Tom Zakrajsek

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Tom Zakrajsek
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Zakrajsek at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup.
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1963-12-10) December 10, 1963 (age 57)
Garfield Heights, Ohio [1]
Former partnerSheila Nobles

Tom Zakrajsek (pronounced Za-cry-sheck; [2] born December 10, 1963) is an American figure skating coach and former competitive skater. As a skater, he competed as a senior on the national level. He coaches at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Skating career

Zakrajsek first went skating at age 7 but did poorly. He came back to the sport three years later and started training. His training locations included Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Denver. He was coached by Norma Sahlin for seven years. He competed in men's singles, including winning the junior title at the 1979 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championship and the senior title at the 1986 Southwestern Regional Championship. He competed in men's singles at the U.S. Nationals five times, once as a junior (1983) and four times as a senior (1985-1988). He also competed in pair skating with Sheila Nobles at 1985 Nationals. After retiring from competition, he toured with Disney on Ice. [1] [3]

Coaching career

Zakrajsek began coaching in 1991 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, [3] and later moved to the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. [3]

His current and former students include:

Zakrajsek was named the 2009 PSA Coach of the Year. [23] He was nominated for the award in 2011. [24]

Personal life

Zakrajsek was born on December 10, 1963. [25] He has Polish and Slovenian ancestry. [26] He studied at Missouri Western State College. [27] He has a master's degree in science. [28] He has two sisters and a brother. [1] His siblings and parents all skated recreationally. [1] His wife, Susan, is a teacher; they have a daughter, Madison, and a son, Dylan, who is two years younger. [1]

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