Andrei Griazev

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Andrei Griazev
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Andrei Griazev in October 2005
Personal information
Full nameAndrei Vladimirovich Griazev
Country representedRussia
Born (1985-07-26) 26 July 1985 (age 33)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former coachElena Buianova
Tatiana Tarasova
Alexei Yagudin
Alexei Mishin
Tatiana Mishina
A. Kislukhin
Former choreographerMikhail Pochitalin
Former skating clubCSKA Moscow
Former training locationsMoscow
Saint Petersburg
ISU personal best scores
Combined total206.13
2007 Cup of Russia
Short program71.00
2005 Cup of China
Free skate135.18
2007 Cup of Russia

Andrei Vladimirovich Griazev (Russian: Андрей Владимирович Грязев, born 26 July 1985) is a Russian former competitive figure skater. He is the 2005 Cup of China and 2007 Cup of Russia bronze medalist, 2004 World Junior champion, and 2007 Russian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Griazev was born 26 July 1985 in Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[1]


Griazev began skating at the age of four.[2] At the age of 11, he moved from Perm to Saint Petersburg to train with coach Alexei Mishin.[2] He trained at the Yubileyny Sports Palace.

During his time training with Mishin, Griazev learned the triple Axel jump. Griazev placed 14th at the 2002 Junior Worlds, after which Mishin sent him to work with his wife, Tatiana Mishina. Griazev left Yubileyny, returned to Perm, and did not skate at all for three months.[2] In summer 2002, Griazev moved to Newington, Connecticut to train with Tatiana Tarasova on the suggestion of Alexei Yagudin.[3][4] He became the 2004 World Junior Champion. That same year, he won bronze at Russian senior nationals and earned a chance to compete at the 2004 European Championships and 2004 World Championships, where he placed 8th and 12th, respectively.

During the 2004–05 season, Griazev sustained a back injury and had to withdraw from the 2004 Skate America.[5] He was 7th at 2004 Cup of Russia but then earned silver at Russian Nationals. He went again to the European Championships, where he placed 5th, and moved up a spot at Worlds to 11th.

For the 2005–06 season, Tarasova returned to Russia and so Griazev did as well, training with both Tarasova and Elena Vodorezova in Moscow. Griazev was 9th out of 11 men at the 2005 Skate Canada International. The very next week, however, he won the bronze medal at 2005 Cup of China, his first senior Grand Prix medal. At that competition, he was in the lead after the short program, and earned new personal best scores for his short program, long program, and overall total. At the 2006 Russian nationals, Griazev finished 9th and did not receive a berth to the European Championships and the Olympics. Due to the withdrawal of other skaters, Griazev was sent to 2006 Worlds, where he struggled in the qualifying and short programs, but performed a strong long program. Griazev returned to Russia in March 2006 to take part in the Italian Carnival skating tour produced by Ilia Averbukh. He had also taken part in this tour the previous year. His touring schedule was cut short when he sustained a knee injury and had to undergo surgery.[6]

For the 2006–07 season, Griazev continued to struggle with consistency, as well as suffering illness at several competitions. At both the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard and 2006 Cup of Russia, he finished 7th. At the 2007 Russian Championships, Griazev trailed Andrei Lutai after the short program but placed ahead in the long program and won his first national title. He went on to the 2007 European Championships, where he finished 16th and as a result missed the Russian team for the 2007 World Championships. He spent spring 2007 performing with Averbukh's skating tour, which traveled to over twenty cities in Russia, as well as shows in Lithuania, Latvia, and Israel.[7]

For the 2007–08 season, Griazev was initially assigned to the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy competition in Oberdstorf, Germany, but injured ligaments in his ankle in September 2007 and had to withdraw from the event.[6] He won the bronze at the 2007 Cup of Russia in Moscow and placed 7th at the 2007 NHK Trophy. He won the bronze medal at the 2008 Russian Championships.

Griazev placed 5th at the 2009 Russian Championships. He retired from competitive skating following that season. In November 2009, he began skating on cruise ships.[8]


Griazev performs in a March 2007 ice show in Mytischi, Russia
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Didle Mourani
    by Space
  • Latin medley
  • Latin medley
  • Notre-Dame de Paris:
    • Le Temps des Cathédrales
    • Belle
    • Les Sans-Papiers

  • Carmen
  • Carmen
    by Georges Bizet
  • The Feeling Begins
    by Peter Gabriel
  • Incantation
    by Benoit Jutras
  • The Feeling Begins
    by Peter Gabriel
  • Libertango


GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09
Worlds 12th 11th 17th
Europeans 8th 5th 16th
GP Bompard 7th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 7th 7th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Skate Canada 9th
Cup of Nice 3rd 1st
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 14th 1st
JGP Final 6th 4th 2nd
JGP Bulgaria 1st
JGP Canada 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Slovakia 1st
JGP Sweden 1st
Russian Champ. 8th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 9th 1st 3rd 5th
Russian Junior 2nd


  1. ^ a b "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004.
  3. ^ a b "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 June 2003.
  4. ^ Osborne, Magdalena (2003). "Interview with Andrei Griazev". Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 March 2005.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Andrei Griazev, December 2007". figureskating-online. 12 January 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Interview with Andrei Griazev, April 2007 in Riga". figureskating-online. 26 April 2007. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012.
  8. ^ Elfman, Lois (25 July 2013). "Griazev gravitates toward professional skating". IceNetwork.
  9. ^ "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2007.
  10. ^ "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006.
  11. ^ "Andrei GRIAZEV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.
  12. ^ "Programs". Archived from the original on 13 August 2007.
  13. ^ a b "Competition Results: Andrei GRIAZEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Андрей Владимирович Грязев" [Andrei Vladimirovich Griazev] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 27 March 2016.

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