Anna Ovcharova

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Anna Ovcharova
Anna OVCHAROVA JGP Final 2009.jpg
Ovcharova in 2009
Personal information
Native name Анна Серге́евна Овчарова
Full name Anna Sergeyevna Ovcharova
Country represented Switzerland
Former country(ies) represented Russia
Born (1996-03-16) 16 March 1996 (age 21)
Moscow, Russia
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Former coach Peter Grütter, Svetlana Sokolovskaya, Svetlana Bukareva, Elena Blagova
Former choreographer Salomé Brunner, Elena Blagova, Alexander Zhulin, Anna Bilibina
Skating club CP de Geneve
Former skating club CSKA Moscow
Training locations Geneva
Former training locations Moscow
Began skating 2001
Retired April 14, 2015
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 147.52
2010 Junior Worlds
Short program 59.80
2010 Junior Worlds
Free skate 90.04
2009-10 JGP Final

Anna Sergeyevna Ovcharova (Russian: Анна Серге́евна Овчарова; born 16 March 1996) is a Russian figure skater. In 2013, she began competing for Switzerland. She is the 2014 Bavarian Open silver medalist, 2014 Challenge Cup bronze medalist, and 2014 Swiss national champion. For Russia, she is the 2011 Cup of Nice bronze medalist, 2010 Russian national junior silver medalist, and placed fifth at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Anna Sergeyevna Ovcharova[1] was born on 16 March 1996 in Moscow.[2] She graduated from Collège du Léman in Geneva, class of 2014.[3]


For Russia[edit]

Ovcharova began skating at age four, taught initially by Marina Cherkasova.[3] At age seven, she began training at CSKA Moscow under the guidance of Elena Blagova, who would teach her double and triple jumps.[4] Svetlana Sokolovskaya began coaching Ovcharova when she was about eleven years old.[3]

Ovcharova made her international debut in the 2009–10 season on the Junior Grand Prix series. She placed fifth in her first JGP event in August 2009 in Hungary and then won silver in September in Poland. Her results qualified her for the JGP Final where she finished fifth. After winning the silver medal at the Russian Junior Championships, Ovcharova was assigned to the 2010 World Junior Championships. She placed first in the short program — winning a small gold medal for the segment — eighth in the free skate, and fifth overall.

Later in 2010, Ovcharova underwent laser treatment on a small cyst in her leg but her condition only worsened.[4][5] She was then diagnosed with two large cysts and incipient bone necrosis, leading to surgery in Geneva in 2011 and in Moscow in 2012.[4]

Ovcharova won the bronze medal at the 2011 Cup of Nice in October 2011. It was her last international appearance representing Russia.

For Switzerland[edit]

In December 2011, Ovcharova began training with Peter Grütter in Geneva, Switzerland.[4][6] In the 2012–13 season, she was the silver medalist at the Swiss Nationals. In spring 2013, she performed in Music on Ice shows.[3]

In 2013–14, Ovcharova made her international debut for Switzerland. She placed 16th at the Cup of Nice and 9th at the Ice Challenge in autumn 2013. After taking gold at the Swiss Championships, she won her first international medals for her new country, silver at the 2014 Bavarian Open and bronze at the 2014 Challenge Cup. Ovcharova was named in the Swiss team to the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. Ranked 17th in the short program, she qualified for the free skate and finished 20th overall.

Ovcharova's first Grand Prix invitations came in the 2014–15 season. After placing 12th at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard and 11th at the 2014 NHK Trophy, she finished second to Eveline Brunner at the Swiss Championships. Ovcharova was not named in the Swiss team to the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm. Although selected for the World Championships in Shanghai, after a poor performance at the Hellmut Seibt Memorial she decided to cede the spot to Brunner.[7]

On April 14, 2015, Ovcharova announced her retirement from competitive figure skating on her account.[8]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Mon Dieu
    performed by Edith Piaf
  • Milord
    performed by Edith Piaf
  • Gypsies - Folk Music
    performed by Ensemble of Moiseev
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
    by Glenn Miller
  • Sunlight Serenade
    by Glenn Miller
  • In The Mood
    by Glenn Miller
  • Ballet
  • Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Jazz medley

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

For Switzerland[edit]

Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
World Championships 20th
GP NHK Trophy 11th
GP Trophée Bompard 12th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 10th
CS Volvo Open Cup WD
Bavarian Open 2nd
Challenge Cup 3rd
Cup of Nice 16th
Ice Challenge 9th
Swiss Championships 2nd 1st 2nd
WD = Withdrew

For Russia[edit]

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2011–12
Cup of Nice 3rd
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 5th
JGP Final 5th
JGP Hungary 5th
JGP Poland 2nd
Russian Champ. 5th 17th
Russian Junior Champ. 16th 2nd
Ovcharova did not compete in the 2010–11 season.

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.)

2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SP FS Result
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 14
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Result
8–14 March 2010 2010 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 1
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 8
23–27 December 2009 2010 Russian Championships Senior 5
3–6 December 2009 2009–10 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 4
9–13 September 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Poland Junior 2
26–30 August 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Hungary Junior 6


  1. ^ a b Овчарова Анна Сергеевна [Anna Sergeyevna Ovcharova] (in Russian). 
  2. ^ a b "Anna OVCHAROVA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Girko, Tatiana (22 May 2013). "Музыка на льду Анны Овчаровой / La musique sur glace d'Anna Ovcharova" [Anna Ovcharova performing for Music on Ice]. (in Russian). 
  4. ^ a b c d e Golinsky, Reut (26 March 2014). "Getting to know Anna Ovcharova". Absolute Skating. 
  5. ^ Светлана Соколовская: пока ещё не всё получается [Svetlana Sokolovskaya interview] (in Russian). 6 November 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Golinsky, Reut (29 January 2013). "Catching up with Mister Grütter". Absolute Skating. 
  7. ^ "Anna Ovcharova renonce à sa participation aux Championnats du Monde – Eveline Brunner est nominée à sa place" [Anna Ovcharova cedes her spot at Worlds, Eveline Brunner nominated in her place]. Swiss Ice Skating (in French). March 2015. 
  8. ^ Ovcharova, Anna (14 April 2015). "Why did Switzerland not send any ladies skaters ..." Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Anna OVCHAROVA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Golinsky, Reut (2 April 2013). "Salomé Brunner: "I work with the people who really want to create"". Absolute Skating. 
  11. ^ "Anna OVCHAROVA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Anna OVCHAROVA". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

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