Margarita Drobiazko

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Margarita Drobiazko
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Margarita Drobiazko in 2009.
Personal information
Country represented Lithuania
Former country(ies) represented Russia
Soviet Union
Born (1971-12-21) 21 December 1971 (age 46)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Partner Povilas Vanagas
Former partner Oleg Granionov (RUS)
Former coach Elena Maslennikova, Igor Shpilband, Rostislav Sinicyn, Elena Tchaikovskaia, Lilija Vanagiene, Anatoliy Petukhov, Betty Callaway, Tatiana Tarasova, Natalia Dubova, Natalia Linichuk
Former choreographer Elena Maslennikova, Gintaras Svistunavicius, Vasily Kleimenov, Elena Tchaikovskaia, Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill
Skating club Sports School Baltu Ainiai
Former training locations Kaunas
Began skating 1977
Retired 2002, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 196.18
2006 Europeans
Comp. dance 38.34
2006 Europeans
Original dance 59.60
2006 Worlds
Free dance 100.89
2006 Europeans

Margarita Aleksandrovna Drobiazko (Russian: Маргарита Александровна Дробязко; born 21 December 1971) is a Russian Lithuanian ice dancer. She began competing for Lithuania in 1992 when she teamed up with Povilas Vanagas. With Vanagas, she is the 2000 World bronze medalist, a three-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, a two-time European bronze medalist (2000, 2006), the 1999 Skate Canada champion, and competed in five Winter Olympics, finishing as high as 5th.


Drobiazko began skating at age six – she became interested after seeing children learning to skate at an outdoor rink.[1] She convinced her mother, who wanted her to become a ballerina, to let her try skating.[1] At age 12, she took up ice dancing and was coached first by Natalia Linichuk and then Natalia Dubova.[1] She initially competed with Oleg Granionov for Russia.[2][3]

Drobiazko was paired with Lithuanian skater Povilas Vanagas by Tatiana Tarasova in Moscow.[1] After the breakup of the Soviet Union, they decided to represent Lithuania. Vanagas said, "It was difficult at the beginning because there was a lot of friction between Russia and Lithuania. Since Rita is Russian, it caused many problems."[1] They moved to Kaunas, Lithuania and began training with Elena Maslennikova.[1] In 1995, they began working also in England with Betty Callaway, Jayne Torvill, and Christopher Dean.[1]

In 1999, Drobiazko and Vanagas began spending time with Elena Tchaikovskaia in Moscow, while continuing to work with Maslennikova in Kaunas.[1] They were also coached by Lilija Vanagiene and Anatoliy Petukhov.[2][4] Drobiazko and Vanagas retired from competition following the 2001–2002 Olympic season, but returned to competition in 2005 to compete at their fifth Olympics.[5] In preparation for the 2005–2006 season, they worked with Maslennikova, Rostislav Sinicyn, Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva, Gintaras Svistunavicius, and David Liu, in the United States, Germany, Russia, and Lithuania.[5] Drobiazko and Vanagas became the first and only figure skaters to compete at five Olympics. They retired again in 2006 following the World Championships.

Their choreographers included Elena Maslennikova,[1][6] Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean,[1] Elena Tchaikovskaia,[1] Tatiana Pomerantseva,[4] Elena Kholina,[4] Yuri Puzakov,[4] Vasily Kleimenov,[2] and Gintaras Svistunavicius.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Drobiazko was born in Moscow, but lived in Magadan, the Russian far north-east, until the age of six.[2] Since the Olympics require citizenship of the country represented, Drobiazko obtained Lithuanian citizenship in 1993.[7] She has been married to Vanagas since June 2000.[6][8][9]


(with Povilas Vanagas)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Saudades do Brasil em Portugal
    by Carminho

  • In the Mood For Love (Yumeji's Theme)
    by Shigeru Umebayashi

  • La Playa
    by Miriam Jurado
  • Banca Banca
    by E-Type
The Phantom of the Opera
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • The Point of No Return
Pirates of the Caribbean
by Klaus Badelt
  • The Black Pearl
  • Will And Elizabeth
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • He's a Pirate

  • Possession
    by Ayman & Hisham
  • Paso Doble Karida
    by S. Millington, T. Mercer
    Wilo Rose Light Symphony Orchestra
  • Flamenco Tacon
    by Cuadro Flamenco
Quickstep and Charleston:
  • Yes Sir, That's My Baby
    by Briquet, Kahn & Donaldson
  • Dancing Fool
    by Gary Wilmot

Tango medley:

  • Tanguera
    by Sexteto Mayor
  • Tus Ojos de Cielo
    by Lisandro Adrover
"The Thread of Ariadna"
  • Historia de un Amor
    by Carlos Almaran
  • Ritmo de Bom Bom
    by Jubaba
Jive: Songs from the Victorious City
by Anne Dudley, Jaz Coleman
  • Habebe
  • Endless Festival
Tango: Jazz medley:

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Paso Doble:
  • España Cani

Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Besame Mucho
  • Waltz
  • Polka

Competitive highlights[edit]

(ice dance with Povilas Vanagas)

Event 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2004–05 2005–06
Winter Olympics 16th 12th 8th 5th 7th
World Championships 17th 13th 9th 12th 8th 10th 8th 6th 3rd 5th 4th 4th
European Championships 15th 11th 11th 11th 6th 8th 6th 5th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd
Grand Prix Final 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
GP Nations/Sparkassen 2nd 5th 5th 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 6th 5th 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 8th 4th 4th 2nd 1st
GP Troph. France/Lalique 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd 3rd 2nd
Skate Israel 1st 1st
Piruetten 5th
Winter Universiade 2nd
Lithuanian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Events marked GP became part of the Champions Series in 1995, renamed Grand Prix in 1998.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Mittan, J. Barry (2000) [1995]. "Lithuanian Skaters Finally Achieve Success". Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 October 2002. 
  3. ^ Castellaro, Barbara (14 November 2012). "Un incontro con Margarita Drobiazko e Povilas Vanagas" [A meeting with Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas]. (in Italian). 
  4. ^ a b c d "Basic Facts". Official website of Margarita Drobiazko & Povilas Vanagas. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (15 November 2005). "Lithuania's Drobiazko and Vanagas Return for Fifth Olympics". Skate Today. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. 
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  8. ^ Zaitseva, Tatiana (8 January 2010). Маргарита Дробязко: "Повиласа сподвигла ревность" [Margarita Drobiazko interview] (in Russian). Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Zverko, Natalia (15 November 2010). Дробязко и Ванагас: если верить прессе, у нас гарем [Drobiazko and Vanagas: If you believe the press, we have a harem] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Programs". Official website of Margarita Drobiazko & Povilas Vanagas. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001. 

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