Tatiana Volosozhar

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Tatiana Volosozhar
2011 World Championships Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR Maxim TRANKOV Podium.jpg
Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2011 World Championships.
Personal information
Full name Tatiana Andreyеvna Volosozhar
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Ukraine
Born (1986-05-22) 22 May 1986 (age 28)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Partner Maxim Trankov
Former partner Stanislav Morozov, Petr Kharchenko
Coach Nina Mozer, Stanislav Morozov
Former coach Ingo Steuer, Galina Kukhar, Nikolai Morozov
Choreographer Alla Kapranova
Former choreographer Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Vorobyovy Gory
Training locations Moscow
Former training locations Chemnitz
Kiev
Dnipropetrovsk
Began skating 1991
World standing 1 (As of 13 February 2014)[1]
Season's bests 1 (2013–14)[2]
1 (2012–13)[3]
2 (2011–12)[4]
2 (2010–11)[5]
7 (2009–10)[6]
7 (2008–09)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 237.71 (WR)
2013 Skate America
Short program 84.17 (WR)
2014 Winter Olympics
Free skate 154.66 (WR)
2013 Skate America

Tatiana Andreyеvna Volosozhar (Russian: Татья́на Андре́евна Волосожа́р, Ukrainian: Тетяна Андріївна Волосожар; born 22 May 1986) is a Russian pair skater. With Maxim Trankov, she is the two times 2014 Olympic champion in the pairs and in team events, the 2013 World champion, a three-time (2012, 2013 & 2014) European champion, the 2012 Grand Prix Final champion, and a two-time (2011, 2013) Russian national champion. They have also won six events on the Grand Prix series.

Volosozhar competed for Ukraine with Petr Kharchenko in 2000–04 and with Stanislav Morozov in 2004–10. She and Morozov are four-time Ukrainian national champions (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010) and finished as high as fourth at the World Championships.

Volosozhar and Trankov are the current World record holders for the combined total, short program and free skate scores. They are the first figure skaters to win two gold medals at the same Olympics, having taken gold in pairs and in the inaugural team event.

Early years[edit]

Volosozhar began skating at the age of four.[8] The instructors at her skating class were initially dismissive, saying she was overweight, but gave her three months and eventually agreed to keep her.[8] At age 14, she switched from singles to pairs, to her father's dismay.[8][9]

As a junior, Volosozhar skated for four years with Petr Kharchenko.[8] They trained in Dnipropetrovsk in very poor conditions until they were able to move to Kiev in 2003; Volosozhar was accompanied by her mother.[10] Their coach in Kiev was Galina Kukhar. The pair won several medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit and were the Ukrainian national champions in 2004. That same season, they finished fifth at Junior Worlds and 14th at senior Worlds. They split at the end of the 2003–04 season.

Partnership with Morozov[edit]

Volosozhar with Morozov at the 2007 European Championships

Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov teamed up prior to the 2004–05 season and were coached by Galina Kukhar.[11] In their first season together, they were silver medalists at the Winter Universiade and finished fifth at the European Championships. Volosozhar/Morozov began the 2005–06 season with a win at the 2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial and placed 12th at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2006–07, the pair finished fifth again at the European Championships and fourth at the World Championships.

During the 2007–08 season, Volosozhar/Morozov came close to winning a medal at the European Championships but placed ninth at the World Championships. At the end of the season, the pair changed coaches and began working with Ingo Steuer in Chemnitz, Germany. Conditions in Ukraine had steadily deteriorated until there was only one good rink, although Morozov said reaching it was not simple, "You can't get to the entrance; you need to jump over holes, it's like a precipice."[12] After moving to train in Chemnitz, they won their first Grand Prix medals—silver at the 2008 Cup of China and bronze at the 2008 Cup of Russia—and qualified for the 2008–09 Grand Prix Final, where they placed fourth. They also placed fourth at the 2009 European Championships and were sixth at the 2009 World Championships.

