- Tiffany Chin
Tiffany Chin Personal information Full name Tiffany Chin Country represented United States Born October 3, 1967
Home town San Diego, California Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Tiffany Chin (Traditional Chinese: 陳婷婷, Simplified Chinese: 陈婷婷; pinyin: Chén Tíngtíng , born October 3, 1967) is an American figure skater who grew up in San Diego, California. She dominated the junior circuit in ice skating prior to her Olympic career, winning the US Junior National title as well as the World Junior title. Chin made the United States Winter Olympic team in 1984 after winning the freeskate at the 1984 Nationals. She finished fourth at Sarajevo despite placing second in the short program and third in the free program. She went on to win two world bronze medals as well the 1985 U.S. National title, a first for an Asian American or anyone who was not Caucasian. By breaking these barriers she inspired a new generation of skaters, such as Kristi Yamaguchi.
During her career she had many coaches, which was uncommon back then and was heavily criticized by commentators such as Scott Hamilton for doing so. This has since become more common, with skaters such as Christopher Bowman, Nicole Bobek, and Sasha Cohen, switching coaches many times. Originally trained by Mabel Fairbanks as a young child, Chin switched to Janet Champion under the recommendation of Fairbanks. Her mother, Marjorie, later fired Champion and had her train with Frank Carroll,who led Tiffany to her World Junior title. Marjorie Chin was known for being very involved in her daughters skating, to the point of being considered harsh and controlling. She had many disagreements with Carroll, which led Carroll to refuse to work with Chin. Chin went on working with John Nicks where she was seen landing triple axels. After a growth spurt and a recurring injury (a muscle imbalance affecting her legs, arms, and hips) that caused her to lose many of her triple jumps, she left Nicks in 1985 and went on to train with Don Laws. Tiffany Chin was one of the few skaters in the 1980s who had all five triples, but she never regained her triple flip jump or her triple loop jump after 1985.
At the 1985 World Figure Skating Championships, Chin had a realistic shot at the title, particularly after placing 2nd in the compulsory figures, her nemesis from Sarajevo. However, in her free skate, she popped her triple Salchow into a single and fell on the double axel, finishing with the bronze medal behind Katarina Witt and Kira Ivanova. After the event, Chin's mother pulled her off the ice for 8 months to address the muscle imbalance in her hips and legs. Using traditional medicine and chiropractic treatments, Tiffany had to relearn all of her jumping passes. She entered the 1986 US Championships as an underdog, and although she had a strong Short Program and excellent compulsories again, she dropped to third entering the long program. Tiffany skated well enough to make the Worlds team and arrived at Geneva as a long shot for a medal. There, she did surprisingly well, placing fourth in the compulsories and second in the short program to enter the long program in third place. A conservative program with only two triples and many doubled jumps was enough to give her the bronze medal.
In the fall of 1986, she returned to Nicks, and eventually back to Carroll in 1987. After failing to qualify for the 1987 World Championships, she retired from skating and went to college at UCLA, graduating with a BA in English.
After her amateur skating career ended, Chin became an established coach for figure skaters. Many of her students have qualified for Junior Nationals, Pacific Coast Sectionals, the US Figure Skating Nationals, and various international competitions, including, but not limited to, Beatrisa Liang, Melanie Diggs, Victoria Rackohn, Dustin Perini, Song King and Hounsh Munshi. Liang left Chin in 2004 when Chin took some time off from coaching because she was expecting a child, and Munshi moved from her California home to Texas for personal reasons. As of 2009, Perini and King are still coached by Chin.
Event 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 Winter Olympics 4th World Championships 9th 3rd 3rd World Junior Championships 1st U.S. Championships 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 4th Skate America 1st 1st Skate Canada International 2nd NHK Trophy 3rd
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- ^ Behind the scenes of figure skating: Tiffany Chin's love of skating continues
- ^ CHSSC News and Notes April 2009
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World Junior champions in figure skating – Ladies' singles
1976: Suzie Brasher · 1977: Carolyn Skoczen · 1978: Jill Sawyer · 1979: Elaine Zayak · 1980: Rosalynn Sumners · 1981: Tiffany Chin · 1982: Janina Wirth · 1983: Simone Koch · 1984: Karin Hendschke · 1985: Tatiana Andreeva · 1986: Natalia Gorbenko · 1987: Cindy Bortz · 1988: Kristi Yamaguchi · 1989: Jessica Mills · 1990: Yuka Sato · 1991: Surya Bonaly · 1992: Laetitia Hubert · 1993: Kumiko Koiwai · 1994: Michelle Kwan · 1995: Irina Slutskaya · 1996: Elena Ivanova · 1997: Sydne Vogel · 1998: Julia Soldatova · 1999: Daria Timoshenko · 2000: Jennifer Kirk · 2001: Kristina Oblasova · 2002: Ann Patrice McDonough · 2003: Yukina Ota · 2004: Miki Ando · 2005: Mao Asada · 2006: Kim Yu-Na · 2007: Caroline Zhang · 2008: Rachael Flatt · 2009: Alena Leonova · 2010: Kanako Murakami · 2011: Adelina Sotnikova
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