Todd Sand (born October 30, 1963) is an American pair skater. With his partner and wife Jenni Meno, he is the 1998 World silver medalist, a two-time World bronze medalist (1995, 1996), and a three-time U.S. national champion (1994–96). With his previous partner Natasha Kuchiki, he is the 1991 World bronze medalist.
Sand and Natasha Kuchiki
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||October 30, 1963|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (179 cm)|
|Former partner||Natasha Kuchiki |
|Former coach||John Nicks|
Sand was born in Burbank, California. He has dual American and Danish citizenship, since his father is Danish. He is married to Jenni Meno, with whom he has two sons, Jack, born in 2004, and Matthew Kenneth, born on August 14, 2006.
Career with KuchikiEdit
Sand teamed up with Natasha Kuchiki in spring 1989. They won three senior pairs medals at the U.S. Championships, including gold in 1991, and competed at three World Championships, winning a surprising bronze in 1991. They also competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where they placed 6th. Kuchiki and Sand announced the end of their partnership in April 1992.
Career with MenoEdit
Meno and Sand teamed up on the ice in April 1992. They had immediate success, qualifying for the 1993 World Figure Skating Championships in their first season with a 2nd-place finish at the U.S Nationals, and were the top Americans there placing 5th, qualifying 3 teams for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. They became U.S Champions in 1994, then placed 5th in arguably the strongest pairs field assembled in history in Lillehammer with 2 clean skates.
In 1995 they won their 2nd consecutive U.S title with perhaps their finest performance ever, gaining 6 perfect 6.0s for artistic impression. They then came from 5th after the short program to win the bronze medal at the 1995 World Figure Skating Championships. In 1996 they won their 3rd consecutive U.S title, and again climbed from 5th to 3rd, and won their second consecutive World bronze medal.
In 1997, they set themselves up as possible contenders for the World title early in the season, beating both the World gold and World silver medalist Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov, and Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer in fall competitions. They had also gained the necessary side by side triple toes that had prevented them from a higher finish than 3rd place at the previous 2 World Championships. They however lost their form and suffered a last place finish at the Champions Series final in Hamilton, Ontario, and lost their U.S title to Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen. With a chance for the World title after major mistakes by the other top teams they suffered another lackluster outing and dropped to 5th at the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships.
They missed much of the 1997-1998 competitive season with injury, and had to withdraw from the U.S Championships after the short program, but on their past record were named to the team for the  in Nagano, Japan.  After a dismal performance in Nagano in finishing 8th, they ended their career on a high on home ice in Minneapolis at the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships, winning the short program, and taking the silver medal, their highest finish ever at Worlds. Following their retirement from competitive skating, they skated professionally in the Stars on Ice tour for six seasons.
Post Skating CareerEdit
Sand appeared in the ITV series Dancing on Ice with double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes. They were eliminated in Quarter Final (Week 6) after the judges' votes to save Bonnie Langford and her partner Matt Evers.
Sand works as a coach with his wife. They formerly coached John Baldwin / Rena Inoue and Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker., and Jessica Calalang / Zack Sidhu. Currently, they coach Alexa Scimeca Knierim / Chris Knierim.
Pairs career for the United StatesEdit
With Jenni MenoEdit
|CS NHK Trophy||5th||1st||2nd|
|CS Skate America||2nd|
| CS = Champions Series from 1995–1996 (later renamed Grand Prix) |
WD = Withdrew
With Natasha KuchikiEdit
With Lori BlaskoEdit
|U.S. Championships||3rd J||7th||8th|
Singles career for DenmarkEdit
- Meyers, Jeff (February 25, 1990). "Skater Kuchiki Overcomes Tears and Fears : Figure skating: Now comes the easy part for young Olympic hopeful, who will compete in World Championships". Los Angeles Times.
- Harvey, Randy (April 9, 1992). "Skaters Kuchiki and Sand Go Their Own Way". Los Angeles Times.
- "Todd Sand". Sports Reference. (archived)
- 1998 Winter Olympics
- Hersh, Philip (January 10, 1998). "Despite Foot Injury, Meno-sand Named To Nagano Pairs Team". Chicago Tribune.
- Hersh, Philip (February 7, 1998). "Meno-sand Takes The Hard Road To Winter Games". Chicago Tribune.
- Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker at the International Skating Union
- Jessica Calalang & Zach Sidhu at the International Skating Union
- "ISU Communication No. 1409" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. (381 KiB)
- ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
- Official site
- Skatabase: 1980s Worlds Men's Results
- Skatabase: 1980s Europeans Men's Results
- The Figure Skating Corner profile
- Pairs on Ice: Blasko & Sand
- Pairs on Ice: Kuchiki & Sand
- Pairs on Ice: Meno & Sand
- Meno, Sand to coach Inoue, Baldwin
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