Arina Ushakova

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Arina Ushakova
Personal information
Native name Арина Андреевна Ушакова
Full name Arina Andreyevna Ushakova
Country represented Russia
Born (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 27)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Former partner Sergei Karev
Alexander Popov
Former coach Natalia Pavlova
Nina Mozer
Began skating 1994
Retired 2008
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 130.34
2008 Europeans
Short program 49.43
2008 Europeans
Free skate 80.91
2008 Europeans

Arina Andreyevna Ushakova (Russian: Арина Андреевна Ушакова; born 18 December 1989) is a Russian pair skating coach and former competitor. With Sergei Karev, she is the 2005 Golden Spin of Zagreb silver medalist and 2007 Winter Universiade bronze medalist. They placed 5th at the 2008 European Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Ushakova was born 18 December 1989 in Perm.[1] She is married to former pair skater Vladislav Zhovnirski, with whom she has a child (born c. 2016).[2]


Ushakova teamed up with Alexander Popov in 2000. After training under Liudmila Kalinina, they moved to the husband-and-wife team of Valentina and Valeri Tiukov, who coached them in Perm.[3] Ushakova/Popov won four medals on the JGP series – one gold, two silver, and one bronze – and qualified twice for the JGP Final. Their partnership ended in 2005.

Ushakova teamed up with Sergei Karev in 2005, moving from Perm to Moscow in order to train with him.[1] Originally coached by Nina Mozer, the pair switched to Natalia Pavlova ahead of the 2007–08 season.[1] Ushakova/Karev won the bronze medal at the 2008 Russian Nationals and were sent to the 2008 European Championships where they finished 5th. In the long program, they had a fall on a lift but were not injured.[4] They split at the end of the season due to Karev's serious illness.[5] After a tryout with Jerome Blanchard,[5] she decided to retire from competition.

Ushakova works as a coach in Moscow. She has coached Arina Cherniavskaia / Antonio Souza-Kordeyru[6] and Albina Sokur / Roman Pleshkov.[7]


With Karev[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Bandits

With Popov[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Gypsy Rhapsody


JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Karev[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
European Champ. 5th
Golden Spin 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
Winter Universiade 3rd
International: Junior[8]
JGP Czech Republic 8th
JGP Hungary 5th
Russian Champ. 7th 4th 3rd

With Popov[edit]

International: Junior[9]
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
JGP Final WD 6th
JGP Czech Republic 3rd
JGP France 2nd
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP Slovakia 6th
JGP Ukraine 1st
EYOF 1st
Triglav Trophy 4th J 1st J
Russian Champ. 9th
Russian Jr. Champ. 8th 4th 4th 4th
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c d "Arina USHAKOVA / Sergei KAREV: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Ermolina, Olga (12 August 2016). "Максим Траньков: «Сейчас мы немного отпустили ситуацию и пытаемся жить как обычные люди»" [Maxim Trankov: Living as ordinary people] (in Russian). Figure Skating Federation of Russia. 
  3. ^ a b "Arina USHAKOVA / Alexander POPOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. 
  4. ^ Наталья Павлова: девушка в моей паре - нервная [Natalia Pavlova: The girl in my pair was nervous]. Ves Sport ( (in Russian). 24 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Alexeyev, Oleg; Simonenko, Andrei (25 October 2008). Тарасова вернулась. Ждем Плющенко? (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Arina CHERNIAVSKAIA / Antonino SOUZA-KORDYERU". International Skating Union. 30 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2015-05-20. 
  7. ^ a b c Ушакова Арина Андреевна [Ushakova Arina Andreyevna] (in Russian). 
  8. ^ a b "Competition Results: Arina USHAKOVA / Sergei KAREV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Arina USHAKOVA / Alexander POPOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. 

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