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Michael Hopfes

Michael Hopfes
  • NCCP Level 3
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  • Singles, Choreography, Spins, Jump Technique, Harness, Learn to Skate, Singles Base Coach, Off Ice Harness
  • Olympic Coach, NCCP & Skate Canada National Coach
  • Singles, Jump Technique, Spins, Choreography, On and Off ice Harness, Learn to Skate, Singles Base Coach, Special Olympics, ISU Technical Specialist

Michael prides himself in creating a specialized training plan for each of his students. As an ISU Technical Specialist, his training has allowed him to have a fully trained eye on all skating specifics, levels and how to achieve your maximum points. Michael has coached skaters to the Olympic level. Michael guides skaters to achieve their goals and accomplish personal levels of success in the sport. Michael aims to bring out the best in his skaters and has a dynamic approach to training that has strong and proven results.

Michael has over 25 years of coaching experience and he has been incredibly successful in developing skaters at the Olympic, World, International, National and Local levels including Special Olympic Skaters.

Michaels Career Highlights

  • 2018 Winter Olympic Games, PyeongChang, South Korea
  • 2012 Youth Olympic, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 6 World Championships
  • 8 Four Continent Championships
  • 5 Senior Grand Prix Events
  • 6 Junior World Championships
  • 16 Junior Grand Prix Events
  • 2 South East Asian Games
  • 1 Asian Games
  • 30 National Championships
  • Coached over 60 international competitions
  • Team Leader at the Junior World and Four Continents Championships

Michael has facilitated multiple different seminars around the world and locally including:

  • Mexico
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Yearly Mariposa Seminar


Michael has been Base Coach and consultant to athletes from countries such as Malaysia,
Canada, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Australia, Turkey, Iran, India, Germany, Austria,
USA, Great Britain, Switzerland, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland,
Ecuador, Iceland, China and Mexico

Michael is fluent in 3 languages:

  • German
  • Spanish
  • English

Michael specializes in jumps, spins, steps, harness (on and off ice), choreography as well as off ice-dry land training.

As a World Championship and International skater himself Michael understands his skaters and exactly what it takes to compete at the very highest level in the world. During his amateur career, he competed in multiple International competitions at the Senior and Junior levels as well as in World and Junior World Championships.

Michael is proud to be an approved ISU (International Skating Union) Technical Specialist for singles for over 18 years. Michael has taken this role in various competitions such as the Junior World Championships 2023, Skate Canada 2021, Grand Prix Final, and Four Continents Championship.

Michael and his family offer full-service boarding at their home for skaters year-round. If you are looking for accommodation for your skater, please contact him via email for more information.

Michael is the base coach to Gabrielle Daleman, Olympic Gold medalist in the team event, World Bronze Medalist, and 2 times Canadian Champion.

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