Ivan Dinev

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Ivan Dinev
Personal information
Country represented Bulgaria
Born (1978-11-08) November 8, 1978 (age 36)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Former coach Angela Nikodinov
Igor Pashkevich
Rafael Arutyunyan
L. Mladenova
Former choreographer Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Sports Club Ivan Dinev
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 182.38
2005 Worlds
Short program 63.64
2006 Olympics
Free skate 126.72
2005 Worlds

Ivan Dinev (Bulgarian: Иван Динев; born November 8, 1978 in Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian figure skater. He is a three-time Grand Prix medalist, an 11-time Bulgarian national champion, and competed at three Olympics.


In the 1997–98 season, Dinev won two gold medals on the ISU Junior Series and qualified for the Final where he took the silver medal. He competed at his first Olympics in 1998, finishing 11th.

At the 1999 World Championships, Dinev became the first Bulgarian skater to land a quadruple toe loop in competition.[1] He won bronze at the 1999 Trophée Lalique, becoming the first skater from his country to medal at a Grand Prix event.[1]

At the 2000 Sparkassen Cup, Dinev's blade broke during a warmup before the free skate; he bought a replacement of a different brand and finished 5th.[1] He went on to win bronze at two other GP events, the 2001 Cup of Russia and 2001 NHK Trophy.

Dinev trained in Sofia, Bulgaria until the end of the 2001–02 season.[2] He finished 13th at his second Olympics in 2002. Dinev then moved to Lake Arrowhead, California to work with Rafael Arutyunyan.[3] He missed his 2002 Grand Prix events due to a broken leg.[3] From 2004 to 2005, he was coached by Igor Pashkevich in Los Angeles and Sofia.[4][5]

In the 2005–06 season, Dinev was coached by Angela Nikodinov.[6] He competed at his third Olympics, finishing 17th, and retired from competition at the end of the season.

Dinev and Nikodinov coach together in Harbor City, California.

Personal life[edit]

Dinev's son, Ivan Jr., from his first marriage was born in spring 2002.[3] He is currently married to Angela Nikodinov, an American of Bulgarian descent. Their daughter was born in May 2012.


Season Short program Free skating
  • Typewriter
  • Kismet
    by G.-Y. Westerhoff
    performed by Bond
  • Bolero
    by Frederico and Francesco Monteriori and Orchestra
  • Kismet
    by G.-Y. Westerhoff
    performed by Bond
  • Spring in Buenos Aires
    by Astor Piazzolla
    arranged by P. Nicholson
  • Two Worlds
    (Bulgarian musical performance)
    by G. Andreev
  • Music
    by Afro Celt Sound System

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1991–92 1992–93 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 11th 13th 17th
Worlds 28th 43rd 33rd 23rd 21st 14th 18th 12th 17th 14th 15th 13th 19th
Europeans 26th 26th 17th 21st 11th 9th 10th 6th 5th 7th 7th 16th 18th 11th
Grand Prix Final 6th
GP Lalique/Bompard 3rd 6th
GP Cup of China 7th
GP Cup of Russia 4th 5th 4th 3rd 9th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 8th
GP Skate America 10th
GP Skate Canada 4th
GP Sparkassen 5th
Finlandia Trophy 5th 7th 7th
Karl Schäfer 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 21st 11th 5th
JS Final 2nd
JS Bulgaria 1st
JS Slovakia 1st
Bulgarian 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JS = Junior Series (later Junior Grand Prix)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ivan DINEV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ivan DINEV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 13, 2002. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ivan DINEV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 3, 2003. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ivan DINEV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004. 
  5. ^ a b c "Ivan DINEV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 5, 2005. 
  6. ^ a b c "Ivan DINEV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 28, 2006. 

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