Nikita Katsalapov

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Nikita Katsalapov
2012 European FSC Nikita Katsalapov crop.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nikita Gennadievich Katsalapov
Country represented Russia
Born (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 23)
Moscow
Residence Moscow
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Partner Victoria Sinitsina
Former partner Elena Ilinykh, Angelina Kabysheva
Coach Marina Zueva
Former coach Nikolai Morozov, Maria Voitsekhovskaia, Denis Samokhin, Tatiana Tarasova, Alexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Irina Lobacheva
Choreographer Nikolai Morozov, Liudmila Vlasova
Former choreographer Alexander Zhulin
Skating club Vorobievye Gory
Former skating club Moskvich
Training locations Novogorsk, Moscow
Former training locations Ventspils
Began skating 1995
World standing 7 (As of 17 January 2014)[1]
Season's bests 4 (2013–14)[2]
5 (2012–13)[3]
7 (2011–12)[4]
9 (2010–11)[5]
10 (2009–10)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 147.55
2014 Rostelecom Cup
Short dance 57.96
2014 Rostelecom Cup
Free dance 89.59
2014 Rostelecom Cup

Nikita Gennadievich Katsalapov (Russian: Никита Геннадьевич Кацалапов; born 10 July 1991) is a Russian ice dancer who currently skates with Victoria Sinitsina. With Elena Ilinykh, he is a 2014 Olympic champion in the team event, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in ice dancing, a three-time European medalist (silver in 2013 and 2014; bronze in 2012), and the 2010 World Junior champion.

Early career[edit]

Katsapalov began in single skating but struggled with some jumps and decided to try ice dancing.[7] He was paired with Elena Ilinykh by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh, who were the team's first coaches.[7] In 2005, they attended a training camp under Alexander Zhulin who was preparing Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov for their Olympic gold-medal winning season.[7] Despite feeling inspired, they split shortly afterward—Ilinykh said they were too young at the time to understand partnership, "We didn't understand at all that you need to talk to each other, to find a compromise. There were these foolish, stupid quarrels. It just didn't work."[7] Katsalapov then skated with Angelina Kabysheva until 2008.[7]

Renewed partnership with Ilinykh[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Ilinykh/Katsalapov decided to team up again in spring 2008 after she returned to Russia.[7][8] They began training again with Alexander Zhulin in Moscow and began competing together in the 2008–09 season, placing fourth at the Russian Junior Championships.

During the 2009–10 season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov competed for the first time on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. At their first event, the event in Budapest, Hungary, they won the gold medal. At their second event, in Torun, Poland, they won a second gold medal and qualified for the JGP Final. After winning the silver medal behind Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin at the Final and at the Russian Junior Championships, they moved past them to win gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships. They were named Discovery of the Year at the 2010 Crystal Ice Awards held in October 2010 in Moscow.[9][10]

2010–2011 season[edit]

For the 2010–11 season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov chose a ballet-themed free dance to Don Quixote: "[Zhulin] wanted us to do something classical Russian, and only very few people have done a real ballet program in dance."[11] Ilinykh's tutu was made at the Bolshoi.[11] They made their senior debut at the 2010 NHK Trophy where they finished fourth. At their next event, 2010 Cup of Russia, they won the bronze medal, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix series. At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they were second after the short dance behind Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev but placed fourth in the free dance to finish third overall behind Ekaterina Riazanova / Ilia Tkachenko.[12] However, their bronze medal was enough to earn them their first berth to the European Championships.

