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Parker Pennington
Personal information
Full nameParker Blair Pennington
Country representedUnited States
Born (1984-09-13) September 13, 1984 (age 35)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
CoachCarol Heiss-Jenkins, Roberta Mitchell
Former coachAudrey Weisiger, Chris Conte, Ross Lansel, Nick Perna, Janet Champion, Diana Ronayne, Glyn Watts
Former choreographerDavid Wilson, Nikolai Morosov, Pasquale Camerlengo, Olga Volozhinskaya, Renée Roca
Skating clubCleveland Skating Club
Former training locationsFairfax, Virginia
Lakewood, Ohio
Began skating1987

Parker Blair Pennington (born September 13, 1984) is an American figure skater. He won silver medals at the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy and 2007 Finlandia Trophy, three gold medals on the JGP series, and bronze at the 2002 JGP Final. Pennington won U.S. national titles on four levels—junior (2001), novice (1998), intermediate (1996), and juvenile (1995).

Personal life

Pennington was born on September 13, 1984 in Hartford, Connecticut.[1] He graduated from Lakewood High School[where?] in 2003.[2] His younger brother, Colin, is the 2003 national novice champion in men's singles.[3]

In 2008, he began studying part-time at Baldwin-Wallace College while still competing.


Early years

Pennington began skating at age three. He was coached by Carol Heiss Jenkins from 1992 through 2003.[4] For the majority of his career, he competed out of the Midwestern Section.

In 1995, Pennington won the national title on the Juvenile level. The next year, he won it on the Intermediate level. After failing to make it out of Sectionals in 1997 on the Novice level, he won the 1998 Novice national title. This earned him a trip to the Triglav Trophy, his first international event. He won gold on the novice level.[5]

Junior career

Pennington was given his junior international debut in 1998 at an ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he placed 4th, and then placed 9th in his second assignment, in China. Since the 1999 World Junior Championships were scheduled to be held before U.S. Nationals, he competed at a since-discontinued competition to determine the US team. He placed third and was sent to Junior Worlds, finishing 16th. At the 1999 Nationals, Pennington won the bronze medal on the junior level. In 1999, Pennington was given two Junior Grand Prix events and placed 5th at both. He then won his Sectionals and won the junior silver medal at Nationals. This earned him another trip to the Triglav Trophy, where he won gold on the junior level.[5]

In 2000, Pennington won both his Junior Grand Prix events and placed 6th at the Junior Grand Prix Final. At Nationals, he won the gold medal on the Junior level, making him the first and so far only man to win Nationals on all of the following levels: Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, and Junior. Pennington was originally scheduled to compete internationally on the Junior Grand Prix in the 2001–02 season. However, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the USFSA withdrew all their skaters from the JGP. After placing 13th in his senior-level national debut, he won the junior gold medal at the Gardena Spring Trophy.[5]

In the 2002–03 season, Pennington won the silver medal at both his events and then won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final. He placed 6th at Nationals, earning himself another trip to the World Junior Championships. However, an injury led him to withdraw before the event began.[2]

He was coached by Diana Ronayne from 2003 through 2005.[4] He competed out of the Eastern Section in 2003, the only season he represented the Skating Club of New York in national competition. In 2003, Pennington won one Junior Grand Prix event and placed 6th at the other, missing qualification to the JGP Final. He withdrew from the 2004 Nationals due to injury.[6]


For the 2004–05 season, Pennington was given his first senior international event, the Finlandia Trophy, where he placed 8th. His 16th-place finish at Nationals did not earn him an international assignment for the 2005–06 Olympic season.

He was coached by Janet Champion in 2006.[4] His placement of 9th at the 2006 Nationals earned him a trip to the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy, where he won the silver medal behind Tomáš Verner. Due to ISU rules, this medal did not earn Pennington a personal best score and did not put him on the list of seasonal best scores. That year at Nationals, Pennington placed 7th.[5]

In the summer of 2007, Pennington moved to Fairfax, Virginia, to train under Audrey Weisiger. He changed his home club affiliation from the Broadmoor Skating Club to the Washington Skating Club and so competed out of the Eastern Section. Pennington was assigned to the 2007 Finlandia Trophy, where he won the silver medal, placing three points behind Verner and 16 points ahead of bronze medalist Kevin van der Perren. He won the silver medal at the Eastern Sectional Championships to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Championships, where he placed 11th.

Pennington returned to Heiss Jenkins in 2008,[4] when he moved back to Cleveland. He practiced at the Cleveland Skating Club. He soon resigned from competing nationally, and instead, organized a series of shows called Skate Dance Dream. He now is a coach at the Cleveland Skating Club while continuing to coach, choreograph, and direct Skate Dance Dream and the Cleveland Skating Club annual ice show. Both are annual performances. He also coaches the Cleveland Skating Club theatre on ice team.


Season Short program Free skating
  • Freedom
    by Michael W. Smith
    choreo. by Parker Pennington
  • Flamenco a Go-Go
    by Steve Stevens
  • Flamenco a Go-Go
    by Steve Stevens
  • The Firm
  • Incantations
  • Songs from "A Secret Garden"
  • Violin Concerto
    by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Carmen
    by Georges Bizet

Competitive highlights

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
Finlandia Trophy 8th 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
International: Junior or novice[5]
Junior Worlds 16th WD
JGP Final 6th 3rd
JGP Bulgaria 4th
JGP China 9th
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Italy 2nd
JGP Japan 5th
JGP Netherlands 5th
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Slovakia 6th
JGP Ukraine 1st
JGP United States 2nd
Gardena 1st J.
Triglav Trophy 1st N. 1st J.
U.S. Champ. 1st N. 3rd J. 2nd J. 1st J. 13th 6th WD 16th 9th 7th 11th 8th 16th 17th
Midwestern Sect. 2nd N. 1st J. 3rd J. 4th 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
Eastern Sect. 1st 2nd
Southwest Reg. 2nd
North Atlantic Reg. 1st
East. Great Lakes 1st N. 1st J. 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ a b "Parker PENNINGTON: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 17, 2003.
  2. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (July 29, 2003). "Pennington Aims for Junior World Title". Golden Skate.
  3. ^ "Colin Pennington Follows in Brother's Footsteps with Gold". U.S. Figure Skating. January 2003.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Parker Pennington". (U.S. Figure Skating). 2018-09-10.
    • "Earlier: 2008 to 2011". Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
    • "Earlier: 2007". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Competition Results: Parker PENNINGTON". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Borzilleri, Meri-Jo (January 8, 2006). "Ready to break the ice". Colorado Springs Gazette. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Programs". Official website of Parker Pennington. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
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