John Luther Zimmerman IV (born November 26, 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American professional Figure skater who tours with Stars On Ice with his partner Kyoko Ina. He has two older sisters and is of German and Norwegian descent.


John Zimmerman started skating at the age of 3, at a mall. He briefly partnered with Brie Teaboldt for the 1994/1995 season. Then he paired with Stephanie Stiegler from 1995 through 1998, and won a US National Bronze medal with her in 1997 under the coaching of Peter Oppegard.

In 1998 they separated, and he and Kyoko Ina formed a skating relationship, his most successful one to date. They train under Tamara Moskvina and Igor Moskvin in Hackensack, New Jersey. They turned Professional, joining Stars On Ice.

Zimmerman competed in the January 2006 FOX television program "Skating with Celebrities", where he partnered with FOX broadcaster Jillian Barberie. They finished in second place.

He covered figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics, being featured as Yahoo's special guest expert correspondent on the Games in Turin.


Zimmerman started a modeling career, and has been seen in photo shoots for Barneys New York and various designers. John and his Italian wife, Silvia Fontana, appeared on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2004, and have made appearances for Am/FAR, amongst other charities. They recently bought a home in New Jersey, which they share with their three cats. In 2003, an access bridge at his Alma mater, Homewood High School, was named after him. When he is not busy modeling or touring with Stars On Ice, he takes business courses at Bergen Community College.

Competitive HistoryEdit


Ina and Zimmerman perform a "detroiter".

(with Kyoko Ina)

Event 1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002
Winter Olympic Games 5th
World Championships 9th 7th 7th 3rd
Four Continents Championships 2nd 3rd
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th
Trophee Lalique 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd
Skate America 5th 5th 4th 2nd
Sparkassen Cup on Ice 2nd
Cup of Russia 3rd 4th
Skate Canada 2nd

(with Stephanie Stiegler)

Event/Season 1995-1996 1996-1997
World Championships - 15th
U.S. Championships 4th 3rd
Trophee Lalique - 6th
Skate America - 3rd

(with Brie Teaboldt)

Event/Season 1994-1995
U.S. Championships 12th


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