Elene Gedevanishvili

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Elene Gedevanishvili
ელენე გედევანიშვილი
2012 WFSC 05d 347 Elene Gedevanishvili.JPG
Elene Gedevanishvili in 2012
Personal information
Country represented Georgia
Born (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 30)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
CoachCraig Maurizi, Igor Krokavec
Former coachBrian Orser, Ghislain Briand, Edouard Pliner, Konstantin Kostin, Robin Wagner, Elaine Zayak, Elena Buianova, Tamara Anjaparidze, Tatiana Tarasova, Galina Zmievskaya, Roman Serov, Viktor Kudriavtsev
Former choreographerIrina Yaroshenko-Romanova, David Wilson, Elena Blagova, Nikolai Morozov
Skating clubDinamo Tbilisi
Training locationsHackensack, New Jersey
Former training locationsToronto
Boxborough, Massachusetts
Wayne, New Jersey
Began skating1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total165.93
2012 Europeans
Short program61.92
2010 Winter Olympics
Free skate108.79
2012 Europeans

Elene Gedevanishvili (Georgian: ელენე გედევანიშვილი, born 7 January 1990) is a Georgian figure skater. She is a two-time (2012, 2010) European bronze medalist. In winning the medal in 2010, Gedevanishvili became the first skater from Georgia to medal at an ISU Championships.[1] She has competed at three Winter Olympics: Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Elene Gedevanishvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR.[2] She is the elder sister of Dmitri Gedevanishvili, a competitive alpine skier.[3] She graduated form Plymouth State University in spring 19’ with Bachelor of science in Psychology of Exercise.[4]


Early years[edit]

As a child, Gedevanishvili lived and trained in Georgia and went to training camps in Moscow, Russia. At the age of nine, she and her mother settled in Moscow and at age eleven, she began working with Elena Buianova (Vodorezova).[3] She trained at CSKA Moscow with Buianova and Tatiana Tarasova. At the 2005–06 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Estonia, she became the first Georgian skater to win a Junior Grand Prix event.

Senior debut[edit]

Gedevanishvili made her senior international debut at the 2006 European Championships where she finished 5th. Her second senior competition was the 2006 Winter Olympics. She was 6th in the short program and finished 10th overall. She ended the season at the 2006 World Championships, placing 14th.

In October 2006, Gedevanishvili was forced to leave Russia after the Russian authorities revoked her mother's visa on a technicality.[5] Her mother was given ten days to leave the country so Buianova recommended that the skater train in Tallinn, Estonia with Anna Levandi (Kondrashova) for her first Grand Prix event of the season, the 2006 Cup of China, which was to take place in three weeks.[5] Shortly thereafter, Gedevanishvili contracted a case of whooping cough that went undiagnosed for several months.[3] She withdrew from both of her Grand Prix events. In December 2006,[3] she moved to Wayne, New Jersey to train with coach Galina Zmievskaya, former coach of Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul. She left Zmievskaya in April 2007 due to a personality conflict.

Gedevanishvili was awarded the Order of Honor by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili for her achievements as an athlete and in recognition of her treatment in Russia.[3] She moved to Hackensack, New Jersey to train with coaches Roman Serov and Viktor Kudriavtsev at the Ice House. In 2009, she changed coaches to Robin Wagner.[6][7] She also occasionally worked with Roman Serov on her jumps and 1982 World Champion Elaine Zayak.[7] Gedevanishvili can perform the Biellmann spin with a foot change.


In 2009, Gedevanishvili finished 25th at Europeans, the lowest result at the event in her career, but then achieved a career-best result at the World Championships where she finished 10th. Her Worlds placement qualified her for her second Olympics.

Gedevanishvili became the first skater representing Georgia to medal at an ISU Championships when she won the bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships.[1] She then competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics, placing 9th in the short program, 17th in the free skate, and 14th overall. At the final event of the season, the 2010 World Championships, she finished 18th.

In the 2010–11 season, Gedevanishvili finished 8th at the 2011 European Championships. She was able to repeat her career-best 10th-place finish at the World Championships. In July 2011, Gedevanishvili switched coaches to Brian Orser in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[8] On 28 January 2012, she won her second European bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships. She was 10th at the 2012 World Championships.

In the 2012–13 season, Gedevanishvili was 14th at European Championships. At the 2013 World Championships, she missed an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics by finishing 29th, the lowest Worlds placement of her career. In the summer of 2013, Gedevanishvili moved from Toronto to Boxborough, Massachusetts in order to be closer to her family.[9] Konstantin Kostin and Edouard Pliner became her coaches.[9]

In September 2013, Gedevanishvili placed 6th at the Nebelhorn Trophy, the last Olympic qualifying event. As a result of her placement, Georgia received one of the six ladies' spots available to countries not having qualified at 2013 Worlds. Gedevanishvili switched coaches back to Brian Orser and Ghislain Briand after the Grand Prix series. Gedevanishvili placed 10th at European Championships and 19th at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[4]

For the 2014-15 season, Gedevanishvili was assigned to the 2014 Skate America.[10]


Gedevanishvili at the 2010 European Championships exhibition gala.
Gedevanishvili with the other medalists at the 2010 European Championships.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition


  • Tough Lover
  • Express
  • Show Me How You Burlesque
  • Phantom of the Opera
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Fever
    by Davenport
  • Flamenco Fantasia
  • Granada
  • The Mexican Hat Dance
  • The Mexican Hat Dance
  • Ballet égyptien
    by Alexandre Luigini

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15-16
Olympics 10th 14th 19th
Worlds 14th 17th 20th 10th 18th 10th 10th 29th 22nd
Europeans 5th 8th 7th 25th 3rd 8th 3rd 14th 10th 23rd
GP France 7th 7th
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy 8th 6th 5th 6th 9th 10th
GP Skate America 6th 6th 7th 7th 9th 7th
GP Skate Canada 5th WD
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd 6th
Finlandia Trophy 4th
Karl Schäfer 4th 1st
NRW Trophy 1st
Lombardia Trophy 8th
International: Junior[26]
Junior Worlds 12th 5th 6th
JGP Final 7th
JGP Croatia 7th
JGP Estonia 1st
JGP France 17th
JGP Slovakia 3rd
JGP Ukraine 6th
EYOF 7th
Haabersti Cup 3rd
Georgian Champ. 4th 1st 1st J.
Team events
Japan Open 3rd T
(5th P)
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.


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External links[edit]

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