Kyoko Ina (born October 11, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japan Figure skater. With partner John Zimmerman, she is a three-time (2000-2002) U.S. national champion and 2002 Olympian. With partner Jason Dungjen, she was a two-time (1997 & 1998) U.S. Champion and a 1994 & 1998 Olympian.
Kyoko Ina was born in Japan, but raised in New York. She started skating at the age of 4, at the rink at Rockefeller Center.
Eligible career Edit
Ina skated singles and pairs for Japan in the Junior ranks, but eventually decided to compete solely for the United States.
Her first American partnership was with Jason Dungjen from 1991 to 1998, under the coaching of Peter Burrows and Marylynn Gelderman in Monsey, New York. They excelled as a pair and placed 4th in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Their partnership ended following that season.
She teamed up with John Zimmerman then formed a skating partnership, and they trained under Tamara Moskvina and Igor Moskvin in Hackensack, New Jersey. They are able to capitalize on their height difference and perform various difficult lifts.
They won 3 U.S. Championships and competed at the 2002 Olympian. They won the bronze medal at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships.
Ina had not yet turned professional when, on July 18, 2002, the USADA chose to perform an out-of-competition doping test on her. The agent came to her home for an unscheduled test at 10:30 at night. Ina stated that could could not produce the urine sample because she had already prepared to go to sleep.. Ina was led to believe by the agent that the test could be rescheduled for the following day, but she was later charged with refusing to take a doping test. She was suspended by the USADA because of this and faced fines. Despite what had been reported, Ina never faced suspension from the International Skating Union because the refused test was a national out of competition test. Ina's case was further complicated because it was not clear at the time if she had or had not officially retired from competition at the time of the attempted test. Ina eventually filed a case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but later withdrew it. In the end, Ina accepted a two-year sanction from the USADA.
Professional career Edit
Ina and Zimmerman skated with the Stars on Ice tour for many years.
Competitive history Edit
Pairs career Edit
(with John Zimmerman)
|Winter Olympic Games||5th|
|Four Continents Championships||2nd||3rd|
|Grand Prix Final||5th||4th|
|Sparkassen Cup on Ice||2nd|
|Cup of Russia||3rd||4th|
(with Jason Dungjen)
|Winter Olympic Games||9th||4th|
|Karl Schafer Memorial||1st|
Singles career Edit
For the United States Edit
|U.S. Championships||1st J.||4th|
- J = Junior level
For Japan Edit
|World Junior Championships||8th|