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Brandon Mroz

Mroz at the 2009 Worlds
Personal information
Full nameBrandon Mroz
Country representedUnited States
Born(1990-12-22) December 22, 1990 (age 21)
St. Louis, Missouri
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
CoachTom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
Former coachDoug Leigh
ChoreographerCatarina Lindgren
Lori Nichol
Former choreographerTom Dickson
Kurt Browning
Skating clubBroadmoor Skating Club
Current training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating1994
World standing23 (As of 16 June 2011 (2011 -06-16))[1]
Season's bests17 (2010–2011)[2]
23 (2009–2010)[3]
19 (2008–2009)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.80
2010 Cup of China
Short program76.10
2009 Worlds
Free skate146.96
2010 Cup of China
 
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Brandon Mroz

Mroz at the 2009 Worlds
Personal information
Full nameBrandon Mroz
Country representedUnited States
Born(1990-12-22) December 22, 1990 (age 21)
St. Louis, Missouri
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
CoachTom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
Former coachDoug Leigh
ChoreographerCatarina Lindgren
Lori Nichol
Former choreographerTom Dickson
Kurt Browning
Skating clubBroadmoor Skating Club
Current training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating1994
World standing23 (As of 16 June 2011 (2011 -06-16))[1]
Season's bests17 (2010–2011)[2]
23 (2009–2010)[3]
19 (2008–2009)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.80
2010 Cup of China
Short program76.10
2009 Worlds
Free skate146.96
2010 Cup of China

Brandon Mroz (born December 22, 1990) is an American figure skater. He is the 2009 U.S. silver medalist and the 2006 & 2007 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist. He has the record of the first skater to complete a quadruple lutz jump in a sanctioned competition.[5][6][7]

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Personal life

Brandon Mroz was born in St. Louis, Missouri, one of four brothers.[8] His mother and a brother suffered serious injuries in a car accident.[8] Mroz's mother was at one time a synchronized skater, and his father a hockey player.[9]

Mroz aspires to become a dentist.[8] He lives and trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[10] In addition to singles skating, he has also trained as an ice dancer and tested in that discipline up to silver level in the U.S. Figure Skating testing structure.

Career

Early career

Mroz began skating at age 3 and a half.

In the 2001–2002 season, Mroz competed on the Juvenile level, the lowest competitive level in the United States. He represented the St Louis Skating Club in competition. He won his regional competition,[11] the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship, to qualify at the Juvenile level for the 2002 U.S. Junior Championships, where he placed 6th in his qualifying group[12] and went on to place 18th overall.[13]

In the 2002–2003 season, Mroz moved up to the Intermediate level. He won both the short program and the free skate at his regional competition to win the gold medal overall.[14] By this win he qualified to compete at the Intermediate level at the 2003 U.S. Junior Championships, where he placed second in his qualifying group,[15] 16th in the short program,[16] and 7th in the free skate to place 11th overall.[17]

In the 2003–2004 season, Mroz moved up to the Novice level. At the regional championship, the first qualifying competition for the United States Figure Skating Championships, Mroz won the short program[18] and the free skate to win the gold medal overall.[19] This win qualified him for the 2004 Midwestern Sectional Championships, the second and final qualifying competition for the national championships. At Sectionals, Mroz placed fourth in the short program[20] and second in the free skate to win the silver medal overall.[21] With this medal he qualified for the 2004 U.S. Championships at the Novice level. At Nationals, Mroz placed 7th in the short program[22] and the free skate to place 7th overall.[23] Following the event, Mroz competed at the 2004 Copenhagen Trophy, where he won the novice men's competition after winning both segments of the competition[24]

In the 2004–2005 season, Mroz remained on the Novice level. At his regional championships, he placed second in the short program[25] and in the free skate to win the silver medal overall.[26] This medal qualified him for the Midwestern Sectional Championships where he placed 8th in the short program[27] and 5th in the free skate to place 6th overall.[28] Due to this placement, he did not qualify for the 2005 U.S. Championships.

In the 2005–2006 season, Mroz remained on the Novice level for a third and final season. He had moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado for his training, and represented the Broadmoor Skating Club there. A switch of club meant a change of region. Competing at the Southwestern Regional Championship, Mroz won the short program[29] and the free skate to win the gold medal overall.[30] This win qualified him for the 2006 Midwestern Sectionals where Mroz competed for the first time under the ISU Judging System. He won the short program[31] and placed second in the free skate to win the gold medal overall, ahead of Eliot Halverson.[32] This win qualified him, again, for the 2006 U.S. Championships.

