Elena Radionova

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Elena Radionova
2015 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Elena Radionova IMG 9499.JPG
Radionova in 2015
Personal information
Native nameЕлена Игоревна Радионова (Russian)
Full nameElena Igorevna Radionova
Alternative namesYelena Igorevna Radionova
Country representedRussia Russia
Born (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 19)
Moscow, Russia
Home townMoscow, Russia
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
CoachElena Buianova
Former coachInna Goncharenko
ChoreographerShae-Lynn Bourne
Nadia Kanaeva
Anna Bilibina
Former choreographerNikolai Morozov
Ilia Averbukh
Elena Maslennikova
Irina Tagaeva
Skating clubCSKA Moscow
Training locationsMoscow
World standing19 (2017–18)
6 (2016–17)
3 (2015–16)
5 (2014–15)
9 (2013–14)
50 (2012–13)
Season's bests13 (2017–18)[1]
9 (2016–17)[2]
3 (2015–16)[3]
2 (2014–15)[4]
10 (2013–14)[5]
11 (2012–13)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total211.32
2015 Rostelecom Cup
Short program72.21
2017 World Team Trophy
Free skate139.53
2015 Rostelecom Cup

Yelena Igorevna Radionova (Russian: Елена Игоревна Радионова; born 6 January 1999) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2015 World bronze medalist, a two-time (20152016) European silver medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final medalist, 2017 Winter Universiade champion and the 2015 Russian national champion. On the junior level, she won two World Junior titles (2013 & 2014) and the 2012–13 JGP Final.

Personal life[edit]

Radionova was born 6 January 1999 in Moscow, Russia.[7] She is the only child in her family.[8] Her interests include writing lyrics, ballet, modern dancing, and singing.[9]

Career[edit]

Radionova's father introduced her to skating when she was three years and nine months,[10] seeking to align her club foot.[11][12] Since the age of four, she has been coached by Inna Goncharenko at CSKA Moscow.[12] Her figure skating role models are Yuna Kim, Mao Asada, and Carolina Kostner.[13]

Early career[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Radionova finished 4th at the 2011 Russian Junior Championships. She won the Zhuk Memorial kids' competition.

In the 2011–12 season, Radionova appeared at her first senior Russian Championships, finishing 5th, and went on to win the bronze medal at the Russian Junior Championships that same season. Not yet age-eligible for junior ISU events, Radionova competed in the novice event at the 2012 Triglav Trophy, winning the gold medal.

2012–13 season: Junior international debut[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Radionova made her ISU Junior Grand Prix debut and won her events in France and Austria. She qualified for the JGP Final in Sochi, where she won the gold medal, finishing more than eleven points ahead of silver medalist, Hannah Miller, from the United States.[14][15]

At the 2013 Russian Championships, Radionova won the silver medal in the senior event ahead of defending champion Adelina Sotnikova and then took the junior title. Radionova placed fifth in the short program and first in the free skate at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy. She was awarded the gold medal while defending champion Yulia Lipnitskaya took silver and Anna Pogorilaya the bronze — resulting in a Russian sweep of the podium. Radionova then won the gold medal in the junior event at the 2013 Triglav Trophy.

2013–14 season: Senior international debut[edit]

In an interview before the 2013–14 season, Radionova said: "I don't think that I am such a great athlete that won a lot. I just won the smallest one, Junior Worlds. In reality, there are competitions that are much more serious and more difficult. I don't feel any pressure yet. I just think I have to work harder and more, because there is no limit to perfection."[16]

Radionova at the 2013 Skate America

Radionova made her senior international debut at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy. Placing first in both programs, she won the gold medal by a margin of more than 25 points over two-time world champion Miki Ando from Japan. The 2013 Skate America was Radionova's first senior Grand Prix event. She was awarded the bronze medal at Skate America and then silver at the 2013 NHK Trophy, while gold at both events went to Japan's Mao Asada, whose skating Radionova admires.[17] Radionova's results qualified her to her first Grand Prix Final. At the event in Fukuoka, Japan, she finished fourth overall.

