Ruslan Zhiganshin

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Ruslan Zhiganshin
2014 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Elena Ilinykh Ruslan Zhiganshin IMG 3714.JPG
Ilinykh and Zhiganshin at the 2014–2015 Grand Prix Final
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Nailevich Zhiganshin
Country represented Russia
Born (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 22)
Moscow, Russia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Partner Elena Ilinykh
Former partner Victoria Sinitsina
Coach Elena Kustarova, Svetlana Alexeeva, Olga Riabinina
Choreographer Antonio Najarro, Ilia Averbukh
Former choreographer Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina
Skating club Sport School No. 2
Former skating club Blue Bird FSC
Training locations Moscow
Began skating 1996
Season's bests 13 (2013–14)[1]
18 (2012–13)[2]
9 (2011–12)[3]
21 (2010–11)[4]
56 (2009–10)[5]
61 (2008–09)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 160.43
2014 Rostelecom Cup
Short dance 69.94
2015 Europeans
Free dance 96.31
2014 Rostelecom Cup

Ruslan Nailevich Zhiganshin (Russian: Руслан Наильевич Жиганшин; born 25 September 1992) is a Russian ice dancer who currently skates with Elena Ilinykh. They are the 2015 Russian National champions.

With former partner Victoria Sinitsina, he is the 2012 World Junior champion and won bronze medals at the 2013 Winter Universiade, 2012 Rostelecom Cup, and 2014 Russian Championships. They placed seventh at the 2014 World Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Ruslan Zhiganshin is the brother of Nelli Zhiganshina, who competes for Germany.[7]

Early years on the ice[edit]

Zhiganshin became interested in skating after his mother took him along to his sister's practices.[8][9] Having taken up ice dancing at age nine, he had one partner before becoming partnerless for a year.[8]

Partnership with Sinitsina[edit]

Zhiganshin and Victoria Sinitsina met in a group led by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh but soon joined Elena Kustarova and Svetlana Alexeeva.[8] They trained mostly in Moscow. From 2010 to 2012, they also went to summer training camps in Ventspils, Latvia.[10]

Junior[edit]

Sinitsina/Zhiganshin debuted on the Junior Grand Prix circuit at the 2008 Merano Cup where they finished sixth. The following JGP season, they placed fifth at both of their events.

They won a pair of silver medals during the 2010–11 JGP season and qualified for the JGP Final. At the Final, they won the short dance[11] and placed second in the free dance to take the silver behind Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin. They withdrew from the 2011 Russian Junior Championships due to Sinitsina's illness.[12]

In the 2011–12 season, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin won gold at the Junior Grand Prix event in Poland, their first JGP title. They won another title in Austria to qualify for their second JGP Final. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed first in both segments and won the title. They then took gold at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. Sinitsina/Zhiganshin won the 2012 World Junior title.[13] They were first in both the short and free dance and scored their season's best, 153.81 points.

Senior[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin debuted on the senior Grand Prix series. After finishing 6th at the 2012 Cup of China, they then won their first senior GP medal, bronze, at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. The duo finished 5th in their senior national debut at the 2013 Russian Championships.

In 2013–14, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin started their season at the Ice Star in Minsk, Belarus, winning the silver medal behind Bobrova/Soloviev. At their sole Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 NHK Trophy, they had a bad fall while practicing a lift.[9] They finished eighth at the event. After taking the bronze medal at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy, they stepped onto the senior national podium for the first time at the 2014 Russian Championships. Competing against Riazanova/Tkachenko for Russia's third Olympic spot, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin finished ahead at nationals and then at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. They came in fourth at the latter event, their senior ISU Championship debut.

Along with Ilinykh/Katsalapov and Bobrova/Soloviev, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin were selected to represent Russia at the Winter Olympics, held in February 2014 in Sochi. They finished 16th at the Olympics, behind a number of teams they had surpassed at Europeans, but rebounded the next month at the 2014 World Championships. They placed eighth in both segments and finished seventh overall in Saitama, Japan. In early April 2014, Sinitsina left to skate with Nikita Katsalapov.[14]

Partnership with Ilinykh[edit]

Soon after, in early April 2014, Zhiganshin's coaches invited Katsalapov's former partner, Elena Ilinykh, to try out with their student.[15][14] Coached by Elena Kustarova in Moscow, Ilinykh/Zhiganshin began training together in an unofficial partnership — the Russian federation having decided to give Ilinykh/Katsalapov time to reconcile — and received approval at the end of May.[16]

2014–15 season[edit]

For the 2014–15 Grand Prix season, Ilinykh/Zhiganshin were assigned to Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup.[17] Making their international debut, they placed fourth at Cup of China and then won the silver medal behind Americans Madison Chock / Evan Bates at Rostelecom Cup. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final in their first season as a team.[15] At the GPF in Barcelona, they placed sixth in the short dance, fourth in the free dance, and sixth overall. At the 2015 Russian Championships, Ilinykh and Ziganshin won their first national title.

