Vincent Zhou

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Vincent Zhou
2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Vincent Zhou IMG 8278.JPG
Zhou in December 2015
Personal information
Country representedUnited States United States
Born (2000-10-25) October 25, 2000 (age 18)
San Jose, California
Home townPalo Alto, California
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
CoachTammy Gambill, Christy Krall, Tom Zakrajsek
ChoreographerJeffrey Buttle, Charlie White, Lori Nichol
Former choreographerDavid Wilson, Yuka Sato, Justin Dillon
Skating clubThe Skating Club of San Francisco
Former skating clubBroadmoor Skating Club
Training locationsRiverside, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Former training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating2005
World standing18 (2017–18)
31 (2016–17)
74 (2015–16)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total276.69
2018 Winter Olympics
Short program96.78
2018 Worlds
Free skate192.16
2018 Winter Olympics

Vincent Zhou (born October 25, 2000) is an American figure skater. He is the 2017 World Junior champion, 2017 Bavarian Open champion, 2017 U.S. national silver medalist, and 2018 U.S. national bronze medalist. In February 2018, Zhou became the first person to successfully land a quadruple Lutz jump at the Olympics.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Vincent Zhou was born in San Jose, California.[2] Both of his parents are originally from China.[3] His older sister, Vivian, is a violinist and diver.[4][5] His mother, Fei Ge, and his father, Max Zhou, are both computer scientists and worked in Silicon Valley.[6]

When Zhou was a baby, his family moved to Palo Alto, California where they continue to reside. He trained in Riverside, California, which was about 6½ hours drive away.[7] Zhou's mother gave up her tech job in December 2009 to focus on his training and education.[6] Zhou and his mother traveled to Riverside on Sundays and traveled back home on Fridays, while Zhou's father and sister remained in Palo Alto.[7]

After attending Hoover Elementary, Zhou switched to Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA) to accommodate his training.[7] His mother was his "Learning Coach". He was allowed to skip a couple of grade levels.[6] For the 2013–14 school year, he took classes at the 9th grade level or higher, including pre-calculus and programming (agewise, he should have been in 7th grade).[8][9] Zhou is a straight-A student and received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence from President Obama.[9][citation needed]

Zhou moved with his mother to Colorado Springs, Colorado in the spring of 2015[10] and returned to California a year later.[11] He has since returned to Colorado Springs, where he spends the majority of his time. He has a Siamese tabby cat named Snookie.[12] He volunteers regularly.[5][13]

Skating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Zhou started skating in 2005.[2] As a young child, he had lessons with Julie Lowndes and Charlie Tickner. He was coached by Diana Miro at the juvenile level and represented the Peninsula Skating Club until the 2011–2012 season. When he was nine, Zhou started to be coached by Tammy Gambill[12][11] and became a member of the All Year Figure Skating Club in Riverside, California. On weekdays, he trained three hours on-ice and one hour off-ice.[7] Zhou admires Patrick Chan, Brian Boitano, Michael Weiss, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Richard Dornbush.[5][12]

He won three national titles at different levels in three consecutive years:[9]

  • 2011 U.S. intermediate champion (youngest U.S. intermediate champion)
  • 2012 U.S. novice champion
  • 2013 U.S. junior champion (youngest U.S. junior champion)

Zhou intended to skate at the senior level in the 2013-2014 season,[14] but missed the season due to an injury.[15] He was also forced to sit out the entire 2014-15 season because of a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee and a discoid meniscus. Zhou underwent surgery at the UCSF Orthepedic Institute in San Francisco to get his injuries treated.[10]

In the spring of 2015, Zhou began training at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin as his new coaches.[10] In May 2015, he returned to competition, at the Santa Fe Skatefest.[10]

2015–2016 season[edit]

Making his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut, Zhou won two silver medals at the 2015 JGP events in Bratislava, Slovakia and Linz, Austria. These results qualified him for the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona, where he finished fourth.

In January 2016, Zhou placed 8th on the senior level at the U.S. Championships and was named in the U.S. team to the World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. At the March event, he placed fourth in both segments and fifth overall.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Zhou changed coaches ahead of the 2016–2017 season, returning to Tammy Gambill.[11] He has continued to train in Colorado Springs with one of his primary coaches, Drew Meekins, and Tom Zakrajsek. Starting his season on the Junior Grand Prix series, he won silver in Yokohama, Japan, having ranked first in the short and second in the free behind South Korea's Cha Jun-hwan, and then bronze in Tallinn, Estonia. In December, he made his senior international debut at the 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb but withdrew after the short program.

