Anna Cappellini

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Anna Cappellini
2011 Skate Canada Anna Cappellini Luca Lanotte.jpg
Cappellini and Lanotte in 2011.
Personal information
Country represented Italy
Born (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 28)
Home town Como
Residence Milan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Partner Luca Lanotte
Former partner Matteo Zanni, Luca Lombardi, Frederico Bassi
Coach Paola Mezzadri, Marina Zueva, Valter Rizzo
Former coach Igor Shpilband, Nikolai Morozov, Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer, Roberto Pelizzola, Barbara Riboldi
Former choreographer Ludmila Vlasova, Romain Haguenauer, S. Mirabee, Diane Ribas, Giovanna Franzoni
Skating club Fiamme Azzurre
Training locations Milan, Italy; Canton, Michigan
Former training locations Novi, Michigan; Novogorsk, Russia; Lyon, France
Began skating 1990
World standing 4 (As of 17 January 2014)[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 175.43
2014 Worlds
Short dance 69.88
2013 Skate America
Free dance 105.73
2014 Worlds

Anna Cappellini (born 19 February 1987) is an Italian ice dancer. With partner Luca Lanotte, she is the 2014 World champion, the 2014 European champion, a seven-time medalist on the Grand Prix series, and a three-time Italian national champion (2012–14).


Early career[edit]

Cappellini started skating at the age of three and switched to ice dance when she was 11 or 12.[2][3] She skated with Federico Bassi, Luca Lombardi,[4] and Matteo Zanni.[5] She and Zanni placed fifth at the 2004 World Junior Championships. The next season, they won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final but had to withdraw from the 2005 Junior Worlds after the original dance due to Zanni's food poisoning.[6] Their partnership ended after his father was severely injured in a car accident and he decided to stop competing.[6][7]

Partnership with Lanotte[edit]


Cappellini was partnered with Lanotte in May 2005 by the Italian skating federation.[6][7] Following a strong season together on the junior circuit, Cappellini/Lanotte made their senior debut in 2006–07. They finished 8th at their first Europeans. Before their next event, Worlds, Cappellini suffered a torn labrum in her left shoulder.[2] In the free dance at Worlds, they fell during a lift and finished 13th.[2]

In 2007–08, Cappellini/Lanotte won their first Grand Prix medal, a silver at Skate Canada, moved up to seventh at Europeans, and finished in the top ten at Worlds.

In 2008–09, Cappellini/Lanotte did not medal in either of their Grand Prix appearances, but moved up to 5th at Europeans and were again tenth at Worlds. In the off-season, they decided to change coaches, and moved to Lyon, France to train with Muriel Boucher-Zazoui and Romain Haguenauer.

Cappellini/Lanotte had a strong start in 2009–10, winning silver medals at the Cup of Russia and Skate America and qualifying for their first Grand Prix Final, where they finished fifth. They then placed sixth at the European Championships, and finished outside the top ten at their first Olympics. They then finished 11th at the 2010 World Championships; in the free dance, the two collided during the twizzle sequence, causing Cappellini to fall, and received low levels on several elements.[8]


Cappellini/Lanotte began the 2010–11 season at the Nebelhorn Trophy. They were first in the short dance and fourth in the free dance, finishing in second place overall.[9] They then placed fifth at the 2010 NHK Trophy, after which they decided to leave coach Muriel Zazoui and move back to Milan to train with Paola Mezzadri.[10] They withdrew from 2010 Skate America in order to prepare a new free dance. Cappellini/Lanotte later missed Italian nationals and the European Championships because Lanotte had a knee injury. In 2011, they began splitting their time between Milan and Nikolai Morozov in Novogorsk, Russia. They returned to competition at the Mont Blanc Trophy, which they won. They finished 8th at the 2011 World Championships.

