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Michael Weiss (born August 2, 1976 in Washington, DC) is a former competitive and currently professional American figure skater.

CareerEdit

He began skating at the age of nine and has made nineteen trips to the US Nationals. He is a three-time American (1999, 2000, 2003) a two-time World bronze medalist (1999, 2000), and two time Olympic team member. He was the first American to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. He is currently coached by Don Laws and was previously coached by Audrey Weisiger.

Weiss is the only skater to perform the Tornado, a backflip with a full twist, which he created. It is an illegal move to perform in competition, but it is a crowd favorite in exhibitions.

Weiss comes from an athletic family. His sister Geremi was also a figure skater and junior national silver medalist; his other sister, Genna, was junior world diving champion. Weiss's father, Greg, was a gymnast on the 1964 Olympic team. Weiss's mother was also a gymnast and national champion.

Weiss holds an associate's degree in Business marketing from Prince George's College. He was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Weiss has signed on to skate with Stars On Ice and recently competed in Ice Wars.

Michael Weiss FoundationEdit

While still an eligible skater, Weiss started the Michael Weiss Foundation, which gives scholarships to up-and-coming figure skaters. Skaters who have received scholarships include Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell, Daisuke Murakami, and Christine Zukowski.

Competitive highlightsEdit

Post-1997Edit

Event 1997-1998 1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006
Winter Olympic Games 7th 7th
World 6th 3rd3rd 6th 5th 6th
Four Continents Championships 3rd 9th
American 2nd 1st 1st 4th 3rd 1st 2nd 5th 4th
Grand Prix Final 4th 3rd
Skate America 2nd 4th 4th 5th 1st 3rd
NHK Trophy 4th
Cup of Russia 4th 6th 4th
Trophee Eric Bompard 2nd 5th 1st 3rd 6th
Bofrost Cup on Ice 5th 8th 4th
Goodwill Games 4th 2nd

Pre-1997Edit

Event 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990 1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1996 1996-1997
World 7th
World Junior Championships 2nd 1st
American 6th N. 2nd N. 5th N. 3rd N. 5th J. 1st J. 8th 6th 5th 2nd
U.S. Championships (figures) 1st 2nd
Skate America 2nd
Cup of Russia 3rd
Trophee Lalique 3rd
Skate Canada International 6th
Bofrost Cup on Ice 10th
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd 1st
World University Games 1st
Goodwill Games 6th
Grand Prix St. Gervais 2nd
U.S. Olympic Festival 6th
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level

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