Vincent Zhou

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Vincent Zhou
File:2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Vincent Zhou IMG 8278.JPG
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (2000-10-25) October 25, 2000 (age 17)
San Jose, California
Home town Palo Alto, California
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Coach Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin
Former coach Tammy Gambill
Choreographer Yuka Sato, Justin Dillon
Skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
Training locations Colorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating 2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 221.19
2016 Junior Worlds
Short program 77.31
2016 Junior Worlds
Free skate 145.37
2015 JGP Austria

Vincent Zhou (born October 25, 2000) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 U.S. Junior champion and has won two silver medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.[1]

Personal life

Vincent Zhou was born in San Jose, California.[2] Both his parents were from China.[3] Zhou's older sister, Vivian, is a violinist.[1][4] His mother, Fay Ge, is a computer scientist and worked in Silicon Valley.[5]

When Zhou was 2½, his family moved to Palo Alto, California where they continue to reside. He trained in Riverside, California, which was about 6½ hours drive away.[2] Zhou's mother gave up her tech job in December 2009 to focus on his training and education.[5] Zhou and his mother traveled to Riverside on Sundays and traveled back home on Fridays, while Zhou's father and sister remained in Palo Alto.[2]

Zhou used to attend Hoover Elementary, but switched to Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA) to accommodate his training.[2] His mother was his "Learning Coach". He was allowed to skip a couple of grade levels.[5] For the 2013-14 school year, he took classes at the 9th grade level or higher, including pre-calculus and programming (agewise, he should have been in 7th grade).[6][7] Zhou is a straight-A student and received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence from President Obama.[7]

In the spring of 2015, Zhou and his mother moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.[8] He has a Siamese tabby cat named Snookie.[9] He volunteers a lot.[4][10]

Skating career

Zhou started skating when he was 5½. When he was young, he had lessons with Julie Lowndes and Charlie Tickner. He was coached by Diana Miro at the Juvenile level and represented the Peninsula Skating Club until the 2011-2012 season. When he was nine, Zhou started to be coached by Tammy Gambill[9] and became a member of the All Year Figure Skating Club in Riverside, California. On weekdays, he trained three hours on-ice and one hour off-ice.[2] Zhou admires Patrick Chan, Brian Boitano, Michael Weiss, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Richard Dornbush.[4][9]

He won three national titles at different levels in three consecutive years:[6][7]

  • 2011 U.S. intermediate champion (youngest U.S. intermediate champion)
  • 2012 U.S. novice champion
  • 2013 U.S. junior champion (youngest U.S. junior champion)

Zhou intended to skate at the senior level in the 2013-14 season,[11] but missed the season due to an injury.[12] He was also forced to sit out the entire 2014-15 season because of a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee and a discoid meniscus. Zhou underwent surgery at the UCSF Orthepedic Institute in San Francisco to get his injuries treated.[8]

In the spring of 2015, Zhou relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado to train under Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin.[8] In May 2015, he returned to competition, at the Santa Fe Skatefest.[8]

2015–16 season

On June 1, 2015, it was announced that Zhou had begun training at the Broadmoor Skating Club with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin as his new coaches.[8] Making his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut, he won two silver medals at the 2015 JGP events in Bratislava, Slovakia and Linz, Austria. These results qualified him for the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona, where he finished fourth.

In January 2016, Zhou placed 8th on the senior level at the U.S. Championships and was named in the U.S. team to the World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. In March, he qualified for the final segment at Junior Worlds by placing fourth in the short program.

