Iliushechkina and Maisuradze in 2010
|Full name||Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina|
November 5, 1991 |
|Height||1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)|
|Former partner||Nodari Maisuradze|
|Former coach||Natalia Pavlova
|Former choreographer||Daria Garmash|
|Skating club||UOR 4 Moscow|
|Season's bests||17 (2011–2012)
|ISU personal best scores|
2010–2011 Grand Prix Final
2009 Cup of China
2010–2011 Grand Prix Final
Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina (Russian: Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина, born November 5, 1991 in Moscow, Russia) is a Russian pair skater. With former partner Nodari Maisuradze, she is the 2010 Skate Canada Champion, 2009 World Junior Champion, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2009 Russian bronze medalist.
Iliushechkina began skating at the age of four or five in Moscow. Her coach, Lubov Fedoshchenko, suggested she try pair skating and took her to Saint Petersburg to train under Natalia Pavlova in 2006. Pavlova was initially skeptical of her and Maisuradze, and thought Iliushechkina was overweight. However, having no other teams at the time, Pavlova agreed to pair them together, and grew impressed by their commitment. In September of that year, Pavlova moved to Moscow and the pair followed her.
During the 2008–2009 season, they won the World Junior title, along with gold at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They also competed at the senior level, winning the bronze at Russian Nationals and placing 5th at their first European Championships. They earned a berth to 2009 Worlds but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Maisuradze. He injured ligaments in his hand in a skiing accident. They were replaced by Ksenia Ozerova and Alexander Enbert.
During the 2009–2010 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze placed third in the short program at 2009 Cup of China and achieved their personal best score of 62.54. However, they struggled in the long program, finishing seventh in that segment, and fifth overall. At Russian Nationals, they also struggled and finished in fourth. After the difficult season, they made some adjustments in training.
Iliushechkina and Maisuradze began the 2010–2011 season by capturing the gold at 2010 Skate Canada, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix circuit. Only a week later, they competed at the 2010 Cup of China and placed 4th. Their results qualified them for their first Grand Prix Final at the senior level. They finished fourth, setting new personal bests in the long program (117.38) and combined total (177.44). At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they placed sixth in the short program and fourth in the long, to finish fifth overall. They were named to the 2011 Winter Universiade team but missed the European and World teams. Iliushechkina and Maisuradze won the gold medal at the Winter Universiade.
In the 2011–2012 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze competed at 2011 Skate Canada, where they placed 5th, and 2011 NHK Trophy, where they finished 6th. They were 6th at the 2012 Russian Championships. In March 2012, their coach, Natalia Pavlova, confirmed that their partnership had ended.
In May, it was reported that Iliushechkina hoped to skate for France with Yannick Kocon but the Russian skating federation was unwilling to release her. Iliushechkina contacted him after learning he was available.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
With Maisuradze for Russia
|Grand Prix Final||4th|
|GP Cup of China||5th||4th|
|GP Cup of Russia||4th|
|GP NHK Trophy||6th|
|GP Skate Canada||1st||5th|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix|
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- "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03.
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- Lubov Iliushechkina / Nodari Maisuradze at the International Skating Union
- "Lubov Iliushechkina / Nodari Maisuradze". IceNetwork.com.