Maria Petrova (figure skater)

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Maria Petrova
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Petrova and Tikhonov perform a pair spiral at the 2005 Russian Nationals
Personal information
Full name Maria Igorevna Petrova
Country represented Russia
Born (1977-11-29) 29 November 1977 (age 37)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Alexei Tikhonov
Former partner Anton Sikharulidze
Teimuraz Pulin
Former coach Ludmila Velikova
Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov
Alexander Stepin
Skating club Yubileyny Sport Club
Former training locations Saint Petersburg
Began skating 1982
Retired 2007
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 188.21
2005 Worlds
Short program 67.42
2004-2005 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 123.18
2006 Worlds

Maria Igorevna Petrova (Russian: Мария Игоревна Петрова; born 29 November 1977) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Alexei Tikhonov, she is the 2000 World champion and a two-time (1999, 2000) European champion.

Career[edit]

Petrova was a sickly child and her doctor recommended she take up a sport; her parents got her into figure skating when she was seven.[1] She started out in singles but always preferred pair skating and admired Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov so she made the switch to pairs at 13.[1]

She initially competed with Anton Sikharulidze with whom she is the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Champion.[2] They split in 1996 and she teamed up with Teimuraz Pulin, winning the silver medal at the 1997 World Junior championships.

Petrova teamed up with Alexei Tikhonov in the summer of 1998.[3][4] Together, they won the World Championship in 2000. They placed 6th at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2006 Games. They won a silver medal at the 2005 Worlds, and a bronze in 2006.

Petrova and Tikhonov announced they would retire after the 2006 Worlds, but at the request of the Russian Skating Federation they later agreed to remain eligible for another year. During their final season, they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final, and withdrew from the World Championships due to injury.

Petrova and Tikhonov trained in Saint Petersburg with Ludmila Velikova.[1] After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows, including Russian television projects.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Programs[edit]

With Tikhonov[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2006–2007
[4]
2005–2006
[6][7]
  • Sarabande
    by George Frideric Handel
    (modern arrangement)

  • Fellini soundtracks
2004–2005
[8][9]
  • The Circus Princess
    by Emmerich Kalman
2003–2004
[10][11]
  • Music
    by Baxter
2002–2003
[12][13][1]
2001–2002
[14][15][11]
2000–2001
[16][11]
  • Russian Fantasie



1999–2000
[11]

  • Mr. Bureaucrat (film soundtrack)
1998–1999
[11]

With Sikharulidze[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1994–1995
1995–1996

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Alexei Tikhonov[edit]

Results[16][14][10][8][6][4]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 6th 5th
Worlds 4th 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd WD
Europeans 1st 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
GP Bompard 2nd 1st
GP Cup of China 3rd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 1st
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 3rd 2nd
GP Sparkassen/Bofrost 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Goodwill Games 3rd
National
Russian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Pairs champions Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze were stripped of their title.

With Teimuraz Pulin[edit]

International
Event 1996–1997 1997–1998
Nations Cup 6th
NHK Trophy 5th
Blue Swords 1st
Winter Universiade 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd
National
Russian Champ. 5th 6th

With Anton Sikharulidze[edit]

International
Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96
Worlds 8th 6th
Europeans 6th 5th
NHK Trophy 7th
Skate Canada 2nd
Trophée de France 5th
Goodwill Games 7th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st 1st
National
Russian Champ. 6th 2nd 4th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (3 June 2003). "Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov: Different Personalities Work for Petrova and Tikhonov". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Pairs PDF (10.5 KB)
  3. ^ Kempf, Susanne (2005). "Always Home At St. Petersburg". Absolute Skating. 
  4. ^ a b c "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Kozhina, Natalia (16 November 2012). Алексей Тихонов: «Дочку тренировать не буду» [Alexei Tikhonov: "I won't coach my daughter"]. Argumenty i Fakty (in Russian). 
  6. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2006. 
  7. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 October 2005. 
  8. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 June 2005. 
  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (27 March 2005). "Veteran Russian Pair Makes Final Olympic Run". Skate Today. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Programs". Petrova-Tikhonov.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2003. 
  13. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 January 2003. 
  14. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 February 2002. 
  15. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 December 2001. 
  16. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2001. 

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