Jamie Silverstein (born December 23, 1983) is an American former ice dancer. With Justin Pekarek, she is the 2000 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 1999 World Junior champion, and 2000 U.S. silver medalist. With Ryan O'Meara, she is the 2006 U.S. bronze medalist and competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Personal life and career

Silverstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.[1] After her parents divorced when she was 11, she moved with her mother to Michigan.[2]

Early in her career, Silverstein competed with Justin Pekarek. They won the 1999 World Junior and U.S. Junior titles.[3][4] The next season, they moved up to the senior level. They won gold at the 1999 Nebelhorn Trophy, silver at the 2000 U.S. Championships, and bronze at the 2000 Four Continents. They announced their split on January 10, 2001.[5] Silverstein later revealed that she had battled eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, during her career.[2][6][7]

Silverstein trained briefly with Brandon Forsyth but never competed with him.[6] She left competitive skating for a period and attended Cornell University.[7] She was off the ice completely for two years, stepping onto the ice again in late 2004.[2] Silverstein decided to make a return to competition. In April 2005, she began training with Ryan O'Meara.[8] They won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships and qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics. They were coached by Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[2][9]

On May 3, 2006, Silverstein and O'Meara announced they would be taking time off from competitive skating.[10] She planned to return to school and complete her degree.[10] In 2008, she graduated from Cornell University with a degree as a College Scholar, choosing to specialize in catharsis and emotional psychology. Her thesis work involved a performance piece whose subject was Ekman's 6 basic emotions. Now she works as a yoga instructor and is an advocate in eating disorder recovery. She also maintains a blog. In 2012, Silverstein opened a yoga studio, The Grinning Yogi, in Seattle.[11]

Competitive highlights

With O'Meara

Event 2005–2006
Winter Olympic Games 16th
Four Continents 6th
Skate America 5th
U.S. Championships 3rd
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st

With Pekarek

Event 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00
Worlds 12th
Four Continents 3rd
Skate America 5th
Sparkassen Cup 4th
Nebelhorn 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 10th 1st
JGP Final 6th 1st
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP France 2nd
JGP Germany 3rd 1st
U.S. Championships 1st N. 3rd J. 2nd J. 1st J. 2nd
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP = Junior Grand Prix (Junior Series)


(with O'Meara)

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Salsa: Round the World
  • Rhumba: Sweet the Sting
  • Cha Cha
Nu Tango


  1. ^ Anderson, Shelly (February 18, 2006). "Local skater savoring Olympic 'experience'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  2. ^ a b c d Elliott, Helene (February 17, 2006). "Silverstein Already Has a Big Victory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Dance PDF (11.0 KB)
  4. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek continue winning ways". Associated Press. Canadian Online Explorer. February 14, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Silverstein and Pekarek announce end to successful career". ESPN. January 10, 2001. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b DeSimone, Bonnie (October 22, 2005). "Skater dancing way into contention for Olympic berth". ESPN. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Macur, Juliet (February 18, 2006). "Ex-Rising Star Makes a Healthy Return to the Ice". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mittan, Barry (October 10, 2005). "Painful Breakups Lead to New Beginnings for Silverstein and O’Meara". SkateToday. 
  9. ^ "Jamie Silverstein & Ryan O'Meara". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on May 24, 2006. 
  10. ^ a b "Silverstein and O'Meara announce time off from competitive skating". U.S. Figure Skating. May 3, 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Elfman, Lois (June 14, 2012). "Silverstein experiences life's twists and turns". Icenetwork. 
  12. ^ "Jamie SILVERSTEIN / Ryan O'MEARA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. 

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