Ilona Melnichenko

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Ilona Melnichenko
Personal information
Country represented Soviet Union
Born Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Gennady Kaskov
Retired 1991

Ilona Melnichenko (Russian: Илона Мельниченко)[1] is a former ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union. With former partner Gennady Kaskov, she is the 1987 World Junior Champion[2] and 1991 Winter Universiade champion. She is from Odessa and has a Bachelor degree in Physical Education from the Odessa State Institute of Physical Culture.[3] Melnichenko is married to former pair skater Artem Torgashev, the 1987 World Junior silver medalist, with whom she has two children, Andrew and Deanna.[3] They coach at the Panthers Figure Skating Club, Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida.[3][4] Their son was born May 29, 2001 in Coral Springs, Florida and competes for the United States in single skating.[5][6][7]


(with Kaskov)

Event 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
Skate Canada 4th
Skate America 3rd
Prize of Moscow News 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st 1st
Winter Universiade 2nd 1st
International: Junior[2]
World Junior Champ. 1st
Soviet Champ. 3rd


  1. ^ a b Мельниченко Илона [Ilona Melnichenko] (in Russian). 
  2. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ilona Melnichenko". Panthers Figure Skating Club. Archived from the original on November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Davis, Craig (October 25, 2010). "Figure skating: Chiera, Torgashev win at regionals". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 
  5. ^ "Andrew TORGASHEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Davis, Craig (December 18, 2010). "Coral Springs’ Torgashev gets bronze medal in first trip to Figure Skating Junior Nationals; Chiera, Feigenbaum also post top-five finishes". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Menning, Rick (February 3, 2013). "Local skater earns second national title". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 
  8. ^ "World University Games Figure Skating Medalists". Archived from the original on July 2, 2012.