Timothy McKernan

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Timothy McKernan
Personal information
Full name Timothy A. McKernan II
Country represented Australia
Former country(ies) represented United States
Born (1989-07-29) July 29, 1989 (age 27)
York, Pennsylvania
Home town Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Partner Kimberley Hew-Low
Former partner Shannon Wingle, Piper Gilles, Alicia Wallace
Former coach Igor Shpilband. Marina Zueva
Former choreographer Tom Dickson, Igor Shpilband
Skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 125.68
2008 JGP Ostrava
Comp. dance 20.04
2008 JGP Ostrava
Original dance 43.80
2008 JGP Ostrava
Free dance 61.84
2008 JGP Ostrava

Timothy A. McKernan II[1] (born July 29, 1989) is an American ice dancer who skates in partnership with Kimberley Hew-Low for Australia. They competed in the free dance at the 2017 Four Continents Championships. Representing the United States with Piper Gilles, McKernan won one medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and became the 2008 U.S. national junior silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

McKernan was born in York, Pennsylvania. He is an army brat and has lived all over the country.[2][3] His mother, Vicky, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve.[4] His father, Timothy A. McKernan Sr., is a Colonel[5] in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan at the time of the 2007 U.S. Championships[6] and to Iraq at the time of the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.[7]

After graduating from Cheyenne Mountain High School, McKernan attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then Eastern Michigan University.


McKernan competed with Alicia Wallace in the 2002–03 season on the juvenile level. They competed at the 2003 U.S. Junior Championships and placed 9th in their qualifying group.[8]

In January 2003, he teamed up with Piper Gilles.[9] They began competing on the Intermediate level in 2004. During their career, they were the 2007 U.S. Junior Pewter Medalists and the 2008 U.S. Junior silver medalists. They announced the end of their partnership on May 22, 2008.[10] Gilles / McKernan were coached by Patti Gottwein, Christopher Dean, and Rich Griffin.

McKernan teamed up with Shannon Wingle in the summer of 2008. They are coached by Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva. They made their international debut at the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where they placed 7th.

In the 2016–17 season, McKernan began competing with Kimberley Hew-Low for Australia. They debuted their partnership at the NRW Trophy in early November 2016.


(with Gilles)

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Cinderella
  • Bulgarian Baroque
    (from Dreamscape)

Competitive highlights[edit]

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Hew-Low for Australia[edit]

Event 2016–17
Four Continents Championships 16th
CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 15th
NRW Trophy 9th
Volvo Open Cup 8th
Australian Championships 3rd
WD = Withdrew

With Wingle for the United States[edit]

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
JGP Czech Republic 7th
U.S. Championships 4th J 10th 7th
Midwestern Sectionals 1st J
J = Junior level

With Gilles for the United States[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
JGP Austria 5th
JGP Chinese Taipei 6th
JGP Mexico 3rd
JGP United Kingdom 4th
NACS Vancouver 1st J
NACS Pierrefonds 4th N
U.S. Championships 7th N 4th J 2nd J
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd N 2nd J 2nd J
Southwestern Regionals 1st N
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ "Tests Received" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. July 2007. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Haffey, Vera (December 20, 2004). "Skaters with Anaconda ties taking home the gold medals". Montana Standard. Archived from the original on May 3, 2006. 
  3. ^ Gilles-McKernan: About
  4. ^ Gilles-McKernan: Tim McKernan
  5. ^ "Army releases April officer promotions". Army Times. March 21, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ Trimmer, Dave (January 25, 2007). "Stars and skates : Skater gets good-luck note from father serving in Afghanistan". The Spokesman-Review. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Walker, Elvin (January 22, 2008). "Hubbells lead junior dance at US Nationals". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating: 2003 U.S. Junior Nationals: JUVENILE DANCE 1B (QR)". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  9. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (May 27, 2007). "Quick Move to Juniors Pays Off for Colorado Dancers". SkateToday. 
  10. ^ "Ice Dancers Piper Gilles and Timothy McKernan End Partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. May 22, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Piper GILLES / Timothy McKERNAN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c "Piper Gilles / Timothy McKernan". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Competition Results: Kimberley HEW-LOW / Timothy MCKERNAN". International Skating Union. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Shannon WINGLE / Timothy McKERNAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Shannon Wingle / Timothy McKernan". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Competition Results: Piper GILLES / Timothy McKERNAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 

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