Maksym Spodyriev

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Maksym Spodyriev
2018 EC Natalia Kaliszek Maksym Spodyriev 2018-01-19 15-34-05 (4).jpg
Kaliszek and Spodyriev in 2018
Personal information
Native nameМаксим Сподирєв
Country represented Poland
Former country(ies) represented Ukraine (until 2014)
Born (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 24)
Kharkiv, Ukraine
ResidenceToruń, Poland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PartnerNatalia Kaliszek
Former partnerDaria Korotitskaia
Veronika Sharapova
CoachSylwia Nowak-Trębacka
Anastasia Vykhodtseva
Former coachHalyna Churilova
Mariana Kozlova
Yulia Biletska
ChoreographerSylwia Nowak-Trębacka
Former choreographerLarysa Fedorova
Skating clubMKS Axel Toruń
Former skating clubSpartak Kharkiv
Training locationsToruń
Former training locationsKharkiv
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total170.11
2018 Golden Spin of Zagreb
Short dance67.94
2017 Tallinn Trophy
Free dance104.05
2018 Golden Spin of Zagreb

Maksym Spodyriev (Ukrainian: Максим Сподирєв;[1] born 29 December 1993) is a Polish ice dancer. With his skating partner, Natalia Kaliszek, he has won four medals on the ISU Challenger Series, including gold at the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy, and four Polish national titles. They have represented Poland at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the European and World championships. At the junior level, they placed in the top ten at the 2015 Junior Worlds.

Spodyriev skated for Ukraine earlier in his career. He began competing for Poland in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Maksym Spodyriev was born on 29 December 1993 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.[2] He moved to Toruń, Poland in 2014. He was granted Polish citizenship in 2016.[3]

Early career[edit]

Spodyriev began learning to skate in 1998.[2] He switched from singles to ice dancing when he was fourteen years old.[4] Following a partnership with Veronika Sharapova, he teamed up with Russian-born ice dancer Daria Korotitskaia in 2011. The two competed internationally for Ukraine, coached by Halyna Churilova and Mariana Kozlova in Kharkiv. They appeared at four ISU Junior Grand Prix events, placing as high as fourth, before parting ways at the end of the 2013–2014 season.

Partnership with Kaliszek[edit]

2014–2015 season[edit]

In 2014, Spodyriev began competing with Polish ice dancer Natalia Kaliszek for Poland, coached by Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka in Toruń.[5] The two made their international debut at the Volvo Open Cup, where they took the junior silver medal. Switching to the senior level, they placed sixth at a Challenger Series (CS) event, the Warsaw Cup, before winning gold at the Santa Claus Cup. They won the Polish national title at the Four Nationals in December 2014 and took bronze the following month at the MNNT Cup.

Kaliszek/Spodyriev were selected to represent Poland at the European Championships, held in late January 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Ranked 15th in the short dance, they qualified to the free dance, where they placed 14th and rose to 14th overall. In early March, they made their second and final appearance on the junior level, competing at the World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia; they placed 10th in the short dance, 6th in the free dance, and 7th overall. Later in March, they traveled to Shanghai, China for the World Championships, but were eliminated after placing 24th in the short dance.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Spodyriev with Natalia Kaliszek in the free dance at the 2016 European Championships

Kaliszek/Spodyriev competed in three 2015–16 Challenger Series competitions. After placing 7th at the Nebelhorn Trophy, they won bronze at the Mordovian Ornament and silver at the Warsaw Cup. They finished third in the Challenger Series ranking.[6]

Kaliszek/Spodyriev placed 11th at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, having ranked 11th in both segments. At the 2016 World Championships in Boston, they placed 14th in the short dance, 16th in the free dance, and 16th overall. At the end of May 2016, it was announced that the International Skating Union had chosen the foxtrot portion of their short dance to become a pattern dance.[3]

2016–2017 season[edit]

Starting their season on the Challenger Series, Kaliszek/Spodyriev placed 4th at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial and 5th at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy, in early October. During training in early November, they had a fall, related to poor rink conditions in Toruń, that resulted in her blade cutting two of his fingers.[7] Later in the same month, they debuted on the Grand Prix series, having received invitations to two events.[8] The duo finished 5th at the 2016 Cup of China and 7th at the 2016 NHK Trophy.

In January 2017, Kaliszek/Spodyriev finished 8th at the European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In March, they placed 15th in the short, 13th in the free, and 14th overall at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to their result, Poland qualified a spot in the ice dancing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Kaliszek/Spodyriev won gold at the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy.


With Kaliszek[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Tango: Passion for Tango
  • Bout Time
    by Crystalize
  • I Feel Like I'm Drowning
    by Two Feet
  • Bout Time
    by Crystalize
  • Blues: Back to the Dirty Town
    by Blues Mystery
  • Hip hop: Sax
    by Fleur East
  • Waltz: Rain Waltz
    by Frederic Chopin
  • Foxtrot: Tea For Two
  • Crystallize

With Korotitskaia[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Paxi Ni Ngongo
    (from Don Juan musical)

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Kaliszek for Poland[edit]

Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 14th
Worlds 24th 16th 14th 17th
Europeans 14th 11th 8th 10th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP France 8th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostelecom Cup 5th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Skate Canada 9th
CS Finlandia 5th 10th
CS Golden Spin 2nd
CS Mordovian 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 7th 8th
CS Nepela 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup 6th 2nd
MNNT Cup 3rd 1st 1st
Open d'Andorra 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 1st 3rd
Warsaw Cup 2nd
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 7th
Volvo Open Cup 2nd J
Polish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

With Korotitskaia for Ukraine[edit]

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
JGP Czech Republic 8th
JGP France 4th
JGP Latvia 6th
JGP Slovenia 5th
Ice Star 2nd J
NRW Trophy 9th J 16th J
Santa Claus Cup 3rd J
Ukrainian Champ. 3rd
J = Junior level


  1. ^ "У Києві фінішував юніорський чемпіонат України з фігурного катання" [Ukrainian Junior Figure Skating Championships in Kiev have ended] (in Ukrainian). National Olympic Committee of Ukraine. 4 February 2013. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Taniec polskich łyżwiarzy doceniony przez światową federację" [Polish skaters' dance recognized by world federation]. Polish Press Agency (in Polish). 31 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Q & A with Poland's Kaliszek & Spodyriev". 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksim SPODIREV: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Ice Dance". International Skating Union.
  7. ^ Kalemba, Tomasz (5 November 2016). "O krok od tragedii, fatalny wypadek polskiej pary tanecznej" [Polish dancers in serious accident]. (in Polish).
  8. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016/17: Ice Dance" (PDF). 30 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksim SPODIREV: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Daria KOROTITSKAIA / Maksim SPODIREV: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Daria KOROTITSKAIA / Maksim SPODIREV: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV". International Skating Union.
  14. ^ a b "Competition Results: Daria KOROTITSKAIA / Maksim SPODIREV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014.

External links[edit]

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