Cappellini/Lanotte won bronze medals at 2011 Skate Canada International and the 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. After winning their first national title, they came in sixth at the 2012 World Championships. In June 2012, Cappellini/Lanotte began training with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.[11][12] Paola Mezzadri in Milan remained their primary coach, while Novi became their second training base.[11][13] Cappellini sprained her left shoulder during the summer.[14] In July, they decided to change their planned free dance.[15]

Cappellini/Lanotte began the 2012–13 season with silver at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy.[14] Winning silver at both of their Grand Prix events, the 2012 Skate Canada and the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard, they qualified for their second Grand Prix Final,[16] where they came in fourth. Cappellini/Lanotte won their first European medal, bronze, at the 2013 European Championships. They then placed fourth at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario.

In the 2013–14 season, Cappellini/Lanotte were awarded another pair of silver medals on the Grand Prix series. They placed sixth at the Grand Prix Final before winning gold at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. The duo finished sixth at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cappellini/Lanotte ended their season at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. Ranked first in the short dance and fourth in the free dance, they ended the competition in first overall, 0.02 of a point ahead of Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje and 0.06 ahead of France's Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat. They became the second Italian ice dancers to win the World title.

In July 2014, Cappellini/Lanotte began working with Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan, in addition to Mezzadri in Milan.[17] For the 2014-15 Grand Prix season, they were assigned to Cup of China and Trophée Éric Bompard.[18] They withdrew from Trophée Bompard to make changes to their programs.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Cappellini is a member of the Polizia Penitenziaria's sports group, the Fiamme Azzurre.[13] She hopes to study physiotherapy after her skating career is over.[12]


Cappellini and Lanotte at the 2010 Worlds

With Lanotte[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Quickstep: 42nd Street
  • Foxtrot: Lullaby of Broadway
  • Quickstep: 42nd Street
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
by Saul Chaplin, Gene de Paul:
  • Polka: Barn Dance
  • Waltz: Bless Your Beautiful Hide
  • Waltz: Wonderful, Wonderful Day
  • Polka: Barn Dance
    choreo. by Paola Mezzadri, Liudmila Vlasova[23][24]
Carmen Suite (ballet)
by Rodion Shchedrin, Georges Bizet:
  • That's Amore
    by Tu vo fa' L'Americano

Original dance
  • Eres Todo En Mi
  • Tango Oblivion
  • Violentango
  • Historia de un Amour
  • Chupacapra
  • This is a Man's World
    by James Brown
  • Wring That Neck
    by Deep Purple

With Zanni[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Come Antes, Come Nunca, Come Siempre
    by Vicente Amigo
  • Poeta en el Viento
    by Vicente Amigo
Waltz and Galop:

With Lombardi[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Hits from the 1920s
  • Easy Ride
  • Hits from the 1920s
  • Fame (soundtrack)
    by Christopher Gore
  • Out here on my own
    by Christopher Gore
  • Hot Lunch Jam
    by Christopher Gore

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Lanotte[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 12th 6th
Worlds 13th 10th 10th 11th 8th 6th 4th 1st 4th
Europeans 8th 7th 5th 6th 4th 3rd 1st 2nd
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 6th
GP Bompard 5th 4th 3rd 2nd WD
GP Cup of China 4th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 5th 2nd
GP Rostelecom 8th 4th 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 3rd 2nd
Universiade 1st
Finlandia 2nd
Nebelhorn 2nd
Mont Blanc 1st
International: Junior[35]
Junior Worlds 4th
JGP Final 3rd
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP Slovakia 2nd
Italian Champ. 1st J. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd WD 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 4th T
WTT 6th T
(4th P)
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew; TBD = Assigned
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

With Zanni[edit]

Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Junior Worlds 20th 5th WD
JGP Final 3rd
JGP Germany 6th
JGP Hungary 1st
JGP Italy 11th
JGP Mexico 3rd
JGP Serbia 1st
JGP Slovenia 3rd
EYOF 7th
Italian Champ. 2nd J. 2nd J. 1st J.
J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Lombardi[edit]

Event 2000–01
Junior Worlds 27th
JGP Poland 14th
JGP = Junior Grand Prix


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