Kyoko Ina

A photo of Kyoko Ina.

Kyoko Ina (born October 11, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japan Figure skater. With partner John Zimmerman, she is a three-time (2000-2002) U.S. national champion and 2002 Olympian. With partner Jason Dungjen, she was a two-time (1997 & 1998) U.S. Champion and a 1994 & 1998 Olympian.

Biography Edit

Kyoko Ina was born in Japan, but raised in New York. She started skating at the age of 4, at the rink at Rockefeller Center.

Eligible career Edit

Ina skated singles and pairs for Japan in the Junior ranks, but eventually decided to compete solely for the United States.

Her first American partnership was with Jason Dungjen from 1991 to 1998, under the coaching of Peter Burrows and Marylynn Gelderman in Monsey, New York. They excelled as a pair and placed 4th in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Their partnership ended following that season.

She teamed up with John Zimmerman then formed a skating partnership, and they trained under Tamara Moskvina and Igor Moskvin in Hackensack, New Jersey. They are able to capitalize on their height difference and perform various difficult lifts.

They won 3 U.S. Championships and competed at the 2002 Olympian. They won the bronze medal at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships.

Ina had not yet turned professional when, on July 18, 2002, the USADA chose to perform an out-of-competition doping test on her. The agent came to her home for an unscheduled test at 10:30 at night. Ina stated that could could not produce the urine sample because she had already prepared to go to sleep.. Ina was led to believe by the agent that the test could be rescheduled for the following day, but she was later charged with refusing to take a doping test. She was suspended by the USADA because of this and faced fines. Despite what had been reported, Ina never faced suspension from the International Skating Union because the refused test was a national out of competition test. Ina's case was further complicated because it was not clear at the time if she had or had not officially retired from competition at the time of the attempted test. Ina eventually filed a case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but later withdrew it. In the end, Ina accepted a two-year sanction from the USADA.

Professional career Edit

Ina and Zimmerman skated with the Stars on Ice tour for many years.

Competitive history Edit

Pairs career Edit

(with John Zimmerman)

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 Jason Dungjen)

Event 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998
Winter Olympic Games 9th 4th
World Championships 12th 8th 6th 4th
U.S. Championships 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Trophée Lalique 5th 6th
Skate America 2nd 5th 4th 2nd
NHK Trophy 4th 3rd
Nations Cup 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd
Skate Canada 3rd
Continents Cup 2nd
Karl Schafer Memorial 1st
Piruetten 3rd

Singles career Edit

For the United States Edit

Event 1989-1990 1990-1991 1994-1995
U.S. Championships 1st J. 4th
NHK Trophy 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
  • J = Junior level

For Japan Edit

Event 1986-1987
World Junior Championships 8th
Japan 1st

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