Tikhonov in 2005.
|Full name||Alexei Vladimirovich Tikhonov|
|Former country(ies) represented|| Japan |
|Born||1 November 1971|
Samara, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Yukiko Kawasaki (JPN) |
Irina Saifutdinova (URS)
|Former coach||Ludmila Velikova|
|Former choreographer||Sergei Petukhov |
|Skating club||Yubileyny Sport Club|
|Former training locations||Saint Petersburg|
|ISU personal best scores|
2004–05 Grand Prix Final
Alexei Vladimirovich Tikhonov (Russian: Алексе́й Влади́мирович Ти́хонов; born 1 November 1971) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Maria Petrova, he is the 2000 World champion and a two-time (1999, 2000) European champion.
Tikhonov first competed with partner Irina Saifutdinova for the Soviet Union and, after the dissolution, for Russia. They won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Junior Figure Skating Championships for the Soviet Union. Their partnership ended when she decided to get married and leave the sport.
He teamed up with Japanese pair skater Yukiko Kawasaki and competed with her representing Japan. Kawasaki and Tikhonov were two-time Japanese national champions. They competed internationally together, winning the bronze medal at the 1993 NHK Trophy and placing 15th at the 1994 World Championships. He said, "I stayed [in Japan] for two years, but I was alone in my apartment. I used to go to the Russian Embassy just to talk to people. I tried to learn some Japanese but it was very hard."
Tikhonov spent the next five years skating in various ice shows in the U.K. and Florida, including shows led by Tatiana Tarasova and Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. He started to miss competitive skating and when Maria Petrova's coach called, he agreed to compete with her. They teamed up in the summer of 1998. Petrova was a former World Junior champion with Anton Sikharulidze.
Petrova and Tikhonov announced they would retire after the 2006 Worlds, but at the request of the Russian Skating Federation they later agreed to remain eligible for another year. During their final season, they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final, and withdrew from the World Championships due to injury.
Tikhonov was born to parents Vladimir and Larisa. In addition to skating together, Petrova and Tikhonov are also an off-ice couple. On 1 February 2010, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Polina. The family lives in Moscow region.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
With Saifutdinova for the Soviet Union
With Kawasaki for Japan
With Petrova for Russia
|Grand Prix Final||3rd||4th||5th||5th||3rd||3rd||2nd||4th||6th|
|GP Cup of China||3rd||1st|
|GP Cup of Russia||1st||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|GP NHK Trophy||5th||1st||3rd||4th||1st||1st|
|GP Skate America||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||2nd||3rd||2nd|
| GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew |
†Pairs champions Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze were stripped of their title.
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- Maria Petrova / Alexei Tikhonov at the International Skating Union
- Official website of Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov
- "Maria Petrova & Alexei Tikhonov". pairsonice.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009.