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Naomi Lang (born December 18, 1978 in Arcata, California, U.S.) is an American ice dancer. With partner Peter Tchernyshev, she is the 1999-2003 U.S. national champion.

BiographyEdit

Lang is the first Native American female athlete to participate in the Olympic Winter Games. She is a member of the Karuk tribe by her father's heritage. Her mother is Leslie Dixon. Lang represents the American Academy Figure Skating Club.

Lang was a ballet dancer in Eureka. She started to dance with the age of 3 and continued with ballet dancing to the age of 15. Her interest in figure skating developed after seeing an "Ice Capades" performance at the age of 8. Lang began dance with John Lee, winning the 1995 U.S. Novice title and the 1996 U.S. Junior silver medal.

In 1996, she began skating with Peter Tchernyshev and found fast success. They first won the U.S. national champion in 1999, and won the title the next four years in a row. They also won two Four Continents Championships (2000, 2002) and placed as high as 8th at the World Championships (2000, 2003). They placed 11th at the 2002 Olympics. After the 2002 World Championships, they switched coaches from Alexander Zhulin to Nikolai Morozov (figure skater).

The team continued to compete in the 2003 season, but was forced to withdraw at the U.S. Championships due to the re-injury of Lang's Achilles tendon. Soon afterwards they retired from competition. Lang had a daughter with Vladimir Besedin. The couple split soon after the birth, but it is reported they still remain close.

Lang and Tchernyshev have continued to skate together and have appeared in several ice shows since 2005.

Lang got engaged to coaching partner Mark Fitzgerald at "Fashion on Ice"(in Trenton NJ) On December 1st. They live together with Naomi's three year old daughter Lillia. Fitzgerald and Lang are set to get married on August 24th in New York.

Results with Peter Tchernyshev Edit

Olympic Winter Games Edit

  • 2002 – 11th place

World Championships Edit

  • 1999 – 10th place
  • 2000 – 8th place
  • 2001 – 9th place
  • 2002 – 9th place
  • 2003 – 8th place

Four Continents Championships Edit

  • 1999 – 3rd place
  • 2000 – 1st place
  • 2001 – 2nd place
  • 2002 – 1st place
  • 2003 – 3rd place

U.S. Championships Edit

  • 1998 – 3rd place
  • 1999 – 1st place
  • 2000 – 1st place
  • 2001 – 1st place
  • 2002 – 1st place
  • 2003 – 1st place
  • 2004 – withdrawn due to Lang's injury (2nd place after compulsory dance)

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