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Igor Shpilband
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Personal information
Full name Igor Yuryevich Shpilband
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1964-07-14) July 14, 1964 (age 58)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Tatiana Gladkova
Former coach Ludmila Pakhomova

Igor Yuryevich Shpilband (Russian: Игорь Юрьевич Шпильбанд, born July 14, 1964) is an American ice dancing coach and former competitor for the Soviet Union. He is the 1983 World Junior champion with former partner Tatiana Gladkova.

Personal life

Shpilband was born in Moscow on July 14, 1964, to a Jewish family. In 1990, he and several other Soviet skaters were part of a U.S. tour headlined by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean when one of them, Gorsha Sur, decided to defect; Shpilband, Veronica Pershina and Elena Krykanova decided to join him.

Shpilband got a coaching position in Detroit not long after. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 2000. With his former wife Veronica Pershina, he has a daughter, Ekaterina, a competitive figure skater for the United States. In 2006, he became engaged to skating coach Adrienne Lenda.

Competitive and coaching career

2011 World Championships Dance Podium 1
Shpilband (4th from left) in 2011 with Marina Zueva and students Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir, Meryl Davis / Charlie White, and Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani

Shpilband was coached by Lyudmila Pakhomova from age 12 to 20. He and his partner, Tatiana Gladkova, won the silver medal at the 1982 World Junior Championships and then gold in 1983. Shpilband retired from competitive skating following Pakhomova's death in 1986.

Following his defection, he began working as a coach and choreographer at the Detroit Skating Club. Gorsha Sur recommended him as a coach to Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, who were among his first students. Shpilband formerly worked in collaboration with British coach Elizabeth Coates. He began coaching with Marina Zueva in 2001. In 2003, Shpilband began coaching at the Arctic Edge Arena in Canton, Michigan. On June 3, 2012, Shpilband confirmed that he had been fired from the Arctic Edge Arena. On June 12, it was announced that his new training site is the Novi Ice Arena in Novi, Michigan, and American ice dancers Madison Chock/Evan Bates confirmed that they would train with Shpilband in Novi. They were joined soon after by Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniūnas of Lithuania.

Shpilband is currently coaching the following skaters:

  • Yura Min / Daniel Eaton South Korea
  • Eva Pate / Logan Bye United States
  • Robynne Tweedale / Joseph Buckland United Kingdom

Shpilband has coached the following skaters:

  • Alisa Agafonova / Dmitri Dun
  • Eve Chalom / Mathew Gates
  • Alissandra Aronow / Zachary Donohue
  • Tanith Belbin White / Benjamin Agosto
  • Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (co-coach, with Paola Mezzadri from June 2012-July 2014)
  • Christina Carreira / Anthony Ponomarenko
  • Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein (until June 2011)
  • Madison Chock / Evan Bates (from July 2011 to May 2018)
  • Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland (from May 2015)
  • Katherine Copely / Deividas Stagniūnas
  • Charlotte Lichtman / Dean Copely
  • Meryl Davis / Charlie White (until June 2012)
  • Margarita Drobiazko / Povilas Vanagas
  • Grethe Grünberg / Kristian Rand
  • Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler
  • Jessica Joseph / Brandon Forsyth
  • Siobhan Karam / Joshua McGrath
  • Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
  • Kavita Lorenz / Joti Polizoakis
  • Caitlin Mallory / Kristian Rand
  • Lydia Manon / Ryan O'Meara
  • Lydia Manon / Brandon Forsyth
  • Yura Min / Alexander Gamelin
  • Oleksandra Nazarova / Maxim Nikitin
  • Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik
  • Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat, from May 2013 to March 2014.
  • Justyna Plutowska / Peter Gerber
  • Elliana Pogrebinsky / Alex Benoit
  • Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow
  • Thea Rabe / Timothy Koleto
  • Jamie Silverstein / Ryan O'Meara
  • Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
  • Lauren Senft / Leif Gislason
  • Lauren Senft / Augie Hill
  • Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (until June 2012)
  • Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniūnas
  • Isabella Tobias / Ilia Tkachenko
  • Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (until June 2012)
  • Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe
  • Katarina Wolfkostin / Jeffrey Chen (until May 2022)
  • Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen
  • Diana Davis / Gleb Smolkin

Competitive highlights

(with Gladkova)

Event 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
World Junior Champ. 2nd 1st
Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd
Women's History Month on Kiddle
Women Scientists of Antiquity
Mary the Jewess
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