| Michael Shmerkin|
| 5 February 1970 (age 45) (1970-02-05) Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
Canada Centre, Metulla, ISR
Valentin Nikolayev, Galina Zmievskaya
Michael Shmerkin Wikipedia
Michael "Misha" Shmerkin (born 5 February 1970) is an Israeli former competitive figure skater. He is a two-time Skate Canada International silver medalist (1994 and 1995), 1993 Ondrej Nepela Memorial champion, and 1995 Skate Israel champion. He competed in the final segment at two Winter Olympics (1994, 1998), six World Championships, and four European Championships.
Early in his career, Shmerkin competed internationally for the Soviet Union, most notably at the 1984 World Junior Championships, where he placed fifth.
Shmerkin moved with his family to Israel in 1991, and Shmerkin began representing his new country in international competition.
At the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed 16th, Shmerkin became the first skater to represent Israel at the Olympic Games. He placed 18th at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
In the late 1990s he skated to Jewish songs and had a tallis and menorah embroidered on his costume.
He retired from competitive skating following the 2001/2002 season.
Shmerkin currently coaches in New York.
GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)