In the 2009–10 season, Volosozhar/Morozov won a bronze medal at the 2009 Cup of China and silver at the 2009 Skate America. They again placed fourth at the European Championships and then came in eighth at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Morozov retired from competition before the 2010 World Championships.[13] The pair performed in shows together in the spring of 2010.[12]

Partnership with Trankov[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Volosozhar decided to continue her competitive career.[13] In March 2010, rumors emerged that she might team up with Maxim Trankov.[14] Trankov later said that he had been interested in skating with Volosozhar since 2006.[13]

The head of the Ukrainian trainers' council admitted there were no partners for her in the country who could compete at a high level,[15] and on 14 May 2010, it was reported that Ukraine would not interfere with her decision to compete for Russia.[16] Russian coach Ludmila Velikova confirmed that Russia had attempted years earlier to persuade Volosozhar to skate under its colors, however, the Ukrainian skating federation believed she would be successful with Stanislav Morozov.[16]

Volosozhar left her previous training base in Germany to train in Moscow,[17] beginning training with Trankov the week of 17 May.[16] They are coached by Nina Mozer.[18][19] Stanislav Morozov is their assistant coach, helping them with their elements.[20] Igor Tchinaev was their short program choreographer, with Nikolai Morozov choreographing the long program.[13][17] Nikolai Morozov also worked with them on their stroking to reduce energy loss.[10] The pair had some differences in technique—Volosozhar had to change pace on the entry to the twist as well as adapt to a different hold during throw jumps, while Trankov had to adjust his jumps to match his new partner.[21]

2010–2011 season[edit]

Volosozhar/Trankov initially performed in domestic Russian cup events and other tests.[18] In late December 2010, they won gold at the 2011 Russian Championships,[22][23] defeating Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov, the reigning national champions and World bronze medalists.

Per ISU regulations, Volosozhar was barred from international competition for one year from her last event representing Ukraine, the 2010 Winter Olympics.[17][24] As a result, the pair missed much of the 2010–11 season, including the Grand Prix series and the European Championships. She became eligible for international competition on 16 February 2011, in time for the Mont Blanc Trophy, where the pair competed in order to meet the ISU's minimum technical score requirements for the World Championships.[25] They did so easily and won the event by a sizable margin.[26] The pair decided to fly in early for the World Championships and landed in Tokyo three hours before the earthquake.[27] The event was rescheduled and moved to Moscow.

At the 2011 Worlds, Volosozhar/Trankov placed third in the short program,[28] second in the free skate, and won the silver medal behind 2008–09 champions Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy and ahead of the defending champions, Qing Pang / Jian Tong.[29] It was the first World medal for both partners. The pair are one of few in modern times to reach the World podium in their first season together and in their first appearance at a major international event. Media coverage of the event noted their fast development and their potential for the future.[30][31] Volosozhar said, "We didn't even think about the silver medal (before Worlds). We thought, maybe we can get the bronze. The result was completely unexpected for us. The most impressive moment of the championships was how enthusiastic the spectators were even before our short program, and I'll never forget how they gave us a standing ovation after the free program."[9][17]

2011–2012 season[edit]

Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2011 Trophée Bompard

During the off-season, Volosozhar/Trankov performed in shows and prepared for the new season in Novogorsk, as well as a few weeks in New Jersey.[17][32] In the summer, Trankov sustained a shoulder injury while skating on unsharpened blades since no one with the expertise was available at the time; As a result, they stopped working on lifts for a while.[33]

Volosozhar/Trankov began the 2011–12 season with wins at their two September competitions, the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy and the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial. Trankov partly tore a groin tendon at the Nepela Memorial.[33] On the Grand Prix series, the pair won Skate Canada with a combined score of 201.38 points and then won the 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard to qualify for the Grand Prix Final.[34] Trankov's inguinal rings (groin) injury caused them to change a pair spin at the Grand Prix Final.[35] Volosozhar/Trankov were the leaders after the short program but placed second to Savchenko/Szolkowy in the free skate and were awarded the silver medal — only 0.18 of a point separating the two teams at the end of the competition. At the post-event press conference, they said they would miss Russian Nationals in order to recover fully from their injuries.[33][36]

Volosozhar/Trankov at 2012 World Championships.

