Alena Leonova

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Not to be confused with the Soviet pair skater Elena Leonova.
Alena Leonova
2011 Grand Prix Final Alena LEONOVA.jpg
Leonova at the 2011 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Full name Alena Igorevna Leonova
Country represented Russia
Born (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 23)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Coach Nikolai Morozov
Alla Piatova
Former coach Marina Vakhrameeva
Choreographer Nikolai Morozov
Former choreographer Svetlana Korol
Pasquale Camerlengo
Skating club Vorobievye Gory
Training locations Moscow
Former training locations Saint Petersburg
Began skating 1993
World standing 14 (As of 25 January 2014)[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 184.28
2012 Worlds
Short program 64.61
2012 Worlds
Free skate 124.17
2011 Worlds

Alena Igorevna Leonova (Russian: Алёна Игоревна Леонова; born 23 November 1990) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2012 World silver medalist, the 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2009 World Junior champion, and a three-time (2010–2012) Russian national medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Alena Igorevna Leonova was born on 23 November 1990 in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad).[2][3] She has a sister and brother, both of whom skated when they were young.[4]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Leonova started skating at the age of four.[5][6] Coached initially by Marina Vakhrameeva, she later moved to the group of Tatiana Mishina, who was assisted by Alla Piatova.[6] Piatova formed her own group and became Leonova's main coach when she was 10.[6]

In her junior career, Leonova was a two-time Cup of Nice gold medalist and won silver at the 2007 Junior Grand Prix Romania. Leonova also won the silver medal at the 2008 Russian Junior Championships. In August 2008, she partially tore ligaments in her right ankle joint.[4] She placed 4th at the 2009 European Championships and won gold at the 2009 World Junior Championships.[4] After her win, the Russian Federation rented an apartment for her.[citation needed]

2009–2010 season[edit]

Leonova won the bronze medal at the 2009 Cup of Russia and silver at the 2009 NHK Trophy to qualify her for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 6th. Leonova then won the silver medal at the 2010 Russian Championships. She finished 13th at the 2010 World Championships and earned one of Russia's two ladies' entries for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She placed 9th at the Olympics.

2010–2011 season[edit]

Leonova started her season at the 2010 Coupe de Nice where she won the gold medal. After picking up a pair of bronze medals at the 2010 Finlandia Trophy and 2010 Cup of China, she won another silver medal at the 2011 Russian Championships. Leonova then finished fourth at the 2011 World Championships.[7] Following the event, she began working full-time with Nikolai Morozov in Moscow.[8][9][10]

2011–2012 season[edit]

Leonova with her coaches Nikolai Morozov (left) and Alla Piatova (right)

Leonova decided to compete in three Grand Prix events in the 2011–12 season.[8] After placing fourth at the 2011 Skate Canada, she won bronze at 2011 NHK Trophy and silver at 2011 Cup of Russia to qualify for her second Grand Prix Final. At the Grand Prix Final, she won the bronze medal.

Leonova won the bronze medal at the 2012 Russian Championships. At the 2012 European Championships, she finished 7th and sustained an injury to her left knee during the free skate.[11] Leonova placed first in the short program at the 2012 World Championships on her way to her first World medal, a silver.[12][13] Her podium finish was Russia's first in ladies' singles since 2005 when Irina Slutskaya won the title.[14] Leonova was named Russia's team captain at the 2012 World Team Trophy. Competing with a cold, she finished 7th in the ladies' event.[15]

2012–2013 season[edit]

Leonova finished 7th at the 2012 Skate America. Her next Grand Prix event was the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, where she placed 6th. Her coach attributed Leonova's poor performances at the events to worn out equipment.[citation needed] Leonova finished 7th at the 2013 Russian Championships where she competed with a new long program that was put together one week before the competition.[16] She was not assigned to the 2013 European Championships because Nikol Gosviani placed ahead of Leonova amongst the age-eligible ladies but she was sent to the 2013 World Championships. She returned to her long program from the previous season and finished 13th at the event.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Leonova withdrew from her first 2013–14 Grand Prix event, the 2013 Skate Canada, due to a sprained ankle.[17] Leonova competed in her second event, at the 2013 NHK Trophy and finished 7th. At the 2014 Russian Championships, Leonova placed fourth in the short and seventh in the free, finishing fifth overall with a score of 187.48 points. She was assigned to the 2014 European Championships because the skaters in third and fourth place (Elena Radionova and Alexandra Proklova respectively) were not yet age-eligible for senior ISU Championship events. Leonova missed the podium at Europeans, finishing fourth overall behind Carolina Kostner.

2014–2015 season[edit]

For the 2014-2015 season, Leonova was assigned to Skate Canada and NHK Trophy.[18]

Programs[edit]

Leonova at the 2012 World Championships
Leonova's gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[3][19][17]
Russian folk:
  • Barynia
  • Kalinka

2012–2013
[20][21]

2011–2012
[22]
  • Adagio for Strings
    by Samuel Barber
  • Requiem for a Tower
    (from Requiem for a Dream)
    by Clint Mansell
    performed by Escala quartet

2010–2011
[23]
2009–2010
[24]
2008–2009
[25]
  • Al Andaluz
    by Manolo Carrasco
2007–2008
[26]
2006–2007
[27]
  • Jewish Dance

Competitive highlights[edit]

Leonova at the 2011 NHK Trophy
International[28]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 9th
Worlds 7th 13th 4th 2nd 13th
Europeans 4th 7th 5th 7th 4th
Grand Prix Final 6th 3rd
GP Cup of China 7th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 3rd 7th
GP Rostelecom 5th 3rd 9th 2nd 6th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Skate Canada 4th WD
Cup of Nice 1st J. 1st J. 2nd 1st
Finlandia 1st 3rd
International: Junior[28]
Junior Worlds 12th 6th 1st
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Romania 2nd
National[28]
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Russian Champ. 7th 7th 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd 7th 5th
Russian Junior 2nd 2nd
Team events
World Team
Trophy
5th T
(6th P)
5th T
(7th P)
Japan Open 2nd T
(4th P)
3rd T
(4th P)
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Leonova at the 2012 World Championships
Leonova at the 2011 Cup of Russia

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.)

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 15–19, 2014 2014 European Championships 4
64.09
5
114.06
4
178.15
December 24–26, 2013 2014 Russian Championships 4
67.03
7
120.45
5
187.48
November 8–10, 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 7
55.86
7
106.08
7
161.94
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 10–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 13
56.30
14
102.76
13
159.06
December 25–28, 2012 2013 Russian Championships 6
59.64
8
110.00
7
169.64
November 9–11, 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 4
58.85
8
98.42
6
157.27
October 19–21, 2012 2012 Skate America 9
46.72
5
106.77
7
153.49
2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 18–22, 2012 2012 ISU World Team Trophy 9
50.92
6
102.79
7
153.71
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 World Championships 1
64.61
4
119.67
2
184.28
January 23–29, 2012 2012 European Championships 7
54.50
6
104.28
7
158.78
December 25–29, 2011 2012 Russian Championships 5
59.95
3
118.20
3
178.15
December 8–11, 2011 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix Final 3
60.46
4
115.96
3
176.42
November 25–27, 2011 2011 Rostelecom Cup 2
63.91
2
116.54
2
180.45
November 11–13, 2011 2011 NHK Trophy 2
61.76
4
108.92
3
170.68
October 27–30, 2011 2011 Skate Canada 7
49.75
4
102.47
4
152.22
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 27 – May 1, 2011 2011 World Championships 5
59.75
4
124.17
4
183.92
January 24–30, 2011 2011 European Championships 13
48.40
3
105.91
5
154.31
December 26–29, 2010 2011 Russian Championships 3
60.14
2
127.54
2
187.68
November 18–21, 2010 2010 Rostelecom Cup 9
46.61
7
97.45
9
144.06
November 4–7, 2010 2010 Cup of China 5
50.79
3
97.82
3
148.61
October 13–17, 2010 2010 Coupe de Nice 1
55.52
1
111.18
1
166.70
October 7–10, 2010 2010 Finlandia Trophy 1
51.68
6
83.09
3
134.77
2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 World Championships 14
54.36
14
98.50
13
152.86
February 14–27, 2010 2010 Winter Olympics 8
62.14
10
110.32
9
172.46
January 18–24, 2010 2010 European Championships 5
58.26
7
95.31
7
153.57
December 23–27, 2009 2010 Russian Championships 4
55.70
2
120.19
2
175.89
December 3–6, 2009 2009 Grand Prix Final 3
61.60
6
94.95
6
156.55
November 5–8, 2009 2009 NHK Trophy 5
52.34
1
108.51
2
160.85
October 22–25, 2009 2009 Rostelecom Cup 4
56.78
3
103.28
3
160.06
October 8–11, 2009 2009 Finlandia Trophy 1
56.24
1
105.93
1
162.17
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 23–29, 2009 2009 World Championships 11
58.18
6
110.73
7
168.91
February 23 – March 1, 2009 2009 World Junior Championships 3
55.50
2
101.68
1
157.18
January 20–25, 2009 2009 European Championships 11
45.08
4
98.91
4
143.99
December 24–28, 2008 2009 Russian Championships 3
6
5
143.49
November 20–23, 2008 2008 Cup of Russia 7
50.96
5
94.97
5
145.93
November 6–9, 2008 2008 Cup of China 8
44.04
7
93.23
7
137.27
October 15–19, 2008 2008 Coupe de Nice 4
43.40
2
84.01
2
127.41
2007–2008 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 25 – March 2, 2008 2008 World Junior Championships 7
49.76
5
88.30
6
138.06
January 30 – February 2, 2008 2008 Russian Junior Championships 1
3
2
140.91
January 3–7, 2008 2008 Russian Championships 8
5
7
132.22
October 18–21, 2007 2007 Coupe de Nice 3
42.42
1
89.28
1
131.70
September 26–29, 2007 2007 JGP Croatia 10
37.05
4
81.03
5
118.08
September 6–9, 2007 2007 JGP Romania 5
39.64
1
86.86
2
126.50

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