Lubov Iliushechkina

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Lubov Iliushechkina
Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA Nodari MAISURADZE po Skate Canada 2010.jpg
Iliushechkina and Maisuradze in 2010
Personal information
Native name Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина
Full name Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina
Country represented Canada
Former country(ies) represented Russia
Born (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 23)
Height 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Dylan Moscovitch
Former partner Yannick Kocon, Nodari Maisuradze
Coach Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison, Tracy Wilson
Former coach Natalia Pavlova, Inna Utkina, Alexei Sokolov, Lubov Fedoshchenko
Choreographer David Wilson
Former choreographer Daria Garmash
Skating club Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
Former skating club UOR 4 Moscow
Began skating 1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 173.50
2015 Four Continents
Short program 60.13
2015 Four Continents
Free skate 113.37
2015 Four Continents

Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina (Russian: Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина, born 5 November 1991) is a Russian-born pair skater who competes with Dylan Moscovitch for Canada since 2014.[1] With former partner Nodari Maisuradze, she is the 2010 Skate Canada champion, 2011 Winter Universiade champion, 2009 World Junior champion, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2009 Russian national bronze medalist.


Iliushechkina began skating at the age of four or five in Moscow.[2] Her coach, Lubov Fedoshchenko, suggested she try pair skating and took her to Saint Petersburg to train under Natalia Pavlova in 2006.[2]

Partnership with Maisuradze[edit]

Iliushechkina began skating with Nodari Maisuradze in April 2006.[3] Though initially skeptical, coach Natalia Pavlova decided to work with them because she had no pairs at the time and grew impressed by their commitment.[2] In September of that year, Pavlova moved to Moscow and the pair followed her.[2]

During the 2007–08 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze took silver at the 2008 Junior Worlds and placed 4th at the senior Russian Nationals.

During the 2008–09 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.[4] They were replaced by Ksenia Ozerova and Alexander Enbert.

During the 2009–10 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.[5] After the difficult season, they made some adjustments in training.[4]

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze began the 2010–11 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 2011–12 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.[6]

Later career[edit]

Iliushechkina contacted French pair skater Yannick Kocon after learning he was available.[7] In May 2012, it was reported that they hoped to skate for France but the Russian skating federation was unwilling to release her.[8] Their partnership ended without any international appearances.

After Canadian skater Dylan Moscovitch contacted Iliushechkina via her Facebook page, the two arranged a tryout, which took place in Detroit in mid-May 2014.[9] On June 3, 2014, a news report stated that they had decided to form a partnership coached by Lee Barkell and Bryce Davison at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.[10] The pair continued training in Detroit until Iliushechkina received a Canadian visa, in late June.[11] Moscovitch stated, "We have different lifts and different throw and twist techniques. [...] We are still ironing everything out to see what works best for both of us as a team."[11] In mid-October 2014, the Russian skating federation announced that they had released Iliushechkina.[12]


With Moscovitch[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

With Maisuradze[edit]

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze with coach Natalia Pavlova
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Figaro
    (from The Barber of Seville)
    by Gioachino Rossini
    (modern arrangement)
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
  • Conquest of Paradise
    by Vangelis
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
  • We Are The Champions
    by Queen

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Moscovitch for Canada[edit]

Event 2014–15
Worlds 13th
Four Continents 6th
Warsaw Cup 1st
Canadian Champ. 2nd
Skate Canada Challenge 1st
TBD = Assigned

With Maisuradze for Russia[edit]

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze at 2008 Junior Worlds
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Europeans 5th
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Cup of China 5th 4th
GP Cup of Russia 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate Canada 1st 5th
Golden Spin 1st
Nepela Memorial 3rd
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[18]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
Russian Champ. 4th 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Russian Junior 2nd


  1. ^ Любовь Илюшечкина будет выступать за Канаду [Lubov Iliushechkina will compete for Canada]. (in Russian) (Figure Skating Federation of Russia). 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (27 September 2008). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze: From ‘Hopeless Case’ to Top Contenders". 
  3. ^ a b "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (19 January 2011). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze Unexpected Success". International Figure Skating. 
  5. ^ Kondakova, Anna (26 December 2009). "Kavaguti and Smirnov win third consecutive national title". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (21 March 2012). Пара Илюшечкина/Маисурадзе распалась из-за ухода фигуристки - тренер [Coach: The pair of Iliushechkina/Maisuradze has split because she left]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Haubry, Claire (23 July 2012). "Sur la glace yonnaise, des perles rares du patinage" [Rare skating gems on Yonnaise ice]. Ouest-France (in French). Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (21 May 2012). Фигуристке Илюшечкиной нельзя запрещать выступать за Францию - Великов [Figure skater Iliushechkina should not be blocked from competing for France, according to Velikov]. / RIA Novosti (in Russian). Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Ewing, Lori (November 18, 2014). "Moscovitch happy for fresh start with new figure skating partner Iliushechkina". Waterloo Region Record. The Canadian Press. 
  10. ^ Milton, Steve (3 June 2014). "Pairs skater Dylan Moscovitch finds Russian partner". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  11. ^ a b Russell, Susan D. (October 19, 2014). "Lubov Iliushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch". IFS Magazine. 
  12. ^ "Canada lands Russian pairs figure skater". Associated Press. 15 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. 
  17. ^ "Competition Results: Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH". International Skating Union. 
  18. ^ a b "Competition Results: Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. 
  19. ^ Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина [Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina] (in Russian). 

External links[edit]

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