Vazgen Azrojan

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Vazgen Azrojan
Anastasia Grebenkina and Vazgen Azrojan.jpg
Vazgen Azrojan with Anastasia Grebenkina.
Personal information
Country represented Armenia
Russia
Born (1977-01-22) 22 January 1977 (age 37)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partner Anastasia Grebenkina (ARM, RUS)
Tiffany Hyden (ARM)
Elena Kustarova (RUS)
Ekaterina Davydova (RUS)
Former coach Alexander Zhulin
Alexei Gorshkov, Sergei Petukhov
Former choreographer Ludmila Vlasova
Former skating club CSKA Yerevan
Began skating 1982
Retired 2008
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 162.64
2005 NHK Trophy
Comp. dance 30.04
2007 Cup of Russia
Original dance 49.86
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
Free dance 83.90
2005 NHK Trophy

Vazgen Azrojan (born 22 January 1977) is a retired Armenian ice dancer. He is best known for his partnership with Anastasia Grebenkina with whom he represented Armenia at the 2006 Winter Olympics and won the bronze medal at the 2005 NHK Trophy.

Career[edit]

Azrojan placed ninth with Ekaterina Davydova at the 1994 World Junior Championships, representing Russia.[1] The next season, he competed with Elena Kustarova for Russia and placed 17th at the 1995 European Championships.[1]

Azrojan teamed up with Anastasia Grebenkina in 1996 and skated with her until 1998, representing Russia.[2] After their partnership ended, he skated with Tiffany Hyden, representing Armenia.[3][4]

Grebenkina and Azrojan reformed their partnership in 2002 to compete for Armenia. They became the first skaters to medal for Armenia at a Grand Prix event, obtaining bronze at the NHK Trophy in 2005.[5] They competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, finishing 20th. Azrojan was the flag bearer for Armenia at the event.

In September 2006, Grebenkina / Azrojan changed coaches, moving from Alexei Gorshkov to Alexander Zhulin.[6] At the 2006 Cup of China, Grebenkina cut her leg with her own blade during practice, requiring stitches, but was able to compete and finished 6th with Azrojan.[6] The duo retired from competition in 2008.

Programs[edit]

With Grebenkina[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2007–2008
[7]
2006–2007
[6]
  • El Sol Sueno
    by Jerzy Petersburski
  • Libertango
    by Astor Piazzolla
  • Air
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
2005–2006
[5]
  • Samba: Ritmo de Bom Bom
    by Vim
  • Rhumba: Besame Mucho
    by Sunny Skylar, Consuelo Velazquez
  • Samba: Ritmo de Bom Bom
    by Vim
  • Worshipping Govinda
    by George Harrison
2004–2005
[8]
  • Quickstep: No Me Voy Sin Bailar
  • Slow foxtrot
  • Quickstep: No Me Voy Sin Bailar
  • Symphony No. 25
    by Mozart
  • Music
    by P. Glass
  • Symphony No. 25
    by Mozart
2003–2004
[9]
  • Blues
  • Swing
  • Ani (Armenian Selections)
    by Ara Gevorkian
2002–2003
[2]
  • Scandinavian Dances

With Hyden[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2000–2001
[1]

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Grebenkina for Armenia[edit]

Results[10]
International
Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
Olympics 20th
Worlds 24th 19th 17th WD 22nd
Europeans 13th 11th 14th 14th WD
GP Bompard 9th 9th 9th 6th
GP Cup of China 8th 6th
GP Cup of Russia 6th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
Karl Schäfer 1st 6th
Nebelhorn WD
Ondrej Nepela 3rd
Skate Israel 3rd
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Hyden for Armenia[edit]

Results[11]
International
Event 1999–2000 2000–2001 2001–2002
World Championships 30th
European Championships 23rd 26th
National
U.S. Championships 7th

With Grebenkina for Russia[edit]

Results[10]
International
Event 1996–1997 1997–1998
Golden Spin of Zagreb 3rd 2nd
Skate Israel 4th
Trophy of the Polish FSA 4th
National
Russian Championships 4th 6th

With Kustarova for Russia[edit]

Results[1]
International
Event 1994–1995
European Championships 17th
National
Russian Championships 2nd

With Davydova for Russia[edit]

Results[1]
International
Event 1993–1994
World Junior Championships 9th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tiffany HYDEN / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2001. 
  2. ^ a b "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2003. 
  3. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (2000). "American Dancer Competes for Armenia". Archived from the original on 13 January 2005. 
  4. ^ Mittan, Barry (5 January 2002). "Hyden and Azrojan Return to U. S. Competition". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 April 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 March 2005. 
  9. ^ "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  10. ^ a b "Competition Results: Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN". International Skating Union. 
  11. ^ "Tiffany HYDEN / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 June 2002. 

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