Elena Liashenko

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Elena Liashenko
Liashenko at the 2004 World Championships
Personal information
Country represented  Ukraine
Born (1976-09-08) September 8, 1976 (age 38)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former coach Marina Amirkhanova
Skating club Dinamo Kiev
Began skating 1980
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 165.16
2004 Grand Prix Final
Short program 60.54
2004 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 104.94
2003 NHK Trophy

Elena Liashenko (Ukrainian: Олена Анатоліївна Ляшенко Olena Anatoliyivna Liashenko; Russian: Елена Анатольевна Ляшенко; born August 9, 1976 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR) is a Ukrainian figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist (silver in 2004, bronze in 1995 and 2005) and won nine medals on the Grand Prix series, including three golds (1998 Skate Canada International, 2003 Cup of Russia, and 2003 Cup of China). She competed at four Olympics.


Liashenko started skating at the age of four-and-a-half.[1] She is a three-time European medalist, had earned multiple National Champion titles, and is a four-time Olympian. She finished in the Top 10 at the World Championships nine times. Her highest finish was sixth, in 1994 and 2002. She retired after the 2005/2006 season due to recurring injury. Her injuries became a problem after the national championships. She withdrew from the 2006 European Championships, but managed to compete at the Olympics. She retired afterwards.

After retiring from competition, Liashenko began coaching young children in Kiev.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

In summer of 2005, Liashenko married Ukrainian pentathlete Andrei Efremenko, the brother of Galina Efremenko's husband.[4][1] In 2007, they had a son, Platon.[2]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Frida
    by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Violin Concerto
    by Philip Glass
    performed by Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
    by Edvard Grieg
    performed by Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Olympics 19th 9th 14th 17th
Worlds 6th 9th 12th 7th 8th 10th 8th 6th 7th 11th 10th
Europeans 19th 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 5th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 3rd
Grand Prix Final 6th 5th 5th 4th
GP Cup of China 1st 4th
GP Cup of Russia 6th 6th 1st
GP Lalique 4th 4th
GP Nations Cup/
2nd 6th 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd
GP Skate America 7th 3rd 6th
GP Skate Canada 11th 8th 9th 1st
Goodwill Games 5th
Finlandia Trophy 2nd
Skate Israel 2nd 3rd
Ukrainian 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996, Grand Prix from 1998–1999


  1. ^ a b Maksimenko, Olena (2009-04-17). Олена Ляшенко: Натхнення йде зсередини [Olena Liashenko: Inspiration comes from the inside] (in Ukrainian). Ukraina Moloda. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b Kargova, Tatiana (2008-01-11). Школа гармонии [School of harmony] (in Russian). Еженедельник 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. 
  3. ^ Mikhailova, Aleksandra (2007-01-19). Елена Ляшенко: "Женщины будут прыгать, как мужчины" [Elena Liashenko: "Women will jump like men"] (in Russian). Gazeta Po-Kievski. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Elena LIASHENKO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2006-07-02. 
  5. ^ a b "Elena LIASHENKO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2005-08-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Elena LIASHENKO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2004-06-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Elena LIASHENKO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2003-06-08. 
  8. ^ a b "Elena LIASHENKO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2002-06-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Elena LIASHENKO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2001-06-17. 

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