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Michael Parsons (figure skater)

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Michael Parsons
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 24)
Wheaton, Maryland
Home townDerwood, Maryland, U.S.
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
PartnerCaroline Green
Former partnerRachel Parsons, Kristina Rexford
CoachAlexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Dmitri Ilin
ChoreographerElena Novak
Skating clubWashington Figure Skating Club
Training locationsWheaton, Maryland
Rockville, Maryland
Began skating2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total173.82
2019 Skate Canada
Short dance69.00
2019 Skate Canada
Free dance105.42
2019 Lombardia Trophy

Michael Parsons (born October 3, 1995) is an American ice dancer, who currently competes with Caroline Green.

With his sister and former skating partner Rachel Parsons, he is the 2018 NHK Trophy bronze medalist and a four-time silver medalist on the ISU Challenger Series (2018 CS Asian Open, 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy, 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial). Earlier in their career together, the Parsons won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championships, the 2016 Junior Grand Prix Final, and in the junior event at the 2017 U.S. Championships.

Personal life

Michael Parsons was born October 3, 1995 in Wheaton, Maryland.[1] He has two sisters, Rachel and Katie. He is majoring in biology at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.[2][3]

Career

Early years

Parsons started learning to skate at age seven to play hockey but ultimately chose figure skating.[3][4] He joined the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy in December 2003.[5] Early in his ice dancing career, he skated with Kristina Rexford.[6]

He teamed up with his sister, Rachel, in February 2010.[7] They won gold on the novice level at the 2011 U.S. Championships and debuted on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series in September 2011, placing 9th in Gdańsk, Poland. After taking the junior pewter medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships, they represented the United States at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, placing 4th. They were also selected for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, where they finished 15th.

Competing in the 2012–13 JGP series, the Parsons placed 6th in Linz, Austria, before taking bronze in Zagreb, Croatia.

2013–2014 season

The Parsons obtained silver at both of their 2013–14 JGP assignments, which took place in Košice, Slovakia, and Ostrava, Czech Republic. They qualified for the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where they placed sixth. The duo won bronze at the junior level at the 2014 U.S. Championships and capped off their season with an 8th-place finish at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2014–2015 season

The Parsons medaled at both their 2014–15 JGP assignments, receiving bronze in Aichi, Japan, and silver in Zagreb, Croatia.[8] They finished as the first alternates for the JGP Final and won silver on the junior level at the 2015 U.S. Championships. Concluding their season, they placed fourth at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

2015–16 season: Junior World silver

During the 2015–16 JGP series, the Parsons were awarded gold in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Zagreb, Croatia. Competing in Barcelona, Spain, at their second JGP Final, the siblings took the bronze medal behind Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter and Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd, having placed second in the short dance and fifth in the free. At the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, they placed first in the short and second in the free, winning the silver medal behind McNamara/Carpenter.[9]

2016–17 season: Junior World gold

Competing in their sixth JGP season, the Parsons were awarded gold in Yokohama, Japan,[10] and Dresden, Germany, both times ahead of Russia's Anastasia Shpilevaya / Grigory Smirnov. In December 2016, they competed at the JGP Final in Marseille, France; ranked second in the short and first in the free, they won the title by a margin of 0.63 over Loboda/Drozd.[11]

The following month, the Parsons would win their first junior national title at the 2017 U.S. Championships, over 11 points clear of the field. The siblings would cap off their undefeated season by winning the 2017 World Junior Championships; similar to the 2016–17 JGP Final, the Parsons won the event overall after placing second in the short and first in the free, earning an even narrower victory of 0.56 ahead of Loboda/Drozd. The Parsons earned personal bests in their combined total and free dance scores at their fifth trip to the Junior Championships. [12]

2017–18 season: International senior debut

Moving to the senior level, the Parsons debuted at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, winning the silver medal behind longtime rivals McNamara/Carpenter, who were also making their senior debut. They then took the silver medal at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, their debut on the ISU Challenger series. Assigned to two Grand Prix events, they finished ninth at Skate America and seventh at the Rostelecom Cup. They then competed at a second Challenger event, the Golden Spin of Zagreb, where they finished eighth.

Competing at the senior level at the 2018 U.S. Championships, they placed fifth, and thus did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. They were instead sent to the 2018 Four Continents Championships, where they finished sixth.

2018–19 season: End of Parsons/Parsons

"I couldn't be more proud of you Rach, you're superhuman. It's been an amazing journey and I've loved sharing it with you. If I know one thing, it's that we haven't seen the last of you ❤️"

—Michael Parsons, 2 April 2019[13]

After a second straight silver medal at Lake Placid's summer ice dance event, the siblings competed in three straight Challenger events, winning consecutive silver medals at the Asian Open, Nebelhorn Trophy and Nepela Trophy. At their first Grand Prix event in Japan, the 2018 NHK Trophy, they won their first and only Grand Prix medal, a bronze. At the 2018 Internationaux de France, their second Grand Prix, they finished fifth. At the 2019 U.S. Championships, the Parsons placed sixth.

On April 2, 2019, Rachel announced on Instagram that she was retiring from figure skating following a lengthy struggle with an eating disorder. Michael said he intended to continue skating with a new partner.[13]

2019–20 season: Debut of Green/Parsons

On June 20, 2019, it was announced that Parsons had formed a partnership with Caroline Green, the 2019 U.S junior champion. Green was several years younger than Parsons, an age difference that he said "on the ice I really don’t think it matters that much."[14] Green/Parsons placed fifth at Lake Placid Ice Dance International and the 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy. Making their senior Grand Prix debut as a team, they placed seventh at 2019 Skate America. Parsons remarked that "I’m very pleasantly surprised at how well she has adapted to senior. She has done really well and I couldn’t be happier."[15] Competing the following week at the 2019 Skate Canada International, Green/Parsons again placed seventh.[16]

Programs

With Caroline Green

Season Rhythm dance Free dance
2019–2020
[17]

With Rachel Parsons

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2018–2019
[18]
  • Tango: Vuelvo al Sur
    by Medialuna Tango Project
  • Tango: Tango Cha
    by Sergio Belem
2017–2018
[19]
  • Rhumba: Mambo Molly
    by Mambo Molly
  • Slow rhumba: Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
    by Zucchero
  • Mambo: Congo Crazed
    by Mambo Molly
  • Ghost Dances
    • La Partida
      by Victor Jara
    • Sikuriadas
      by Inti Illimani
    • Quiaquenpita
      by Inti Illimani
2016–2017
[1][10]
  • Singing in the Rain
    arranged by Sophia Sin, Alexander Goldstein
2015–2016
[20]
  • La Malamada
  • Palabras y Vientoby
    by Medialuna Tango Project
2014–2015
[21]
2013–2014
[7]
  • Quickstep: Funny Girl Overture
    by Jule Styne
  • Foxtrot: Funny Girl Overture
  • Quickstep: Funny Girl Overture
2012–2013
[22]
2011–2012
[23]
2010–2011
[4]

Competitive highlights

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

With Caroline Green

International
Event 2019–20
GP Skate America 7th
GP Skate Canada 7th
CS Lombardia Trophy 5th
Lake Placid IDI 5th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Rachel Parsons

International[24]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Four Continents 6th
GP France 5th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Rostelecom 7th
GP Skate America 9th
CS Asian Open 2nd
CS Golden Spin 8th
CS Lombardia 2nd
CS Nebelhorn 2nd
CS Ondrej Nepela 2nd
Lake Placid IDI 2nd 2nd
International: Junior[24]
Junior Worlds 15th 8th 4th 2nd 1st
Youth Olympics 4th
JGP Final 6th 3rd 1st
JGP Austria 6th
JGP Croatia 3rd 2nd 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 2nd
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Japan 3rd 1st
JGP Poland 9th
JGP Slovakia 2nd 1st
MNNT Cup 2nd J
Lake Placid IDI 1st J 1st J
National[4][5]
U.S. Champ. 1st N 4th J 3rd J 2nd J 2nd J 1st J 5th 6th
Eastern Sect. 1st N 2nd J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned

References

  1. ^ a b "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "MC Students are Champions on Ice". Montgomery College. June 2016. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Shaffer, Jonas (March 26, 2016). "Two local ice-dancing pairs back from Hungary and closer than ever". Baltimore Sun.
  4. ^ a b c "Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Michael Parsons". Wheaton Ice Skating Academy. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Shipley, Amy (December 4, 2008). "Local Skaters To Compete in U.S. Junior Champs". Washington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Slater, Paula (July 21, 2015). "Parsons and Parsons look to raise the bar". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ Flade, Tatjana (20 March 2016). "McNamara and Carpenter take World Junior title". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ a b Xiong, Wei (September 30, 2016). "Parsons and Parsons: "We are always trying to improve"". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ Kondakova, Anna (9 December 2016). "Parsons and Parsons capture gold in Marseille". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ Flade, Tatjana (18 March 2017). "USA's Rachel and Michael Parsons clinch Junior World title". Golden Skate.
  13. ^ a b Parsons, Michael (April 2, 2019). "I couldn't be more proud of you Rach, you're superhuman. It's been an amazing journey and I've loved sharing it with you. If I know one thing, it's that we haven't seen the last of you ❤️" (Instagram).
  14. ^ "GREEN & PARSONS: A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS". Ice-dance.com. September 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Slater, Paula (October 20, 2019). "Hubbell and Donohue win second consecutive Skate America gold". Golden Skate.
  16. ^ Slater, Paula (October 27, 2019). "Canada's Gilles and Poirier snag Skate Canada title". Golden Skate.
  17. ^ "Caroline GREEN / Michael PARSONS: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  19. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016.
  21. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
  22. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013.
  23. ^ "Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012.
  24. ^ a b "Competition Results: Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS". International Skating Union.
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