Ice Dancing/Skating Skills/MIF/Choreography
Agosto (part of one of the most successful Ice Dance partnerships in U.S. history with Tanith Belbin) represented the Unites States at two Olympic Games (2006, 2010) and is a 5-time United States Ice Dance Champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). He won an Olympic Silver Medal in 2006, while finishing 4th in 2010, and competed in 9-straight World Championships between 2001 and 2009; earning a Silver Medal in 2005 and 2009. Overall, Agosto was a four-time World medalist and three-time Grand Prix Final medalist. In their career at U.S. Nationals, the duo of Belbin and Agosto never finished lower than second. From the start of the 2005-06 season up until the 2010 Olympics, Belbin and Agosto medaled at every event they finished with one exception – the 2008 World Championships – where they finished fourth. They were the first U.S. Ice Dance team to medal at an Olympic Winter Games (2006), and were voted by teammates to be the captains of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team. In 2005, Belbin and Agosto won the SKATING Magazine Readers' Choice Award. Agosto, who also does broadcast work for icenetwork, is a native of Northbrook, Illinois.
PSA Rating: Certified (Free Skating)
PSA Ranking: Level VI
Renowned for his expertise in developing athletes from a grassroots level up to an international level, Damon has choreographed for Junior National medalists, junior and senior US medalists, as well as International and World Junior medalists. During his competitive years, Damon was the 1991 US Junior Champion, a 2-time World University Silver Medalist, a World Junior Bronze Medalist and the 1995 US Pewter Medalist. He is a USFS triple Gold Medalist in Figures, Freestyle and Moves in the Field.
In addition to his teaching and competitive career, Damon has performed, directed and choreographed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, under the direction of Bietak Productions, aboard the ships Voyager and Explorer of the Seas. He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with The Next Ice Age alongside Dorothy Hamill. Damon has demonstrated and presented at the Professional Skaters Association's National and World conferences, and in 2011 he was nominated for Developmental Coach of the Year by the PSA. He currently holds a Level VI ranking with the Professional Skaters Association.
PSA Rating: Registered
Before starting her coaching career, Becky was a competitive skater training with Tom Zakrajsek from the Intermediate through Senior level, during which time she earned her Gold Medal in both Moves in the Field and Freestyle. Becky, who specialized in spins, began coaching in 1999 at the Colorado Springs World Arena with the Broadmoor Skating Club under the tutelage of Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin. She has assisted taking skaters to Junior Nationals, North American Challenge competitions, Junior Grand Prix Finals, Senior Grand Prix events, US Nationals, and the World Championships. She most recently coached her brother, 2011 US National Senior Men’s Champion Ryan Bradley at the 2011 US Championships and World Championships. In 2004, Becky received a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
PSA Rating: Master (Free Skating/Figures/MIF)
PSA Ranking: Level VI
Becky is a PSA triple-Master Rated coach in Figures, Freestyle and Moves in the Field as well as a USFS triple-Gold Medalist in Figures, Freestyle and Dance. She has been coaching with the Broadmoor Skating Club since graduating from college, and has choreographed for the Broadmoor Ice Revues, Christmas Pops On Ice, and has coached many National, World and International athletes. Some of her students include Rachael Flatt, Ryan Bradley, Jeremy Abbott, Brandon Mroz and Alexe Gilles to name a few. In 2014, Becky made her Olympic Games debut taking Paul Parkinson from Italy to Sochi. Becky's background includes being trained by Carlo Fassi, Gustave Lussi and Howard Nicholson during her competitive years. She teaches Freestyle (jumps & spins), Choreography and Moves in the Field. She choreographed the Novice programs and Junior Short Program for Rachael Flatt during the years Rachael was first and second respectively at the US National Championships. Becky graduated with a BFA degree in Dance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
PSA Rating: Master (Free Skating/Figures/MIF)
PSA Ranking: Level V
Janet's passion for figure skating has not wavered since her first steps on ice at the age of 5. Janet’s skating career was truly unique, performing before thousands of people as a child star with the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies, and as an adult with Holiday on Ice. Along with figure skating, Janet was trained in classical Ballet, Acrobatics and Jazz dancing. Janet’s career as an ice show star transferred invaluably to her coaching career. She has trained skaters from Learn-to-Skate classes to medalists at US National, International and Junior World competitions. In addition, Janet’s work with spins has garnered her a reputation as a top Spin teacher, as she has been spin coach to several World and Olympic competitors.
