 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Figure Skating Baby News! - Page 2". FSUniverse. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  5. ^ a b Manley, Allison (January 31, 2010). "Episode #35: Ryan Jahnke". manleywoman.com.
  6. ^ "Ryan JAHNKE: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Ryan JAHNKE: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Ryan JAHNKE: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "Ryan JAHNKE: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2002.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  10. ^ a b c d "Programs". Official website of Ryan Jahnke. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  11. ^ a b c "Ryan JAHNKE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 25, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Ryan Jahnke". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)

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