Thomas Williams (figure skater)

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Thomas Williams
2012 World Junior FS Nicole Orford Thomas Williams2.jpg
Orford and Williams in 2012
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1991-04-20) April 20, 1991 (age 28)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Partner Sarah Arnold
Former partner Nicole Orford, Olga Lioudvinevitch, Alicia Williams
Coach Megan Wing, Aaron Lowe
ChoreographerMegan Wing, Aaron Lowe
Skating clubCalalta FSC Calgary
Training locations Burnaby, British Columbia
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total140.10
2018 Four Continents
Short dance 55.86
2012 World Junior
Free dance87.60
2018 Four Continents

Thomas Williams (born April 20, 1991) is a Canadian ice dancer. He has competed at three Four Continents Championships with his skating partners, Nicole Orford and Sarah Arnold.

The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (4CC) is an annual figure skating competition. The International Skating Union established it in 1999 to provide skaters representing non-European countries with a similar competition to the much older European Figure Skating Championships. The event's name refers to Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.

Nicole Orford Canadian ice dancer

Nicole Orford is a Canadian ice dancer. With former partner Thomas Williams, she placed fifth at the 2014 Four Continents Championships. She teamed up with Asher Hill in 2015.

Sarah Arnold is a Canadian ice dancer. She placed 8th at the 2018 Four Continents Championships with Thomas Williams and has also competed on the Grand Prix series, with Justin Trojek.

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Personal life

Thomas Williams was born on April 20, 1991, in Calgary, Alberta. [1] He is the nephew of Canadian speed skater Michelle Morton. [2] He has a car detailing business and has also worked for a financial services company. [2] [3]

Calgary City in Alberta, Canada

Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city anchors the south end of the Statistics Canada-defined urban area, the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.

Alberta Province of Canada

Alberta is a province of Canada. With an estimated population of 4,067,175 as of 2016 census, it is Canada's fourth most populous province and the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. Its area is about 660,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905. The premier is Jason Kenney as of April 30, 2019.

Michelle Morton is a Canadian speed skater. She competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Skating career

Early years

Williams began learning to skate in 1995. [1] He skated with Alicia Williams in the 2007–2008 season. During the following two seasons, he competed with Olga Lioudvinevitch, placing ninth on the junior level at the 2010 Canadian Championships.

The 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships were the Canadian Figure Skating Championships for the 2009–10 figure skating season. The Canadian Championships are the figure skating national championship which determines the national champions of Canada. The event was organized by Skate Canada, the nation's figure skating governing body.

Partnership with Orford

Williams began training with Nicole Orford in May 2010. [4] Competing on the 2010–11 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, they took the bronze medal in England and placed fifth in the Czech Republic. After becoming junior national champions, they were sent to the 2011 World Junior Championships and finished eighth.

The 2010–11 ISU Junior Grand Prix was the 14th season of the ISU Junior Grand Prix, a series of international junior level competitions organized by the International Skating Union. It was the junior-level complement to the 2010–11 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, which was for senior-level skaters. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dance.

The 2011 World Junior Figure Skating Championships was an international figure skating competition during the 2010–11 season. Commonly called "World Juniors" and "Junior Worlds", the event crowned the World Junior Champions in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.

During the 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Orford/Williams won gold in Brisbane, Australia, [5] and finished sixth in Austria. Due to Skate Canada rules, they competed on the senior level at the 2012 Canadian Championships and came in sixth. They also placed sixth at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

The 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix was the 15th season of the series of junior international competitions organized by the International Skating Union. It was the junior-level complement to the 2011–12 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating contested by senior-level skaters. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dance.

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland metropolitan region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.6 million.

The 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships was a national figure skating competition during the 2011–12 season. The event determined the national champions of Canada and was organized by Skate Canada, the nation's figure skating governing body.

Orford/Williams made their senior international debut in the 2012–13 season. Competing on the Grand Prix series for the first time, they placed eighth at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup and fourth at the 2012 NHK Trophy. After winning the bronze medal at the 2013 Canadian Championships, they were assigned to the 2013 Four Continents Championships and finished sixth.

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is a series of senior international figure skating competitions organized by the International Skating Union. The invitational series was inaugurated in 1995, incorporating several previously existing events. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The junior-level equivalent is the ISU Junior Grand Prix.

The 2012 Rostelecom Cup was the fourth event of six in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. It was held at the Ice Palace Megasport in Moscow on November 8–11. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earned points toward qualifying for the 2012–13 Grand Prix Final.

The 2012 NHK Trophy was the final event of six in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. It was held at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Miyagi on November 22–25. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earned points toward qualifying for the 2012–13 Grand Prix Final.

In the summer of 2013, Williams injured both ankles due to boot problems, causing the team to reduce their training to 20 minutes at a time. [3] They won bronze at the U.S. Classic and placed eighth at the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard. Fifth at the 2014 Canadian Championships, Orford/Williams were not named in Canada's Olympic team but were sent to the 2014 Four Continents Championships, where they placed fifth. Their final competition together was the 2015 Canadian Championships.

Partnership with Arnold

Following a tryout with Sarah Arnold in February 2015, Williams took a year off due to an Achilles injury and financial reasons. [2] They continued to skate together occasionally (around eight times) and began a formal partnership in March 2016. [2] They placed 5th at the 2018 Canadian Championships and 8th at the 2018 Four Continents Championships. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, British Columbia. [1]

Programs

With Arnold

Season Short dance Free dance
2017–2018
[1]
2016–2017
[2] [6]

With Orford

Season Short dance Free dance
2014–2015
[3] [7]
2013–2014
[8] [9]
2012–2013
[10]
  • Polka: Sold
    by John Michael Montgomery
  • Waltz: Tennessee Waltz
    by Anne Murray
  • Polka: Sold
    by John Michael Montgomery
  • High Society Overture
  • Now You Have Jazz
    by Bing Cosby, Louis Armstrong
  • High Society Overture
2011–2012
[11]
Senior-level:
  • Mariposa en Havana
  • Baila Baila Conmigo

Junior-level:
2010–2011
[12]

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Arnold

International [13]
Event 2016–17 2017–18
Four Continents 8th
CS Warsaw Cup 8th
Lake Placid IDI 10th9th
National [6]
Canadian Champ. 6th5th
SC Challenge4th2nd
BC/YK Sectionals2nd2nd

With Orford

International [14]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
Four Continents 6th5th
GP Bompard 8th
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Rostelecom Cup 8th
GP Skate America 8th
CS Autumn Classic 6th
CS U.S. Classic 2nd
U.S. Classic 3rd
International: Junior [14]
Junior Worlds 8th6th
JGP Australia 1st
JGP Austria 6th
JGP Czech Republic 5th
JGP U.K. 3rd
National [15]
Canadian Champ. 1st J6th3rd5th4th
J = Junior level

Early partnerships

National [11]
Event2007–081 2008–09 2 2009–10 2
Canadian Championships 17th J14th J9th J
1 With Alicia Williams
2 With Olga Lioudvinevitch
J = Junior level

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