Rena Inoue (井上 怜奈, Inoue Rena, born October 17, 1976) is a Japanese-born American pair skater. With partner John Baldwin, she is the 2004 and 2006 U.S. National Champion. Inoue previously competed for Japan as both a single skater and pair skater. Inoue and Baldwin are the first skaters to perform a throw triple Axel in competition.
Rena Inoue and John Baldwin
|Country represented||United States|
|Former country(ies) represented||Japan|
|Born||October 17, 1976|
Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
|Residence||Santa Monica, California, U.S.|
|Height||1.49 m (4 ft 11 in)|
|Former partner||Tomoaki Koyama (JPN)|
|Former coach||Jenni Meno|
|Former choreographer||Oksana Grishuk|
|Skating club||All Year FSC|
|ISU personal best scores|
2007 Four Continents
Rena Inoue was born in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan. She moved to the United States in 1996 at the urging of her father, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. In 1998, Inoue was diagnosed with cancer. It was detected early, and after six months of chemotherapy, she was cancer-free.
Inoue graduated from Waseda University in 1999 with a degree in education. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Inoue became engaged to be married to skating partner John Baldwin in January 2008. They had a daughter in November 2011.
Competing for JapanEdit
Rena Inoue began skating at age four. She competed in the disciplines of single skating and pair skating in Japan. As a single skater, Inoue is the 1994 Japanese silver medalist and 1998 bronze medalist. She represented Japan at the 1994 Winter Olympics in singles and placed 18th. She competed for Japan in singles through 1999.
Competing for the United StatesEdit
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. 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.
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, 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. Inoue / Baldwin competed at the 2008 World Championships, where they placed 10th.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Pairs career with John Baldwin for the United StatesEdit
|GP Bofrost Cup||5th|
|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|
Singles career for JapanEdit
|GP Cup of Russia||10th|
|GP Nations Cup||7th|
|GP Skate America||8th|
|GP Skate Canada||9th|
|Japan Jr. Champ.||1st||2nd||1st||2nd|
|WD = Withdrew|
Pairs career with Koyama for JapanEdit
|International de Paris||7th|
|World Junior Championships||7th|
- "Athlete bio: Rena Inoue". United States Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
- Elliott, Helene (February 2, 2008). "After their skate, the answer is yes". Los Angeles Times.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3vpUHg3b00. Missing or empty
- Kempf, Susanne (2006). "Baldwin: Rena is my idol". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Mihoces, Gary (January 26, 2006). "A first in pairs skating?". USA Today.
- Elliott, Helene (January 23, 2007). "Mugging leaves Baldwin recovering but still shaken". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- Benet, Lorenzo; Eldred, Sheila (January 28, 2008). "Olympic Skaters Get Engaged on Ice". People.com.
- Zeigler, Mark (January 27, 2008). "Baldwin wins Inoue's heart with proposal". San Diego Union-Tribune.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 14, 2011.
- "Rena Inoue / John Baldwin". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 11, 2009.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 4, 2005.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003.
- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 28, 2002.
- "Competition Results: Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN". International Skating Union.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rena Inoue.|
- Rena Inoue / John Baldwin at the International Skating Union
- Rena Inoue / John Baldwin at the U.S. Figure Skating
- Official site of Inoue / Baldwin at the Wayback Machine (archived March 17, 2010)