Janet was elected to the PSA Board of governors four times and received the PSA Honorary Member and Lifetime Achievement award. She was highly instrumental in the PSA development of the Moves in the Field test structure as well as the recent revisions to Moves. Janet has Master PSA ratings in Figures, Free Skating, Moves in the Field and Group Instruction. She has taught seminars with John Nicks, Carlo Fassi, Kathy Casey and Frank Carroll and as a result of Janet’s early coaching success in California, she was invited to be a member of Carlo Fassi’s coaching team at the Broadmoor World Arena in 1987. Janet’s own career as a skating star along with her passion for figure skating and dedication to excellence has made her an asset to aspiring athletes of all levels. For her outstanding career in the sport, Janet was inducted into the PSA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.
Arena Pro Shop Owner
PSA Rating: Master (Pairs/Choreography); Senior (Free Skating/Figures)
Pro Shop: 719-579-8541
Before moving into figure skating, Jack was the World Roller Figure Skating Champion in both Pairs and Men’s Singles. On ice, he was twice National Senior Pairs Bronze Medalist and 1st alternate to the 1972 and 1976 Olympic and World Teams. His competitive and show skating careers included tours of North and South America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He co-starred in two Broadway shows and also produced a touring Roller Skating Show.
When Jack transitioned to coaching, he began coaching full time at the World Arena and other rinks along the Front Range of Colorado, teaching Pairs, Freestyle, Choreography, and Moves in the Field to hundreds of competitors of all level as well as recreational skaters. Having a passion for skating equipment and sharpening, Jack opened Jack’s Arena Pro Shop at the World Arena Ice Hall in 1999. In addition to meeting the needs of skaters for skate sharpening, boots, blades and accessories, in 2003, Jack added an Espresso Cafe’ and has been working ‘The Shop’ full time meeting the needs of the World Arena’s resident skaters and skaters who visit the World Arena from all parts of the world. He is the Official Sharpener for figure skating events at World Arena.
Office: 719-477-2197 ext. 8231#
Home: 719-633-8910 (No Calls after 6 pm)
Tom began his skating career in Southern California at age 8. After winning several regional and sectional events he moved to Colorado Springs and went on to win the US Junior title. After a gold medal performance at West Germany's Nebelhorn Trophy and a 5th-place finish at the US Senior Nationals, Tom turned professional and signed a contract to star in Ice Capades for eight years along with his future wife, Swedish Champion Catarina Lindgren.
It was early in his touring that Tom began his choreography career. One of his first assignments was for Chen Lu of China, where Tom's programs earned her a Bronze Medal at the World Championships. In the following years, Tom performed with legendary ice dancers Torvill & Dean in a world tour. Returning home, he further honed his choreographic skills and technique of skating--the result of his study produced works for skaters such as Matt Savoie, Yukina Ota, Yuna Kim, Jeremy Abbot as well as Russian stars Artur Gachinski and Liza Tuktamisheva. The programs Tom created for these skaters earned him five “Choeographer of the Year” awards from the PSA and US Figure Skating. Tom has also choreographed for ice dancing champions Maia and Alex Shibutani., and has recently had success with Japanese Junior Champion Satoko Miyahara.
Tom believes that studying dance and movement along with mastering the art and language of skating is essential for producing world-class choreography. Tom’s mastery of the compulsory figures, now extinct in the sport, provided him with essential skills as a choreographer that he uses and demands from his skaters on a daily basis.