At the 2006 U.S. Championships, Mroz won the short program by a point margin of 1.48.[33] He placed third in the free skate,[34] 5.25 points behind the leader in that segment. Mroz won the silver medal overall, placing 2.26 points behind champion Eliot Halverson and 2.94 points ahead of bronze medalist Curran Oi.[35] In his free skate, Mroz landed all the triples except for the Axel, including a triple lutz-triple toe combination.[36]

Junior career

Mroz was assigned to the 2006 Triglav Trophy. Competing on the junior level for the first time in his career, Mroz won both the short[37] and free programs to win the gold medal overall, winning the title by 25.84 points ahead of silver medalist Jamie Forsythe.[38]

In the 2006–2007 season, Mroz moved up to the Junior level on the national level, and he debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. At his first Junior Grand Prix event, the event in Mexico City, Mexico, Mroz placed 11th in the short program and then won the free skate to take the silver medal overall, placing 7.53 points behind champion Kevin Reynolds and 0.16 points head of bronze medalist Daisuke Murakami.[39] At Mroz's second event, the Junior Grand Prix event in Taipei City, Taiwan, Mroz won the short program and placed second in the free skate to win the gold medal overall, placing 7.73 points ahead of silver medalist Reynolds.[40]

These two medals qualified Mroz for the Junior Grand Prix Final, to which he was the fourth-ranked qualifier overall.[41] By qualifying for the event, Mroz also earned a bye to the national championships and so did not need to compete at qualifying events. At the JGP Final, Mroz placed 5th in the short program and 2nd in the free skate. He won the silver medal overall, placing 20.07 points behind champion Stephen Carriere and 6.76 ahead of bronze medalist Reynolds.[42]

Mroz then competed at the 2007 U.S. Championships. Mroz placed second in the short program[43] and third in the free skate.[44] He won the silver medal overall, placing 9.23 points behind champion Eliot Halverson and 0.62 points ahead of bronze medalist Austin Kanallakan[45] This was the second consecutive year in which Halverson and Mroz had won gold and silver at the national championships.

Mroz was subsequently placed on the team for the 2007 World Junior Championships where he placed 7th in the short program and 2nd in the free skate to place 4th overall, finishing exactly two points behind bronze medalist Sergei Voronov and 0.08 points ahead of 5th place finisher Kevin Reynolds[46]

In the 2007–2008 season, Mroz remained on the Junior level both nationally and internationally. He competed for the second consecutive season on the Junior Grand Prix. At his first event, the 2007–2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Vienna, Austria, he placed fourth in the short program and won the free skate to win the gold medal overall, placing 1.69 points ahead of silver medalist Guan Jinlin.[47] At his second event in Chemnitz, Germany, he again placed 4th in the short program and won the free skate to win the gold medal overall, this time with a 3.30 margin of victory over silver medalist Michal Březina.[48]

These two medals qualified Mroz for the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final, for which he was the highest-ranked qualifier.[49] At the JGP Final, Mroz placed second in both segments of the competition to win the silver medal overall, placing 15.86 points behind champion Adam Rippon and 5.30 points ahead of bronze medalist Armin Mahbanoozadeh.[50] This was the first time that the United States had swept the Junior Grand Prix Final men's podium.

By qualifying for the JGP Final, Mroz received a bye to the 2008 U.S. Championships. At Nationals, Mroz competed for the second time on the junior level. He placed 3rd in the short program and 2nd in the free skate to win the silver medal overall, 10.13 points behind champion Rippon. He was subsequently placed on the team to the 2008 World Junior Championships where he placed 3rd in the short program after landing a triple axel-triple toe loop combination.[51] He placed 5th in the free skate to place 4th overall, placing 3.40 points behind bronze medalist Guan Jinlin.[52]

Senior career

Mroz during his free skate at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard

In the 2008–2009 season, Mroz moved up to the Senior level both nationally and internationally. He debuted on the Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. At his first event, the 2008 Skate Canada International, he placed 6th in the short program and 7th in the free skate to place 7th overall.[53] During his free skate, he was credited with a quadruple toe loop jump.[54] Mroz went on to compete at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, his second Grand Prix event. He placed 6th in the short program and 5th in the free skate to place 5th overall.[55]

