February 12, 1971
Fairview Park, Ohio
Winterhurst FSC, Lakewood, Ohio
Carol Heiss Jenkins and Glyn Watts
1998 Olympic Alternate
1996 U.S. silver medalist, senior ladies
1993 & 1995 U.S. bronze medalist, senior ladies
1993, 1996 & 1998 U.S. world team member
1991 & 1995 World University Games champion
Champions Series Final Grand Prix 1997
Member of U.S. national and international teams, 1986-98
TOURS & SHOWS
1995-99 Campbell's Soup Champions on Ice Tour
1998 Elvis Stojko Canadian Tour
1998 Starred in Mannheim Steamrollers Christmas Angel Tour & Television Special
2001 Starred in Footloose on Ice
Skated in many made-for-TV skating specials
Guest skater On Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship 2000 & 2001
Guest skater on Kristi Yamaguchi's Friends and Family 2005
Longwood Gardens Christmas Show 2006
Co-produced the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club ice shows in 2003 and 2007
1989 Graduate of Lakewood High School
1994 Graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College (communications and psychology major)
Mike has been a part of the icenetwork.com broadcasting team since 2007. Since 2001, he has provided play-by-play and color commentary for the Brown Sports Radio Network, calling soccer, ice hockey, basketball and lacrosse games for the Bears. Mancuso has also worked for Cox Sports Television in Rhode Island broadcasting local high school and collegiate sporting events.
A 1998 graduate of Brown University, he is a former sports editor of the Brown Daily Herald
. While at Brown, he also worked for the Brown Sports Information Office as the media contact for women's soccer and women's ice hockey.
After graduation, Mancuso worked as the director of public relations at the Institute for International Sport based on the campus of the University of Rhode Island. He then moved on to the URI Athletic Department as a marketing assistant for the Rhode Island Rams Athletic Association. While there, he completed his MBA at URI in 2001 and eventually took over as the executive director of the Athletic Association. In April of 2005, he moved on to the private sector as the CFO for a real estate development and management firm.
In addition to his radio and TV work, Mancuso can be heard throughout New England as a public address announcer. He has worked games for Brown University, URI, Providence College, the Connecticut Sun, Boston University, Bryant University, Harvard and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
Mancuso resides in Cumberland, R.I., with his wife, Danielle; daughter, Ella; and a Westie, Finnegan.
Search was a competitor in the skating world for more than 14 years, competing in both singles and synchronized skating. She has her gold medal in both free skate and moves in the field. She is a 2007 graduate of Miami University, with a Bachelor of Science, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a Master of Education. Search competed for Miami University all four years of college and was a member of the 2006 national championship senior team and the history-making 2007 world silver medalist team. She has served as an athlete representative on U.S. Figure Skating's Board of Directors and as chair of the Synchronized Skating Committee, and is presently a member of the Athletes Advisory Committee.
Tanith Belbin is one half of the most successful ice dancing team in U.S. history. With partner Ben Agosto, she won five consecutive U.S. championships, four world medals and the 2006 Olympic silver medal. They announced their retirement from the sport in 2010 after a fourth-place finish at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Originally from Kirkland, Quebec, Belbin moved to the United States when she was 13 and teamed with Agosto a year later. They qualified for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games but were unable to compete in Salt Lake City because Belbin was not yet a U.S. citizen.
In December 2005, Belbin gained her citizenship, paving the way for her and Agosto to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team. At the 2006 Oympic Games in Torino, Italy, the duo became the first Americans to win an Olympic ice dancing medal in 30 years.
Since leaving the competitive arena, Belbin has toured professionally, worked as a color commentator for Universal Sports, reported for local and national news outlets, and co-hosted ABC's "Skating with the Stars."
She lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she is taking courses at the University of Michigan.
Sarah Hughes astonished the world on Feb. 21, 2002, when she captured the 2002 Olympic gold medal, rebounding from a fourth-place finish in the short program to come up with one of the most technically demanding free skates ever seen, one that included two triple-triple combinations (triple Salchow-triple loop, triple toe-triple loop). With her win, she became, at 16, the fourth-youngest Olympic ladies figure skating champion ever and only the seventh American woman to capture figure skating's most coveted prize.
Since her momentous victory, the Great Neck, Long Island, native has become a role model for young people everywhere. She has worked as the spokesperson for General Electric Corporation, produced two NBC primetime specials portraying her experiences both as a skater and a teenager, rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and received the Key to New York City from Mayor Bloomberg.
In addition to the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Hughes has received numerous prestigious accolades and honors, including five ESPY nominations, the ESPY award for Best Olympian, the March of Dimes Sportswoman of the Year, the Women's Sport Foundation 2002 Sportswoman of the Year, the Robert Moses Master Builder Award, the New York State Broadcasters Association Carol Riley Award, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit of Achievement Award and the 2002 Sullivan Award, given to the best amateur athlete in the United States. She was also as one of Barbara Walter's "10 Most Fascinating of 2002."
She has stayed involved in figure skating by performing in television specials and serving on U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund Committee, Nominating Committee and Athletes Advisory Committee. An active participent in the Ice Theatre of New York, she is a member of the board of directors for the Skating Club of New York as well as the honorary board of directors for Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH).
On Jan. 21, 2010, Hughes was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 2011, she was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame, and she was honored for her contributions to FSH over the past 12 years at the organization's annual "Skating with the Stars" gala.
A graduate of Yale University, Hughes is a contributor to icenetwork.com and worked with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative at the London Olympic Games. She is writing her first book.
Michael Weiss is a three-time U.S champion (1999, '00, '03), a two-time world bronze medalist (1999, '00) and two-time Olympic team member (1998, 2002).
Weiss was the first American to land a quad toe loop in competition and is the only skater to perform the Tornado, a backflip with a full twist, which he created. Though it is not allowed in competition, Weiss continues to perform the element as a crowd favorite in professional exhibitions.
Weiss turned professional in 2006. He toured with Stars on Ice
and has competed professionally for six years. He is also known for his role as an NBC commentator.
While still an eligible skater, Weiss started the Michael Weiss Foundation, which gives scholarships to up-and-coming figure skaters. Skaters who have received scholarships include Mirai Nagasu, Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell, Daisuke Murakami, and Christine Zukowski.