Amber Corwin Announces Retirement From Competitive Figure Skating

Amber Corwin
Photo by Paul Harvath

(3/22/06) - 2004 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships pewter medalist Amber Corwin announced her retirement from competitive figure skating today after a decade on the international circuit. Corwin has competed at the U.S. Championships on the senior level since 1995, when she placed 16th. Since that year she has placed in the top 10 every year minus one.

Corwin has also competed at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships five times, winning the silver medal in 1999 and bronze in 2004. She has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 1996. Corwin plans to stay involved with the figure skating community in multiple ways, including retaining her post on the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors and the Athletes' Advisory Committee.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at U.S. Figure Skating for the many years of support throughout my career,” Corwin said. “I thank everyone for all of my experiences and look back on my career with a huge smile. I have skated with and met so many incredible people throughout my journeys and have learned so much about culture and sportsmanship.”

Corwin graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in December 2004 with a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. She is currently pursuing a career as a stylist. She is also skating in numerous benefit shows and exhibitions. In addition, Corwin is considering becoming a technical specialist next spring in time for the 2007-08 season.

“I think anytime you start something new it's a little bit scary,” Corwin said. “I'm actually looking for more consistency and a more secure job, and to be able to do all those things on the side. I'm really excited to start a new chapter in my life. Looking at my career, I couldn't have done much more. I'm really happy with it and ready for change.”

Throughout her many international events, including the Grand Prix Series over five different seasons, Corwin has traveled to Austria, Canada, China, Japan, France, Germany and Russia, among other countries. Though she never competed at a World Figure Skating Championships or Olympic Winter Games, Corwin has no regrets.

“I've had my ups and downs with my mental state and staying tough, but I think I've been able to come back after rough years,” Corwin said. “I actually had my best nationals at the end of my career, proving I can really persevere through difficulties. Because I'm a well-rounded person and skater, even though I haven't been to Worlds or the Olympics I've still been given so many opportunities to do different things, that maybe, that was my thing.”

Her competitive skating days may be over, but don't expect Corwin to become a stranger.

“Doing all the competitions, I just think I've been so grateful to work with incredible athletes and judges, and (to develop) so many incredible relationships that will last forever,” Corwin said. “I'm definitely not going to be out of the picture, I'm just ready to do my own thing.”

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