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Vincent Zhou’s Profile

General

Name:                                      Vincent Zhou

Date of Birth:                        October 25, 2000

Height:                                    5’0”

Hometown:                           Palo Alto, California

Training Town:                     Riverside, California

Skating Club:                         All Year Figure Skating Club

Coach:                                      Tammy Gambill

Choreographer:                    Justin Dillon

School:                                      Connections Academy

Competition Highlights

2013 Gardena Spring Trophy Italy Novice Boys Gold Medalist

2013 U.S. National Junior Men Champion

2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Junior Men 1st Place

2013 Southwest Pacific Regional Junior Men 1st Place

2012 U.S. National Novice Men Champion

2012 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Men  1st Place

2012 Central Pacific Regional Novice Men  1st Place

2011 U.S. Junior National Intermediate Men Champion

2011 Central Pacific Regional Intermediate Men 1st Place

2010 U.S. Junior National Juvenile Boys 5th Place

2010 Central Pacific Regional Juvenile Boys 1st Place

Personal Best: 210.06 (Senior Men)

Skating Achievements

  • 3 national titles for 3 different levels in 3 consecutive years
    • Youngest Junior Men national champion (205.26) at 12 years 3 months old.
    • Novice Men national champion (164.96) at 11 years 3 months old.
    • Youngest Intermediate Men national champion (104.12) at 10 years 1 month old.
  • Major skating awards
    • 2013 USFS Memorial Fund CSAP Award
    • 2012 USFS Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund Award
    • 2012 USFS Alumni Athlete Ambassador Award overall winner
    • 2012 – 2013 and 2013 – 2014 Team USA grant
    • 2012 LA Open The John Van Valkenburg Most Outstanding Performance Award
    • 2012 SCICA Invitational Series Final Most Outstanding Performance Kennard Taylor Award
  • Youngest member in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Team USA
  • Youngest competitor and youngest champion at 2012 Nationals
  • Landed Double Axel, Triple Salchow and Triple Toe Loop clean in competitions at the age of 9. Landed all non-Axel triple jumps clean in competitions at age 10.
  • Learned Double Axel and all non-Axel triple jumps within 1 ½ years despite many competitions and 3 months off the ice due to an injury.
  • Over 800 miles weekly commute between hometown and training town

Coach and Support Team

Tammy Gambill (Main Coach)

Jon Nichols (Footwork and Stroking)

Diane Kovacic (Off-Ice Conditioning)

Galina Barinova (Ballet)

Peter Kongkasem (Ice Dance)

David Evans (Strength Training)

Justin Dillon (Choreography)

Costumes designed by Shelley Dornbush

Skates provided by RiedellParamount, and Jason Hein

Injury care & prevention provided by Dr. David Evans and Google Healthcare

Academic Achievements

  • Skipped grades. Math Pre-Calculus Honors class and all other subjects 9th grade GATE program for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • High Honor Roll Student
  • Connections Academy Most Outstanding Middle School Science Award
  • A member of Math & Science Academy (Speciality Academy at Connections Academy)
  • Winner of the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence

Media Coverage

Icenetwork, Golden Skate, USFSA Skating Magazine, ISU Skating Magazine, Palo Alto Daily News, San Jose Mercury News, The Press-Enterprise, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Daily Herald, Omaha World Herald, ABC, NBC, Singtao USA (Chinese), World Journal (Chinese), KTSF(Chinese), etc.

Websites

Vincent Zhou’s Official Website

Vincent Zhou’s USFS Skaters’ Profile

Twitter ID: @govincentzhou

 

12 comments on “Profile

  1. hey vincent, ur RLY good at skating!!! wowzers!!!! when i looked at icenetwork and saw ur gold medal performance at nationals……omg i was like….WOW OMG!!!!! im a competitive skater too and i cud do clean 3 salchow and double axel… i started competitive skating late…when i was 10….. im 12 now…but i think its not too late to be good like you! ur my role model! ur like totally awesome…ur smart and ur good in skating!!!! wow….impressive….im in 7th grade too and i take 3 grades above math too….i take Geomtery 1 right now…but i bet ur smarter than me and u have the perfect package to the olympics some day!!!! keep up the great-mazing work vincent!!!! ILY!!!! GO VINCENT!!!

    • Thanks so much! Yes, I’m also taking Geometry (Honors) this year. Thank you for your encouragement. You’re doing great as well. Keep up YOUR great work!!!
      ~Vincent :)

    • Hi Fern, thanks for your suggestion! Is the PA Daily Post the same as Palo Alto Daily News? If so, the Palo Alto Daily News is already mentioned in my profile under Media Coverage. If not, I will add it.

  2. Hi! I used to skate at Vallco in Cupertino, and I remember you there. I have a mutual friend and learned days ago of your success in figure skating. I watched a video on Youtube and WOW! your amazing. And you’re taking Geometry? Wow! unbelievable. see you at the olympics once you are age-eligible. :)

    • Hi Jasmine! Thank you so much for your nice and encouraging words! Are you the Jasmine who skated at Belmont every Saturday? Good luck to you for whatever you pursue!

  3. Hi Vincent! I can’t believe how good you are when you were 8. I skate at San Jose Shark’s Ice and Nazareth Ice Oasis. I saw you skate on Thanksgiving. You are so good. I wish I was as good as you. I’m sort of in a good math class. I’m near your age, my birthday’s on June 12, 2001. Anyway, I’m doing 8th grade math too. I am also in the honor roll. I still don’t see how you can do all that stuff at a very young age. I’ve been skating for almost 3 years and I’m working on my axel and on my pre-juvenile moves. Hope you do good in your next competition.

  4. Hi Vincent! It was very nice to meet you and your mother today. What an impressive young man you are! I hope we get to see you more at Halstrom in Anaheim Hills! Mrs. Arlotti

  5. We were excited to see your Connections commercial today! My daughter is 8 and is considering Connections so that she can up her hours on the ice (just got her Double Loop!). We’ve been following your skating career and LOVE to watch you skate! It takes more than talent to succeed – hard work, determination, self-motivation, sacrifice… I can see that you have that driven, hard-working personality and that it carries over into other areas of your life! Good for you! Good luck in all you do! Hope to see you skate in person some day! :)

    • Thank you so much! I’d certainly recommend Connections Academy for its flexibility and ability to let students work at their own pace. Best luck to your daughter and thanks again for your encouraging words! :)

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