Cathy Reed

Cathy Reed (born June 5, 1987) is an American-born Japanese ice dancer. With her brother Chris Reed, she is a seven-time Japanese national champion (2008–2011, 2013-2015).

Cathy Reed
Cathy REED Chris REED NHK Trophy 2009.jpg
Cathy and Chris Reed at the 2009 NHK Trophy
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1987-06-05) June 5, 1987 (age 32)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Home townWarren Township, New Jersey
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former partnerChris Reed
Former coachMarina Zueva, Oleg Eipstein, Massimo Scali, Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Gorshkov, Tyler Myles, John Kerr, Inese Bucevica, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Nikolai Morozov, Valter Rizzo, Andrew Stroukoff, Susan Kelley
Former choreographerIgor Shpilband, Patti Wilcox, Galit Chait, Inese Bucevica, Nikolai Morozov
Skating clubArctic Edge FSC
Kinoshita Club Tokyo
Former skating clubKawagoe Figure Skating Club
Former training locationsCanton, Michigan
Hackensack, New Jersey
Began skating1994
RetiredApril 19, 2015
ISU personal best scores
Combined total141.75
2013 World Team
Short dance56.35
2013 World Team
Free dance85.40
2013 World Team
Japanese name

Personal lifeEdit

Reed was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her mother is Japanese and her father is American.[1] She was a dual citizen of Japan and the United States until she turned 22. Japanese law required those who are dual citizens at birth to relinquish their dual citizenship, so Cathy Reed chose Japanese citizenship at the age of 22 in order to continue to represent Japan in ice dancing.[2] She competed in ice dancing with her younger brother Chris Reed until her retirement in April 2015. Her younger sister Allison Reed is also an ice dancer, who represented Georgia with Otar Japaridze[1], Israel with Vasili Rogov and currently represents Lithuania with Saulius Ambrulevicius.

Reed and her skating siblings grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey.[3]


The Reeds are the 2006 U.S. Novice Dance Champions, but chose to represent Japan beginning in the 2006–2007 season.[4] While Novice national champions are usually given a chance to compete on the Junior Grand Prix, Cathy Reed was too old at the time of their win to compete as a junior internationally. The Reeds were offered a chance to compete for Japan and they took it. They advanced immediately to the senior level, skipping Juniors entirely.

After advancing to the senior level, they placed fourth at the Golden Spin of Zagreb and second at the 2007 Japan Championships. At the 2007 Four Continents, they finished ahead of several teams who had been competing as seniors much longer.[citation needed]

At their Grand Prix debut, the 2007 Skate America, they placed 9th. They placed 8th at their second Grand Prix event, the 2007 NHK Trophy. They won the Japanese Championships. They repeated their 7th-place finish at the Four Continents, and then placed 16th at the 2008 World Championships. They represented Japan at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[1]

The Reeds were named in the Japanese team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

After the 2014–15 figure skating season, Cathy retired from competitive figure skating.

Reed now works as a figure skating coach and choreographer in Kansai University (Takatsuki, Osaka) with Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura.[5] Her students include:


(with Chris Reed)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Flamenco: El Cid: Farruca
    by Thomas Hickstein, Elva La Guardia
  • Paso Doble: Gato Montes
    by Hugo Montenegro
  • Ona Hei
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck
  • Bitter Sweet Water
    (from Hell Girl Mitsuganae)
    by Hiromi Mizutani
  • Good Death
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck
  • Ona Hei
    (from Total War: Shogun 2)
    by Jeff van Dyck

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:
  • June Bride
  • Barn Dance
The Beatles:
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry that Weight
  • The End
  • La Llama
    by Chris Ice
  • Whatever Happens
    by Michael Jackson
  • Drums
    by Basic J
  • Chale Chalo
    (from Lagaan)
    by A. R. Rahman
  • Mon Amour
    by David Visan
  • Chale Chalo
    (from Lagaan)
    by A. R. Rahman
The Addams Family:
by Marc Shaiman
  • Party ... For Me?
  • The Tango
Original dance
  • Sakura
  • Kodo
  • Charleston: Money, Money
    (from Cabaret soundtrack)
  • Prayer in the Night

Competitive highlightsEdit

With Chris Reed for JapanEdit

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 17th 21st
Worlds 16th 16th 15th 13th 24th 20th 18th 22nd
Four Continents 7th 7th WD 7th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 8th 7th 7th 7th 5th 6th 6th
GP Skate America 9th 7th 5th
Golden Spin 4th 5th
Nebelhorn 4th
NRW Trophy 2nd
Toruń Cup 2nd
Asian Games 2nd
Japan Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st WD 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 5T
World Team 3T
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Chris Reed for the United StatesEdit

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
U.S. Championships 1st N.
Eastern Sectionals 10th N. 5th N. 1st N.
North Atlantic Regionals 1st N.
N. = Novice level


  1. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Dave (February 23, 2010). "Zaretsky, Reed siblings make Jersey proud in Olympic ice dancing". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "リード姉弟、アイスダンス順調スタート : フィギュアスケート : スポーツ : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  3. ^ Nemcek, Brenda A. "Raising Olympians: Warren's Three Reed Siblings Competing In Sochi Olympics", TAP into Warren, February 6, 2014. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Cathy Reed (born June 5, 1987) and Chris Reed (born July 7, 1989) are the 5-time Japanese national champions (2008 - 2011, 2013). Younger sister Allison Reed (born June 8, 1994) attended Warren Middle School and Watchung Hills Regional High School.... All three of the siblings are from Warren Township and now train in Hackensack."
  4. ^ Mittan, Barry (December 27, 2006). "U.S. Novice Champs to Compete for Japan". SkateToday.
  5. ^ a b "Coaching". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. ^ "With My Student". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "With My Student". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Ice Dance". ISU Results. ISU. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.
  13. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010.
  14. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 1, 2009.
  15. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008.
  16. ^ "Cathy REED / Chris REED: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007.
  17. ^ "2006 U.S. Championships: Cathy Reed / Chris Reed" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Competition Results: Cathy REED / Chris REED". International Skating Union.

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