Rena Inoue and John Baldwin
|Full name||Rena Inoue|
|Country represented||United States|
|Former country(ies) represented||Japan|
October 17, 1976 |
Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
|Residence||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Height||149 cm (4.89 ft)|
|Former partner||Tomoaki Koyama (JPN)|
|Coach||Jenni Meno & Todd Sand|
|Former coach||Philipp Mills
|Former choreographer||Oksana Grishuk
|Skating club||All Year FSC|
|ISU personal best scores|
2007 Four Continents
Rena Inoue (井上 怜奈 Inoue Rena , born October 17, 1976 in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan) is an American pair skater. With partner John Baldwin, she is the 2004 and 2006 U.S. National Champion. Inoue previously competed for Japan as both a single skater and pair skater. Inoue and Baldwin are the first skaters to perform a throw triple axel in competition.
Personal life 
Rena Inoue was born in 1976 in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan. She moved to the United States in 1996 at the urging of her father, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. In 1998, Inoue was diagnosed with cancer. It was detected early, and after six months of chemotherapy, she was cancer-free.
Inoue graduated from Waseda University in 1999 with a degree in education. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Inoue became engaged to be married to skating partner John Baldwin in January 2008. They had a baby girl in November 2011.
Competing for Japan 
Inoue competed for Japan in singles in many international competitions through 1999.
Competing for the United States 
They placed 11th at the 2001 U.S. Championships. The following season, they won the pewter medal at the 2002 U.S. Championships. They were sent to the 2002 Four Continents, their first international competition together, and placed 7th.
In the 2002–2003 season, they competed on the Grand Prix. Returning to Nationals, they won the bronze medal. They withdrew from the 2003 Four Continents, but placed 10th at the 2003 World Championships.
In the 2003–2004 season, they improved on their Grand Prix results and won their first national title. They placed 4th at the 2004 Four Continents and repeated their 10th place finish at the 2004 World Championships.
In the 2004–2005 season, they medalled for the first time on the Grand Prix and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they placed 6th. They won the silver medal at the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed 11th at the 2005 World Championships.
In the 2005–2006 season, Inoue and Baldwin medalled on the Grand Prix. At the 2006 U.S. Championships, Inoue and Baldwin became the first pair to successfully perform a throw triple Axel in competition. They went on to the 2006 Four Continents, which they won. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, they made Olympic and international history when they landed the throw triple axel for the first time in international competition. They placed 7th overall. At the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, they placed 4th.
In the 2006–2007 season, Inoue and Baldwin won the gold medal at the 2006 Skate America after winning the short program and placing second in the free skate. They won the silver medal at 2006 Skate Canada International the next week; and then won the silver at 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard one week later. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final. While in Saint Petersburg for that competition, Baldwin was abducted, assaulted and robbed, though he and Inoue were still able to compete, and finished fourth. At the 2007 U.S. Championships, they won the silver medal. They placed 8th at the 2007 World Championships.
In the 2007–2008 season, Inoue and Baldwin sat out the Grand Prix series, choosing to skate in shows instead. Returning to competition at the 2008 U.S. Championships, they won the silver medal. While they were taking their bows following their free skate, Baldwin proposed marriage to Rena on the ice and she accepted. Inoue and Baldwin competed at the 2008 World Championships, where they placed 10th.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Competitive highlights 
Singles career for Japan 
|CS Cup of Russia||10th|
|CS Nations Cup||3rd||7th|
|CS Skate America||8th|
|CS Skate Canada||9th|
|Japan Jr. Champ.||1st||2nd||1st||2nd|
|CS = Champions Series from 1995–1996; later renamed Grand Prix|
Pairs career with John Baldwin for the United States 
|Grand Prix Final||6th||4th|
|GP Cup of China||5th|
|GP Cup of Russia||5th|
|GP NHK Trophy||4th||4th||2nd||3rd|
|GP Skate America||3rd||2nd||1st||5th|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd|
|GP = Grand Prix|
Pairs career with Koyama for Japan 
|Grand Prix Internationale de Nice||7th|
|World Junior Championships||7th|
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original
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- "Competition Results: Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN". International Skating Union.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rena Inoue|
- Official site
- Rena Inoue / John Baldwin at the International Skating Union
- Rena Inoue / John Baldwin at the United States Figure Skating Association
- U.S. Olympic Team bio