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    Elaine Zayak

    Elaine Zayak is a former U.S. Ladies figure skater. She was born on 4 April 1965 in Paramus, New Jersey.

    Elaine is the 1982 World Champions and the 1981 U.S. National Champion. She also competed at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, placing 6th.

    Elaine was the first woman to consistently land many triple jumps in her programs. At the 1982 World Championships, she landed six triple jumps to win the title, although four of them were triple toe loops. While she also had triple salchows and loops in her repertoire, they were less consistent. Zayak's skating contributed to the creation of what became informally known as the Zayak Rule enacted at the 1982 ISU Congress, which states that a skater may not perform the same kind of triple jump more than twice, and for it to be given full credit on both occasions, one of the two triples must be incorporated into a combination or sequence. The rule encouraged skaters to display a greater variety of skills.

    She retired from competitive skating in 1984 and started skating in Ice Capades shows (1984-86).

    Zayak was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2003 and the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2013, she was elected into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

    She teaches figure skating at the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey, and is a spokeswoman for U.S. Figure Skating.

    Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Zayak

    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/elainezayak/

    Programs and Videos
    1993/1994
    SP: no information found
    LP: "Reverie" by Arthur Fiedler

    1994 U.S. National Championships
    1983/1984
    SP: no information found
    LP: "Reverie" by Arthur Fiedler

    1984 World ChampionshipsXIV Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 19841984 U.S. National Championships
    1982/1983

    SP: no information found
    LP:no information found

    1983 U.S. National Championships
    1981/1982

    SP: no information found
    LP: Romanian Rhapsody

    1982 World Championships1982 U.S. National Championships
    LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3amwSkZr5FQ / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIE3JWa5Fy4
    1981 Skate America
    1980/1981
    SP: no information found
    LP: no information found

    1981 World Championships1981 U.S. National Championships1980 Skate Canada
    1979/1980
    SP: no information found
    LP: no information found

    1980 U.S. National Championships
    1978/1979
    SP: no information found
    LP: no information found

    Results


    Competition CF SP LP FR
    1993/1994
    1994 U.S. National Championships --

    4
    1983/1984
    1984 World Championships


    3
    XIV Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984 13 6 4 6
    1984 U.S. National Championships


    3
    1982/1983
    1983 World Championships


    WD
    1983 U.S. National Championships


    2
    1982 St. Ivel International


    1
    1981/1982
    1982 World Championships 4 10 1 1
    1982 U.S. National Championships


    3
    1981 Skate America


    2
    1981 International Challenge Cup


    2
    1980/1981
    1981 World Championships


    2
    1981 U.S. National Championships


    1
    1980 Skate Canada


    1
    1979/1980
    1980 World Championships


    11
    1980 U.S. National Championships


    4
    1979 Prague Skate


    1
    1979 International Challenge Cup


    2
    1978/1979
    1979 World Junior Championships


    1

    Pro-am competitions and shows
    1995 U.S. Postal Service Skating Challenge, Free Skate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2zJLCzx9DY
    1995 Vail Skating Festival Zayak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5ZrR08gWww
    1994 Goodwill Games, Figure Skating, Ladies' Free Skate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFYz-CQxQfM
    1994 Goodwill Games, Figure Skating, Ladies' Technical Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGXiC0iuOD4
    1994 Canadian Professionals, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuiMU_zULik
    1990 U.S. Open Professionals, Ladies' Technical Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWKia1dvYIY
    1982 Skate America Exhibition - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt4YTjnVjM4

    Articles and Interviews
    16 July 2019 - Tales of the Blade - Elaine Zayak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8YceodOBvo
    19 December 2015 - Teens, Tots and Toys Featuring Elaine Zayak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23qGb-H_J0o / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA77Q6dw_R8
    27 October 2014 - Elaine Zayak - National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Highlight Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryVKl_Om-70
    1 April 2013 - The Skating Lesson: Interview with Elaine Zayak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAlLabjukps
    21 November 2010 - Reports on Elaine Zayak and What It Takes to be a Champion - 1994 U.S. Pro-Am Championships - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8GrPDxP71A
    2 January 2010 - Profile on Elaine Zayak (USA) - 1984 Sarajevo, Ladies' Short Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtdYYXLyMEg
    15 November 2009 - Elaine Zayak 1984 Olympics Up Close and Personal fluff - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Eqk6PoS1M
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 07-23-2019 at 05:17 AM. Reason: Instagram added

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    I've just opened a thread for Elaine. I'll still try to add more videos and detailed results, but you can already start enjoying this great skater who is nowadays especially known to the wider public for the so called Zayak Rule.

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    I always loved Elaine' s skating!!

    Thank you so much for the thread.

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    Great to see her added on this list. I always loved her skating.

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