Deniss Vasiļjevs

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Deniss Vasiļjevs
Lillehammer 2016 - Figure Skating Men Short Program - Deniss Vasiljevs 2.jpg
Vasiļjevs at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
Personal information
Country represented Latvia
Born (1999-08-09) 9 August 1999 (age 18)
Daugavpils, Latvia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Coach Stéphane Lambiel
Former coach Alexei Urmanov, Ingrida Snieškienė, Elena Ivanova
Choreographer Stéphane Lambiel, Salomé Brunner
Former choreographer Benoît Richaud, Valeri Pecherski, Ingrida Snieškienė
Skating club Daugavpils SC
ACBB Boulogne Billancourt
Former skating club COC Courbevoie
Training locations Champéry, Switzerland
Former training locations Daugavpils, Latvia; Sochi, Russia; Boulogne, Paris, Courbevoie, and Chamonix, France
Began skating 2003
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 239.00
2017 Worlds
Short program 85.11
2018 Europeans
Free skate 158.29
2017 NHK Trophy

Deniss Vasiļjevs[1] (born 9 August 1999) is a Latvian figure skater. He is the 2017 Cup of Tyrol champion, the 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy bronze medalist, and a two-time Latvian national champion. He finished in the top ten at the 2017 European Championships.

Earlier in his career, Vasiļjevs won two medals at the 2016 Youth Olympics (silver in men's singles and bronze in the team event) and two silver medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series. He is the first Latvian skater to make the podium at a JGP event.

Personal life[edit]

Deniss Vasiļjevs was born on 9 August 1999 in Daugavpils, Latvia.[2] His mother is a former dancer.[3] In 2016, he began living in Champery, Switzerland, but remained a student at Daugavpils Russian Secondary School - Lyceum.[4] He enjoys drawing[5] and speaks three languages – Latvian, Russian and English.[6]

Career[edit]

Vasiļjevs began skating in 2002.[2] As he was often sick, his parents decided to involve him in a sport, first considering swimming and then skating.[7] Around 2010, they arranged for him to train under the guidance of Lithuanian coach Ingrida Snieškienė in Paris, France.[3] Due to his schooling, he spent part of the year training in Daugavpils.[3] His figure skating role models include Stéphane Lambiel, Daisuke Takahashi, Patrick Chan, and Javier Fernández.[8]

2013–14 season: Junior Grand Prix debut[edit]

Vasiļjevs debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in 2013, placing 7th in Riga, Latvia and 10th in Gdańsk, Poland.[9] He was named in Latvia's team to the World Junior Championships, held in March 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ranked 11th in the short program, he qualified for the free skate where he placed 7th, pulling him up to 8th overall.[10]

2014–15 season[edit]

During the 2014–15 figure skating season, Vasiļjevs placed fourth at both of his Junior Grand Prix assignments, in Courchevel, France and Tallinn, Estonia. He won the silver medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, held in January 2015 in Dornbirn, Austria.[11] He began working with Alexei Urmanov before the 2015 World Junior Championships,[8] which took place in March in Tallinn, Estonia. He placed 8th in both segments and 7th overall.[12]

2015–16 season: Senior international debut[edit]

Vasiļjevs began the 2015–16 season by winning silver at both of his JGP events, in Riga, Latvia and Toruń, Poland. He is the first Latvian skater to step on a JGP podium.[13][14] Making his senior international debut, he placed 5th at the 2015 Mordovian Ornament before taking the bronze medal at the 2015 Tallinn Trophy.[13]

In January 2016, Vasiļjevs was sent to his first senior ISU Championship – the 2016 Europeans in Bratislava, Slovakia. He finished 12th after placing 14th in the short program and 10th in the free skate.[15] In February, he competed in Hamar, Norway at the 2016 Youth Olympics. Ranked third in the short program and first in the free skate, he finished second overall with a total score 1.09 less than gold medalist Sōta Yamamoto of Japan.[16] His silver is Latvia's first Youth Olympic medal in figure skating.[citation needed] Vasiļjevs was assigned to compete in the mixed NOC team event as a member of Team Discovery. Placing first in his segment,[17] he lifted his team to the bronze medal.[16]

By 2016, Vasiļjevs was training almost full-time with Urmanov in Sochi, Russia.[8] In March, at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, he won a small bronze medal for the short program and finished 8th overall.[18] Later that month, he competed at the 2016 World Championships in Boston. He qualified for the free skate by placing tenth in the short program and went on to finish 14th overall.[19]

2016–17 season[edit]

In spring 2016, Vasiļjevs had new programs choreographed by Stéphane Lambiel in Champéry, Switzerland.[14] He was diagnosed with a tear in his left adductor muscle during the off-season and visited Toronto in late July 2016 for physiotherapy.[20][21] On 25 August 2016, he announced that Lambiel had agreed to coach him in Champéry.[22][23] He started practicing double jumps in early September.[24] He also worked on developing his program details, steps, and spins.[25]

Making his Grand Prix debut, Vasiļjevs placed 11th at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and then 6th at the 2016 NHK Trophy. He ranked 6th in both segments and 7th overall at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In March, he finished 14th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to his result, Latvia qualified a spot in the men's event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Programs[edit]

Vasiljevs at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics .
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[26]
2016–2017
[2][28][24]
2015–2016
[5][13]
  • Puttin' On the Ritz[29]
    by Irving Berlin
    performed by Taco, Robbie Williams
    choreo. by Benoît Richaud
2014–2015
[11][3]
  • Jazz Machine
    by Black Machine
  • Hey! Pachuco!
    (from The Mask)
    choreo. by Benoît Richaud
  • Adagio for Tron
    (from Tron: Legacy)
    by Daft Punk
    choreo. by Benoît Richaud
  • Heart Upon My Sleeve
  • Shame On Me
    by Avicii
2013–2014
[9]
  • Jazz Machine
    by Black Machine
  • Hey! Pachuco!
    (from The Mask)
    choreo. by Benoît Richaud

