Chait/Sakhnovski at the 2003 Skate Canada International
|Full name||Galit Chait Moracci|
January 29, 1975 |
Kfar Saba, Israel
|Residence||Paramus, New Jersey|
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Former partner||Sergei Sakhnovski
|Former coach||Nikolai Morozov
|Former choreographer||Tatiana Druchinina|
|Skating club||Bat Yam Club|
|ISU personal best scores|
2004 Cup of China
2004 Skate America
2004 Cup of China
Galit Chait (Hebrew: גלית חייט, Galit Hayat; born on January 29, 1975) is an Israeli former competitive ice dancer. She and her partner Sergei Sakhnovski competed internationally for Israel from 1995 to 2006, becoming the 2002 World bronze medalists.
Her father, Boris Chait, is president of the Israeli Ice Skating Federation since 2002.
On August 23, 2008, Chait married former Italian military policeman Francesco Moracci in New Jersey and then on September 13, 2008 they had the second wedding in Florence, Italy. The two met at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where Moracci was a member of the security detail assigned to protect the Israeli team. They have two daughters, Raffaella, born in 2009, and Gabriella, born in 2011.
She competed with Max Sevostianov at the U.S. Nationals in 1992 and 1994. They were involved in a collision with Renee Roca at the 1994 U.S. Championships. In 1994, the pair placed 6th at the U.S. Nationals and 28th at the World Championships (representing Israel).
Chait met Sergei Sakhnovski while they were both students at the University of Delaware. Partnered since 1995, they trained initially in Russia with Ludmila Buytskova and Elena Maslenikova before moving to Monsey, New York. They rose steadily in the international rankings. The highlight of their career was winning the bronze medal at the 2002 World championships. Sergei Sakhnovski suffered a foot injury that forced the pair to miss the entire 2006–2007 season, and they subsequently announced their retirement. Their coaches included Natalia Dubova, Tatiana Tarasova, Evgeni Platov, Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov.
Chait is an ISU Technical Specialist.
After her retirement as a competitive skater, Chait began coaching ice dancing. She was the head coach of the Israeli brother-and-sister team Alexandra Zaretsky and Roman Zaretsky, as well as Tamar Katz. In October 2008, Chait and the Zaretskys filed a lawsuit against the Ice House training rink in Hackensack, New Jersey, claiming that officials at the rink discriminated against them on the basis of their Israeli nationality, denying them prime skating time and threatening to ban them from the rink. Under her coaching, the Zaretskys, won the gold medal at the 24th Winter Universiade Games in Harbin China, the bronze medal at Skate America 2009 and they qualified for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver Canada.
Chait has also coached:
- Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
- Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Alexander Shakalov
- Allison Reed / Otar Japaridze
- Ekaterina Bugrov / Vasili Rogov
- Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Dmitri Dun
- Anna Bolshem / Ronald Zilberberg
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|Grand Prix Final||4th||5th||5th||4th||4th|
|GP Cup of China||2nd||2nd|
|GP Cup of Russia||7th||3rd||2nd||3rd||2nd|
|GP NHK Trophy||7th||5th||3rd||3rd|
|GP Skate America||4th||2nd||4th||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd||2nd||4th||3rd|
|GP = Part of Champions Series from 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix from 1998–1999|
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- "Cathy REED / Chris REED". International Skating Union.
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- "Allison REED / Otar JAPARIDZE". International Skating Union.
- "Siobhan HEEKIN-CANEDY / Dmitri DUN". International Skating Union.
- "Galit CHAIT / Sergei SAKHNOVSKI: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 4, 2007.
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