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 54)
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 career[edit]

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.

Career with Kuchiki[edit]

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 a surprising 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]

Career with Meno[edit]

Meno and Sand teamed up on the ice in April 1992. They had immediate success, qualifying for the 1993 World Figure Skating Championships in their first season with a 2nd-place finish at the U.S Nationals, and were the top Americans there placing 5th, qualifying 3 teams for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. They became U.S Champions in 1994, then placed 5th in arguably the strongest pairs field assembled in history in Lillehammer with 2 clean skates.

In 1995 they won their 2nd consecutive U.S title with perhaps their finest performance ever, gaining 6 perfect 6.0s for artistic impression. They then came from 5th after the short program to win the bronze medal at the 1995 World Figure Skating Championships. In 1996 they won their 3rd consecutive U.S title, and again climbed from 5th to 3rd, and won their second consecutive World bronze medal.

In 1997, they set themselves up as possible contenders for the World title early in the season, beating both the World gold and World silver medalist Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov, and Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer in fall competitions. They had also gained the necessary side by side triple toes that had prevented them from a higher finish than 3rd place at the previous 2 World Championships. They however lost their form and suffered a last place finish at the Champions Series final in Hamilton, Ontario, and lost their U.S title to Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen. With a chance for the World title after major mistakes by the other top teams they suffered another lackluster outing and dropped to 5th at the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships.

They missed much of the 1997-1998 competitive season with injury, and had to withdraw from the U.S Championships after the short program, but on their past record were named to the team for the [3] in Nagano, Japan. [4][5] After a dismal performance in Nagano in finishing 8th, they ended their career on a high on home ice in Minneapolis at the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships, winning the short program, and taking the silver medal, their highest finish ever at Worlds. Following their retirement from competitive skating, they skated professionally in the Stars on Ice tour for six seasons.

Post Skating Career[edit]

Sand appeared in the ITV series Dancing on Ice with double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes. They was eliminated in Quarter Final (Week 6) after the judges votes to save Bonnie Langford and her partner Matt Evers.

Sand works as a coach with his wife. They formerly coached John Baldwin / Rena Inoue and Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker.[6] Currently, they coach Jessica Calalang / Zach Sidhu.[7]

Sand is an ISU Technical Specialist.[8] He was a technical specialist for the men's event at the 2005 World Championships.[9]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs career for the United States[edit]

With Jenni Meno[edit]

International
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
National
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]

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

With Lori Blasko[edit]

International
Event 1984-1985 1985–1986 1986–1987 1987–1988
Skate America 6th
Prague Skate 1st
National
U.S. Championships 3rd J 7th 8th

Singles career for Denmark[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meyers, Jeff (February 25, 1990). "Skater Kuchiki Overcomes Tears and Fears : Figure skating: Now comes the easy part for young Olympic hopeful, who will compete in World Championships". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b Harvey, Randy (April 9, 1992). "Skaters Kuchiki and Sand Go Their Own Way". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ 1998 Winter Olympics
  4. ^ Hersh, Philip (January 10, 1998). "Despite Foot Injury, Meno-sand Named To Nagano Pairs Team". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ Hersh, Philip (February 7, 1998). "Meno-sand Takes The Hard Road To Winter Games". Chicago Tribune.
  6. ^ Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker at the International Skating Union
  7. ^ Jessica Calalang & Zach Sidhu at the International Skating Union
  8. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1409" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. (381 KiB)
  9. ^ ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

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