At the 2012 European Championships, Volosozhar/Trankov placed first in both programs and won their first European title.[37] They were eighth in the short program at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France, after both fell on a death spiral.[38] Trankov commented on the ice quality, saying "It is soft in some places, brittle in others. I guess it is ok if you skate right after ice resurfacing, but if you are the last one to skate in the second group, it is quite another story."[39] Volosozhar/Trankov rebounded to place first in the free skate with a new personal best score of 140.90 in the segment.[40] With a total score 0.11 points less than Savchenko/Szolkowy, they won their second World silver medal and received a small gold medal for the free skate.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2013 World Championships podium.

In preparation for the 2012–13 season, the pair spent nearly three months in the U.S. in the summer of 2012 and then spent some time training in Italy.[41] Volosozhar/Trankov won both of their Grand Prix assignments, the 2012 Skate America and the 2012 Cup of Russia, and qualified for the 2012–13 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia. At the Final, they were first in the short program, second in the long program, and won the gold medal ahead of Russian teammates Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov. Volosozhar/Trankov then won their second national title, at the 2013 Russian Championships.

Trankov's father died of a sudden heart attack on 20 January 2013, a few days before the 2013 European Championships; an official confirmed the pair would compete at the event.[42] They placed first in both programs and won the gold medal with a total score of 212.45—more than seven points ahead of silver medalists Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy. At the post-event press conference, Volosozhar said, "It is difficult to raise the mood at this time, but I am glad we made the decision to compete here."[43] Volosozhar/Trankov spent some time training in West Orange, New Jersey just prior to the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario.[44] In March, the pair won their first World title, placing first in both programs and finishing 20.15 points overall ahead of Savchenko/Szolkowy. They set a new pairs' world record in the free skate and combined score (225.71 points) and became Russia's first pairs gold medalists since 2005 when Totmianina/Marinin won the World title. At their first team event, the 2013 World Team Trophy, Volosozhar/Trankov placed first in pairs and Team Russia finished fourth overall.

2013–2014 season[edit]

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

Volosozhar/Trankov trained in Moscow, Sochi, West Orange, New Jersey, and Italy in preparation for the 2013–14 season and planned to perform in a reduced number of shows.[44][45] The pair started their season with gold at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, breaking their own world record scores and scoring a total of 231.96 points. They also won gold at their two Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate America and 2013 NHK Trophy. At Skate America, Volosozhar/Trankov broke their world records again—posting scores of 83.05 (SP), 154.66 (FS), and 237.71 (total)—while at the NHK Trophy they obtained a total of 236.49 points. Having qualified for their third Grand Prix Final, they were second to Savchenko/Szolkowy in Fukuoka, Japan, and then took the gold medal at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Volosozhar/Trankov were sent to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and assigned to the short program in the inaugural team event. The pair placed first in their segment and Team Russia went on to win the gold medal. Volosozhar/Trankov broke their world record again in the pairs skate, posting a score of 84.17 to come in first in the short program and placed first in the free skate with an overall score of 236.86 points, winning the gold medal by more than 18.18 points from silver medalists, teammates Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov. Volosozhar/Trankov received the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 4th class with Russian President Vladimir Putin handing the state awards.[46]

2014-2015 season[edit]

For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, Volosozhar/Trankov were assigned to Skate America and Rostelecom Cup.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Volosozhar was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, to parents of Russian origin — her mother was born in Kaliningrad and her father in Nizhny Tagil.[48] Her father is in the army and she also has a sister.[10] Her first language is Russian and she also understands Ukrainian very well, although she does not speak it perfectly.[48] Volosozhar was eligible for expedited Russian citizenship,[49] which she received in December 2010.[48] Volosozhar also communicates in English.

Records and achievements[edit]

  • First pair skaters in history to win both the Olympics gold medal in pairs and in the inaugural team event.
  • First pair skaters to break the 230 mark in the overall score.
  • First pair skaters to break the 150 mark in the Free skate.
  • First pair skaters to break the 80 mark in the short program.

