Ilia Tkachenko

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Ilia Tkachenko
Riazanova Tkachenko 2010 Trophy Eric Bompard.jpg
Riazanova and Tkachenko in 2010
Personal information
Native name Илья Алексеевич Ткаченко
Full name Ilia Alexeyevich Tkachenko
Country represented Israel
Former country(ies) represented Russia
Born (1986-12-26) 26 December 1986 (age 30)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Partner Isabella Tobias
Former partner Ekaterina Riazanova, Maria Monko, Anastasia Gorshkova
Coach Igor Shpilband, Adrienne Lenda
Former coach Alexei Gorshkov
Choreographer Igor Shpilband
Former choreographer Oleg Volkov, Sergei Petukhov
Skating club Israel ISF
Former skating club Odintsovo FSC
Training locations Novi, Michigan
Former training locations Odintsovo
Began skating 1991
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 160.98
2015 CS Mordovian Ornament
Short dance 65.28
2015 CS Mordovian Ornament
Free dance 98.94
2015 CS Tallinn Trophy

Ilia Alexeyevich Tkachenko (Russian: Илья Алексеевич Ткаченко, born 26 December 1986) is a Russian ice dancer who competes with Isabella Tobias for Israel. Together they have won four medals on the ISU Challenger Series.

Competing for Russia with Ekaterina Riazanova, he became the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard silver medalist, the 2012 Skate Canada International bronze medalist, and a three-time Russian national medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Tkachenko was born on 26 December 1986 in Perm, Russian SFSR,[1] the elder of two boys.[2] He studied municipal administration.[3] He married his wife, Ksenia,[1] who is also from Perm, on 15 June 2012.[4]

Early career[edit]

Tkachenko began skating at the age of four in Perm. Initially, he was a single skater, training in Andrei Kislukhin's group, but when it dissolved he took up ice dancing.[2] He moved with his grandmother to Moscow at age 13.[2]

Tkachenko competed with Anastasia Gorshkova from 2002 to 2006, coached by her father, Alexei Gorshkov.[5] They won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships and four medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series — two gold, one silver, one bronze. They finished 7th at the 2006 World Junior Championships. Gorshkova retired from competition in July 2006 due to a hip injury.[6]

Partnership with Monko[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

Around late August 2006, Tkachenko began training with Maria Monko in Odintsovo under Gorshkov.[6] They won the silver medal at the 2007 Russian Junior Championships and placed fifth at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

2007–08 season[edit]

Monko/Tkachenko won a pair of medals on the Junior Grand Prix series and qualified for the JGP Final where they took gold. They finished fourth at the 2008 World Junior Championships after Monko fell on twizzles in both the original and free dance.

2008–09 season[edit]

Monko/Tkachenko received two senior Grand Prix assignments, 2008 Skate America and 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, and prepared new programs.[6] They withdrew, however, from both events. After their partnership ended, Tkachenko briefly skated with Isabella Tobias in 2008.[7] Tobias and Tkachenko did not compete together.

Partnership with Riazanova[edit]

In spring 2009, Tkachenko expressed interest in skating with Ekaterina Riazanova. After a tryout, they both felt it would be a good partnership, despite her needing time to adapt to his different technique and some disapproval from the Russian skating federation.[3] They were coached by Gorshkov at Odintsovo FSC, near Moscow.[3]

2009–10 season[edit]

Riazanova/Tkachenko began competing together during the 2009–10 season. They finished fourth at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, sixth at their sole Grand Prix event, the 2009 Cup of Russia, and fourth at the Russian Nationals.

2010–11 season[edit]

Riazanova/Tkachenko decided to scrap the free dance they had planned for the 2010–11 season and prepare a new one.[8] They placed fifth at their first Grand Prix event of the season, the 2010 Skate America, and then won silver at the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard. At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they won the silver medal and their first berth to the European Championships.[8] At the 2011 Europeans, Riazanova/Tkachenko placed fifth in the short dance, sixth in the free dance, and sixth overall.[9] Russia had only two spots to the World Championships and since both Bobrova/Soloviev and Ilinykh/Katsalapov had placed ahead of them at Europeans, they did not make the team, however, they continued training as first alternates and also worked on new programs until the end of May; after vacation, they resumed training for the new season on 20 June, including a three-week camp in Bulgaria.[3]

2011–12 season[edit]

Riazanova and Tkachenko with coach Alexei Gorshkov (right) and choreographer Sergei Petukhov (left)

For the 2011–12 season, Riazanova/Tkachenko were assigned to 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Cup of Russia as their Grand Prix events. On their free dance, which was choreographed by Sergei Petukhov, Riazanova said, "A young woman remembers her beloved, who is no longer alive. She is so deeply immersed in the memories of happy times that her dreams seem to become reality for a short while."[2] They had to withdraw from 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy because Tkachenko's new passport was not ready.[10][11] On 13 December 2011 Riazanova sustained a concussion and a broken nose when Tkachenko accidentally elbowed her in practice; she was released from hospital at her own risk on 20 December [12][13] At the Russian Championships which began on December 25, Riazanova/Tkachenko won the bronze medal after placing third in the short dance and fourth in the free dance.[14][13] They finished 5th overall at the 2012 European Championships but received a small bronze medal for their 3rd place in the short dance. They finished 9th at the 2012 World Championships.

