Elena Ivanova

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Elena Ivanova
Personal information
Native name Елена Иванова
Country represented Russia
Born (1979-11-08) 8 November 1979 (age 35)
Nevinnomyssk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Vitebsk, Belarus
Former coach Nina Ruchkina
Retired 2000

Elena Ivanova (Russian: Елена Иванова, born 8 November 1979) is a Russian former competitive figure skater. She is the 1995 Finlandia Trophy champion, 1998 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, and 1996 World Junior champion.

Life and career[edit]

Elena Ivanova was born on 8 November 1979 in Nevinnomyssk.[1] When she was six years old, figure skating coach Nina Ruchkina visited her kindergarten in search of talented youth and noticed her.[2] Ivanova's parents approved of the activity and she began skating under Ruchkina. At the age of 10, she became Master of Sports of the USSR and gained the nickname "Iron Felix" because of her calmness on the ice.[2] At the age of 15, she moved from Nevinnomyssk to Samara and graduated from Samara's GUOR (figure skating faculty).[3]

Ivanova retired from skating due to injury and switched to coaching. Since 2000 she is working in Vitebsk, Belarus.


Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99
GP NHK Trophy 11th
GP Trophée Lalique 6th
Centennial on Ice 5th
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd 2nd
Skate Israel 1st 1st
St. Gervais 1st
Ukrainian Souvenir 2nd
International: Junior[4]
World Junior Champ. 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd
Russian Champ. 4th 16th 7th
GP = Grand Prix


  1. ^ a b "Elena IVANOVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hotuleva, Irina (2005-12-06). Наших фигуристов тренирует чемпионка мира [Our skaters are coached by a world champion] (in Russian). Nasha Gazeta. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. 
  3. ^ "[Figure Skating]" (in Russian). GUOR official website. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  4. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ladies" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Иванова Елена [Elena Ivanova] (in Russian). fskate.ru.