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Caitlin Yankowskas

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Caitlin Yankowskas
Yankowskas in 2010 with former partner John Coughlin
Personal information
Country representedUnited Kingdom
Former country(ies) representedUnited States
Born (1990-05-06) May 6, 1990 (age 29)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Home townPelham, New Hampshire, U.S.
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
PartnerHamish Gaman
Former partnerJoshua Reagan
John Coughlin (2007–2011)
Daniyel Cohen
Former coachBruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Johnny Johns, David Kirby, Marina Zueva, Dalilah Sappenfield, Larry Ibarra, Lei'Ina McLaughlin, Alexander Vlassov, Laura Amelina
Former choreographerJulie Marcotte, Marina Zueva, Damon Allen, Zuzanna Szwed, Dalilah Sappenfield
Skating clubGuildford IFSC Surrey
Former skating clubSkating Club of Boston
Colonial FSC
Former training locationsMontreal
Canton, Michigan
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating1994
RetiredSeptember 10, 2015

Caitlin Yankowskas (born May 6, 1990) is an American pair skater. She competed for the United States with John Coughlin from 2007 to 2011. They are the 2010 Cup of China bronze medalists and 2011 U.S. national champions. With partner Hamish Gaman, Yankowskas skated for the United Kingdom. They are the 2015 Challenge Cup silver medalists and 2015 British national champions.

Personal life

Yankowskas was born May 6, 1990, in Nashua, New Hampshire.[1] Raised in Pelham, New Hampshire, she was homeschooled and took ballet lessons in addition to skating.[2] She was a member of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble in Salem, New Hampshire, for five years before moving to Colorado Springs.[3] Her father has a dental practice in Massachusetts. She has an older sister, Erica.[2]


Early years

Yankowskas began skating at the age of six. She skated with Daniyel Cohen in pairs at the novice level while competing as a single skater at the same time and at the same level. She and Cohen were the 2007 U.S. novice silver medalists.[4] She did not make it out of sectionals as a single skater. Yankowskas and Cohen were coached by Alexander Vlassov and Laura Amelina.[5]

Partnership with Coughlin

In June 2007, Yankowskas had a tryout with new coach Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sappenfield suggested John Coughlin as a potential partner and they had a tryout in early August 2007.[6] They placed 6th at the 2008 U.S. Championships and made their Grand Prix debut at the 2008 Skate America.

During the 2010–11 season, their Ave Maria long program was a tribute to Coughlin's mother who died in February 2010.[7] They finished 4th at 2010 NHK Trophy and won the first Grand Prix medal, bronze, at Cup of China. At the 2011 U.S. Nationals, they placed first in the short program[8] and then won the free program to earn their first national title.[9]

Yankowskas and Coughlin went on to a sixth-place finish in their debut at the World Championships in April 2011; it was the best result by an American pair since 2006.[10] After the event, Coughlin told Yankowskas that he wanted to split up.[11] On May 4, the pair announced the end of their partnership.[10][12][13]

Later partnerships

After leaving Sappenfield and Colorado Springs, Yankowskas moved in July 2011 to Canton, Michigan, to train with Johnny Johns and Adrienne Lenda at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena.[14] She skated for seven weeks with Italian skater Matteo Guarise but the pairing did not go further because they were unable to agree on which country to represent.[11] In December 2011, Yankowskas said that she still wanted to continue her pairs career.[11]

On March 22, 2012, it was announced that Yankowskas had teamed up with Joshua Reagan.[15] They were coached by Johnny Johns, David Kirby, and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[15][16] Yankowskas and Reagan were assigned to the 2012 Cup of China and the 2012 NHK Trophy but withdrew from both events after Reagan sustained a rib injury in practice.[17][18] They parted ways at the end of the season.

In May 2013, Yankowskas formed a partnership with Hamish Gaman, coached by Johnny Johns and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[19] Competing for Great Britain, the pair placed fifth in their debut at the 2013 Ice Challenge. They went on to take the bronze medal at the 2014 British Championships. In mid-February 2014, they moved to Boston and began training under Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall at the Skating Club of Boston.[20][19] After spending part of June 2014 in Montreal, coached by Bruno Marcotte and Richard Gauthier, the pair decided to move there in July.[21] At the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Yankowskas/Gaman placed seventh in the short program, 14th in the free skate, and ninth overall.

On September 10, 2015, Yankowskas and Gaman announced their retirements from competitive figure skating due to lack of funding.[22]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Cinderella
    choreo. by Julie Marcotte

With Reagan

Season Short program Free skating

With Coughlin

Season Short program Free skating
  • The Swan
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    by Wojciech Kilar

With Cohen

Season Short program Free skating
  • The Mission
    by Ennio Morricone

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season)

With Gaman for the United Kingdom

Event 2013–14 2014–15
Europeans 9th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy WD
CS Autumn Classic 8th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Ice Challenge 5th
British Champ. 3rd 1st
WD = Withdrew

With Reagan for the United States

Event 2012–13
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy WD
U.S. Championships WD
WD = Withdrew

With Coughlin for the United States

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Worlds 6th
Four Continents 4th 4th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Skate Canada 7th
Ice Challenge 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th
U.S. Championships 6th 7th 6th 1st
Midwestern Sectionals 1st 1st

With Cohen for the United States

Event 2006 2007
U.S. Championships 10th N. 2nd N.
N. = Novice level


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