Maria Kazakova (figure skater)

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Maria Kazakova
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Kazakova/Reviya at the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final
Personal information
Native nameМария Евгеньевна Казакова
Full nameMaria Evgenyevna Kazakova
Country representedGeorgia (country) Georgia
Former country(ies) representedRussia Russia
Born (2001-07-15) July 15, 2001 (age 18)
Moscow, Russia
Home townTbilisi, Georgia
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
PartnerGeorgy Reviya
Former partnerAleksandr Vaskovich
CoachDenis Samokhin, Maria Borovikova
Former coachAlexei Gorshkov
ChoreographerNikolai Nikonov, Igor Alferov
Skating clubBalashikha SC
Training locationsMoscow, Russia
Began skating2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total176.19
2020 World Junior Championships
Short dance69.98
2020 World Junior Championships
Free dance106.95
2019 CS Asian Open Trophy

Maria Evgenyevna Kazakova (Russian: Мария Евгеньевна Казакова, Georgian: მარია ევგენიევნა კაზაკოვა, born 15 July 2001) is a Russian-Georgian ice dancer who competes for Georgia. With her skating partner, Georgy Reviya, she is the 2019 CS Asian Open bronze medalist, and the 2019 Volvo Open Cup silver medalist.

On the junior level, she is the 2020 World Junior silver medalist, the 2019 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, the 2019 JGP Croatia champion, the 2018 Toruń Cup champion, the 2019 NRW Trophy champion and the 2018 Volvo Open Cup champion.

Personal life[edit]

Kazakova was born on 15 July 2001 in Moscow, Russia.[1]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kazakova began learning to skate in 2005 at the age of four.[1] Competing with Aleksandr Vaskovich for Russia, she placed tenth in junior ice dancing at the 2016 Ice Star in Belarus.[2]

2017–2018 season[edit]

In 2017, Kazakova teamed up with Georgy Reviya to compete for Georgia. During the 2017–2018 season, the team appeared at four international events – the Toruń Cup, the Golden Spin of Zagreb, the Santa Claus Cup, and the Tallinn Trophy. In March, they placed ninth at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Kazakova/Reviya made their ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut in September at the 2018 JGP Czech Republic. They finished second in both the rhythm dance and the free dance to earn the silver medal overall behind Russian gold medalists Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov and ahead of Russian bronze medalists Diana Davis / Gleb Smolkin.

At their next Junior Grand Prix event, in Armenia, Kazakova/Reviya placed second in both segments, behind Russia's Arina Ushakova / Maxim Nekrasov, and received another silver medal. They set a new personal best score of 65.42 in the rhythm dance. They became the first ice dancers representing Georgia to qualify to a Junior Grand Prix Final, where they finished sixth.

Kazakova/Reviya concluded the season at the 2019 World Junior Championships, where they placed sixth. Reviya called their performance there "not our season’s best, but the best skate of the season. There were some technical mistakes and we’ll work on them, but I’m happy my partner and I are moving in the right direction."[3]

2019–2020 season: Senior debut and Junior World silver medalists[edit]

Kazakova/Reviya began their season in early September at the 2019 JGP Latvia. Though they won the free dance at this event by a little under two points, they placed second overall behind Russian team and training mates Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Andrey Filatov by about 0.3 points after being at a deficit after the rhythm dance. Despite missing gold, the team set new personal bests in the free dance and overall at the event. At their second assignment, 2019 JGP Croatia, Kazakova/Reviya earned their first Junior Grand Prix title, taking first place by a 15 point margin over Russian silver medalists Sofya Tyutyunina / Alexander Shustitskiy. The team set new personal bests in both the rhythm dance and the free dance as well as overall, and with their win qualified to the Junior Grand Prix Final for the second season in a row.[4]

Kazakova/Reviya made their senior international debut in early November 2019 at the 2019 CS Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy. The team placed third in the rhythm dance and second in the free dance to finish third overall behind American team Christina Carreira / Anthony Ponomarenko and Russian team (including Reviya's former partner) Ksenia Konkina / Pavel Drozd. The pair also set new personal bests in all three segments at the event. Days later, Kazakova/Reviya competed in the senior category again at the 2019 Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia. They placed second in both the rhythm dance and the free dance behind Russian team Sofia Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko to win the silver medal overall.

In December 2019, Kazakova/Reviya returned to the junior level to compete at the 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final in Torino, Italy. The team took the lead in the rhythm dance by just a 0.04 point margin over American team Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik and again set a new personal best (68.76). After their performance, Reviya remarked, "It wasn't easy today. We are very happy with our marks, but not so happy with the skate," citing a few minor technical errors that the team will look to work on moving forward. On splitting their season between the junior and senior circuit, Reviya further added, "It's hard, so hard! But the free dance in juniors is easier after skating in seniors."[5] During the following day of competition, Kazakova/Reviya continued their momentum from the rhythm dance by placing first in the free dance by a 0.12 point margin over the Americans to capture their first Junior Grand Prix Final title. Their win marks the first Junior Grand Prix Final victory by an entrant from Georgia in any discipline. After their win Kazakova stated, "It's a great pleasure for us just to skate and especially to skate for Georgia."[6]

In January 2020, Kazakova/Reviya competed at the 2020 European Championships, their first senior ISU championship. The team placed twelfth in the rhythm dance, scoring just shy of their personal best score and qualifying to the free dance. In the free dance, the couple fell to fourteenth place and ultimately ranked fourteenth overall.