Ice Dancing/Choreography/Skating Skills/Stretching/Posture/Ballet
Before starting her coaching career in Russia, Elena had a successful competitive Ice Dancing career during which she was a Russian National Team Member from 1999-2002. She was the Russian Junior National Champion in 2002, while capturing the Silver Medal in 2001 and Bronze Medal in 2000. She competed at the World Junior Championships three times, and was Ice Dancing Silver Medalist in 2002 and Bronze Medalist in 2001. Elena was a Gold Medalist at an impressive six Junior Grand Prix events, including the 2001 Junior Grand Prix Final. She also took home the Silver Medal at the 2000 Junior Grand Prix Final.
Before her coaching career began, Elena performed internationally with such shows as Nutcracker on Ice and Sensation on Ice in England, New Zealand and Australia. After coaching in Russia, Elena moved to the United States and worked with programs in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan and Idaho before coming to the World Arena in 2011 to lead the facility’s Ice Dancing program. Elena is a U.S. National coach, and brings 15 years of experience teaching Ice Dancing, Moves in the Field, Skating Skills, Choreography, Ballet, Modern Dance and off-ice training.
PSA Rating: Master
Tammy has over 30 years coaching experience.
She was named the 2017 USFSA/PSA Coach of the Year. She was also named the USFSA/PSA Developmental Coach of the Year in 2005, 2012, and 2013. In addition Tammy won the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year in 2005.
She has taught numerous Regional, Sectional, National and International Champions including Karen Chen, Vincent Zhou, Richard Dornbush, Yaro Paniot, Christy Leung, Brendan Kerry, Shotaro Omori and Dennis Phan.
Tammy has had national champions at every level in Ladies and Men.
She has taught quadruple jumps to many athletes including Vincent Zhou, Richard Dornbush, Brendan Kerry, Yaro Paniot, Shotaro Omori, Dennis Phan, Daisuke Murakami, and Philip Warren. Vincent was the first male to land the quadruple lutz at junior worlds, winning the title in 2017. He became the first and youngest male to land the quadruple lutz at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.
Her World team and Jr. World team members include Karen Chen, Vincent Zhou, Richard Dornbush, Yaro Paniot, Brendan Kerry, Shotaro Omori, Dennis Phan, Christy Leung, Tammy Sutan, Tyler Pierce, Maisy Ma, and Amy Lin.
She has taught Skaters from beginner level to Olympic level.
Tammy is Master-Rated with the PSA in freestyle. She has served on the Board of Directors for U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association.
PSA Rating: Master (Free Dance/Dance)
Rich has 33 years of coaching experience and is a PSA Master Rated Coach in Dance and Free Dance. Specializing in coaching Dance, Moves in the Field, and Stroking, he has coached US National, Sectional, and Regional medalists.
In his competitive career, Rich was a USFS Double Gold Medalist in Dance and Free Dance as well as a US National Junior Dance Silver Medalist, and Pacific Coast Sectional and Regional Junior Dance Champion. Rich has a BS degree in Public Administration and owns and operates Colorado Skate Tech, Inc., where he has more than 35 years experience sharpening skates for numerous past and current World and National champions.
PSA Rating: Master (Free Skating/MIF)
Ryan's mission as a coach is to instill greatness and search for excellence every day in every skater. He seeks to maximize each skater's God-given abilities with whatever resources are available in this pursuit. He wants the skaters he works with to be champions in sport and in life.
Ryan began coaching during his successful competitive skating career where he spent 10 years on the U.S. Figure Skating Team and placed at the U.S. National Championships 7 times. He now holds a Professional Skaters Association Master Rating in both Freestyle and Moves in the Field. Besides those two specialties, Ryan also works extensively to choreograph programs and develop skating skills. He has had students medal at Junior Nationals as well as compete at the U.S. National Championships.
Natalya is a US National and International coach and choreographer as well as a former Russian National and International competitor. Her background includes working with the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet Company for 5 years and performing the principle roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker (among other productions) during world tours.
She earned her Master’s degree in Coaching Figure Skating at the Russian State University of Physical Education and Sport in Moscow, from which she graduated with Honors in 1990. Her qualifications and background coupled with her 30 years of coaching experience in all disciplines of figure skating have enhanced many National, World and Olympic competitors’ training programs. Natalya offers a complete package for off the ice and on the ice training to achieve best results in championship skating. She is a PSA and US Figure Skating member, and has been coaching at the World Arena for the past 20 years.
Christine H. Krall
PSA Rating: Master (Free Skating/Figures/MIF)
A World and Olympic Team Member and World and Olympic Team Coach, in 2020, Christy will celebrate her 50th year of coaching at the Broadmoor World Arena. During that time, Christy also worked at US Figure Skating from 1996-2002 as Senior Director of Athlete Programs. Prior to working for US Figure Skating, Christy chaired the Moves in the Field development for the Professional Skaters Association from 1991-1995 and served on the PSA Board of Directors as National Education Director and 2nd Vice President.
After retiring from US Figure Skating in 2002, Christy returned to coaching full time, utilizing the software developed by DartFish. Christy has attended five Olympic games and has uniquely participated in three different capacities: 1964 as an athlete in Innsbruck, Austria; 2002 as a USA Team Leader in Salt Lake City, UT; 2010 and 2014 as a Canadian Coach in Vancouver, Canada and Sochi, Russia, and 2018 as a US Team Coach in PyeongChang, South Korea. Christy was the head coach for Patrick Chan during his Gold Medal performances at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Along with Damon Allen, she coached Josh Farris to his 2012 World Junior Championship Men's Title and a spot on the 2015 World Team, and in 2019, Tomoki Hiwatashi to the World Junior Championship Men's Title. Christy has also coached top International skaters Angela Wang, Agnes Zawadzki, Liam Firus, Ameile Lacoste and Armin Mahbanoozadeh during her time in Colorado Springs as well.
A Master Rated Coach with the Professional Skaters Association in Free Skating, Figures and Moves in the Field, Christy travels the world conducting figure skating seminars for athletes and coaches at all levels of development. She was awarded the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and was the recipient of the PSA and US Olympic Committees Sports Science Award in 2008, 2011 and 2013. She was named the Professional Skaters' Association 2013 Coach of the Year. Christy was inducted into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, as well as the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
PSA Rating: Basic Accreditation
PSA Ranking: Level III
Stephanie began her skating career in Austin, TX at the age of 8. After winning medals at Regionals in the non-qualifying levels, she moved to Colorado Springs to train under Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin and Becky Bradley. Soon after, she began skating pairs under Dalilah Sappenfield. During her competitive career, Stephanie was a 5-time National competitor in both singles and pairs. After her competitive career, Stephanie skated professionally with Willy Bietak Productions and Jeb Rand Productions for 5 years. As a principal skater in each show, she has skated in shows all over the United States, as well as in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Japan. In her young teaching career, she has assisted in taking skaters to Sectionals and U.S. Nationals and has a national medal as a coach.
Stephanie’s coaching philosophy is that skating is about having fun, learning who you are, gaining self-confidence, figuring out how to push yourself not only physically, but mentally as well... and discovering the skater’s real potential.
Choreography / Skating Skills / Compulsory Figures / MIF / Spins
Catarina has choreographed for National, International, World and Olympic competitors. She was a four-time Swedish Champion, and a World and Olympic competitor during her amateur skating career. She was a starring performer in Ice Capades for 8 years before becoming a a principal skater with the Torvill & Dean World Tour, also performing in TV-specials, stage shows and various shows across the world.
After a 10 year professional career, Catarina turned to choreography. She choreographed the Disney On Ice Princess Classics show with Tom Dickson, and most recently choreographed the skating scenes for the motion picture about the legendary Sonja Henie, Sonja: The White Swan. Shown at the Sundance Film Festival 2019. Presently available to view on Amazon Prime.
When working with competitive skaters, she uses her background and vast experience as a performer and choreographer, to inspire a love for skating and aims to create beauty and theater on the ice, with the goal to move an audience. Having competed 10 years of compulsory figures, which are what all turns and edges required in step sequences are based on, she is uniquely qualified to teach skaters correct technique and ﬂow on the blade to master control of the beautiful art of ﬁgure skating.
