Dylan Moscovitch

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Dylan Moscovitch
Kirsten Moore-Towers Dylan Moscovitch 2010 Skate America.jpg
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch in 2010
Personal information
Full name Dylan David Moscovitch
Country represented Canada
Born (1984-09-23) September 23, 1984 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario
Residence Toronto
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Partner Liubov Ilyushechkina
Former partner Kirsten Moore-Towers, Kyra Moscovitch
Coach Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison, Tracy Wilson
Former coach Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz, Kris Wirtz
Choreographer David Wilson, Marie-France Dubreuil, Sandra Bezic
Former choreographer Mark Pillay
Skating club Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
Former skating club Kitchener-Waterloo SC
Began skating 1987
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 206.19
2017 Worlds
Short program 73.14
2017 Worlds
Free skate 133.05
2017 Worlds

Dylan David Moscovitch (born 23 September 1984) is a Canadian pair skater who competes with Liubov Ilyushechkina. They are the 2017 Four Continents bronze medalists, two-time bronze medalists on the Grand Prix series, and three-time Canadian national medalists (silver in 2015 and 2017, bronze in 2016).

With former partner Kirsten Moore-Towers, he is the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Dylan David[1] Moscovitch was born 23 September 1984 in Toronto, Ontario.[2] He is Jewish.[3][4] His mother is a midwife from South Africa, his father is an engineer designer from Montreal,[5] and one of his grandfathers is from Romania.[6] He has two younger sisters, Natasha and Kyra, and a younger brother, Mischa.[5] He teaches Krav Maga.[7]

Early years[edit]

Moscovitch first stepped onto the ice at the age of thirteen months, at an outdoor rink, and then took lessons at the West Toronto Skating Club.[8][9] Early in his career, he was coached by Paul Wirtz at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.[10]

Moscovitch began pair skating in June 2003, partnering his nine-year-old sister, Kyra.[8] He also continued to compete in singles.[10] Paul Wirtz and assistant coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz worked with the Moscovitches until January 2006, when the pair joined Lee Barkell in Barrie, Ontario.[8][11] Kyra Moscovitch retired from competition after being diagnosed with scoliosis in October 2008.[3]

Partnership with Moore-Towers[edit]

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch at the 2013 Canadian Championships

In February 2009,[12] Moscovitch teamed up with Kirsten Moore-Towers, who had trained at the same rink for several years.[5] Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz coached the pair at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club in Waterloo, Ontario.[13][14]

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch debuted on the Grand Prix series at the 2009 Skate Canada International, placing sixth. In the 2010–11 season, the pair initially received one Grand Prix assignment, the 2010 Skate America, but received a second, the 2010 Skate Canada International, after Jessica Dube / Bryce Davison withdrew.[15] They won silver at both events and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where they finished sixth. They then won the Canadian national title.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Moore-Towers/Moscovitch were part of the Canadian team for the team event. They performed the pair's free skate and Canada won the silver medal.[7]

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch announced the end of their partnership on 30 April 2014, stating they had different goals.[16][17]

Partnership with Iliushechkina[edit]

Moscovitch contacted Russian skater Liubov Ilyushechkina and arranged a tryout, which took place in Detroit in mid-May 2014.[18] On June 3, 2014, a news report stated that they had decided to form a partnership coached by Lee Barkell and Bryce Davison at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.[19] The pair continued training in Detroit until Ilyushechkina received a Canadian visa, in late June.[20]Moscovitch stated, "We have different lifts and different throw and twist techniques. [...] We are still ironing everything out to see what works best for both of us as a team."[20]

2014–15 season[edit]

Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch started their career together by winning an ISU Challenger Series (CS) event, the 2014 Warsaw Cup. After winning the 2014 Skate Canada Challenge, they qualified for the 2015 Canadian Championships where they were awarded the silver medal behind defending champions Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford. They were named in Canada's team to the 2015 Four Continents, where they finished 7th, and the 2015 World Championships, where they came in 13th.[21]

2015–16 season[edit]

Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch's first assignment of the 2015–16 season was the 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy, a CS event, where they finished 4th. They received two Grand Prix assignments, the 2015 Cup of China and 2015 NHK Trophy,[22] where they respectively placed 7th and 5th. They won the bronze medal at the 2016 Canadian Championships.

In February, Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch placed fifth at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, having ranked fifth in both segments. In April, they finished 7th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston after placing 8th in the short program and 6th in the free skate.