Kazakova/Reviya next competed in early March 2020 at the 2020 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The team set a new personal best in the rhythm dance and finished second in the segment behind Russian team Elizaveta Shanaeva / Devid Naryzhnyy and ahead of American rivals Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik.[7] In the free dance, Kazakova/Reviya outscored Shanaeva/Naryzhnyy, but were overtaken by Nguyen/Kolesnik, leaving the team once again in second in the segment and second overall. Their silver medal marks the first ISU championship medal for Georgia in ice dance.[8]

Programs[edit]

With Reviya[edit]

Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
2019–2020
  • Gandagan (Georgian Folk Dance)
    by Cekva Zgaparshi
2018–2019
[1]
  • Gandagan (Georgian Folk Dance)
    by Cekva Zgaparshi
Short dance
2017–2018
[9]

Records and achievements[edit]

Junior world record scores[edit]

Kazakova/Reviya previously held the junior world record score for the free dance.

Junior ice dance free dance
Date Score Event Note
7 December 2019 106.14 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final Later broken by Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik at 2020 Junior Worlds.

Competitive highlights[edit]

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Reviya for Georgia[edit]

International[10]
Event 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds C
Europeans 14th
CS Asian Open 3rd
Volvo Open Cup 2nd
International: Junior[10]
Junior Worlds 9th 6th 2nd
JGP Final 6th 1st
JGP Armenia 2nd
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Czech Republic 2nd
JGP Latvia 2nd
Golden Spin 2nd
NRW Trophy 1st
Santa Claus Cup 3rd
Tallinn Trophy 5th
Toruń Cup 1st
Volvo Open Cup 1st J
TBD = Assigned, C = Event canceled

With Vaskovich for Russia[edit]

International: Junior[2][11]
Event 2016–17
Ice Star 10th

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

With Reviya

2019–2020 season
Date Event Level RD FD Total
2–8 March 2020 2020 World Junior Championships Junior 2
69.98
2
106.21
2
176.19
20–26 January 2020 2020 European Championships Senior 12
67.49
14
99.73
14
167.22
5–8 December 2019 2019–20 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
68.76
1
106.14
1
174.90
5–10 November 2019 2019 Volvo Open Cup Senior 2
69.95
2
112.48
2
182.43
30 October – 3 November 2019 2019 CS Asian Open Trophy Senior 3
67.68
2
106.95
3
174.63
25–28 September 2019 2019 JGP Croatia Junior 1
65.97
1
103.25
1
169.22
4–7 September 2019 2019 JGP Latvia Junior 2
63.25
1
102.01
2
165.26
9–11 August 2019 2019 NRW Summer Trophy Junior 1
59.13
1
93.95
1
153.08
2018–2019 season
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Junior Championships Junior 6
60.08
6
95.32
6
155.40
6–9 December 2018 2018-19 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 6
57.51
6
91.25
6
148.76
7–11 November 2018 2018 Volvo Open Cup Junior 1
67.04
1
100.26
1
167.30
10–13 October 2018 2018 JGP Armenia Junior 2
65.42
2
99.23
2
164.65
26–29 September 2018 2018 JGP Czech Republic Junior 2
59.77
2
94.40
2
154.17
2017–2018 season
5–11 March 2018 2018 Junior World Championships Junior 11
54.95
8
78.12
9
133.07
30 January – 4 February 2018 2018 Toruń Cup Junior 1
56.44
1
75.63
1
132.07
6–9 December 2017 2017 Golden Spin of Zagreb Junior 2
58.70
2
79.02
2
137.72
4–10 December 2017 2017 Santa Claus Cup Junior 4
52.44
3
75.15
3
127.59
20–26 November 2017 2017 Tallinn Trophy Junior 4
54.86
8
70.10
5
124.96

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Maria KAZAKOVA / Georgy REVIYA: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Maria KAZAKOVA / Aleksandr VASKOVICH". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ Slater, Paula (March 9, 2019). "Canada's Lajoie and Lagha take ice dance title at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  4. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/events/jgp2019/jgpsdance.htm
  5. ^ Slater, Paula (December 6, 2019). "Georgia's Kazakova and Reviya take lead in Junior Ice Dance in Torino". Golden Skate.
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (December 8, 2019). "Kazakova and Reviya capture first Junior Grand Prix gold for Georgia". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ Slater, Paula (March 5, 2020). "Shanaeva and Naryzhnyy take narrow lead at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ Slater, Paula (March 7, 2020). "Nguyen and Kolesnik dance to Junior World title". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ "Maria KAZAKOVA / Georgy REVIYA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Competition Results: Maria KAZAKOVA / Georgy REVIYA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Мария Евгеньевна Казакова" [Maria Kazakova]. fskate.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 13 March 2018.

External links[edit]

World Junior Record Holders
Preceded by
Canada Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
Junior Free Dance
7 December 2019 – 3 March 2020
Succeeded by
United States Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik