Alexei Tikhonov

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Alexei Tikhonov
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Tikhonov in 2005.
Personal information
Full name Alexei Vladimirovich Tikhonov
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Japan
Soviet Union
Born (1971-11-01) 1 November 1971 (age 43)
Samara, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Partner Maria Petrova
Former partner Yukiko Kawasaki (JPN)
Irina Saifutdinova (URS)
Former coach Ludmila Velikova
Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov
Alexander Stepin
Skating club Yubileyny Sport Club
Former training locations Saint Petersburg
Began skating 1975
Retired 2007
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 188.21
2005 Worlds
Short program 67.42
2004-2005 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 123.18
2006 Worlds

Alexei Vladimirovich Tikhonov (Russian: Алексе́й Влади́мирович Ти́хонов; born 1 November 1971 in Samara) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Maria Petrova, he is the 2000 World champion and a two-time (1999, 2000) European champion.

Career[edit]

Tikhonov began skating in his hometown, Samara.[1] Initially a singles skater, he switched to pairs at 15 and a half.[2]

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.[2]

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."[2]

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.[2] He started to miss competitive skating and when Maria Petrova's coach called, he agreed to compete with her.[2] They teamed up in the summer of 1998.[1][3] Petrova was a former World Junior champion with Anton Sikharulidze.

Petrova and Tikhonov won the World Championship in 2000. They placed 6th at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2006 Games. They won a silver medal at the 2005 Worlds, and a bronze in 2006.

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.

Petrova and Tikhonov trained in Saint Petersburg with Ludmila Velikova.[2] After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows, including Russian television projects.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tikhonov was born to parents Vladimir and Larisa.[5] In addition to skating together, Petrova and Tikhonov are also an off-ice couple.[5] On 1 February 2010 she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Polina.[6][7] The family lives in Moscow region.[8]

Tikhonov is godfather to Alexei Urmanov's twins.[9]

Programs[edit]

(with Petrova)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2006–2007
[3]
2005–2006
[10][11]
  • Sarabande
    by George Frideric Handel
    (modern arrangement)

  • Fellini soundtracks
2004–2005
[9][12]
  • The Circus Princess
    by Emmerich Kalman
2003–2004
[13][14]
  • Music
    by Baxter
2002–2003
[2][15][16]
2001–2002
[14][17][18]
2000–2001
[14][19]
  • Russian Fantasie



1999–2000
[14]

  • Mr. Bureaucrat (film soundtrack)
1998–1999
[14]

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Saifutdinova for the Soviet Union[edit]

Event 1988–1989
Junior Worlds 3rd

With Kawasaki for Japan[edit]

International
Event 1992–1993 1993–1994
World Championships 15th
Nations Cup 4th
NHK Trophy 3rd
Piruetten 6th
National
Japan Championships 1st 1st

With Petrova for Russia[edit]

Results[3][10][12][13][17][19]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 6th 5th
Worlds 4th 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd WD
Europeans 1st 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
GP Bompard 2nd 1st
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 Sparkassen/Bofrost 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Goodwill Games 3rd
National
Russian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Pairs champions Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze were stripped of their title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kempf, Susanne (2005). "Always Home At St. Petersburg". Absolute Skating. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mittan, Barry (3 June 2003). "Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov: Different Personalities Work for Petrova and Tikhonov". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Kozhina, Natalia (16 November 2012). Алексей Тихонов: «Дочку тренировать не буду» [Alexei Tikhonov: "I won't coach my daughter"]. Argumenty i Fakty (in Russian). 
  5. ^ a b Alexeyeva, Anna (29 December 2012). «Я танцую… со Змеей!» ["I dance... with a snake!"]. Nash Krasnoyarskiy Kray (in Russian). 
  6. ^ Фигуристка Мария Петрова родила дочь [Skater Maria Petrova gave birth to daughter] (in Russian). dni.ru. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov became parents". petrova-tikhonov.ru (in Russian). 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Plakhtina, Elina (December 2012). Лед и пламень в своем загородном доме [Ice and fire in the country house]. Дайджест недвижимости (Real Estate Digest) (in Russian). 
  9. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (27 March 2005). "Veteran Russian Pair Makes Final Olympic Run". Skate Today. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2006. 
  11. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 October 2005. 
  12. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 June 2005. 
  13. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Programs". Petrova-Tikhonov.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2003. 
  16. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 January 2003. 
  17. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 February 2002. 
  18. ^ "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 December 2001. 
  19. ^ a b "Maria PETROVA / Alexei TIKHONOV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2001. 

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