At the 2011 Europeans, Ilinykh/Katsalapov set new personal bests in the short dance (60.93), free dance (92.55) and combined total (153.48) to finish fourth in their debut at the event.[11] They were in a battle with Riazanova/Tkachenko for Russia's second of only two berths to the 2011 World Championships. By finishing ahead of them, Ilinykh/Katsalapov won the right to make their senior Worlds debut. They finished seventh at the event. Following the end of the season, they ended their collaboration with Alexander Zhulin and Oleg Volkov to begin working with new coach Nikolai Morozov in May 2011.[13][14][15] During the off-season, they spent some time in the U.S. preparing for the 2011–12 season.[16]

2011–2012 season[edit]

For the 2011–12 Grand Prix season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to 2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. At NHK Trophy, they placed first in the short dance[17] but in the warm-up before the free dance Ilinykh crashed into the boards and injured her knee.[18] The couple finished the competition, winning the bronze medal, but withdrew from the exhibitions.[18] Ilinykh/Katsalapov then finished fourth at the 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. They won the silver medal at the 2012 Russian Championships. At the 2012 European Championships, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were seventh in the short dance but set a personal best in their free dance, resulting in an overall total of 153.12 points. They won the bronze medal at the event and then performed with Art on Ice.[19] Ilinykh/Katsalapov finished 5th—the highest of the three Russian teams—at the 2012 World Championships.[20] Their final event of the season was the 2012 World Team Trophy.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Ilinykh/Katsalapov started their season with gold at the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania. They won silver at their first 2012–13 Grand Prix event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. At the 2012 NHK Trophy, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were third after the short dance. Ilinykh fell ill before the free dance due to food poisoning but went on to compete. They placed second in the segment and won the silver medal. They qualified for the 2012 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, and finished sixth at the event. At the 2013 Russian Championships, Ilinykh/Katsalapov won the silver medal behind defending national champions Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev. At the 2013 European Championships, they placed second in the short dance and first in the free dance. They won the silver medal, just 0.11 of a point behind gold medalists Bobrova/Soloviev. Ilinykh/Katsalapov finished 9th at the 2013 World Championships.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Katsalapov at the awarding ceremony for Russian athletes with President Vladimir Putin

Ilinykh/Katsalapov's first assignment of the 2013–14 Grand Prix season was the 2013 NHK Trophy where they placed fourth. At their next event, the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard, they scored personal bests in both segments, finishing with an overall score of 171.89 points and winning the silver medal ahead of French ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat.

Ilinykh/Katsalapov won their third national silver medal at the 2014 Russian Championships behind Bobrova/Soloviev and then won silver at the 2014 European Championships with an overall score 1.1 points less than gold medalists Cappellini/Lanotte. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to the free dance in the inaugural team event. They placed third in their segment and Team Russia won the gold medal. Ilinykh/Katsalapov then won the bronze medal in the individual ice dancing event behind champions Meryl Davis / Charlie White and silver medalists Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir. They scored personal bests in both segments and an overall total of 183.48 points.

The next month, Ilinykh/Katsalapov traveled to Saitama, Japan for the 2014 World Championships. On 26 March 2014, just before the short dance, ITAR-TASS reported that they would split after the competition.[21] Katsalapov had a serious error on the twizzles and they placed fifth in the short dance. Despite winning the next segment, they finished off the podium in the closely contested event. Their total score was just 1.05 less than the gold medalists. On 4 April 2014, Katsalapov confirmed to Ilinykh that he wanted to end their partnership.[22]

Partnership with Sinitsina[edit]

On 11 April 2014, Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina applied for approval of their partnership from the Russian Figure Skating Federation.[23] They then traveled to Michigan to train for three weeks under Marina Zueva.[24] For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, Sinitsina/Katsalapov were assigned to Rostelecom Cup, where they will be making their international debut, and NHK Trophy.[25]

Programs[edit]

With Sinitsina[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2014–2015
[26]

[27]

With Ilinykh[edit]

Ilinykh and Katsalapov won the 2010 World Junior Championships.
Ilinykh and Katsalapov at 2010 Cup of Russia
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[28][29]

2012–2013
[30]
Uzbek dance:
  • Andijan Polka
    (specially composed arrangement)
  • Capricious Horses
    by Garik Sukachev

