Marina Zoueva

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Marina Zoueva
Grand Prix Final Tessa VIRTUE Scott MOIR 2007-2008.jpg
Zueva with former students Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Personal information
Full nameMarina Olegovna Zueva
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1956-04-09) 9 April 1956 (age 62)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partnerAndrei Vitman
Former coachElena Tchaikovskaia

Marina Olegovna Zoueva or Zueva (Russian: Марина Олеговна Зуева; born 9 April 1956) is a Russian figure skating coach, choreographer, and former competitor in ice dancing. Representing the Soviet Union with Andrei Vitman, she placed 5th at the 1977 World Championships and won two medals at Skate Canada International. She has coached a number of skaters to Olympic medals, including Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (gold in 2010), Meryl Davis / Charlie White (gold in 2014), and Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (bronze in 2018).


As a competitor[edit]

Zueva and Vitman in Berlin in October 1975

Zoueva competed for the Soviet Union as an ice dancer with partner Andrei Vitman. They won two national bronze medals at the Soviet Championships. They finished fifth at the 1977 European and World Championships. The next season, they were sixth at the 1978 European Championships and seventh at the World Championships.[1]

Event 75–76 76–77 77–78 78–79
World Championships 5th 7th
European Championships 5th 6th
Prize of Moscow News 3rd 3rd 3rd
Skate Canada 2nd 3rd
Soviet Championships 3rd 3rd

As a coach and choreographer[edit]

Zoueva retired from ice dancing at the end of the 1970s to become a choreographer. Her final assignment toward receiving her choreography degree at the National Theatre Institute in Moscow in 1982 was the creation of a routine for Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov. Throughout the 1980s, she continued to choreograph for this elite pair, creating their programs to Moonlight Sonata, Vocalise, and Romeo and Juliet. In 1993, Gordeeva and Grinkov hired Zoueva to work with them again on their 1994 Olympics routines, and their collaboration continued until Grinkov's death in late 1995. Zueva then choreographed most of Gordeeva's solo programs through 2000.[1]

Zoueva left Russia in 1991[2] to work as a coach and choreographer in North America. She coached at the Arctic Figure Skating Club in Canton, Michigan, as part of the International Skating Academy. In 2001, she began a coaching partnership with Igor Shpilband.[3] On 3 June 2012, she confirmed that they were no longer working together.[4][5] In January 2019, she announced that she had relocated the International Skating Academy to the Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida.[6]

Zoueva has coached the following skaters:

Her choreography clients have included Sasha Cohen, Marin Honda, Takahiko Kozuka, Yukari Nakano, Alissa Czisny, and Yulia Lipnitskaya.

Personal life[edit]

Zoueva was born on 9 April 1956.[16] She is the mother of Fedor Andreev – born 2 March 1982 in Moscow – who competed for Canada as a singles skater and Russia as an ice dancer.[17][18] She is a naturalized Canadian citizen but works mainly in the United States. Zueva was formerly married to Alexei Tchetverukhin.[17] She holds a master's degree of physical science from Saint Petersburg State University.


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  3. ^ "U.S. endures ice dance shakeup". Associated Press. ESPN. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018.
  4. ^ Barnas, Jo-Ann (3 June 2012). "Coach Igor Shpilband fired from position at Canton's Arctic Figure Skating Club". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012.
  5. ^ Barnas, Jo-Ann (4 June 2012). "U.S. Figure Skating confirms top American teams to stay in Canton after Shpilband dismissal". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012.
  6. ^ McKinnis, Mimi (15 January 2019). "Marina Zoueva Relocates International Skating Academy". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on 17 January 2019.
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  13. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 4 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Catching up With....Marina Zoueva about Khokhlova and Andreev among other things". Archived from the original on 29 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Coach Profile - Marina ZOUEVA". Archived from the original on 19 April 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Fedor ANDREEV: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009.
  18. ^ "Jana KHOKHLOVA / Fedor ANDREEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012.

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