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Cathy Reed
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Cathy and Chris Reed at the 2009 NHK Trophy
Personal information
Country represented  Japan
Born (1987-06-05) June 5, 1987 (age 36)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Home town Warren Township, New Jersey
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former partner Chris Reed
Former coach Marina Zueva, Oleg Eipstein, Massimo Scali, Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Gorshkov, Tyler Myles, John Kerr, Inese Bucevica, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Nikolai Morozov, Mathew Gates, Valter Rizzo, Andrew Stroukoff, Susan Kelley
Former choreographer Igor Shpilband, Patti Wilcox, Galit Chait, Inese Bucevica, Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Arctic Edge FSC
Kinoshita Club Tokyo
Former skating club Kawagoe Figure Skating Club
Former training locations Canton, Michigan
Hackensack, New Jersey
Began skating 1994
Retired April 19, 2015
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 141.75
2013 World Team
Short dance: 56.35
2013 World Team
Free dance 85.40
2013 World Team
Medal record
Figure skating
Ice dancing
Representing  Japan
World Team Trophy
Gold 2012 Tokyo Team
Bronze 2015 Tokyo Team
Bronze 2013 Tokyo Team
Bronze 2009 Tokyo Team
Asian Winter Games
Silver 2011 Astana-Almaty Ice dancing
Cathy Reed
Japanese name
Kana キャシー・リード

Cathy Reed (born June 5, 1987) is a retired American-born Japanese ice dancer. With her brother Chris Reed, she is a seven-time Japanese national champion (2008–2011, 2013-2015).

Personal life

Reed was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her mother is Japanese and her father is American. She was a dual citizen of Japan and the United States until she turned 22. Japanese law required those who are dual citizens at birth to relinquish their dual citizenship, so Cathy Reed chose Japanese citizenship at the age of 22 in order to continue to represent Japan in ice dancing. She competed in ice dancing with her younger brother Chris Reed until her retirement in April 2015. Her younger sister Allison Reed is also an ice dancer, who represented Georgia with Otar Japaridze, Israel with Vasili Rogov and currently represents Lithuania with Saulius Ambrulevičius.

Reed and her skating siblings grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey.

On March 17, 2020, Reed's sister, Allison announced on her social media that their brother, Chris, had suddenly died in Detroit, Michigan, on March 14, 2020, due to cardiac arrest. President of the JSF, Akihisa Nagashima paid tribute to him: "I am absolutely stunned by the sad news. I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to Chris Reed for his contribution to Japanese ice dancing over the years and extend condolences to his family. May Mr. Reed rest in peace."

A memorial service was held at a Michigan funeral home on March 21, 2020, and was publicly live-streamed on numerous platforms. Reed paid tribute to him in both Japanese and English: "I miss your voice. I miss your big smile. I miss holding your hand. But I'll be strong for you, Chris."

At the 2022 NHK Trophy, Reed got to see her sister, Allison, whom she hadn't previously been able to see in over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Reeds are the 2006 U.S. Novice Dance Champions, but chose to represent Japan beginning in the 2006–2007 season. While Novice national champions are usually given a chance to compete on the Junior Grand Prix, Cathy Reed was too old at the time of their win to compete as a junior internationally. The Reeds were offered a chance to compete for Japan and they took it. They advanced immediately to the senior level, skipping Juniors entirely.

After advancing to the senior level, they placed fourth at the Golden Spin of Zagreb and second at the 2007 Japan Championships. At the 2007 Four Continents, they finished ahead of several teams who had been competing as seniors much longer.

At their Grand Prix debut, the 2007 Skate America, they placed 9th. They placed 8th at their second Grand Prix event, the 2007 NHK Trophy. They won the Japanese Championships. They repeated their 7th-place finish at the Four Continents and then placed 16th at the 2008 World Championships. They represented Japan at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Reeds were named in the Japanese team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

After the 2014–15 figure skating season, Cathy retired from competitive figure skating.

Reed now works as a figure skating coach and choreographer with Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura. She is currently based in Kyoto.

Reed has worked with:

  • Mariko Kihara
  • Rika Kihira
  • Yuna Shiraiwa
  • Marin Honda
  • Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda
  • Yuto Kishina
  • Sumitada Moriguchi
  • Rinka Watanabe
  • Shunsuke Nakamura
  • Rion Sumiyoshi
  • Mana Kawabe
  • Hana Yoshida
  • Ikura Kushida
  • Ayumi Shibayama
  • Haruna Murakami
  • Mao Shimada
  • Nao Kida / Masaya Morita
  • Riria Kono
  • Ryoga Morimoto
  • Kei Yamada
  • Sena Takahashi
  • Sumika Kanazawa
  • Haruya Sasaki
  • Yuto Kishima
  • Sae Shimizu


(with Chris Reed)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Flamenco: El Cid: Farruca
    by Thomas Hickstein, Elva La Guardia
  • Paso Doble: Gato Montes
    by Hugo Montenegro
  • Quickstep: Puttin' On the Ritz
    by Irving Berlin
  • Foxtrot: Harlem Nocturne
    by Earle Hagen
  • Quickstep: Puttin' On the Ritz
    by Irving Berlin
  • Ona Hei
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck
  • Bitter Sweet Water
    (from Hell Girl Mitsuganae)
    by Hiromi Mizutani
  • Good Death
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck
  • Ona Hei
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck

  • Onmyoji
    by Shigeru Umebayashi
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:
  • June Bride
  • Barn Dance
The Beatles:
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry that Weight
  • The End
  • La Llama
    by Chris Ice
  • Whatever Happens
    by Michael Jackson
  • Drums
    by Basic J
  • Chale Chalo
    (from Lagaan)
    by A. R. Rahman
  • Mon Amour
    by David Visan
  • Chale Chalo
    (from Lagaan)
    by A. R. Rahman
The Addams Family:
by Marc Shaiman
  • Party ... For Me?
  • The Tango
  • Just for a Little While
    by Smokin' Joe Kubek Band
  • Ain't No Sunshine
    by Al Jarreau
  • Think
    by Aretha Franklin
    (from The Blues Brothers)
Original dance
  • Sakura
  • Kodo
  • Charleston: Money, Money
    (from Cabaret soundtrack)
  • Il Mirto E La Rosa
    by Alessandro Safina
  • Prayer in the Night

Competitive highlights

With Chris Reed for Japan

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 17th 21st
Worlds 16th 16th 15th 13th 24th 20th 18th 22nd
Four Continents 7th 7th WD 7th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 8th 7th 7th 7th 5th 6th 6th
GP Skate America 9th 7th 5th
Golden Spin 4th 5th
Nebelhorn 4th
NRW Trophy 2nd
Toruń Cup 2nd
Asian Games 2nd
Japan Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st WD 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 5th T
World Team 3T
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Chris Reed for the United States

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
U.S. Championships 1st N.
Eastern Sectionals 10th N. 5th N. 1st N.
North Atlantic Regionals 1st N.
N. = Novice level
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