2011–2012
[8][31]
  • Ave Maria
    performed by Thomas Spencer-Wortley
2010–2011
[32]

Original dance
2009–2010
  • Petite Fleur
  • Rock Around The Clock
2008–2009
2004–2005
  • Swing combo

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Sinitsina[edit]

International
Event 2014–15
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th
National
Russian Championships 4th
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned

With Ilinykh[edit]

The short dance at 2011 Worlds
International[33]
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 3rd
Worlds 7th 5th 9th 4th
Europeans 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 6th
GP Bompard 4th 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 3rd 2nd 4th
GP Rostelecom 3rd 2nd
Crystal Skate 1st
International: Junior[33]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Hungary 1st
JGP Poland 1st
National[33]
Russian Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Russian Junior 4th 2nd
Team events
Olympics 1st
World Team 5T / 5P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships—Worlds, Europeans and Junior Worlds.

With Sinistina[edit]

2014–2015 season
Date Event SD FD Total
28-30 November 2014 2014 NHK Trophy 5
54.94
8
67.37
7
122.31
14-16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 4
57.96
4
89.59
4
147.55

With Ilinykh[edit]

Ilinykh and Katsalapov performing their gala at the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard
Ilinykh and Katsalapov Free dance at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Ilinykh and Katsalapov at the 2012 World Championships
The short dance at 2011 Trophée Bompard
2013–2014 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
28–29 March 2014 2014 World Championships Senior 5
65.67
1
108.71
4
174.38
16–17 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics Senior 3
73.04
3
110.44
3
183.48
06-9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (Team Event) Senior
3
103.48
1
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships Senior 2
69.54
2
100.97
2
170.51
24–27 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 2
68.67
2
99.34
2
168.01
15–17 November 2013 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard Senior 3
69.07
2
102.82
2
171.89
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy Senior 4
61.35
4
94.02
4
155.37
2012–2013 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
10–17 March 2013 2013 World Championships Senior 9
66.07
10
91.45
9
157.52
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships Senior 2
68.98
1
100.16
2
169.14
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 2
66.14
2
105.53
2
171.67
6–9 December 2012 2012–13 Grand Prix Final Senior 6
63.56
5
92.80
6
156.36
22–25 November 2012 2012 NHK Trophy Senior 3
59.96
2
96.66
2
156.62
8–11 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup Senior 2
65.70
2
92.76
2
158.46
30 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2012 2012 Crystal Skate Senior 1
70.95
1
103.61
1
174.56
2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
26–29 March 2012 2012 World Championships Senior 5
65.34
5
95.66
5
161.00
23–29 January 2012 2012 European Championships Senior 7
59.49
3
93.63
3
153.12
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 2
66.94
2
95.00
2
161.94
18–20 November 2011 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard Senior 4
58.17
4
82.15
4
140.32
11–13 November 2011 2011 NHK Trophy Senior 1
61.83
3
87.65
3
149.48
2010–2011 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
24 April – 1 May 2011 2011 World Championships Senior 6
65.51
10
88.99
7
154.50
24–30 January 2011 2011 European Championships Senior 4
60.93
4
92.55
4
153.48
26–29 December 2010 2011 Russian Championships Senior 2
62.30
4
87.42
3
149.72
19–21 November 2010 2010 Cup of Russia Senior 6
49.14
2
85.65
3
134.79
22–24 October 2010 2010 NHK Trophy Senior 3
56.89
4
78.16
4
135.05
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level OD FD Total
8–14 March 2010 2010 World Junior Championships Junior 1
59.94
1
90.82
1
188.28
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
2
2
184.51
3–6 December 2009 2009 JGP Final Junior 3
54.35
2
85.01
2
139.36
9–13 September 2009 2009 JGP Poland Junior 1
54.03
1
82.56
1
171.61
26 Aug. – 30 Sept. 2009 2009 JGP Hungary Junior 1
50.46
1
81.50
1
166.06

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