Jason Dungjen
Dungjen in 2010
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partnerYuka Sato (professional), Kyoko Ina, Karen Courtland, Susan Dungjen, Paula Visingardi
Former coachPeter Burrows, Marylynn Gelderman

Jason Dungjen (born September 28, 1967) is an American figure skating coach and a former pair skater. With Kyoko Ina, he is a two-time Skate America silver medalist, a three-time Nations Cup medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion. With Susan Dungjen, he is the 1983 NHK Trophy silver medalist and 1984 World Junior silver medalist.


Dungjen's first skating partner was his sister, Susan Dungjen. Together, they won silver medals at the 1983 NHK Trophy, 1984 World Junior Championships, and 1984 Grand Prix International St. Gervais. After their partnership ended, he competed with Paula Visingardi and Karen Courtland.

Dungjen began competing with Kyoko Ina in the 1991–92 season. They won the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Championships and placed fourth at the 1998 Winter Olympics. They withdrew from the 1998 World Championships after an accident during a practice session — while practicing a triple twist, Ina's arm hit Dungjen's forehead, fracturing the browbone above his right eye.[1] Their partnership dissolved after the event and he retired from competition. Dungjen later skated with Yuka Sato on the Stars on Ice tour.

Dungjen is a coach at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and an ISU Technical Specialist for the United States.[2][3] Among others, he has coached Alissa Czisny, Jeremy Abbott,[4] Valentina Marchei,[5] and Adam Rippon.[6]

Personal life

Dungjen is now married to Clara Rua.[2][7]


(with Ina)

Season Short program Free skating
1997–1998 Polovtsian Dances
by Alexander Borodin
1996–1997 Grand Canyon Suite

Competitive highlights

With Kyoko Ina

Event 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Olympics 9th 4th
Worlds 12th 8th 6th 4th
CS Lalique 5th 6th
CS Nations Cup 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd
CS NHK Trophy 4th 3rd
CS Skate America 2nd 5th 4th 2nd
CS Skate Canada 3rd
Continents Cup 2nd
Karl Schäfer 1st
Piruetten 3rd
U.S. Champ. 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996 (later Grand Prix)

With Karen Courtland

Event 1990–1991
Prague Skate 1st
U.S. Championships 5th

With Paula Visingardi

Event 1988–89 1989–90
NHK Trophy 5th
U.S. Championships 9th 8th

With Susan Dungjen

Event 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
NHK Trophy 2nd 5th
International St. Gervais 2nd
International: Junior
World Junior Championships 2nd
U.S. Championships 1st J. 8th 4th 6th


  1. ^ "American pairs champions withdraw from worlds". Associated Press. canoe.ca. March 30, 1998.
  2. ^ a b Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (December 1, 2011). "Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen: Building Champions". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1467". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03.
  4. ^ Sciarrillo, Laura (January 3, 2012). "Jason Dungjen: how he works with his athletes". ArtOnIce.it. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Valentina MARCHEI". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rippon enlists Jason Dungjen as new coach". U.S. Figure Skating. Universal Sports. June 15, 2011. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Jack (December 4, 2013). "Mao has much at stake in Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka". Japan Times.
  8. ^ "Kyoko INA / John ZIMMERMAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 20, 2001.
  9. ^ "Kyoko Ina & Jason Dungjen". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on April 2, 2008.
  10. ^ "Karen Courtland & Jason Dungjen". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on March 22, 2003.
  11. ^ "Paula Visingardi & Jason Dungjen". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on May 15, 2003.
  12. ^ "Susan Dungjen & Jason Dungjen". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on May 18, 2003.