Lorraine McNamara

Lorraine McNamara (born February 18, 1999) is an American ice dancer. With her former partner, Quinn Carpenter, she is the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki bronze medalist, a three-time silver medalist on the ISU Challenger Series, and the 2019 U.S. national pewter medalist. Earlier in their career, they became the 2016 World Junior champions, the 2015 JGP Final champions, and two-time U.S. national junior champions.

Lorraine McNamara
2016 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Lorraine McNamara Quinn Carpenter IMG 2868.jpg
McNamara/Carpenter at the 2016-17 JGP Final
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1999-02-18) February 18, 1999 (age 21)
Washington, D.C.
Home townGermantown, Maryland
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partnerQuinn Carpenter
CoachAlexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Dmitri Ilin
ChoreographerAlexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak
Skating clubPeninsula SC, San Jose
Training locationsRockville, Maryland
Former training locationsWheaton, Maryland
Began skating2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total183.47
2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial
Short dance73.60
2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial
Free dance109.87
2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial

Personal lifeEdit

Lorraine McNamara was born February 18, 1999 in Washington, D.C..[1] She has four brothers and one sister.[2] She attends Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland.[3]


On the ice from age two and a half, McNamara began training under Elena Novak and Alexei Kiliakov at the Wheaton Ice Dance Academy as a young child.[2][4] She teamed up with her first ice dancing partner when she was six and skated with him for five months.[5]

McNamara began skating with Quinn Carpenter in 2005.[3] They won the junior bronze medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships but McNamara was too young to be sent to the 2012 World Junior Championships.[6]

2012–2013 seasonEdit

McNamara/Carpenter became age-eligible for junior internationals. In August 2012, they finished sixth in their Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut, in Courchevel, France. They placed fourth the following month at their second JGP assignment, in Istanbul, Turkey. After winning the junior bronze medal at the U.S. Championships, McNamara/Carpenter were assigned to the World Junior Championships in Milan. They placed 8th in the short dance, 11th in the free dance, and 9th overall in Italy.

2013–2014 seasonEdit

McNamara/Carpenter won their first international medals during the 2013–14 JGP series, taking silver in Riga, Latvia and then gold in Minsk, Belarus. Their results qualified them to the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where they won the bronze medal. The duo won the junior silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Championships and finished fourth at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, after placing third in the short dance and fifth in the free dance.

2014–2015 seasonEdit

In the 2014–15 JGP series, McNamara/Carpenter won bronze in Ostrava, Czech Republic and silver in Dresden, Germany, finishing as second alternates for the JGP Final. In January 2015, they won the junior titles at the Toruń Cup and then at the 2015 U.S. National Championships. In March, they were awarded the silver medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.[7] Third in both segments, they finished second overall to Russia's Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov by a margin of 9.09 points and ahead of Ukraine's Oleksandra Nazarova / Maxim Nikitin by 0.82.

2015–2016 seasonEdit

McNamara/Carpenter won gold at both of their 2015–16 JGP assignments, in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Toruń, Poland. In December 2015, they were awarded gold at the 2015–16 JGP Final,[8] outscoring silver medalists Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd by over eight points. In January 2016, they won their second national junior title, finishing ahead of Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons by 4.58 points. In March, they competed at the World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Ranked second in the short dance and first in the free dance, McNamara/Carpenter won the gold medal by a margin of 0.91 over the Parsons.[9]

2016–2017 seasonEdit

In their final season on the junior level, McNamara/Carpenter won gold in both of their 2016-17 JGP assignments in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Ostrava, Czech Republic. They went on to finish third at the 2016-17 Junior Grand Prix Final. They also finished third at the 2017 U.S. National Championships.

Competing in what would be their final Junior World Championships, they placed seventh in the short dance after receiving only a Level 1 on their step sequence. Carpenter had trouble with her twizzles in the free dance, placing them sixth in that segment, and remaining in seventh place overall.[10]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Making their senior international debut, McNamara/Carpenter won the Lake Placid Ice Dance International. Initially assigned to two Challenger series events, they placed fifth at the 2017 CS Autumn Classic International and eight at the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy. They then made their Grand Prix debut, placing fifth at the 2017 Cup of China. Reflecting on the transition to the senior ranks, Carpenter remarked "we knew we didn't have anything to lose, so we threw out our very best. We will use the experience of getting here and build off of it."[11] Following the Grand Prix they competed at a third Challenger, and won the silver medal at the 2017 CS Warsaw Cup.