On & Off-Ice Movement/Skating Skills/Choreography/Freestyle/Pairs/MIF
World Junior Champion
National and International Champion
Drew Meekins is a figure skating coach and choreographer at the Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall, a US Olympic Training Site. He has worked with skaters at the national, international and world level.
Meekins specializes in teaching on and off-ice movement technique, choreography, skating skills and also has extensive experience in training jump technique, pair skating technique and training athletes for competitive performance. It is his mission to help develop and refine the multitude of life skills a skater can learn through hard work, discipline and goal setting, which can be applied to achieve success and happiness in one's career and personal life.
During his competitive career, Meekins was a member of Team USA for 5 years and is the 2006 World Junior Pairs Champion, 2004 National Novice Pairs Champion, and Senior Grand Prix competitor. Meekins is also a US Figure Skating triple-gold medalist in freestyle, pairs and moves in the field.
Meekins has always studied dance closely and following his competitive career studied modern dance, dance composition and dance history academically, as well as with several dance companies in Colorado. He has performed as a professional dancer in multiple shows, including most recently with the Interweave Dance Theatre as part of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.
Meekins has the unique combination of being a world class figure skater and professional dancer, which has led him to the root of his passion in teaching—bridging the gap between dance and skating and truly translating off-ice movement to on-ice artistry and improvements in program component scores.
Ilona Melnichenko joined the World Arena Coaching Staff in 2018. A former ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union, Ilona holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the Odessa State Institute of Physical Culture. With former partner Gennady Kaskov, Ilona won the 1987 World Junior Championship, the 1987 and 1988 Nebelhorn Trophy and the 1991 Winter Universiade Championship.
A U.S. National, International and Jr. World coach, Ilona has more than 20 years’ teaching experience coaching International Competitors and U.S. National Champions as well as Medalists at U.S. Regional, Sectional and National events.
PSA Rating: Registered (Free Skating/Pairs)
PSA Ranking: Level V
Erik is a widely respected jump coach, who specializes in pole-harness jump technique. Erik has assisted in coaching many National, International, World and Olympic level athletes and is passionate about teaching. He strives to ensure his skaters develop into the athletes they want to be. In addition to his on-ice coaching achievements, Erik has presented at Professional Skaters Association annual conferences, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Broadmoor Skating Club. He is also the owner of FigureSkating360.com, a figure skating social networking site. When Erik is not at the rink, you will find him with his three sons, Rylan, Deckard, and Kollier, playing golf, swimming, camping or enjoying just about any other outdoor activity.
PSA Rating: Master (Free Skating)
PSA Ranking: Level V
Eddie trained at the Broadmoor World Arena and competed for the Broadmoor Skating Club for most of his career under world renowned coaches Christy Krall, Barbara Roles, Diane Miller, Rubin Huron, Carlo Fassi, and Christy Fassi. He was a five-time US National Competitor and US Nationals Novice Silver Medalist. He also won the United States Collegiate Championships as a Senior competitor. Eddie is a US Figure Skating double Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle, as well as a PSA Master Rated coach and a former board member of the Professional Skaters Association. He has taught at the World Championships, Junior World Championships, US National Championships, and many Senior and Junior Grand Prix Events. Eddie also specializes in the portable jumping harness and has has worked with skaters from 13 countries including multiple US National Champions, Olympians, and World competitors including the current World Champion Patrick Chan. Eddie also has his Level V ranking with the Professional Skaters’ Association.
After Eddie’s competitive career, he toured as a principal skater with Disney’s World on Ice in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. He was the Director of Figure Skating at the University of Denver from 1999-2004 where he directed the number one youth training skating camp in the country for four years as well as directing many successful shows featuring world champions Todd Eldredge and Kurt Browning.
