Natalja Zabijako

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Natalja Zabijako
2013 Nebelhorn Trophy Natalja ZABIJAKO Alexandr ZABOEV IMG 5940.JPG
Zabijako and Zaboev in 2013.
Personal information
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Estonia
Born (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 20)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Partner Yuri Larionov
Former partner Alexandr Zaboev, Sergei Kulbach, Sergei Muhhin
Coach Nina Mozer
Former coach Andrei Kriukov, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov
Former choreographer Igor Tchiniaev, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov
Former skating club FSC Medal Tallinn
Training locations Moscow
Former training locations Ashburn, Virginia
Began skating 1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 149.82
2014 European
Short program 50.12
2014 European
Free skate 99.70
2014 European

Natalja Zabijako (born 15 August 1994) is an Estonian pair skater. She has competed for Estonia with Sergei Muhhin, Sergei Kulbach, and Alexandr Zaboev. With Zaboev, she placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships. Although they qualified a spot for Estonia in the pairs' event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, they did not compete in Sochi because Zaboev's fast-track citizenship application was declined.

Personal life[edit]

Zabijako was born in Tallinn, Estonia. Her mother is an Estonian citizen, her father is a stateless person in Estonia, and her grandparents are Russian citizens living in Novorossiysk.[1]

From 2010 to 2014, Zabijako lived in the United States with a Russian emigrant family.[1] In April 2014, she said she planned to move to Moscow and apply for Russian citizenship.[2][1]

Career[edit]

Zabijako began skating when she was four years old. At age 15, she switched from singles to pairs, partnering with Sergei Muhhin.[1] They made their international debut at the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus and placed 16th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Later in 2010, Zabijako teamed up with Ukrainian skater Sergei Kulbach to represent Estonia. After debuting at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy, the pair placed 13th at the 2011 European Championships and 16th at the 2011 World Championships. Zabijako injured her back as a result of a fall at the NRW Trophy in December 2011, preventing them from competing at the 2012 European Championships.[3][4] On 15 February 2012, it was reported that Zabijako and Kulbach had parted ways.[3][4]

In October 2012, Zabijako teamed up with Russian-born skater Alexandr Zaboev to compete for Estonia.[5] By finishing ninth at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, they earned a spot for Estonia in pair skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Zaboev applied for Estonian citizenship, required to represent the country at the Olympics,[5] but in November 2013, Estonia denied his fast-track application.[6] Zabijako/Zaboev placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships and 19th at the 2014 World Championships. In late March 2014, Zabijako ended their partnership, saying he was too difficult to work with.[7]

In April 2014, Zabijako said she would move to Moscow to work with Nina Mozer and try out with different skaters.[7] She intends to compete for Russia.[1] ISU rules require skaters to sit out a certain period of time, possibly 18 months, after a country change.[8]

Programs[edit]

With Zaboev[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2013–2014
[9]
  • Russian folk music

With Kulbach[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2011–2012
[10]
  • Russian folk music
2010–2011
[11]
  • Middle Eastern composition
  • Tribute Nostalgia
  • Until the Last Moment
    by Yanni

With Muhhin[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2009–2010
[12]
  • Charlie Chaplin

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Zaboev[edit]

Results[13]
International
Event 2013–2014
World Championships 19th
European Championships 10th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 9th

With Kulbach[edit]

Zabijako competes with Sergei Kulbach at the 2011 World Championships
Results[14]
International
Event 2010–2011 2011–2012
World Championships 16th
European Championships 13th
NRW Trophy 5th 3rd
International: Junior
JGP Estonia 4th
National
Estonian Championships 1st
JGP = Junior Grand Prix

With Muhhin[edit]

Results[15]
International
Event 2009–2010
World Junior Championships 16th
JGP Belarus 13th
National
Estonian Championships 1st
JGP = Junior Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kuznetsova, Inna (8 April 2014). "Наталья Забияко: иногда, чтобы чего-то достичь, нужно рискнуть" [Natalja Zabijako: Sometimes you have to take a risk to achieve something]. team-russia2014.ru (in Russian). 
  2. ^ Mikhailov, Sergei (7 April 2014). "Наталья Забияко: я все обдумала и буду брать российское гражданство" [Natalja Zabijako: I've thought it over and decided to apply for Russian citizenship]. Eesti Rahvusringhääling (in Russian). 
  3. ^ a b Värv, Maarja (15 February 2012). "Eesti paarissõitjate teed läksid lahku" [Estonian pair skaters part ways]. Postimees (in Estonian). Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Värv, Maarja (16 February 2012). "Дороги эстонской пары фигуристов разошлись" [Estonian pair skaters part ways]. Postimees (Russian version) (in Russian). Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Russian Figure Skater Seeks Estonia Switch for Sochi Dream". R-Sport (RIA Novosti). 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Estonia stops Russian figure skater's Sochi hopes". Associated Press (ESPN). 14 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Фигуристка Наталья Забияко рассказала Delfi всю правду о своем бывшем партнере" [Figure skater Natalja Zabijako speaks to Delfi about her former partner]. Delfi (web portal) (in Russian). 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Mikhailov, Sergei (6 April 2014). "Руководство фигурного катания Эстонии в шоке от решения Забияко" [Estonian skating association shocked by Zabijako's decision]. Eesti Rahvusringhääling (in Russian). 
  9. ^ "Natalja ZABIJAKO / Alexandr ZABOEV: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei KULBACH: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei KULBACH: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei MUHHIN: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Competition Results: Natalja ZABIJAKO / Alexandr ZABOEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei KULBACH". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Competition Results: Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei MUHHIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. 

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