Silvia Fontana

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Silvia Fontana
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1976-12-03) December 3, 1976 (age 41)
Staten Island, New York
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former coachRobin Wagner
M. D'Agata
E. Kramer
Frank Carroll
Galina Zmievskaya
Former choreographerNina Petrenko
Former training locationsHackensack, New Jersey
Began skating1980

Silvia Fontana (born December 3, 1976) is a figure skater who represented Italy twice at the Winter Olympics.


Fontana began skating at age four.[1] She began representing Italy in international competition in the 1993-94 season. During her career, she won five national titles and finished as high as 7th at the European Championships and 8th at Worlds. She finished 10th at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Following the 2002, Fontana left competitive skating. She made a comeback in the 2005-06 season, hoping to skate at the Olympics in her home country of Italy.[2][3] Her 2nd-place finish at the Italian Nationals qualified her for Italy's Olympic team. She placed 22nd in her final competitive event.

Following the Olympics, Fontana performed in ice shows around the world, as well as a skating competition on Italian TV.[2] She coaches at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel Florida with John Zimmerman.[4] Their students include Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier.[4] and currently Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres

Personal life[edit]

Fontana was born on Staten Island, New York, raised in Rome, and trained during her career in Hackensack, New Jersey.[5]

Fontana married American pair skater John Zimmerman on August 28, 2003.[6] The two coach together, and have served as ambassadors for Right to Play.[7] The couple also have a line of sportswear, Karisma, which Fontana founded in 2009.[6][8] They have representatives selling the clothing line in the United States, especially in the Midwest. Their daughter, Sofia Zimmerman, was born on April 2, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida.[9] Their second daughter, Eva Zimmerman, was born on June 2 2013, followed by her son Jack Zimmerman born in September2016. [10]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Blues
    by C. Brown
  • Histoire d'Amour
    by Carlos Almaran
  • Another Cha Cha
    by Santa Esmeralda
  • Mexico con Amor
  • Flamenco
    by Otmar Liebert
  • Time to Say Goodbye
    by Andrea Boccelli


Event 1993–94 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2005–06
Olympics 10th 22nd
Worlds 25th 24th 18th 16th 19th 10th 10th
Europeans 22nd 20th 18th 13th 8th 7th 11th
GP Cup of Russia 11th 9th 9th
GP Lalique 10th 7th
GP Skate America 10th
GP Skate Canada 7th 5th
GP Sparkassen 7th
Universiade 3rd
Golden Spin of Zagreb 3rd
Italian Champ. 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
GP = Grand Prix


  1. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (1998) [1995]. "A Passion to Skate". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Elfman, Lois (May 8, 2008). "Behind the scenes of figure skating - May 8: Silvia Fontana experiences a career explosion". IceNetwork.
  3. ^ "For Italian Skater, Podium is an Afterthought". Associated Press. NBC Sports. February 18, 2006. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (May 17, 2013). "Change of scenery serves Denney, Frazier well". IceNetwork.
  5. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (February 21, 2006). "Fontana fulfilling dream in Italy". The Record (Bergen County). Retrieved December 11, 2007. Figure skater Silvia Fontana, right, a resident of Hackensack, enjoying a break from training with her coach, Robin Wagner.
  6. ^ a b "Five favorite things with Fontana and Zimmerman". Ice Network. November 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Kyoko Ina/John Zimmerman Stars on Ice profile Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Rosewater, Amy (March 8, 2011). "Ina and Zimmerman return to the ice". IceNetwork.
  9. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (April 11, 2012). "The Inside Edge: Toth models for Marc Jacobs". IceNetwork.
  10. ^ David Baden [@DavidBaden] (3 June 2013). "Congrats #SilviaFontana & @skaterzimmerman on birth of Eva Zimmerman Born 6/2/13 7p 6oz All healthy/happy! @icenetwork @usfigureskating" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ a b "Silvia FONTANA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 October 2006.
  12. ^ a b "Silvia FONTANA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
  13. ^ a b "Silvia FONTANA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 17, 2001.

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