South Pasadena Student Medals at National Ice Skating Championships, Ranks 4th in the Country

Henry Privett-Mendoza

Henry with coaches Robert Taylor (l) and Rudy Galindo (r) before competition. Photo credit: Javier Seminario

The New Year is off to quite a start for Henry Privett-Mendoza.  The 12 year old figure skater from South Pasadena is gaining national attention.  He ranked this past week as the 4th best juvenile figure skater in the country, when he received the pewter medal during the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in North Carolina.

The South Pasadena Middle School 6th Grader has been figure skating since he was 6 years old.  All that training has been paying off apparently, after Privett-Mendoza also brought home 2 other medals last fall.  He won the gold during the 2015 Southwest Pacific Regional Championship last October, and silver during the 2015 Pacific Coast Sectional Championship last November.

Henry Privett-Mendoza

Left to right; Boys’ Juvenile Medalists — Chase Finster (SILVER); Daniel Turchin (GOLD); Joseph Kang (BRONZE); Henry Privett-Mendoza (PEWTER). Photo credit: Rudy Galindo

Privett-Mendoza practices at the  Pasadena Figure Skating Club.  He trains with coaches Natasha Adler-DeGuzman at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center and Robert Taylor at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.  His choreographer is a name many will be familiar with:  Rudy Galindo, the Men’s National Champion in 1995, World Bronze Medalist, and member of the U.S.  Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Privett-Mendoza does more than skate.  He also plays the piano, and is a student at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts’ Trudl Zipper Dance Institute where he studies Modern, Jazz and Tap Dancing.  During down-time he plays video games, takes photographs and draws.

His family provides plenty of support, and based on his success in just the first two weeks of January alone, there’s no reason to doubt this 12 year old phenom will continue to shine throughout 2015 and beyond.