Lubov Ilyushechkina

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Lubov Ilyushechkina
Personal information
Native name Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина
Full name Lubov Ivanovna Ilyushechkina
Alternative names Iliushechkina
Country represented Canada
Former country(ies) represented Russia
Born (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 24)
Moscow
Height 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Dylan Moscovitch
Former partner Yannick Kocon, Nodari Maisuradze
Coach Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison, Tracy Wilson
Former coach Natalia Pavlova, Inna Utkina, Alexei Sokolov, Lubov Fedoshchenko
Choreographer David Wilson
Former choreographer Daria Garmash
Skating club Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
Former skating club UOR 4 Moscow
Began skating 1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 180.63
2015 NHK Trophy
Short program 63.80
2015 NHK Trophy
Free skate 117.70
2016 Four Continents

Lubov Ivanovna Ilyushechkina (Russian: Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина, born 5 November 1991) is a Russian-born pair skater who competes with Dylan Moscovitch for Canada since 2014. They are two-time Canadian national medalists.

With former partner Nodari Maisuradze, she is the 2010 Skate Canada International champion, 2011 Winter Universiade champion, 2009 World Junior champion, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2009 Russian national bronze medalist.

Early years[edit]

Ilyushechkina began skating at the age of four or five in Moscow.[1] Her coach, Lubov Fedoshchenko, suggested she try pair skating and took her to Saint Petersburg to train under Natalia Pavlova in 2006.[1]

Partnership with Maisuradze[edit]

Ilyushechkina began skating with Nodari Maisuradze in April 2006.[2] Though initially skeptical, coach Natalia Pavlova decided to work with them because she had no pairs at the time and grew impressed by their commitment.[1] In September of that year, Pavlova moved to Moscow and the pair followed her.[1]

During the 2007–08 season, Ilyushechkina/Maisuradze took silver at the 2008 Junior Worlds and placed 4th at the senior Russian Nationals.

During the 2008–09 season, they won the World Junior title, along with gold at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They also competed at the senior level, winning the bronze at Russian Nationals and placing 5th at their first European Championships. They earned a berth to 2009 Worlds but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Maisuradze. He injured ligaments in his hand in a skiing accident.[3] They were replaced by Ksenia Ozerova / Alexander Enbert.

During the 2009–10 season, Ilyushechkina/Maisuradze placed third in the short program at 2009 Cup of China and achieved their personal best score of 62.54. However, they struggled in the long program, finishing seventh in that segment, and fifth overall. At Russian Nationals, they also struggled and finished in fourth.[4] After the difficult season, they made some adjustments in training.[3]

Ilyushechkina/Maisuradze began the 2010–11 season by capturing the gold at 2010 Skate Canada, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix circuit. Only a week later, they competed at the 2010 Cup of China and placed 4th. Their results qualified them for their first Grand Prix Final at the senior level. They finished fourth, setting new personal bests in the long program (117.38) and combined total (177.44). At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they placed sixth in the short program and fourth in the long, to finish fifth overall. They were named to the 2011 Winter Universiade team but missed the European and World teams. Ilyushechkina/Maisuradze won the gold medal at the Winter Universiade.

In the 2011–12 season, Ilyushechkina/Maisuradze competed at 2011 Skate Canada, where they placed 5th, and 2011 NHK Trophy, where they finished 6th. They were 6th at the 2012 Russian Championships. In March 2012, their coach, Natalia Pavlova, confirmed that their partnership had ended.[5]

Partnership with Kocon[edit]

Ilyushechkina contacted French pair skater Yannick Kocon after learning he was available.[6] In May 2012, it was reported that they hoped to skate for France but the Russian skating federation was unwilling to release her.[7] Their partnership ended without any international appearances.