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[30]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Worlds 14th 14th
Europeans 12th 7th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th 6th
GP Rostel. Cup 11th 8th
CS Lombardia 4th
CS Mordovian 5th
CS Tallinn Trophy 3rd
Cup of Tyrol 1st 1st
International: Junior[30][31]
Youth Olympics 2nd
Junior Worlds 8th 7th 8th
JGP Estonia 4th
JGP France 4th
JGP Latvia 7th 2nd
JGP Poland 10th 2nd
EYOF 2nd
Bavarian Open 1st J
Cup of Nice 1st J
DS Cup 1st J
Santa Claus Cup 1st J
Seibt Memorial 1st N 1st J
Volvo Open Cup 1st J
Haabersti Cup 1st N
NRW Trophy 4th N 1st N
Rooster Cup 1st N 1st N 1st N
Warsaw Cup 1st N 1st N 1st N
National
Latvian Champ. 1st N 1st J 1st J 1st 1st
Team events
Youth Olympics 3rd T
1st P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N = Advanced novice; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19-25 March 2018 2018 World Figure Skating Championships
16-17 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics


January 15-21, 2018 2018 European Championships 3
85.11
5
158.41
4
243.52
November 10–12, 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 8
76.51
5
158.29
6
234.80
October 20–22, 2017 2017 Rostelecom Cup 6
82.44
6
145.09
8
227.53
September 14–17, 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 5
76.17
4
152.74
4
228.91
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 14
81.73
13
157.27
14
239.00
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 6
79.87
6
155.33
7
235.20
3–4 december 2016 2016 Latvian Championships 6
77.82
6
150.72
1
228.54
25–27 November 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 10
70.50
5
153.23
6
223.73
4–6 November 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 12
62.40
11
141.37
11
203.77

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships Senior 10
81.07
16
143.47
14
224.54
14–20 March 2016 2016 World Junior Championships Junior 3
78.78
9
125.97
8
204.75
12–21 February 2016 2016 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 3
70.16
1
144.27
2
214.43
26–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships Senior 14
68.32
10
135.92
12
204.24
3–4 december 2016 2015 Latvian Championships Senior 1
71.78
1
147.67
1
219.45
November 18–22, 2015 2015 Tallinn Trophy Senior 2
78.63
5
129.90
3
208.53
16–19 October 2015 2015 Mordovian Ornament Senior 5
72.72
5
132.41
5
205.13
23–26 September 2015 2015 JGP Poland Junior 3
69.40
2
138.43
2
207.83
26–30 August 2015 2015 JGP Latvia Junior 1
68.84
2
135.76
2
204.60
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–8 March 2015 2015 World Junior Championships Junior 8
69.95
8
132.78
6
202.73
26–28 January 2015 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival Junior 1
70.10
2
127.62
2
197.22


References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d Remmel, Ia (2 March 2015). "Deniss Vasiljevs, a young talent from Latvia". Absolute Skating. 
  4. ^ Stūriška, Ilmārs (2 February 2017). "Vasiļjevs: Lambjēls ir mans Šveices tētis, superaukle" [Vasiljevs: Lambiel is my Swiss dad and supernanny]. la.lv (in Latvian). 
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  6. ^ This That (3 August 2015). Interview with Deniss Vasiljevs 2015/03/08 (YouTube). 
  7. ^ "Q&A - Deniss Vasiljevs". Artistika Magazine, no. 2. September 2016. 
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  9. ^ a b "Deniss VASILJEVS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2014 - Junior Men - Result". International Skating Union. 13 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Deniss VASILJEVS: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015 - Junior Men - Result". International Skating Union. 7 March 2015. 
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  14. ^ a b Luchianov, Vladislav (19 September 2016). "Latvian Vasiljevs wants to put home country on map". IceNetwork.com. 
  15. ^ "ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2016 - Men - Result". International Skating Union. 28 January 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games -Figure Skating Review" (Press release). International Skating Union. 20 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games - Mixed NOC Team - Men - Free Skating" (Press release). International Skating Union. 20 February 2016. 
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  19. ^ "ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 - Men - Result". International Skating Union. 1 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "A few months ago, I started feeling some pain in my left hip". Facebook. 28 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Tone, Florentina (1 August 2016). "The champions of tomorrow, at 2016 Summer Camp in Champéry". Inside Skating. 
  22. ^ Vasiljevs, Deniss (25 August 2016). "I finally have some updates on my training!" (facebook). 
  23. ^ Golinsky, Reut (12 September 2016). "Deniss Vasiļjevs: "Standing ovation is the highest award any sportsman can get"". Absolute Skating. 
  24. ^ a b Vasilyeva, Nadia (14 December 2016). ""Captain Zebra" and "philosopher Vasiljevs" – a story told by Stéphane Lambiel and Deniss Vasiljevs". Inside Skating. 
  25. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (27 January 2017). "Vasiljevs endearing himself to fans worldwide". IceNetwork.com. 
  26. ^ "Deniss VASILJEVS: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. 
  27. ^ International Skating Magazine (November 12, 2017). "2017 NHK Trophy gala exhibition line-up and music the skaters will perform to" (facebook). 
  28. ^ Golinsky, Reut (7 December 2016). "Rostelecom tidbits". Absolute Skating. 
  29. ^ @AbsoluteSkating (20 April 2016). "#IceLegends #IL16 Full program of legendary programs by legendary artists" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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  31. ^ "Deniss Vasiljevs". Tracings.net. 

External links[edit]

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