Zuzanna Szwed

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Zuzanna Szwed
Personal information
Country represented Poland
Born (1977-07-19) July 19, 1977 (age 41)
Warsaw, Poland
Residence Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Former coach Craig Maurizi, Lucja Rylska
Former choreographer Craig Maurizi, Linda Johns
Former skating club Marymont Warszawa
Former training locations Detroit
Began skating 1983
Retired 1998

Zuzanna Szwed (Polish pronunciation: [zuˈzanna ˈʂfɛd]; born July 19, 1977)[1] is a Polish former competitive figure skater. She is the 1994 Karl Schäfer Memorial champion, 1995 Finlandia Trophy silver medalist, and a five-time Polish national champion. She competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

Personal life[edit]

Zuzanna Szwed was born on July 19, 1977 in Warsaw, Poland.[1] She married American pair skater Aaron Parchem in Chicago in 2004.[2] They have a daughter, Sofie (born c. 2011).[3]


Szwed began skating in 1983 and was coached by Lucja Rylska early in her career.[1] Making her first ISU Championship appearance, she placed 15th at the 1991 Junior Worlds in Budapest, Hungary.

Szwed competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.[4] She qualified for the final segment by placing 23rd in the short program and went on to finish 19th overall. She was the first skater to represent Poland in ladies' single skating at the Olympics.[citation needed]

In the 1993–94 season, Szwed finished eighth at the World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado and second at the Polish Championships, both times finishing behind Anna Rechnio, who was selected to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

In the 1994–95 season, Szwed won gold at the 1994 Karl Schäfer Memorial ahead of Krisztina Czakó and Maria Butyrskaya. Ranked 15th in the short and second in the free, she finished seventh overall at the 1995 World Junior Championships in Budapest.

In the 1997–98 season, Rechnio took bronze at the Polish Championships behind Rechnio and Sabina Wojtala. She was coached by Craig Maurizi in Detroit.[1]

In total, Szwed reached the free skate at thirteen ISU Championships – three Worlds, seven Europeans, and three Junior Worlds. She finished in the top ten at four Europeans and two Junior Worlds and in the top fourteen at two Worlds. She works as a coach and choreographer at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


Season Short program Free skating


GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)

Event 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Winter Olympics 19th
World Champ. 17th 28th 14th 25th 14th
European Champ. 16th 10th 7th 14th 13th 7th 10th
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP Trophée de France 7th
GP Nations Cup 4th
GP Skate America 9th
GP Skate Canada 4th
Finlandia Trophy 2nd 4th
Inter. de Paris 9th
Skate Canada 10th
Nebelhorn Trophy 17th 4th 7th
Schäfer Memorial 15th 1st
Skate America 9th 10th
St. Gervais 4th
International: Junior[1]
World Junior Champ. 15h 8th 7th
Polish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Zuzanna SZWED". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Athlete profile: Aaron Parchem". Associated Press. February 2006. Archived from the original on June 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Elfman, Lois (November 23, 2017). "Parchem treasures memories of 2006 Winter Games". IceNetwork.com.
  4. ^ "Zuzanna Szwed". Sports Reference.