Partnership with Moscovitch[edit]

After Canadian skater Dylan Moscovitch contacted Ilyushechkina via her Facebook page, the two arranged a tryout, which took place in Detroit in mid-May 2014.[8] On June 3, 2014, a news report stated that they had decided to form a partnership coached by Lee Barkell and Bryce Davison at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.[9] The pair continued training in Detroit until Ilyushechkina received a Canadian visa, in late June.[10] Moscovitch stated, "We have different lifts and different throw and twist techniques. [...] We are still ironing everything out to see what works best for both of us as a team."[10] In mid-October 2014, the Russian Skating Federation announced that they had released Ilyushechkina.[11][12]

2014–15 season[edit]

Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch started their career together by winning an ISU Challenger Series (CS) event, the 2014 Warsaw Cup. After winning the 2014 Skate Canada Challenge, they qualified for the 2015 Canadian Championships where they were awarded the silver medal behind defending champions Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford. They were named in Canada's team to the 2015 Four Continents, where they finished 7th, and the 2015 World Championships, where they came in 13th.[13]

2015–16 season[edit]

Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch's first assignment of the 2015–16 season was the 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy, a CS event, where they finished 4th. They received two Grand Prix assignments, the 2015 Cup of China and 2015 NHK Trophy,[14] where they respectively placed 7th and 5th. They won the bronze medal at the 2016 Canadian Championships.

In February, Ilyushechkina/Moscovitch placed fifth at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, having ranked fifth in both segments. In April, they finished 7th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston after placing 8th in the short program and 6th in the free skate.

Programs[edit]

With Moscovitch[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015–2016
[15][16]
2014–2015
[17]

With Maisuradze[edit]

Ilyushechkina and Maisuradze with coach Natalia Pavlova
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012
[2]
2010–2011
[18]
  • Figaro
    (from The Barber of Seville)
    by Gioachino Rossini
    (modern arrangement)
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
2009–2010
  • Conquest of Paradise
    by Vangelis
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
2008–2009
[19]
2007–2008
[20]
  • We Are The Champions
    by Queen

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Moscovitch for Canada[edit]

International[21]
Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
Worlds 13th 7th
Four Continents 6th 5th
GP Cup of China 7th TBD
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Skate Canada TBD
CS Nebelhorn Trophy TBD
CS Nepela Trophy 4th
CS Warsaw Cup 1st
National[22]
Canadian Champ. 2nd 3rd
SC Challenge 1st
TBD: Assigned

With Maisuradze for Russia[edit]

Ilyushechkina and Maisuradze at 2008 Junior Worlds
International[23]
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Europeans 5th
GP Final 4th
GP Cup of China 5th 4th
GP Cup of Russia 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate Canada 1st 5th
Golden Spin 1st
Nepela Memorial 3rd
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[23]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
National[24]
Russian Champ. 4th 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Russian Junior 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (27 September 2008). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze: From ‘Hopeless Case’ to Top Contenders". GoldenSkate.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (19 January 2011). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze Unexpected Success". International Figure Skating. 
  4. ^ Kondakova, Anna (26 December 2009). "Kavaguti and Smirnov win third consecutive national title". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  5. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (21 March 2012). Пара Илюшечкина/Маисурадзе распалась из-за ухода фигуристки - тренер [Coach: The pair of Iliushechkina/Maisuradze has split because she left]. rsport.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Haubry, Claire (23 July 2012). "Sur la glace yonnaise, des perles rares du patinage" [Rare skating gems on Yonnaise ice]. Ouest-France (in French). Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (21 May 2012). Фигуристке Илюшечкиной нельзя запрещать выступать за Францию - Великов [Figure skater Iliushechkina should not be blocked from competing for France, according to Velikov]. rsport.ru / RIA Novosti (in Russian). Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Ewing, Lori (November 18, 2014). "Moscovitch happy for fresh start with new figure skating partner Iliushechkina". Waterloo Region Record. The Canadian Press. 
  9. ^ Milton, Steve (3 June 2014). "Pairs skater Dylan Moscovitch finds Russian partner". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  10. ^ a b Russell, Susan D. (October 19, 2014). "Lubov Iliushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch". IFS Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Canada lands Russian pairs figure skater". Associated Press. 15 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Любовь Илюшечкина будет выступать за Канаду [Lubov Iliushechkina will compete for Canada]. FSRussia.ru (in Russian) (Figure Skating Federation of Russia). 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Slater, Paula (28 September 2015). "Ilyushechkina and Moscovitch set ‘bigger’ goals". Golden Skate. 
  14. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating- Pairs" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 28, 2015). "Donlan, Bartholomay dazzle with risqué 'Chicago'; Iliushechkina, Moscovitch ahead of schedule; Tran struggles on jumps". IceNetwork. 
  16. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH". International Skating Union. 
  22. ^ "Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch". Skate Canada. 
  23. ^ a b "Competition Results: Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина [Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina] (in Russian). fskate.ru. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lubov Iliushechkina at Wikimedia Commons