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Michelle Ford is an American figure skater. Born in Detroit, Michelle grew up in Scottsdale, Az and began ice skating at 7 years of age. As a youngster she skated freestyle and pairs with her brother who was later killed in a car accident at the age of 12.
As a teenager, Michelle began ice dancing with partner Glenn Parriott, competing for the Skating Club of Phoenix. They became Junior National Champions at the U.S. Championships in 1972 held in Long Beach, CA. After splitting with Parriott, Michelle started skating with Glenn Patterson in 1973.
She and Glenn ranked third in the Nation in 1974, 1975, and 1977 in Senior Dance. With Patterson, Michelle traveled the world representing the United States internationally, competing in places like Moscow, China, and England. The pair were also alternates for the 1976 Olympic Team.
After placing third in the 1977 Senior Dance competition in the United States, Michelle and Glenn turned professional, traveling as principal skaters in the Ice Follies for two years. During this time, Michelle and Glenn had their own highlighted dance numbers and they skated the characters Betty Lou and Ernie in the Sesame Street segment of the show.
Returning to competition in 2004, she skated with Team del Sol representing the San Diego Figure Skating Club, which took third place in the Adult Synchronized Team category at the U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships held at the San Diego Sports Arena.
Expanding on her coaching interests she directed the annual Christmas show at the San Diego Ice Arena in 2002 and has choreographed numbers in the show since they began the tradition many years ago. She also created, and produced and directed the ice show at Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA in 2008 and 2009. Another show is scheduled for November 11 and 12, 2010.
In 2008 Michelle developed a wireless teaching device named Silent Coach. Initially intended as an aid for ice skating coaches, it is also used by coaches in tennis, ballet, ballroom dancing, and other sports.
Ice Dance (with Glenn Parriott)
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Ice Dance (with Glenn Patterson)