Sydne Vogel

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Sydne Vogel
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1979-06-20) 20 June 1979 (age 37)
Anchorage, Alaska
Former coach Vladimir Kaprov, Traci Coleman

Sydne Vogel (born June 20, 1979) is an American former competitive figure skater. She is the 1996 Skate America bronze medalist and 1997 World Junior champion.

Personal life[edit]

Sydne Vogel was born to Joy and Dennis Vogel. She graduated with her B.S. in Biology from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2009. She is recently graduated from medical school and will start an emergency medicine residency in Augusta, GA in July 2015. Vogel married Jeff McKechnie on November 14, 2010.

Skating career[edit]

Vogel began skating as a hockey player and switched to figure skating two years later.[1] She was coached by Traci Coleman from 1987 to 1995 and then by Vladimir Kaprov. She placed fifth on the novice level at the 1994 U.S. Championships in Detroit. The result spurred her to work harder to learn all of the triple jumps. At the 1995 U.S. Championships in Rhode Island, she defeated the favorite, Tara Lipinski, for the gold medal in Junior Ladies.[1][2]

In early November 1996, Vogel won bronze at Skate America and gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships,[3] held at the end of the same month. She then developed shin splints in her right leg and a back injury, forcing her to withdraw from the 1997 U.S. Championships.[4] Vogel appeared in competitions and shows sporadically until 2006. She performed for Royal Caribbean International in 2006 on the MS Adventure of the Seas and the MS Navigator of the Seas.


Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99
CS Cup of Russia WD
CS Nations Cup 10th
CS NHK Trophy 13th
CS Skate America 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 1st
Blue Swords 1st J.
Gardena 4th J.
U.S. Championships 5th N. 1st J. 4th WD 9th 15th
Pacific Coast Sect. 1st N. 1st J. 1st
Northwest Regionals 1st N. 1st J. 1st
NCAA Championships 1st
CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995 (later Grand Prix); WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ a b Fernandez, Bernard (February 8, 1995). "Young Skaters Chase Olympic-sized Dream". 
  2. ^ Ford, Bob (February 10, 1995). "Skater Tara Lipinski A Controversial Second In U.S. Junior Division". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  3. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ladies" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Silby, Caroline (August 2000). "Get Motivated". Archived from the original on August 23, 2000.