2016–17 season[edit]

Starting their season on the Challenger Series, Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch won silver at the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. In October 2016, they stepped onto their first Grand Prix podium, receiving bronze at the 2016 Skate Canada International. The following month, they won bronze at another Grand Prix event, the 2016 Cup of China.

In January 2017, the pair obtained silver at the Canadian Championships. In February, they won the bronze medal at the 2017 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.


With Ilyushechkina[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition


With Moore-Towers[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • A Motley Crew
    (from Micmacs)
    by Raphael Beau, Max Steiner

  • Micmacs
    by Raphael Beau, Max Steiner
by Michael Kamen:
  • The Office
  • Jill Brazil/Power Station
  • Brazil
  • Leyenda
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Romanza Concertino in A minor
  • Malaguena
    performed by Brian Setzer

With Kyra Moscovitch[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Scott & Fran's Paso Doble
    (from Strictly Ballroom)
    by David Hirschfelder & The Bogo Pogo Orchestra

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Son of Neck Bone
    by the Beastie Boys
  • Armageddon


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

With Ilyushechkina[edit]

Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
Worlds 13th 7th 6th
Four Continents 6th 5th 3rd
GP Cup of China 7th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
CS Nepela Trophy 4th
CS Warsaw Cup 1st
Canadian Champ. 2nd 3rd 2nd
SC Challenge 1st
TBD = Assigned

With Moore-Towers[edit]

Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 5th
Worlds 8th 4th 4th
Four Continents 9th 5th 2nd
GP Final 6th 5th 6th
GP Cup of China 3rd 4th
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Rostelecom Cup 3rd
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th 2nd
U.S. Classic 1st 1st
Canadian Champ. 5th 1st 4th 2nd 2nd
Team events
Olympics 2nd
WD = Withdrew

With Moscovitch[edit]

Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09
Nebelhorn Trophy 8th
Canadian Champ. 1st J 7th 4th
J = Junior level

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Golinsky, Reut (December 6, 2013). "Catching up with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch". Absolute Skating. 
  2. ^ a b "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Borenstein, Jack (December 23, 2011). "Skater is an ‘ice’ example for budding Jewish athletes". The Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lipman, Steve (February 4, 2014). "Dylan Moscovitch: An Early Eye On The Prize". The Jewish Week. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Walker, Elvin (December 5, 2010). "Moore-Towers and Moscovitch jump into spotlight". Golden Skate. 
  6. ^ Rivet, Christine (April 19, 2011). "Local skaters pack their bags for Russia". TheRecord.com. Archived from the original on November 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Dylan MOSCOVITCH". sochi2014.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (April 5, 2006). "Siblings Take Third Canadian Pairs Crown". SkateToday. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Road to Sochi: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch". Off The Map Webzine. October 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (June 6, 2005). "Moscovitch Makes Mark in Men’s and Pairs". Skate Today. 
  11. ^ Borenstein, Jack (April 14, 2005). "Skating siblings pair up to hit their potential". Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c "Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch: 2013/2014". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Rivet, Christine (January 26, 2011). "Great times for Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club". therecord.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Waterloo skaters competing at World Championships". waterloochronicle.com. April 19, 2011. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ Smith, Beverley (January 24, 2014). "Olympian Profile: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch". Skate Canada. 
  16. ^ "Canadian Pair Team of Moore-Towers and Moscovitch end skating partnership". Skate Canada. April 30, 2014. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ Rivet, Christine (May 1, 2014). "Moscovitch looking for a partner following figure skating split". Waterloo Region Record. 
  18. ^ Ewing, Lori (November 18, 2014). "Moscovitch happy for fresh start with new figure skating partner Iliushechkina". Waterloo Region Record. The Canadian Press. 
  19. ^ Milton, Steve (June 3, 2014). "Pairs skater Dylan Moscovitch finds Russian partner". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  20. ^ a b Russell, Susan D. (October 19, 2014). "Lubov Iliushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch". IFS Magazine. 
  21. ^ Slater, Paula (28 September 2015). "Ilyushechkina and Moscovitch set ‘bigger’ goals". Golden Skate. 
  22. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating- Pairs" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "Stars on Ice - Music: 2017 Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt". Stars on Ice. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  24. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 28, 2015). "Donlan, Bartholomay dazzle with risqué 'Chicago'; Iliushechkina, Moscovitch ahead of schedule; Tran struggles on jumps". IceNetwork. 
  25. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 23, 2009. 
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  34. ^ a b "Competition Results: Kyra MOSCOVITCH / Dylan MOSCOVITCH". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. 

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