Olympic athleticism runs in the Weiss family. Olympic gymnast Greg Weiss competed in 1964 in Japan, and was recently elected into the Gymnastic Hall of Fame. 34 years later, son Michael made his first US Olympic team (also Japan, 1998 Nagano). Michael made yet another team, 2002 in Salt Lake City. His sport, however, is figure skating; but gymnastics is “in his blood,” as he has always gone “outside the box” to make skating as gymnastically-athletic as he can. Doing the only “quad lutz” ever and helping to transform skating into the “quad” era, Michael now skates professionally with Smucker’s “Stars on Ice” Tour.
Included in his programs are back flips on the ice, kip ups, rolls, headstands, and a one-arm handstand! (Yes, on the ice!) Michael is also giving back to young athletes through the Michael Weiss Foundation — a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to up-and-coming US athletes. Proceeds raised by his skating show, “US & World Figure Skating Champions Live,” in addition to funds raised during a silent auction held in conjunction with the live show, benefit today’s aspiring athletes.