Programs[edit]

With Ilinykh[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2014–2015
[7][16]
Carmen Suite
by Georges Bizet:

With Sinitsina[edit]

Sinitsina and Zhiganshin, gold medalists at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[18][19]
  • Quickstep: Let the Good Times Roll
  • Swing: Swing Baby
2012–2013
[20]
2011–2012
[21]
2010–2011
[22]
Original dance
2009–2010

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Ilinykh[edit]

International[23]
Event 2014–15
Europeans 4th
Grand Prix Final 6th
GP Rostelecom Cup 2nd
GP Cup of China 4th
National[24]
Russian Champ. 1st
TBD = Assigned

With Sinitsina[edit]

International[25]
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 16th
Worlds 7th
Europeans 4th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP NHK Trophy 8th
GP Rostelecom Cup 3rd
Winter Universiade 3rd
Volvo Open Cup 1st
Ice Star 2nd
International: Junior[25]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 2nd 1st
JGP Austria 2nd 1st
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Italy 6th
JGP Poland 1st
JGP U.K. 2nd
JGP U.S. 5th
NRW Trophy 2nd J.
National[24]
Russian Champ. 5th 3rd
Russian Junior 12th 7th 6th WD 1st
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results[edit]

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

With Ilinykh[edit]

Ilinykh/Zhiganshin at the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final
2014–2015 season
Date Event SD FD Total
25–28 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 1
70.35
2
101.06
1
171.41
11–14 December 2014 2014 Grand Prix Final 6
60.25
4
96.21
6
156.46
14–16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 2
64.12
3
96.31
2
160.43
7–9 November 2014 2014 Cup of China 4
60.48
4
84.22
4
144.70

With Sinitsina[edit]

Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2010–11 JGP Final
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2009 JGP Lake Placid
2013–2014 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
24–30 March 2014 2014 World Championships Senior 8
62.11
8
93.24
7
155.35
16–17 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics Senior 16
58.01
17
82.65
16
140.66
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships Senior 4
60.63
4
93.10
4
153.73
24–25 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 3
67.08
3
98.52
3
165.60
13–14 December 2013 2013 Winter Universiade Senior 2
57.05
5
85.45
3
142.50
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy Senior 8
44.34
7
79.89
8
124.23
18–20 October 2013 2013 Ice Star Senior 2
63.05
2
97.17
2
160.22
2012–2013 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
10–13 January 2013 2013 Volvo Open Cup Senior 1
64.67
1
97.77
1
162.44
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 4
60.03
4
93.94
5
153.97
9–10 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup Senior 3
60.85
4
84.23
3
145.08
2–3 November 2012 2012 Cup of China Senior 6
55.09
5
82.37
6
137.46
2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
27 Feb. – 4 March 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 1
63.78
1
90.03
1
153.81
5–7 February 2012 2012 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
66.28
1
91.95
1
158.23
8–11 December 2011 2011–12 JGP Final Junior 1
60.47
1
87.06
1
147.53
15–17 September 2011 2011 JGP Poland Junior 1
56.83
1
83.48
1
140.31
8–10 September 2011 2011 JGP Austria Junior 1
61.74
1
89.36
1
151.10
2010–2011 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
9–12 December 2010 2010–11 JGP Final Junior 1
55.58
2
79.04
2
134.62
1–2 October 2010 2010 JGP Great Britain Junior 2
53.52
2
80.34
2
133.86
15–19 September 2010 2010 JGP Austria Junior 2
50.46
2
76.16
2
126.62
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
31.25
5
52.14
5
77.12
6
160.51
7–11 October 2009 2009 JGP Croatia Junior 4
29.41
4
45.38
5
68.00
5
142.79
2–6 September 2009 2009 JGP United States Junior 3
29.87
7
43.50
5
69.03
5
142.40
2008–2009 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
28–31 January 2009 2009 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
7
7
7
147.35
31 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2008 2008 NRW Trophy Junior 2
2
1
2
146.93
3–7 September 2008 2008 JGP Italy Junior 7
25.39
5
43.74
6
66.04
6
135.17
2007–2008 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
30 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2008 2008 Russian Junior Championships Junior 12
12
12
12
126.93

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (28 January 2014). Виктория Синицына и Руслан Жиганшин: "Наша задача – кататься чисто, не думая о результате" [Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin: "We have to skate clean, not thinking about the result"] (in Russian). Sport Express. 
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External links[edit]

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