Terry Kubicka

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Terry Kubicka
Demonstratie internationale top kunstrijden in Edenhal Amerikaan Terry Kubicka , Bestanddeelnr 928-4696.jpg
Terry Kubicka in 1976
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1956-04-03) April 3, 1956 (age 62)
Long Beach, California
ResidenceFairfield, California
Former coachEvy Scotvold

Terry Kubicka (born April 3, 1956) is an American retired figure skater. He is the 1974 Prague Skate champion, 1975 Skate Canada International bronze medalist, and 1976 U.S. national champion. He competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Terry Kubicka was born on April 3, 1956, in Long Beach, California.[1] He received a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of California, Davis.[2] In September 1982, he married his wife, Annie, with whom he has three children – Katie, Christopher, and Scott.[2]

Skating career[edit]

Kubicka decided to begin skating after his parents took him to the Ice Follies show.[2] Evy Scotvold coached him for nine years, from group to private lessons.[2]

Kubicka won silver at the 1972 Grand Prix International St. Gervais, gold at the 1974 Prague Skate, and bronze at the 1975 Skate Canada International. At the 1974 U.S. Championships, he became the first American to land the triple Lutz jump.[3] Kubicka said that he had landed it in the short program but it was not filmed so he did it again in the long.[4]

In 1976, he won the U.S. national title and was named in the American team to the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. At the Olympics, he became the first and only skater to perform a legal backflip; it was banned after the competition.[2]

After ending his competitive career, Kubicka toured with Ice Capades for three years then left skating to become a veterinarian. In 2005, he returned to skating as a National Technical Specialist.[2] He was named an International Technical Specialist as of August 1, 2007.[5]


Event 70–71 71–72 72–73 73–74 74–75 75–76
Olympics 7th
World Champ. 12th 7th 6th
Skate Canada 3rd
St. Gervais 2nd
Prague Skate 1st
U.S. Champ. 1st N 1st J 2nd 2nd 1st
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ "Terry Kubicka". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Schneider Farris, Jo Ann. "Terry Kubicka – 1976 United States Men's Figure Skating Champion". About.com. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 27, 2011). "Mroz attempting to push boundaries of sport". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Rosewater, Amy (October 11, 2011). "Kubicka, Mroz's legacies linked by Lutzes". Icenetwork. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Communication No. 1467". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009.