John Baldwin (figure skater)

John Baldwin, Jr. (born October 18, 1973) is an American figure skater. With partner Rena Inoue, he is a two-time U.S. national champion. Inoue and Baldwin are the first skaters to perform a throw triple axel in competition.

John Baldwin
John baldwin skater.jpg
Rena Inoue and John Baldwin
Personal information
Full nameJohn Baldwin, Jr.
Country represented United States
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 46)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PartnerRena Inoue
Former partnerTristan Colell
Former coachJenni Meno
Todd Sand
Philipp Mills
Peter Oppegard
Oksana Grishuk
Jill Watson
Former choreographerOksana Grishuk
Philipp Mills
Skating clubAll Year FSC
Began skating1975
ISU personal best scores
Combined total183.17
2006 Worlds
Short program61.73
2007 Four Continents
Free skate122.27
2006 Worlds

Personal lifeEdit

Baldwin was born in Dallas, Texas. His parents were both skating coaches.[1] His father, John Baldwin Sr., competed as a single skater in the 1960s. His brother Don Baldwin competed in singles as well.

Baldwin attended Poway High School.[2] He proposed to his skating partner Rena Inoue in January 2008.[3] Their first daughter was born in November 2011 and the second four years later.[4]

Baldwin and his father have a used car business, Baldwin Auto Sales, in Escondido, California.[5] In March 2018, they were charged with non-compliance with financial reporting obligations.[2] Their cases were resolved in 2019 after they agreed to pay back taxes, penalties and interest.[5]


John Baldwin originally competed in both singles and pairs. With partner Tristan Colell, he competed at the World Junior Championships.

Baldwin was a veteran single skater, having competed at every national championship from his win at the novice level in 1987 through 2000. His best finish at Nationals as a senior was 9th in 1995. He won the 1995 national gold medal in compulsory figures.[6]

His father, who was a skating coach, arranged a tryout between Baldwin and Rena Inoue, a Japanese skater living in America. Inoue and Baldwin tried out and agreed to form the partnership. They began competing together in 2000.[7]

They placed 11th at the 2001 U.S. Championships. The following season, they won the pewter medal at the 2002 U.S. Championships. They were sent to the 2002 Four Continents, their first international competition together, and placed 7th.

In the 2002–2003 season, Inoue / Baldwin competed on the Grand Prix circuit for the first time. Returning to Nationals, they won the bronze medal. They withdrew from the 2003 Four Continents, but placed 10th at the 2003 World Championships.

In the 2003–2004 season, they improved on their Grand Prix results and won their first national title. They placed 4th at the 2004 Four Continents and repeated their 10th-place finish at the 2004 World Championships.

In the 2004–2005 season, they medalled for the first time on the Grand Prix and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they placed 6th. They won the silver medal at the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed 11th at the 2005 World Championships.

In the 2005–2006 season, Inoue / Baldwin medalled on the Grand Prix. At the 2006 U.S. Championships, Inoue and Baldwin became the first pair to successfully perform a throw triple Axel in competition.[8] They went on to the 2006 Four Continents, which they won. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, they made Olympic and international history when they landed the throw triple axel for the first time in international competition. They placed 7th overall. At the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, they placed 4th.

Inoue / Baldwin on the podium at the 2006 Skate America.

In the 2006–2007 season, Inoue / Baldwin won the gold medal at the 2006 Skate America after winning the short program and placing second in the free skate. They won the silver medal at 2006 Skate Canada International the next week; and then won the silver at 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard one week later. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final. While in Saint Petersburg for that competition, Baldwin was abducted, assaulted and robbed,[9] though he and Inoue were still able to compete, and finished fourth. At the 2007 U.S. Championships, they won the silver medal. They placed 8th at the 2007 World Championships.

In the 2007–2008 season, Inoue / Baldwin sat out the Grand Prix series, choosing to skate in shows instead. Returning to competition at the 2008 U.S. Championships, they won the silver medal. While they were taking their bows following their free skate, Baldwin proposed marriage to Inoue on the ice and she accepted.[3][10][11] Inoue and Baldwin competed at the 2008 World Championships, where they placed 10th.

Inoue / Baldwin were 5th at the 2008 Skate America and won the silver medal at the 2008 NHK Trophy.


(with Inoue)

Season Short program Free skating
  • Tango de los Exilados
    by Walter Taieb and Vanessa Mae
  • Concert for Piano No. 1
    by Peter I. Tchaikovski
  • Illumination
    by Secret Garden
  • Pompei
    by E. S. Posthumous
  • Pompei
    by E. S. Posthumous
  • The Soul of Spain
  • Selection
    by Giacomo Puccini
  • Selection
    by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Bird of Fire
    Orchestra: Salsoul
  • Selection
    by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Murder at the Cotton Club
    by Erik Ekstrand Ensemble
  • Wonders of the New World
    by Elton John
  • Pearl Harbor
    by Hans Zimmer
  • Carmen
    by Doc Severenson
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Brazil
    by Michael Kamen
    The National Philharmonic Orchestra of London
  • Millenium
  • Brazil

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix

Pairs career with InoueEdit

Event 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Olympics 7th
Worlds 10th 10th 11th 4th 8th 10th
Four Continents 7th 4th 1st 3rd 4th 7th
GP Final 6th 4th
GP Bofrost Cup 5th
GP Bompard 4th 2nd 4th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP NHK Trophy 4th 4th 2nd 3rd
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd 1st 5th
GP Skate Canada 2nd
U.S. Champ. 11th 4th 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd

Pairs career with ColellEdit

Event 1990–91 1991–92
World Junior Championships 9th
U.S. Championships 8th J
J = Junior level

Singles careerEdit

Event 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00
Junior Worlds 3rd
U.S. Champ. 1st N 3rd J 3rd J 2nd J 3rd J 6th J 13th 9th 11th 13th 12th 13th 15th
U.S. Champ.
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


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  2. ^ a b Zeigler, Mark (April 13, 2018). "Olympic figure skater under federal indictment in San Diego". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  3. ^ a b Elliott, Helene (February 2, 2008). "After their skate, the answer is yes". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Tevrizian, Megan (February 13, 2018). "North County Married Couple Knows How Olympian Skating Couples Feel". NBC San Diego. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Zeigler, Mark (April 2, 2019). "Olympic figure skater and his father resolve federal case". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  6. ^ "Past U.S. Champions - Senior" (PDF). Xcel Energy Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 27, 2008.
  7. ^ Kempf, Susanne (2006). "Baldwin: Rena is my idol". Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Mihoces, Gary (January 26, 2006). "A first in pairs skating?". USA Today.
  9. ^ Elliott, Helene (January 23, 2007). "Mugging leaves Baldwin recovering but still shaken". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Benet, Lorenzo; Eldred, Sheila (January 28, 2008). "Olympic Skaters Get Engaged on Ice".
  11. ^ Zeigler, Mark (January 27, 2008). "Baldwin wins Inoue's heart with proposal". San Diego Union-Tribune.
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  14. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 11, 2009.
  15. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008.
  16. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007.
  17. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006.
  18. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 4, 2005.
  19. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.
  20. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003.
  21. ^ "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 28, 2002.
  22. ^ a b "Competition Results: Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN". International Skating Union.

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