Radionova won the bronze medal at the 2014 Russian Championships after placing third in both the short and long program. Though an injury caused her to miss the Russian junior nationals, she was later added to the Russian team for the 2014 World Junior Championships.[18] At the event, Radionova became the first ladies' single skater to repeat as World Junior champion. Scoring 66.90 points in the short program, 127.39 in the free skate, and 194.29 for the combined total, she broke junior-level ladies' records previously held by Mirai Nagasu and Yulia Lipnitskaya.[19] Radionova, Serafima Sakhanovich, and Evgenia Medvedeva produced Russia's second consecutive sweep of the World Junior ladies' podium. During the off-season, Radionova performed in various Russian cities with Show of the Champions and in Korea with Igor Bobrin's Theatre on Ice.[20]

2014–15 season: World bronze medal[edit]

Radionova with her coach Inna Goncharenko

Radionova made her season debut at the 2014 Japan Open where she placed first in the ladies' free skate and helped Team Europe win the gold medal. Her Grand Prix assignments were the 2014 Skate America and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard.[21] At Skate America, Radionova ranked second in the short program, first in the free skate, and won the gold medal by a margin of 5.85 points over compatriot Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. At the Trophée Bompard, Radionova won the gold medal and set personal best scores.[22] She scored a total of 203.92 points, making her the first ladies' singles skater to score over 200 points this season.[23] The results qualified Radionova for the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final. Although a fever prior to the event reduced her training time,[24] she took the silver medal in Barcelona, finishing behind teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. At the 2015 Russian Championships, she was first in both segments and won her first national title. Radionova was the silver medalist at the 2015 European Championships where she placed 1st in the short program and second in the free skate. During the 2015 World Championships, she stated that she was feeling ill and weak, having picked up a virus, but would compete anyway.[25] Ranked second in the short program and sixth in the free skate, Radionova won the bronze medal in her world debut. She concluded her season at the 2015 World Team Trophy, placing third in the short program and second in the free skate. Both Radionova's and Tuktamysheva's efforts would aid team Russia to earn a silver medal.

2015–16 season[edit]

Radionova intended to begin her season at the 2015 Finlandia Trophy but withdrew due to health problems.[26] Although she was not fully recovered from a high fever and virus, she insisted on competing at her first Grand Prix event of the season, the 2015 Cup of China; she won the bronze medal behind Mao Asada and Rika Hongo. At the 2015 Rostelecom Cup, held in late November in Moscow, she won the gold medal ahead of teammates Evgenia Medvedeva and Adelina Sotnikova. It was Russia's first sweep of a Grand Prix ladies' podium since the 1999 Cup of Russia. With this victory, Radionova was once the only competitor who had defeated Evgenia Medvedeva since her arrival in the senior level until Alina Zagitova in 2018.

Radionova qualified for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final, held in December in Barcelona. She won the bronze medal in Spain, having ranked second in the short and fourth in the free skate after falling from her triple loop, a scratchy triple lutz and two footing her last toe loop combination. Later that month, she won the silver medal behind Medvedeva at the 2016 Russian Championships, having placed second in both segments.[27]

On January 27-30, Radionova competed at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. She repeated as the European silver medalist while her teammates completed the podium, with Medvedeva winning the gold and Anna Pogorilaya taking the bronze.[28] In April, she finished sixth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston after placing fifth in both segments. Radionova was then invited to the 2016 Team Challenge Cup where she finished 7th in the short after singling her axel but moved up to 5th in the free, Team Europe eventually finished in second place with Radionova taking a Team silver medal and prize money.

2016-17 season[edit]

Radionova's Grand Prix assignments for the 2016-17 season, her first event was at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup where she finished second in both the short and free skating, winning the silver medal overall behind teammate Anna Pogorilaya. Then in her next event at the 2016 Cup of China, Radionova finished second at the short program and won the free skating, winning the gold medal with a total of 205.90 points qualifying to her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final, to be held in December in Marseilles, France.

Radionova participated in the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan from February 1-5. She finished first in both the short and the long programs, with a total of 196.61 points earning her the gold medal.

