Figure skating coach Todd Sand suffers heart attack in Canada

Orange County figure skating coach Todd Sand, a two-time Olympian, suffered a heart attack early Thursday morning in Calgary, Alberta, where he was coaching at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Jenni Meno-Sand, his wife, co-coach and former skating partner, was on her way from Orange County to Alberta Thursday morning.

Sand, 59, coached the Orange County-based pairs team of Sophia Baram and David Tioumentsev in Wednesday’s pairs short program at World Juniors. The U.S. team leads the competition headed into Thursday’s free skate.

Sand and Meno, coached by Hall of Fame coach John Nicks, skated to a silver medal at the 1998 World Championships and also collected World bronze medals in 1995 and 1996. Sand also captured a World bronze with Natasha Kuchiki.

After retiring, Sand and Meno-Sand established themselves as one of the nation’s top coaching teams. They currently coach reigning World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and are based at Great Park Ice in Irvine.

This story will be updated.

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