Jo Ann Schneider Farris

A Spiral on Ice Hockey Skates
A Spiral on Ice Hockey Skates. JO ANN Schneider Farris Personal Photos

Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. 


Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coaches figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann teaches hockey players to skate and gives instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating.  Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also writes about ice skating for She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, Ice Skating Institute, and U.S. Figure Skating. 


Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams.

Jo Ann Schneider Farris

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