On April 28, 2017, it was reported that Radionova will train under Elena Buianova under the same club in CSKA. Her split with her former coach Goncharenko was amicable.[29]

Records and achievements[edit]

List of Radionova's junior world record scores[edit]

Junior ladies' combined total records[19]
Date Score Event Note
16 March 2014 194.29 2014 World Junior Championships Radionova became the first junior lady to score above 190 points.
The record was broken by Polina Tsurskaya on 13 December 2015.
Junior ladies' short program records[19]
Date Score Event Note
15 March 2014 66.90 2014 World Junior Championships The record was broken by Evgenia Medvedeva on 13 December 2014.
Radionova broke Mirai Nagasu's junior record which had lasted since 1 March 2008.
Junior ladies' free skating records[19]
Date Score Event Note
16 March 2014 127.39 2014 World Junior Championships The record was broken by Polina Tsurskaya on 13 December 2015.

Endorsements[edit]

Radionova signed a sponsorship deal with American skating boots manufacturer Riedell Skates.[30]

Programs[edit]

Radionova at the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final podium
Radionova at the 2015 European Championships podium
Radionova at the 2014 Skate America podium
Radionova at the 2013 NHK Trophy podium
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
2017–2018
[31]
  • It Doesn't Hurt[32]
    by Katie Thompson
2016–2017
[33]
  • It Ain't Necessarily So
    (from Porgy and Bess)
    by George Gershwin
    choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne

2015–2016
[34][35][36]
  • Imagine
    performed by Emeli Sandé


2014–2015
[37][38]
  • Piano Concerto No. 3
    by Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Trio Elegiaque No. 2
    by Sergei Rachmaninoff
    choreo. by Ilia Averbukh, Elena Maslennikova
  • I Will Always Love You
    by Whitney Houston


2013–2014
[16][39]
  • Spanish Swat
  • Frida
    (from Have You Met Miss Bates?)
    by Rope
    choreo. by Ilia Averbukh, Elena Maslennikova

  • Zombie Dance
    choreo. by Elena Maslennikova[37]
2012–2013
[8][40]
2011–2012
  • Carmenita Lounging
    by Claude Challe
  • The Diva Dance
    (from The Fifth Element)
    performed by Inva Mula
  • Pulmón
    by Bajofondo
  • Sentimientos
    by Andres Linetzky, Ernesto Romeo
2010–2011
  • Pulmón
    by Bajofondo
  • Sentimientos
    by Andres Linetzky, Ernesto Romeo
  • The Blue Kerchief
    composed by Jerzy Petersburski
    performed by Jozsef Lendvay
  • Dorogoi dlinnoyu
    composed by Boris Fomin
2009–2010
  • The Blue Kerchief
    composed by Jerzy Petersburski
    performed by Jozsef Lendvay
  • Dorogoi dlinnoyu
    composed by Boris Fomin
2008-2009
  • Aliscia
    by Richard Clayderman

Competitive highlights[edit]

Radionova at the 2016 European Championships podium
Radionova at the 2015 European Championships podium

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

International[41]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Worlds 3rd 6th
Europeans 2nd 2nd
GP Final 4th 2nd 3rd 6th
GP Cup of China 3rd 1st 3rd
GP France 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd WD
GP Rostelecom Cup 1st 2nd 4th
GP Skate America 3rd 1st WD
CS Ondrej Nepela 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Winter Universiade 1st
International: Junior[41]
Junior Worlds 1st 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Austria 1st
JGP France 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st N 1st J
National[42]
Russian Champ. 5th 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 5th 10th WD
Russian Junior Champ. 4th 3rd 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
2nd T
2nd P
2nd T
5th P
Team Challenge
Cup
2nd T
5th P
Japan Open 1st T
1st P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Radionova at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy

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
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships 13
66.16
9
130.62
10
196.78
24–26 November 2017 2017 ISU Shanghai Trophy 1
131.06
1
131.06
3–5 November 2017 2017 Cup of China 3
70.48
4
136.34
3
206.82
20–22 October 2017 2017 Rostelecom Cup 5
68.75
4
126.77
4
195.52
21–23 September 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 3
64.42
4
117.79
3
182.21
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
20–23 April 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 2
72.21
5
137.08
2T/5P
209.29
1–5 February 2017 2017 Winter Universiade 1
69.02
1
127.59
1
196.61
20–26 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 5
70.19
5
139.05
5
209.24
8–11 December 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 5
68.98
6
119.83
6
188.81
18–20 November 2016 2016 Cup of China 2
70.75
1
135.15
1
205.90
4–6 November 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 2
71.93
2
123.67
2
195.60
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
22–24 April 2016 2016 Team Challenge Cup 7
61.36
5
133.31
2T
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 5
71.70
5
138.11
6
209.81
26–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships 2
70.96
2
139.03
2
209.99
24–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 2
76.69
2
145.88
2
222.57
10-13 December 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 2
69.43
4
131.70
3
201.13
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 1
71.79
2
139.53
1
211.32
6–8 November 2015 2015 Cup of China 6
58.51
2
125.77
3
184.28
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
15-19 April 2015 2015 World Team Trophy 3
68.77
2
129.73
2
198.50
23–29 March 2015 2015 World Championships 2
69.51
6
121.96
3
191.47
26 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2015 2015 European Championships 1
70.46
2
139.08
2
209.54
24–28 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 1
74.13
1
143.32
1
217.45
11–14 December 2014 2014–15 Grand Prix Final 3
63.89
2
134.85
2
198.74
21–23 November 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 1
67.28
1
136.64
1
203.92
24–26 October 2014 2014 Skate America 2
65.57
1
129.90
1
195.47
2–4 October 2014 2014 Japan Open 1
136.46
1
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
25–26 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships 3
67.76
3
134.25
3
202.01
5–8 December 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final 5
64.38
4
118.64
4
183.02
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 3
62.83
2
128.98
2
191.81
19–20 October 2013 2013 Skate America 3
67.01
4
116.94
3
183.95
26–28 September 2013 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
64.69
1
123.52
1
188.21

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Previous ISU world best highlighted in bold.

2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
10–16 March 2014 2014 World Junior Championships Junior 1
66.90
1
127.39
1
194.29
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
29–31 March 2013 2013 Triglav Trophy Junior 1
62.34
1
110.43
1
172.77
1–2 March 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 5
53.48
1
116.23
1
169.71
2–3 February 2013 2013 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
68.45
1
131.74
1
200.19
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 3
64.58
2
126.68
2
191.26
6–9 December 2012 2012–13 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
60.90
1
118.50
1
179.40
13–15 September 2012 2012 JGP Austria Junior 1
62.71
1
120.15
1
182.86
23–24 August 2012 2012 JGP France Junior 1
61.15
1
116.64
1
177.79
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
5–7 April 2012 2012 Triglav Trophy Novice 1
47.27
1
88.91
1
136.18
5–7 February 2012 2012 Russian Junior Championships Junior 4
57.19
2
121.75
3
178.94
26–27 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 6
59.10
6
115.71
5
174.81
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–4 February 2011 2011 Russian Junior Championships Junior 5
54.75
4
104.22
4
158.97
24–25 April 2010 Rostelecom Crystal Skate Novice 1
49.08
1
90.54
1
139.62

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External links[edit]

Media related to Elena Radionova at Wikimedia Commons

Historical World Junior Record Holders (before season 2018–19)
Preceded by
United States Mirai Nagasu
Ladies' Junior Short Program
15 March 2014 – 13 December 2014
Succeeded by
Russia Evgenia Medvedeva
Preceded by
Russia Yulia Lipnitskaya
Ladies' Junior Free Skating
16 March 2014 – 13 December 2015
Succeeded by
Russia Polina Tsurskaya
Preceded by
Russia Yulia Lipnitskaya
Ladies' Junior Total Score
16 March 2014 – 13 December 2015
Succeeded by
Russia Polina Tsurskaya