Competing as seniors domestically, they placed sixth at the 2018 U.S. Championships. As the top three American teams were assigned to the Olympic team, McNamara/Carpenter were sent to the 2018 Four Continents Championships in Taipei. McNamara/Carpenter placed fourth in Taipei, of which McNamara said "I think it went exactly the way we wanted, two strong, clean skates. I think it’s a good debut for us."[12]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

In their second senior season, McNamara/Carpenter began by repeating as champions at Lake Placid Ice Dance International. After winning the silver medal at their first Challenger, the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, they placed fourth at the 2018 Skate America, narrowly missing the podium behind Tiffany Zahorski / Jonathan Guerreiro after coming third in the free dance.[13] At their second Grand Prix event of the season, they won the bronze medal at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki despite two extended lift deductions in the free dance. McNamara called their first Grand Prix medal "something to be proud of."[14] Afterward, they competed a second Challenger, the 2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial, where they again won the silver medal.

At their final event of the season, the 2018 U.S. Championships, McNamara/Carpenter placed fourth, earning the domestic pewter medal.[15]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Beginning the season again at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, McNamara/Carpenter won the bronze medal. On the Challenger series, they won bronze at the 2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial. Subsequently, an injury compelled them to withdraw from their first Grand Prix, the 2019 Internationaux de France.[16] They were able to compete at their second Grand Prix, placing ninth at the 2019 NHK Trophy.[17]

McNamara/Carpenter placed sixth at the 2020 U.S. Championships.[18] This proved to be their final competitive appearance, as Carpenter announced his retirement from ice dance on April 16, 2020. McNamara said she would seek to continue skating with a new partner.[19]


McNamara/Carpenter at the 2015-16 JGP Final podium

(with Carpenter)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Waltz: Desde el Alma
    by Orquesta Color Tango de Roberto Alvarez
  • Tango: Quejumbroso
    by Orquesta Clor Tango de Roberto Alvarez
  • Porz Goret
    by Yann Tiersen
  • Mirror - Modern Piano
    by Piano
  • Penn Ar Roc'h
    by Yann Tiersen
  • Anime Contro Vendo
    by Medialuna Tango Project
  • Hip hop: Vanguardian
    by Steed Lord
  • Blues: The Power
    by District 78 feat. Cheesa
  • Hip hop: Gaia
    by Claude Challe, Jean-Marc Challe
  • Carmen
    by Georges Bizet
    • Changing of the Guard
    • Dance
    • Second Intermezzo
    • Scene
      choreo. by Elena Novak, Alexei Kiliakov
  • Heart of Africa
    by Nature Lounge Club
  • Bublitchki
    performed by The Barry Sisters
  • Chiribim Chiribom
    performed by The Barry Sisters

Competitive highlightsEdit

With Carpenter

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

2012–2013 to presentEdit

McNamara/Carpenter at the 2015−16 Junior Grand Prix Final
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Four Continents 4th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Finland 3rd
GP France WD
GP NHK Trophy 9th
GP Skate America 4th
CS Alpen Trophy 2nd
CS Autumn Classic 5th
CS Finlandia 8th
CS Golden Spin 4th
CS Ondrej Nepela 2nd 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd
Lake Placid IDI 1st 1st 3rd
International: Junior[28]
Junior Worlds 9th 4th 2nd 1st 7th
JGP Final 3rd 1st 3rd
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 3rd 1st
JGP France 6th
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Latvia 2nd
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Slovenia 1st
JGP Turkey 4th
Toruń Cup 1st J
U.S. Champ. 3rd J 2nd J 1st J 1st J 3rd J 6th 4th 6th
Eastern Sect. 1st J
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

2006–2007 to 2011–2012Edit

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12
U.S. Championships 6th N 9th J 3rd J
U.S. Junior Champ. 4th V 4th I
Eastern Sectionals 4th I 4th N 3rd J
Pacific Sectionals 2nd J
South Atlantic Regionals 6th V
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior
Pewter medals for 4th place awarded only at U.S. events.


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