|Country represented||United States|
|Born||March 1, 1971|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Coach||Slavka Button, Diane Agle|
|Skating club||SC of Boston|
Shepherd Walton Clark (born March 1, 1971) is an American competitive figure skater and the reigning World Figure Champion of The World Figure Sport Society. In 2019, he defended his World Figure Championship title, becoming the 2019 World Figure & Fancy Skating Champion, as well as the overall World Figure & Fancy Skating Champion. Clark has a total of six World Figure Sport world championship titles, and two silver medals, making him the most decorated skater in World Figure Sport history. He is also the only skater to compete in all five World Figure Championships, 2015–2019. Clark is the only man to defend a World Figure title, to achieve the dual Figure & Fancy title, and the first to defend the dual titles in World Figure Sport history. He is the first person, and only person, to ever win three World Figure Championships Titles. His figure scores set a record for the highest ever in 2019, achieving seven "World Class 6" scores at the 2019 Championships in Vail.
Clark is the 1989 World Junior silver medalist, the 1989 Nebelhorn Trophy champion, the 1994 Nations Cup silver medalist, and the 1996 Finlandia Trophy champion. He was the first skater to land the triple lutz / triple loop combination in competition. As well as being a successful figure skater, he is also a jeweled art designer and jewel historian.
Figure skating career
Clark was coached by Slavka Button and Diane Agle in Boston, Massachusetts. In December 1987, at the age of sixteen, he placed 4th at the 1988 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and he won the silver medal at the 1989 Junior Worlds the following year. He won silver at the 1994 Nations Cup, placing second to Elvis Stojko, who was the reigning ISU World Figure Skating Champion.
In 1996, he became the Finlandia Trophy champion, the first American ever to win this trophy. He is also the 1998 U.S. national pewter medalist (4th place) and won seven sectional titles. He was the 1998 US Olympic Team Alternate (reserve skater), and the 1998 and 1999 World Figure Skating Team Alternate. In 1999, Clark placed 6th at the first Four Continents Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia; this was the highest U.S. finish in the men's event that year.
From 2015–2019, Clark participated in the annual World Figure Championship, hosted by the World Figure Sport Society. These events are known to include the most difficult of Olympic figures, World Championship figures, and creative figures of skating's past, while providing a stage for sculptural artistic skating, where edge quality and positions are valued above numbers of rotations on skating jumps. Men's special figures were contested in 1908 at the Summer Olympic Games in London, the first time that figure skating had ever been included in the Olympics. Nikolai Panin of the Russian Empire won the Olympic gold medal that year, becoming the first Winter Olympic sport champion. In 2019, Mr. Clark earned the highest score in World Figure Sport history, the highest, "World Class 6", essentially a perfect mark in World Figure Sport, and which Mr. Clark is the only skater to have merited from 2015 through the 2019 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships.
In August 2015, and December 2016, Clark won the silver medal in men's figures at the World Figure Championship & Figure Festival in Lake Placid, New York. He proceeded to win the gold medal in 2017, 2018, and 2019 setting a world record by winning a total of five World Figure & Fancy Skating medals (two silver and three gold). In 2017, the gold medal was presented to him by Dorothy Hamill, the 1976 US National, Olympic, and World Champion. Clark is also the 2017 World Fancy Skating Champion, which is a blend of figure composition and artistic free skating. His gold medal was presented by Barbara Wagner, the 1960 Olympic Pairs Figure Skating Champion. in 2019, Shepherd Clark's gold medal was presented by Donald Jackson, of Canada, a World Champion and the first skater to land the Triple Lutz jump. Mr. Clark is currently the most decorated skater of figures and fancy skating on record with the World Figure Sport Society, and he is the first skater who has earned the dual title of "World Figure & Fancy Skating Champion".
Clark has appeared in motion pictures such as "Ice Pawn", produced in 1990, books such as Zero Tollerance by Toller Cranston, and The Sweater book by Stephen Mosher, an assemblage of Hollywood, art, and entertainment personalities from around the world, as well as the biography of Trixi Schuba, the 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Champion known for her figure mastery. He appears in Christine Brennan's Little Girls In Pretty Boxes, referenced as a jewelry designer in a meeting at The Olympic Training Center. Clark has also appeared in many TV broadcasts of figure skating competitions and exhibitions.
Clark is an artist of jewel design and of jeweled art objects, and also a jewel historian. In 2003, Clark is believed to have been the first skater to wear real gemstones on a skating costume, as a way to promote his jewelry designing. He is an entrepreneur in various industries, and known for working with charities and ministries. He is also known to be a cat lover; he has used cats in his promotional media, and has found adoption homes for rescued cats and kittens.
In 2017, Shepherd Clark founded a museum that seeks art talent from around the world, including figure skating artists, and awards them based upon relevance, originality, and mastery. In 2017, he completed a work of art entitled "The Impossible Dream", which was inspired by the blue of Trixi Schuba's Olympic skating costume, and her music choice. This work of art emphasizes the value and metaphoric importance of the circle as a shape representing life coming "full circle" when one fully trusts God.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|GP NHK Trophy||6th|
|GP Skate America||9th|
|U.S. Champ.||4th J||1st J||7th||7th||9th||5th||6th||6th||10th||4th||5th||WD||11th||WD|
|J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew|
- "Shepherd CLARK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016.
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- "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Men" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2011.
- Thompson, Stephen (2011). "World's Most Inspired Jeweler". openbeast.com. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
- Sausa, Christie (September 1, 2015). "Figures revival". Lake Placid News.
- Stevens, Ryan (March 16, 2013). "Interview With Shepherd Clark". Skate Guard.
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