Galina Efremenko

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Galina Efremenko
Maniachenko EC04 SP.jpg
Galina Efremenko in 2004.
Personal information
Alternative names Galina Maniachenko
Halyna Yefremenko (Manyachenko)
Country represented Ukraine
Born (1980-12-23) 23 December 1980 (age 36)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partner Evgeni Zhigurski
Former coach Galina Kukhar, Ada Minevich, Nina Mozer
Former choreographer Maria Tumanovskaia
Former skating club Ukraine Kiev
Began skating 1983
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 145.86
2005 Europeans
Short program 53.54
2003 Skate America
Free skate 96.24
2005 Europeans

Galina Efremenko, née: Maniachenko (Ukrainian: Галина Єфременко (Маняченко): Halyna Yefremenko (Manyachenko); born 23 December 1980) is a Ukrainian figure skater. She competed as Galina Maniachenko from 1993 until 2005 when she began competing under her married name, Efremenko. She won the bronze medal at the 2003 Cup of Russia, gold medals at the 2000 Nebelhorn Trophy, 2003 Karl Schäfer Memorial, 2000 and 2003 Ondrej Nepela Memorial, and three Ukrainian national titles. She competed twice at the Winter Olympics, placing 12th in 2002. Her highest placement at the European Championships was 4th in 2002.


For most of her career, she competed under her birth name, Galina Maniachenko. In the early 1990s, she competed in pair skating with Evgeni Zhigurski, coached by Nina Mozer.[1] The pair won the bronze medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships.[2] However, in 1995 she was severely injured after her partner's blade hit her face while they were practicing side-by-side camel spins.[3] Maniachenko retired from skating but after a year and a half she decided to return to competition as a singles skater.[3]

Maniachenko won the Ukrainian national title three times and competed at two Olympics (2002, 2006). She won gold medals at Nebelhorn Trophy, Karl Schäfer Memorial, Ondrej Nepela Memorial, and silver medals at the Winter Universiade and Golden Spin of Zagreb. Maniachenko won a Grand Prix bronze medal at 2003 Cup of Russia. At the European Championships, she finished as high as fourth in 2002. In 2005, she began competing as Galina Efremenko. She had a number of injuries towards the end of her career.[4] After competing at her second Olympics, she decided to retire from competition.

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2005, she married pentathlete Mikhail Efremenko and took his name.[5][4] By marriage, she is related to fellow skater Elena Liashenko who married her husband's brother, Andrei Efremenko.[5] After retiring from competition, she began coaching in Latvia and had a baby in 2007.[6] Her daughter's godmother is Aliona Savchenko.[7]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Musa Ler
    by Ara Gevorgyan
    performed by American Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Well Balanced
    by Oliver Shanti
  • Heya Heya
    by Oliver Shanti

Competitive highlights[edit]

Singles career[edit]

Event 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Olympics 12th 20th
Worlds 21st 31st 17th 16th 20th
Europeans 15th 8th 4th 6th 13th 6th
GP Bompard 8th
GP Cup of Russia 8th 7th 3rd 6th
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Skate America 10th
GP Skate Canada 6th 6th
Crystal Skate 1st
Golden Spin 2nd
Karl Schäfer 1st
Nebelhorn 1st 5th
Ondrej Nepela 1st 1st
Skate Israel 5th
Universiade 7th 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds WD
JGP Czech Rep. 7th
JGP Slovenia 3rd
EYOF 9th
Ukrainian 4th 3rd 4th 1st 1st 2nd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

Pairs career[edit]

(with Evgeni Zhigurski)

Event 1993–1994
World Junior Championships 3rd


  1. ^ Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (29 September 2010). Нина Мозер: "Работать вполноги не умею" [Nina Mozer: Half measures are not for me]. Sport Express (in Russian).  "Translation". 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Pairs" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Galina MANIACHENKO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  4. ^ a b Romaniak, Mykhailo (28 January 2006). Галина Маняченко-Єфременко: "Мене замучили травми" [Galina Maniachenko-Efremenko: "I'm plagued by injuries"] (in Ukrainian). Високий Замок. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Galina EFREMENKO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 June 2006. 
  6. ^ Mikhailova, Aleksandra (19 January 2007). Елена Ляшенко: "Женщины будут прыгать, как мужчины" [Elena Liashenko: "Women will jump like men"] (in Russian). Gazeta Po-Kievski. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Ivanov, Vladimir (12 April 2010). Алена Савченко: "Цель одна — "золото" Олимпиады". Часть первая [Aliona Savchenko: "One goal: Olympic gold". Part 1.] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Galina MANIACHENKO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 March 2005. 
  9. ^ a b "Galina MANIACHENKO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 February 2003. 
  10. ^ a b "Galina MANIACHENKO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  11. ^ a b "Galina MANIACHENKO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 June 2001. 

External links[edit]

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