Eddie’s grandfather started the first-ever traveling ice show, the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies in 1936. Eddie is continuing his family’s tradition of ice show production by owning Shipstad Entertainment, an ice show company that specializes in corporate events, holiday shows, and stationary productions that have performed in the United States and Mexico including recently at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
Freestyle/Video Analyst/Jump coach/Hockey Power skating/MIF
U.S. National Champion (Jr. Ladies)
Before starting her coaching career Sandy was a 2005 National Junior Champion as well as a National and International competitor for 9 years. After her competitive career she toured as a principle skater for Disney on Ice. She is a USFS Double Gold Medalist and a DartFish Analyst for figure skaters as well as hockey players. Sandy provides video analysis for jump specific technique for all ages and levels of figure skating. She also provides stride, transitions, and explosive skating technique for the hockey community. The combination of her visual training tools and athletic experiences will enhance the athletes training to be most productive.
PSA Ranking: Level VI
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina was one child to be selected out of hundreds for training as a future Olympian. Before becoming a Pairs skater, Irina enjoyed success as a Freestyle skater, making the Russian National team at the age of 12. She trained with Igor Moskvin placing in Russian National and International competitions. After starting her career as a Pairs skater, Irina became the first World Pairs Champion of coach Tamara Moskvina. With her pairs partners, Irina won the Russian National Championship in 1976 and 1980, the European Championship in 1981, the World Championship 1981. She also placed 4th in the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Irina holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Culture and Sports Science from Lesgaft University of St. Petersburg. She was trained in Ballet and Choreography by masters of the famous Kirov Ballet at the Vaganova school in St. Petersburg. After her amateur career, Irina competed in Professional competitions and performed with Russian All Stars, Bolshoi on Ice and Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice.
Irina started coaching World-level skaters with the legendary Pair coach Tamara Moskvina. Irina’s experience in competition preparation and conditioning of athletes will allow her students to grow in confidence and skating ability from the beginning of their skating to their highest competitive achievements.
In 1993, Irina was invited to coach at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Two years later she successfully guided her first American pairs team to win International competitions and place 10th at the World Championships. Irina teaches quality Russian technique and artistic skills necessary for the new judging system. She holds a PSA Level VI Ranking.
Tom Zakrajsek (pronounced Za cry sheck) has been coaching figure skating in the United States since 1990. He has coached many regional, sectional, national and international champions, including US Champions Max Aaron-2013, Rachael Flatt-2010 (for 11 years), Ryan Bradley-2011 (for 22 years) and Jeremy Abbott-2009 (for 10 years). In all, his 20 national champions have won 24 titles. Most recently, his skaters include 2018 Olympians Mirai Nagasu and Vincent Zhou and 2019 Korean Ladies Champion, Young You.
He has developed Abbott, Bradley and Flatt from the beginning levels of skating all the way to their National titles and the World Team; and with Flatt, the Olympic Games. Tom has taught triple axels and quadruple jumps to more different male skaters than any other coach in the world. In 2018, Nagasu became the first woman from the United States to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games as well as the first woman to land eight clean triples in a free skating program. Zhou became the first man in the world to land a quadruple lutz and quadruple flip in a short program at the Olympic Games.
His primary emphasis in coaching is jump technique and training his athletes for competition performance. He takes a great deal of pride in having developed skaters from the learn-to-skate to the national and international level. His coaching philosophy emphasizes goal setting, hard work, discipline and the acquisition of life skills. In 2018 in conjunction with the other coaches and management of the Broadmoor World Arena, Tom created the World Arena Skating Academy. He currently serves as its President.
Tom graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Journalism and English. In 2001, he received his master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado-CS. In 1999, Tom was named United States Figure Skating Developmental Coach of the Year. In 2009, Tom was named PSA Coach of the Year. In 2018, Tom was awarded the Order of Ikkos from the United States Olympic Committee for his coaching excellence with Mirai Nagasu at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. Tom has published four e-workbooks: Basic Training 101: Periodization Principles for Figure Skaters, Go For The Goal!, Come Skate With Us: How To Practice Figure Skating and Perfect Your Process: How To Practice Figure Skating Vol. 2 and are available on his website CoachTomZ.com.