Kustarova at the 2011 Cup of Russia
|Full name||Elena Vladimirovna Kustarova|
|Born||26 July 1976|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Former partner||Vazgen Azroyan |
|Former coach||Svetlana Alexeeva|
|Skating club||Blue Bird FSC|
Elena Vladimirovna Kustarova (Russian: Елена Владимировна Кустарова; born 26 July 1976) is a Russian ice dancing coach and former competitor. She is a two-time (1990, 1991) World Junior medalist with Sergei Romashkin, a two-time (1993, 1994) Russian national medalist with Oleg Ovsyannikov, and the 1995 Russian silver medalist with Vazgen Azroyan.
Competing with Sergei Romashkin, Kustarova won the silver medal at the 1990 World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado and bronze at the 1991 World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Ahead of the 1991–92 season, she teamed up with Oleg Ovsyannikov. The two won bronze medals at the 1992 Grand Prix International de Paris and the 1993 Nations Cup, as well as two medals at the Russian Nationals. The partnership ended in 1994. Kustarova then partnered with Vazgen Azroyan. They won the silver medal at Russian Nationals but finished 17th at the 1995 European Championships and split at the end of the season.
As coach and choreographer
Kustarova worked for three years as a choreographer in France and then returned to Russia in 2001. She began coaching alongside Svetlana Alexeeva. In the summer of 2006, they moved to Blue Bird FSC in Moscow and then to a new rink in Medvedkovo in the summer of 2012.
Kustarova works in collaboration with Svetlana Alexeeva and Olga Riabinina. Her current students include (years coached in brackets):
- Diana Davis / Gleb Smolkin.
- Polina Ivanenko / Daniil Karpov.
- Irina Shtork / Taavi Rand.
- Anastasia Skoptsova / Kirill Aleshin (c. 2013 — present), 2018 World Junior champions.
- Tiffany Zahorski / Jonathan Guerreiro (2017 — present).
Her former students include:
- Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev (2000 — April 2012), 2011–12 European silver medalists.
- Maria Borounov / Evgeni Borounov.
- Elena Ilinykh / Ruslan Zhiganshin (2014 — 2016), 2015 Russian national champions.
- Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin (2009 — February 2012), 2011 World Junior champions.
- Anna Nagornyuk / Viktor Kovalenko (2011 — 2013).
- Anastasia Platonova / Alexander Grachev (2007 — 2009).
- Ekaterina Riazanova / Jonathan Guerreiro (2006 — 2009), 2009 World Junior bronze medalists.
- Ekaterina Rubleva / Ivan Shefer (? — 2006).
- Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin (c. 2008 — April 2014), 2012 World Junior champions.
- Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov (2011 — 2016), 2015 World Junior champions.
- Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi.
- Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov (2009 — 2011).
|International de Paris||3rd|
|World Junior Championships||2nd||3rd|
- Verezemskaya, Olga (31 August 2012). Здесь и сейчас: История становления группы Алексеевой — Кустаровой [Here and Now: The history of the Alexeeva - Kustarova group]. Moskovskiy Figurist (in Russian). Federation of Figure Skating in Moscow.
- Verezemskaya, Olga (31 August 2012). Елена Кустарова: В работе для меня нет мелочей [Elena Kustarova]. Moskovskiy Figurist (in Russian). Federation of Figure Skating in Moscow.
- Diana DAVIS / Gleb SMOLKIN at the International Skating Union
- Polina IVANENKO / Daniil KARPOV at the International Skating Union
- Irina SHTORK / Taavi RAND at the International Skating Union
- "Anastasia SKOPTCOVA / Kirill ALESHIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 October 2015.
- Tiffany ZAHORSKI / Jonathan GUERREIRO at the International Skating Union
- Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV at the International Skating Union
- Maria BOROUNOV / Evgeni BOROUNOV at the International Skating Union
- Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN at the International Skating Union
- Ksenia MONKO / Kirill KHALIAVIN at the International Skating Union
- Фигуристы Монько/Халявин перешли тренироваться в группу Жулина-Волкова [Figure skaters Monko/Khalivin switched to Zhulin and Volkov's group]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 18 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012.
- Anna NAGORNYUK / Viktor KOVALENKO at the International Skating Union
- Anastasia PLATONOVA / Alexander GRACHEV at the International Skating Union
- Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Jonathan GUERREIRO at the International Skating Union
- Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER at the International Skating Union
- Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN at the International Skating Union
- Anna YANOVSKAYA / Sergey MOZGOV at the International Skating Union
- Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI at the International Skating Union
- "Julia ZLOBINA / Alexei SITNIKOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012.
- "Tiffany HYDEN / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2001.
Media related to Elena Kustarova at Wikimedia Commons
- Elena Kustarova at fskate.ru