Todd Sand

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Todd Sand
Kuchiki and Sand.jpg
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1963-10-30) October 30, 1963 (age 53)
Partner Jenni Meno
Former partner Natasha Kuchiki
Lori Blasko
Former coach John Nicks
Retired 1998

Todd Sand (born October 30, 1963) is an American pairs skater. With partner and wife Jenni Meno, he is the 1998 World silver medalist, 1995–96 World bronze medalist, and three-time U.S. national champion (1994–96). With previous partner Natasha Kuchiki, he is the 1991 World bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Sand was born in Burbank, California. He has dual American and Danish citizenship, since his father is Danish.[1] He is married to Jenni Meno, with whom he has two sons, Jack, born in 2004, and Matthew Kenneth, born on August 14, 2006.


Early in his career, Sand represented Denmark as a single skater. He competed for that country at the World and European Championships in the early 1980s.

In 1985, Sand began competing as a pair skater with Lori Blasko, representing the United States. They were the 1985 U.S. national bronze medalists on the junior level.

Sand teamed up with Natasha Kuchiki in spring 1989.[2] They won three senior pairs medals at the U.S. Championships, including gold in 1991, and competed at three World Championships, winning bronze in 1991. They also competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where they placed 6th. Kuchiki and Sand announced the end of their partnership in April 1992.[2]

Meno and Sand teamed up on the ice in April 1992. They won three national titles, three medals at the World Championships, and competed in two Olympic Games.[3][4] Following their retirement from competitive skating, they skated professionally in the Stars on Ice tour for six seasons.

Sand appeared in the ITV series Dancing on Ice with double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes.

Sand works as a coach with his wife. They formerly coached John Baldwin / Rena Inoue and Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker.[5] Currently, they coach Jessica Calalang / Zach Sidhu.[6]

Sand is an ISU Technical Specialist.[7] He was a technical specialist for the men's event at the 2005 World Championships.[8]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs career for the United States[edit]

With Jenni Meno[edit]

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Olympics 5th 8th
Worlds 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 5th 2nd
CS Final 4th WD
CS Lalique 3rd 3rd 2nd
CS NHK Trophy 5th 1st 2nd
CS Skate America 2nd
Prague Skate 1st
U.S. Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd WD
CS = Champions Series from 1995–1996 (later renamed Grand Prix)
WD = Withdrew

With Natasha Kuchiki[edit]

Event 1989–1990 1990–1991 1991–1992
Olympics 6th
World Championships 11th 3rd 8th
Skate America 4th 6th
NHK Trophy 5th
Skate Canada 5th
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st 3rd

With Lori Blasko[edit]

Event 1985–1986 1986–1987 1987–1988
Skate America 6th
Prague Skate 1st
U.S. Championships 7th 8th

Singles career for Denmark[edit]

Event 1981 1982 1983
World Championships 19th 22nd
European Championships 19th 19th
Nordic Championships 2nd 2nd
Danish Championships 1st 1st


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