Due to the timing of his Grand Prix events, Mroz had a bye to the 2009 U.S. Championships. At Nationals, Mroz placed 4th in the short program[56] after being credited with landing a triple axel as his required element axel jump and a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination as his combination jump.[57] He placed 2nd in the free skate,[58] in which he was credited with landing a quad toe loop and eight triples, including a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination.[57] He won the silver medal overall, placing 12.19 points behind champion and training-mate Jeremy Abbott and 0.60 points ahead of Evan Lysacek.[59]

Following the national championships, Mroz was assigned to the 2009 Four Continents Championships and the 2009 World Championships. At Four Continents, Mroz placed 5th in the short program[60] after landing a triple axel, a triple flip, and a triple lutz-triple toe combination.[61] In the free skate, Mroz placed 9th,[62] after landing a quadruple toe loop jump, but making errors on several other jumps, including his triple axel.[63] He placed 8th overall.[64]

In his debut at the senior World Championships, Mroz skated a strong short program to place 8th in that segment of the competition.[65] He placed 13th in the free skate to finish 9th overall.[66] His placement, combined with that of World Champion Evan Lysacek, earned the United States the maximum three entries to the 2010 Winter Olympics.[67]

Mroz won his first senior Grand Prix medal, silver, at 2010 Cup of China. He followed it up with a bronze medal at 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard. Competing with a dislocated shoulder, he placed 7th at the 2011 U.S. Championships.[68]

In August 2011, Mroz began working on other types of quads – the quad loop, flip, and lutz.[68] He landed a quad lutz successfully on September 16, 2011 in the short program at the 2011 Colorado Springs Invitational.[69][70][71] The International Skating Union subsequently ratified the jump as the first successful quadruple lutz landed in a sanctioned competition.[5][6][7] His assigned 2011–12 Grand Prix events are 2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Cup of Russia. Mroz became the first skater to land the quad lutz in an international competition on November 12 in the short program at NHK Trophy.[72]

Coaches and choreographers

From 2001 through 2004, Mroz was coached by Shannon Nester and Debbie Howe. From 2002 through 2004, he was coached by Doug Leigh and Michelle Leigh in Barrie, Ontario. In 2005, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and began being coached by Tom Zakrajsek.[10] His choreographers have included Tom Dickson, Lori Nichol, and Jeffrey Buttle.[10][73]

Programs

SeasonShort programFree skatingExhibition
2011–2012Mack the Knife
by Kurt Weill
choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle[73]
Carmen
by Georges Bizet
arranged by Leonard Bernstein
choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle[74]
2010–2011The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
On the Waterfront
by Leonard Bernstein
Grease Lightning
from Grease
2009–2010Temptation
by Tito Puente
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
by Perez Prado
Mambo Jambo
by Terry Snyder
Symphony no. 5
by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker

Romance in F Major
by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Grease Lightning
from Grease
2008–2009Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
by Richard Strauss
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
&
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
by J.S. Bach
Jailhouse Rock
by Elvis Presley
2007–2008Night on Bald Mountain
by Modest Mussorgsky
choreographed by Kurt Browning
King of the Forest
by Edvin Marton
choreographed Tom Dickson
2006–2007Improviso
by Nino Rota
Malagueña
by Ernesto Lecuona
version by Stan Kenton
Jailhouse Rock
by Elvis Presley
2005–2006Montoona ClipperThe Incredibles
by Michael Giacchino

Competitive highlights

Mroz performs a split jump during his Jailhouse Rock exhibition at the 2009 World Championships

Senior results

Event2008–092009–102010–112011–12
World Championships9th
Four Continents Championships8th4th
U.S. Championships2nd6th7th14th
Cup of China2nd
Skate America8th
NHK Trophy9th
Cup of Russia7th9th
Trophée Eric Bompard5th3rd
Skate Canada International7th
Southwestern Regionals1st2nd

Pre-2008 results

Mroz (far left) on the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final podium
2000–012001–022002-032003–042004–052005–062006–072007–08
World Junior Championships4th4th
U.S. Championships7th N.2nd N.2nd J.2nd J.
Junior Grand Prix Final2nd2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Germany1st
Junior Grand Prix, Austria1st
Junior Grand Prix, Taipei1st
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico2nd
Triglav Trophy1st J.
Copenhagen Trophy1st N.
NACS, Waterloo3rd N.
Midwestern Sectionals2nd N.6th N.1st N.
Southwestern Regionals1st N.
U.S. Junior Championships18th Ju.11th I.
Upper Great Lakes Regionals1st Ju.1st I.1st N.2nd N.
Ju. = Juvenile level; I. = Intermediate level; N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level

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