Competing as a senior, Zhou won the silver medal at the U.S. Championships in January 2017. The following month, he stood on his first senior international podium, taking gold at the Bavarian Open. In March, he won the gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships. After placing 5th in the short program, he moved up to win the title with a personal best free skate.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Zhou opened the season at the Finlandia Trophy, where he scored 6th in the short program, then moved up to a second-place finish behind China's Boyang Jin after winning the free skate. He made his senior Grand Prix debut, having received assignments to the 2017 Cup of China and 2017 Internationaux de France. In China, he scored 8th in the short program and 2nd in the free skate, landing just three points short of the podium; in France, he fell on the quads in his short program, ending up 10th in the short and 9th overall. After intense training and a shoulder dislocation, Zhou headed to the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where he attempted a total of seven quadruple jumps. He took 5th in the short program and 3rd in the free skate, taking the bronze medal. His total score was just 0.68 points behind silver medalist Ross Miner.

Alongside Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon, Zhou was named in the U.S. Olympic figure skating team to Pyeongchang, South Korea.[16] During his short program on February 16, he became the first skater to land a quadruple Lutz jump at the Olympics.[17] After the free program, he ultimately placed 6th, behind US national champion Nathan Chen.

In April 2018, Zhou announced on Instagram that he and his choreographer Joshua Farris completed a new exhibition program to A-ha's Take on Me. Zhou noted he had grown fond of the song while reading Ernest Cline's Ready Player One.[18]

2018–2019 season[edit]

At his first event of the season, the 2018 CS U.S. International Classic, Zhou placed sixth in the short, first in the free, and fourth overall.

Zhou's assignments for the 2018-19 Grand Prix series are Skate America and NHK Trophy.[19] At the 2018 Skate America, Zhou placed six in the short, third in the free, and fifth overall. At the 2018 NHK Trophy, Zhou placed fifth in the short, in fourth in the free, and fourth overall. In late November Zhou competed at the 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy where he won the silver medal

Records and achievements[edit]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[2][20][21]
2017–2018
[22][23][24][25][26]
choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle



2016–2017
[29][11]
  • Casablanca
    by L'Orchestra Cinematique
  • Melody Main Title - Casablanca
    by Royal Film Orchestra

2015–2016
[10][30]
2014–2015
[10]
Did not compete this season
2013–2014
[4]
2012–2013
[4]
  • Casablanca
    by L'Orchestra Cinematique
  • Melody Main Title - Casablanca
    by Royal Film Orchestra
2011–2012
[4]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[31]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 6th
Worlds 14th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP France 9th
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 5th
CS Finlandia 2nd
CS Golden Spin WD
CS Tallinn Trophy 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 4th
Philadelphia WD
Bavarian Open 1st
International: Junior[31]
Junior Worlds 5th 1st
JGP Final 4th
JGP Austria 2nd
JGP Estonia 3rd
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Slovakia 2nd
Gardena 1st N
National[4]
U.S. Champ. 1st N 1st J 8th 2nd 3rd
U.S. Jr. Champ. 5th V 1st I
Pacific Coast Sect. 1st N 1st J
Southwest Pacific 1st J
Central Pacific 1st V 1st I 1st N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2018 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy 3
77.46
2
156.79
2
234.25
November 9–11, 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 5
75.90
4
147.52
4
223.42
October 19–21, 2018 2018 Skate America 6
76.38
3
149.37
5
225.75
September 12–16, 2018 2018 CS U.S. International Classic 6
61.72
1
142.90
4
204.62
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 3
96.78
19
138.46
14
235.24
February 14–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 12
84.53
6
192.16
6
276.69
Dec. 29 – Jan. 8, 2018 2018 U.S. Championships 5
89.02
3
184.81
3
273.83
November 17–19, 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 10
66.12
7
156.09
9
222.21
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 8
80.23
2
176.43
4
256.66
October 6–8, 2017 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 6
76.10
1
173.91
2
250.01

Junior and novice[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic.

2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 15–19, 2017 2017 World Junior Championships Junior 5
78.87
1
179.24
1
258.11
February 14–19, 2017 2017 Bavarian Open Senior 1
85.53
1
162.28
1
247.81
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships Senior 3
87.85
2
175.18
2
263.03
December 7–10, 2016 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb Senior 12
64.61

WD

WD
Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2016 2016 JGP Estonia Junior 1
78.10
3
135.82
3
213.92
September 8–11, 2016 2016 JGP Japan Junior 1
80.53
2
145.86
2
226.39
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 14–20, 2016 2016 World Junior Championships Junior 4
77.37
4
143.88
5
221.19
January 15–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Senior 8
68.10
8
149.13
8
217.23
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 JGP Final Junior 4
70.48
3
134.08
4
204.56
September 9–13, 2015 JGP Austria Junior 3
66.59
2
145.37
2
211.96
August 19–23, 2015 JGP Slovakia Junior 2
68.07
2
132.78
2
200.85
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
April 2–3, 2013 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy Novice 1
48.46
1
105.09
1
153.55
[32]
January 20–22, 2013 2013 U.S. Championships Junior 2
66.31
1
138.95
1
205.26
[33]
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total Ref
January 22–23, 2012 2012 U. S. Championships Novice 1
52.45
1
112.51
1
164.96
[34]
  • ISU Personal best highlighted in bold.

References[edit]

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