Konstantin Menshov

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Konstantin Menshov
2011 Rostelecom Cup - Menshov-1.jpg
Menshov in 2011
Personal information
Full name Konstantin Alexandrovich Menshov
Country represented Russia
Born (1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 31)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Evgeni Rukavitsyn
Former coach Galina Kashina
Choreographer Olga Glinka
Skating club Olympic School St. Petersburg
Training locations Saint Petersburg
Began skating 1989
World standing 13 (As of 8 April 2014)[1]
Season's bests 12 (2012–2013)[2]
33 (2011–2012)[3]
26 (2010–2011)[4]
58 (2008–2009)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 237.24
2014 Europeans
Short program 80.60
2013 World Team Trophy
Free skate 165.12
2014 Europeans

Konstantin Alexandrovich Menshov (Russian: Константин Александрович Меньшов, born 23 February 1983) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 2014 European bronze medalist, a two-time (2010, 2012) Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist, a two-time (2007, 2012) NRW Trophy champion, and the 2011 Russian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Konstantin Alexandrovich Menshov was born 23 February 1983 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union,[6] along with a fraternal twin brother, Nikita.[7] He received his diploma from the Saint Petersburg's Lesgaft University for Physiculture and Sport in 2011.[7]


Menshov won the silver medal at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy. At the 2011 Russian Championships, Menshov placed first in both the short and long program, to win the title.[8][9] He was the only contender to attempt a quadruple toe loop in the long program.[9] He finished 7th in his first trip to the European Championships.

In the 2012–2013 season, Menshov won another silver medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy.[10] He placed 4th at both of his Grand Prix events, the 2012 Skate America and 2012 Rostelecom Cup, setting a new personal best overall score at his second event. He won again at the 2012 NRW Trophy with an overall score of 238.63 points, more than 26 points ahead of silver medalist Michal Brezina. He won the bronze medal at the 2013 Russian Championships but was not named in the Russian team for the 2013 European Championships.[11] The decision did not contravene regulations which stated that only the top two qualified automatically and the third skater could be determined by the coaches' council.[11] However, an appeal was signed by the president of the Saint Petersburg figure skating federation, Oleg Nilov, and some competitors.[12] Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko ordered the executive committee of the Russian figure skating federation to review the issue.[13] They voted to uphold their original decision.[14][15] Menshov was assigned to the 2013 World Team Trophy and placed third in the short program with a personal season's best score (80.60).[16] In the free skate, he dislocated his right shoulder attempting a triple Axel and withdrew from the event.[17][18] He had sustained that type of injury only once before, four years prior.[19]

In the 2013–14 season, Menshov finished 8th at the 2013 NHK Trophy and 4th at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup. Making his second European appearance, aged 30, he won the bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest.

Menshov trains in Saint Petersburg with coach Evgeni Rukavitsyn.[20] During summers, he also has training camps in Luleå, Sweden and Jelgava, Latvia.[7][21]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Coultergeist
    by Phil Coulter
  • Shape of my Heart
    by Sting
  • Dead Silence
    by Charlie Clouser
  • Worms lounge
    (from Men in Black II)
    by Danny Elfman
  • Worms in Black
    (from Men in Black II)
    by Danny Elfman
  • Silver Guitar
    by Tomas Balazs
  • James Bond medley
  • Sway
  • Saw II (soundtrack)
    by Charlie Clouser
  • Rise
    by Safri Duo
  • Saw II (soundtrack)
    by Charlie Clouser

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Europeans 7th 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 10th 8th 4th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th 8th
GP Bompard TBD
GP Skate America 4th
GP Skate Canada TBD
Nebelhorn 13th 11th 2nd 7th 2nd
Cup of Nice 4th 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd
Finlandia 5th 4th 5th 6th
NRW Trophy 1st 1st
Universiade 11th 11th 7th
Russian 9th 5th 11th 8th 5th 4th 6th 4th 1st 7th 3rd 4th
Team events
WTT 5th T
(12th P)
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.


  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Men". International Skating Union. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2012/2013 : Men". International Skating Union. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2011/2012 : Men". International Skating Union. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Men". International Skating Union. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Men". International Skating Union. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Меньшов Константин Александрович" [Konstantin Alexandrovich Menshov] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Flade, Tatjana (11 September 2011). "Late bloomer Menshov still in the game". Golden Skate. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Kondakova, Anna (26 December 2010). "Menshov in front at Russian Nationals". Golden Skate. 
  9. ^ a b Kondakova, Anna (28 December 2010). "Menshov wins Gold at Russian Nationals". Golden Skate. 
  10. ^ Flade, Tatjana (30 September 2012). "2012 Nebelhorn Trophy". Golden Skate. 
  11. ^ a b "Russian figure skaters revolt against national team’s coaches". RussiaToday. 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Skating Stars Protest Menshov Omission". RIA Novosti. 29 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Виталий Мутко поручил вернуться к обсуждению состава сборной России по фигурному катанию на чемпионат Европы в Загребе" [Mutko requested a review of the selection of the Russian national figure skating team for the European Championships] (in Russian). allsportinfo. 29 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (11 January 2013). "Фигурист Меньшов: мне больно и обидно, но опускать руки не собираюсь" [Figure skater Menshov: I'm hurt but I don't want to give up]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 
  15. ^ "Фигурист Ковтун все-таки заменил Меньшова в составе сборной на ЧЕ" [Figure skater Kovtun still in the team for the European Championships instead of Menshov]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 10 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Team Japan leads at ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating 2013". International Skating Union. 11 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Team USA skates to the lead at ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating". International Skating Union. 12 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Gallagher, Jack (13 April 2013). "Takahashi triumphs in men’s singles competition". Japan Times. 
  19. ^ Luchianov, Vladislav (15 May 2013). "Menshov tries to move past tumultuous season". IceNetwork. 
  20. ^ Malinsky, Andrei (25 August 2010). ""Душечка" из Петербурга" (in Russian). Nevskoye Vremya. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. 
  26. ^ "Konstantin MENSHOV: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009. 
  27. ^ a b "Competition Results: Konstantin MENSHOV". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

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