2012–13 season[edit]

In April 2012, Tkachenko said that they would spend some time preparing for the following season in Marina Zueva and Igor Shpilband's group in the United States,[15] however, the coaches parted ways so the skaters decided to train with Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.[16][17] At a camp in Bulgaria, Tkachenko lost his balance while practicing a lift on the floor in skates and stepped on Riazanova's hand; she had surgery on her hand and recovered well.[17] At the suggestion of Tatiana Tarasova, they decided to scrap a new free dance to Pink Floyd's Hey You and made a new one to a waltz from the Godfather films.[17] Riazanova/Tkachenko won bronze medals at the 2012 Skate Canada and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard. They repeated as bronze medalists at the 2013 Russian Championships.

2013–14 season[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, Riazanova/Tkachenko finished fourth in their two Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate Canada and the 2013 Rostelecom Cup. They then finished fourth at the 2014 Russian Championships behind Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin. In April 2014, Tkachenko left the partnership.[18]

Partnership with Tobias[edit]

Tkachenko and Isabella Tobias teamed up in the summer of 2014 to represent Israel. They had skated together for six months in 2008.[19] The two sat out the 2014–15 season in order to become eligible to compete for the following season.[20] They are coached by Igor Shpilband and Adrienne Lenda in Novi, Michigan.[1]

2015–16 season[edit]

Tobias/Tkachenko began the 2015–16 season on the Challenger Series (CS), winning silver medals at the Finlandia Trophy and Mordovian Ornament.[20] They placed 10th at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, and 12th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, United States.

2016–17 season[edit]

Tobias/Tkachenko ranked 4th at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International in Canada before making their Grand Prix debut as a team. After placing 6th at the 2016 Skate America and 5th at the 2016 Trophée de France, they won silver behind Elena Ilinykh / Ruslan Zhiganshin at the 2016 CS Tallinn Trophy.

The two placed 12th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to their result, Israel qualified a spot in the ice dancing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Programs[edit]

With Tobias[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2016–17
[1]
2015–16
[21][22]

With Riazanova[edit]

Riazanova and Tkachenko at the 2010 Trophee Eric Bompard
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–14
[23]
2012–13
[24][4]
2011–12
[25][2]
  • Paxi Ni Ngongo
    by Bonga
  • Cuba
2010–11
[26]
Original dance
2009–10
[27]

With Monko[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2007–08
[28][6]
  • I'm Going Out on the Street
    (Russian: Вдоль по улице)
2006–07
[29]
  • Romeo and Juliet
    (soundtrack)

With Gorshkova[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2005–06
[5]
  • Baila Son
2004–05
[30]
  • Selection from Kill Bill
  • Bang, Bang
    (from Kill Bill)
  • Hu Ha

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Tobias for Israel[edit]

International[31]
Event 2015–16 2016–17
World Champ. 12th 12th
European Champ. 10th 4th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Trophée de France 5th
CS Autumn Classic 4th
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS Mordovian Ornament 2nd
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st 2nd
Lake Placid IDI 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Riazanova[edit]

Riazanova and Tkachenko at 2009 Cup of Russia
International[32]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
World Champ. 9th 11th
European Champ. 6th 5th 4th 5th
GP Bompard 2nd 3rd
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th 4th 4th
GP Skate America 5th
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 4th
Golden Spin 2nd 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 3rd
National[33]
Russian Champ. 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th

With Monko[edit]

Monko and Tkachenko at the 2007–08 JGP Final
International
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
GP Skate America WD
GP Trophée Bompard WD
International: Junior[34]
World Junior Champ. 5th 4th
JGP Final 1st
JGP Austria 2nd
JGP United Kingdom 1st
National[33]
Russian Junior Champ. 2nd 2nd
WD = Withdrew

With Gorshkova[edit]

International: Junior[35]
Event 2004–05 2005–06
World Junior Champ. 3rd 7th
JGP Final 5th 5th
JGP Estonia 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Serbia 2nd
JGP United States 3rd
National[33]
Russian Junior Champ. 2nd

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e Ermolina, Olga (26 August 2011). Надо выходить на лед с мыслью, что мы лучшие [You have to go out on the ice believing you're the best]. Moskovskiye Novosti (in Russian). 
  3. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (24 July 2011). "Riazanova and Tkachenko get into starting position for Sochi". GoldenSkate. 
  4. ^ a b Екатерина Рязанова и Илья Ткаченко: в новом сезоне мы ставим перед собой максимальные задачи [Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko: On the new season]. team-russia2014.ru (in Russian). 12 September 2012. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. 
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  7. ^ Yermolina, Olga (13 November 2008). Алексей Горшков: Из любой ситуации надо извлекать позитив [Alexei Gorshkov: From any case, you must extract the positive]. Vremya Novostei (in Russian). Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. 
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  11. ^ Kulinicheva, Ekaterina (9 September 2011). Илья Ткаченко: "С акробатами работаем до сих пор" [Ilia Tkachenko: "We still work with acrobats"]. Sport Express (in Russian). 
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  13. ^ a b Kondakova, Anna (26 December 2011). "Bobrova and Soloviev defend national title". Golden Skate. 
  14. ^ Kondakova, Anna (25 December 2011). "Bobrova and Soloviev skate last to finish first". Golden Skate. 
  15. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (24 April 2012). Работа в группе Шпильбанда/Зуевой пойдет на пользу - фигурист Ткаченко [Figure skater Tkachenko: Working in Shpilband/Zueva's group will be of benefit]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 
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  28. ^ "Maria MONKO / Ilia TKACHENKO: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. 
  29. ^ "Maria MONKO / Ilia TKACHENKO: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 March 2007. 
  30. ^ "Anastasia GORSHKOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 February 2005. 
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