Programs[edit]

Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2012 World Championships

With Trankov[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[50]
2012–2013
[51]
2011–2012
[32][52][53][54]


  • Super Mario
2010–2011
[55][56]
  • Super Mario
    choreo. by Nikolai Morozov



  • One Man's Dream
    by Yanni
    choreo. by Alexander Zhulin

With Morozov[edit]

Volosozhar and Morozov compete at the 2010 European Championships.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010
[57]
  • Dreams Illusion
    mixed by DJI
2008–2009
[58]
2007–2008
[59]
2006–2007
[60]
2005–2006
[61]
2004–2005
[62]

With Kharchenko[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2003–2004
[63]
2002–2003
[64]
  • Saltarello
    (from Secret Garden)
2001–2002
[65]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2013 Skate America
Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy

With Trankov for Russia[edit]

Results[66]
International
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 1st
Worlds 2nd 2nd 1st
Europeans 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 2nd 1st 2nd
GP Bompard 1st
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy 1st
GP Rostelecom 1st
GP Skate America 1st 1st WD
GP Skate Canada 1st
Nebelhorn 1st 1st 1st
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Mont Blanc 1st
National
Russian Champ. 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 1st
World Team 4T/1P
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = To be decided
T = Team result; P = Personal result;
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Morozov for Ukraine[edit]

Volosozhar and Morozov compete at the 2008 Grand Prix Final.
Results[67]
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 12th 8th
Worlds 10th 10th 4th 9th 6th
Europeans 5th 5th 4th 4th 4th
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Bompard 5th
GP Cup of China 2nd 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 2nd
Karl Schäfer 1st
Nebelhorn 3rd 2nd
Universiade 2nd 2nd
National
Ukrainian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix

With Kharchenko for Ukraine[edit]

Volosozhar and Kharchenko compete at the 2003 NHK Trophy.
Results[63][64][65]
International
Event 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Worlds 17th 14th
Europeans 7th
GP Cup of China 7th
GP Cup of Russia 9th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 13th 10th 7th 5th
JGP Final 7th 4th
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP Czech Rep. 3rd 2nd
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Italy 4th
JGP Poland 2nd
National
Ukrainian Champ. 4th 1st J. 2nd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships — Worlds, Europeans, and Junior Worlds. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.)

With Trankov[edit]

Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy
Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2012–13 Grand Prix Final
Volosozhar and Trankov at the 2011 World Championships
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 1
84.17
1
152.69
1
236.86
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (Team Event) 1
83.79

1
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships 1
83.98
2
136.40
1
220.38
5–8 December 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final 1
82.65
2
141.18
2
223.83
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 1
82.03
1
154.46
1
236.49
18–20 October 2013 2013 Skate America 1
83.05
1
154.66
1
237.71
26–28 September 2013 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
81.65
1
150.31
1
231.96
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
11–14 April 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 1
74.41
1
136.06
1
210.47
13–15 March 2013 2013 World Championships 1
75.84
1
149.87
1
225.71
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships 1
73.23
1
139.22
1
212.45
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships 1
78.69
1
150.23
1
228.92
6–9 December 2012 2012–13 Grand Prix Final 1
73.46
2
131.09
1
204.55
9–11 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 1
74.74
1
132.79
1
207.53
19–20 October 2012 2012 Skate America 1
65.78
1
129.29
1
195.07
27–29 September 2012 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
65.24
1
131.31
1
196.55
2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
26 March – 1 April 2012 2012 World Championships 8
60.48
1
140.90
2
201.38
23–29 January 2012 2012 Europeans Championships 1
72.80
1
137.65
1
210.45
8–11 December 2011 2011–12 Grand Prix Final 1
71.57
2
140.51
2
212.08
18–20 November 2011 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard 1
63.69
1
130.44
1
194.13
27–30 October 2011 2011 Skate Canada 1
70.42
1
130.96
1
201.38
28 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2011 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
66.48
1
123.67
1
190.15
21–24 September 2011 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
57.91
1
125.74
1
183.65
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
25 April – 1 May 2011 2011 World Championships 3
70.35
2
140.38
2
211.73
15–20 February 2011 2011 Mont Blanc Trophy 1
68.30
1
131.54
1
199.84
26–29 December 2010 2011 Russian Championships 1
72.71
1
141.95
1
214.66

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