Programs

Season Short program Free skating
2015–16
[8][13]
2014–15
[8]
Did not compete this season
2013–14
[1]
2012–13
[1]
  • Casablanca
    by L'Orchestra Cinematique
  • Melody Main Title - Casablanca
    by Royal Film Orchestra
2011–12
[1]

Competitive highlights

International: Junior[14][1]
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2015–16
Junior Worlds 5th
JGP Final 4th
JGP Slovakia 2nd
JGP Austria 2nd
Gardena 1st N.
National[1][12]
U.S. Champ. 1st N. 1st J. 8th
U.S. Jr. Champ. 5th Jv. 1st I.
Pacific Coast Sect. 1st N. 1st J.
Southwest Pacific 1st J.
Central Pacific 1st Jv. 1st I. 1st N.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Detailed results

2015–16 season
Date Event Level notes SP FS Total Ref
December 10-13 2015-16 JGP Final Junior 3
70.48
2
134.08
1
204.56
September 9-13 JGP Austria Junior 3
66.59
2
145.37
2
211.96
Details
August 19-23 JGP Slovakia Junior 2
68.07
2
132.78
2
200.85
Details
2012–13 season
Date Event Level notes SP FS Total Ref
2–3 April 2013 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy Advanced
Novice
1
48.46
1
105.09
1
153.55
[15]
20–22 January 2013 2013 U. S. Championships Junior 2
66.31
1
138.95
1
205.26
[16]
11–12 November 2012 2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships Junior 2
61.91
1
134.42
1
196.33
[17]
14–15 October 2012 2013 Southwest Pacific Regional Championships Junior 1
65.30
1
133.84
1
199.14
[18]
2011–12 season
Date Event Level notes SP FS Total Ref
22–23 January 2012 2012 U. S. Championships Novice 1
52.45
1
112.51
1
164.96
[19]
17–19 November 2011 2012 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships Novice 1
53.35
1
109.72
1
163.07
[20]
23–24 October 2011 2012 Central Pacific Regional Championships Novice 1
48.96
1
102.95
1
151.91
[21]
2010–11 season
Date Event Level notes SP FS Total Ref
15–18 December 2010 2011 U.S. Junior Championships Intermediate QR A
1 – 61.83
1
37.24
1
66.88
1
104.12
[22]
16–17 October 2010 2011 Central Pacific Regional Championships Intermediate 1
35.82
1
66.26
1
102.08
[23]
2009–10 season
Date Event Level notes FSJu. Ref
17–19 December 2009 2010 U.S. Junior Championships Juvenile QR A
4 – 44.24
5
44.77
[24]
18? October 2009 2010 Central Pacific Regional Championships Juvenile 1
44.24
[25]
  • ^Ju. Juvenile skaters have only one program
  • ^? The 2010 Central Pacific Regional Championships was held between 16-20 October 2010. Zhou competed on one day, most likely the 18th.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Vincent Zhou". icenetwork.com. Ice Network, LLC. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Press Release". Dare To Dream Vincent Zhou's Official Website. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. 披龍服報捷 周知方鎖定2018冬奧. World Journal (in Chinese). 25 January 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Walker, Elvin (24 June 2012). "U.S. novice champ Zhou hungry for more". Golden Skate. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Fay Ge". Capistrano Connections Academy. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Profile". Dare To Dream Vincent Zhou's Official Website. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Vincent Zhou". Capistrano Connections Academy. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Brannen, Sarah S. (June 1, 2015). "Zhou on comeback trail after injury, academic break". IceNetwork. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Whetstone, Mimi (August–September 2013). "A Coach’s Dream". Skating Magazine. 
  10. "Charity & Volunteering". Dare To Dream Vincent Zhou's Official Website. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  11. Brannen, Sarah S. (29 August 2013). "Young Skaters Look to the Future". Boston 2014. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Competitive Records". Dare To Dream Vincent Zhou's Official Website. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  13. "Vincent ZHOU: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. 
  14. "Competition Results: Vincent ZHOU". International Skating Union. 
  15. "23° Gardena Spring Trophy 2013". Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  16. "2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  17. "2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  18. "2013 Southwest Pacific Regional Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  19. "2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  20. "2012 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  21. "2012 Central Pacific Regional FS Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  22. "2011 U. S. Junior Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  23. "2011 Central Pacific Regional FS Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  24. "U.S. Junior Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  25. "2010 Central Pacific Regional Championship". U.S. Figure Skating. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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