Maksym Nikitin

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Maksym Nikitin
Oleksandra Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin at the 2017 Ukrainian Figure Skating Championships.jpg
Nazarova and Nikitin at the 2017 Ukrainian Championships
Personal information
Native name Максим Костянтинович Нікітін
Full name Maksym Kostiantynovych Nikitin
Alternative names Maxim Nikitin
Country represented Ukraine
Born (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 22)
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Home town Kharkiv
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Partner Oleksandra Nazarova
Coach Igor Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat
Former coach Alexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Halyna Churilova, Mariana Kozlova
Choreographer Greg Zuerlein, Adrienne Lenda
Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov, Larysa Fiodorova, Halyna Churilova, Mariana Kozlova
Skating club Kolos Kharkiv
Training locations Novi, Michigan, United States
Former training locations Kharkiv, Ukraine
Moscow, Russia
Began skating 1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 155.35
2017 Worlds
Short dance 63.86
2017 Worlds
Free dance 91.49
2017 Worlds

Maksym (Maxim) Kostiantynovych Nikitin (Ukrainian: Максим Костянтинович Нікітін; born 5 October 1994) is a Ukrainian ice dancer. With partner Oleksandra Nazarova, he is the 2015 World Junior bronze medalist and 2012 Youth Olympic silver medalist. On the senior level, they are the 2017 Winter Universiade champions, 2014 CS Warsaw Cup silver medalists, 2016 Cup of Nice bronze medalists, and two-time Ukrainian national champions (2015, 2017).

Personal life[edit]

Maksym Nikitin was born on 5 October 1994 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.[1] Around 2012, he enrolled at the Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Culture, where he is a correspondence student.[2]


Nikitin was a recreational single skater in his early years. Around 2004, Halyna Churilova encouraged him and Oleksandra Nazarova, also a single skater from Kharkiv, to form an ice dancing partnership.[2] Churilova coached the team in their hometown.[3]

Early career[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2010. They placed 11th in Graz, Austria and 7th in Sheffield, England.

In 2011–12, they made no appearances on the JGP series but were sent to the Youth Olympics in January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. They won the silver medal behind Russia's Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov.

2012–13 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin placed 5th at both of their 2012–13 JGP events and were assigned to their first World Junior Championships. At the latter competition, held in late February and early March 2013 in Milan, Italy, the duo placed 12th in the short dance, 9th in the free dance, and 11th overall. After the event, Churilova advised them to join Russian coach Alexander Zhulin.[2] They relocated to Moscow to train with Zhulin and Oleg Volkov.[4]

2013–14 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin won silver at both of their 2013–14 JGP assignments and qualified for the JGP Final. They placed fifth at the Final, held in December 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. In March 2014, they finished fifth at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, having ranked seventh in the short dance and fourth in the free dance.

2014–15 season: Senior debut[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin continued training in Moscow in the 2014–15 season.[5] At the Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France, they ranked fifth in the short dance and third in the free dance. The duo finished fourth overall, 0.54 shy of third place. They won the bronze medal at their next JGP event, in Tallinn, Estonia, after placing sixth in the short and third in the free dance.

Making their senior international debut, Nazarova/Nikitin won the silver medal at the Warsaw Cup, a Challenger Series event in November 2014. After winning the Ukrainian senior national title, they were named in Ukraine's team to the European Championships, held in late January 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Ranked 12th in the short dance and 11th in the free dance, the two finished 11th overall.

In early March, the two competed at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. They were awarded the bronze medal after placing fifth in the short dance, second in the free dance, and third overall behind Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov of Russia and Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter of the United States. It was Ukraine's first podium finish at the event since 2000. At the end of the same month, Nazarova/Nikitin competed on the senior level at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China; they ranked 17th in both segments and overall.

2015–16 season[edit]

Making their Grand Prix debut, Nazarova/Nikitin finished 7th at the 2015 Skate America. They withdrew from the Ukrainian Championships due to Nazarova's knee injury.[6] The duo returned to competition in late March 2016 at the World Championships in Boston. Ranked 20th in the short dance, they narrowly qualified for the free dance where they placed 18th, resulting in a final placement of 19th.

Deciding to change coaches, Nazarova/Nikitin joined Igor Shpilband and Fabian Bourzat in Novi, Michigan in late June 2016.[7][8][1]

2016–17 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin opened their season with a bronze medal at the International Cup of Nice. They finished 7th at their Grand Prix assignment, the 2016 Trophée de France, and 9th at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

In February, they received the gold medal at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In March, they placed 15th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to their result, Ukraine qualified a spot in the ice dancing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


(with Nazarova)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Droit de cité
    by Raphaël Beau
    (from Micmacs)
  • Sur le mesure
    by Hugues Le Bars
  • Diabolique
    by Raphaël Beau
    (from Micmacs)
Senior level
  • Flamenco: Street Dance
    by Didulia
  • Paso Doble

Junior level

  • Samba Vocalizado
    by Luciano Perrone
  • Rhumba: Perfidia
    by John Altman
  • Samba Vocalizado
    by Luciano Perrone

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Nazarova

Event 07–08 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Worlds 17th 19th 15th
Europeans 11th 9th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Trophée 7th
CS Golden Spin 4th 6th
CS Tallinn Trophy 6th
CS U.S. Classic 4th
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd
Universiade 1st
Cup of Nice 3rd
Ice Star 1st
International: Junior and novice[15]
Junior Worlds 11th 5th 3rd
Youth Olympics 2nd
JGP Final 5th
JGP Austria 11th 5th
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 4th
JGP Estonia 2nd 3rd
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP U.K. 7th
Volvo Open 2nd J
Istanbul Cup 5th J
NRW Trophy 1st N 1st N 10th J 5th J 7th J
Santa Cup 8th J 1st J
Ukrainian Champ. 1st J 1st WD 1st
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew


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  2. ^ a b c d Golinsky, Reut (23 March 2015). "Meet Alexandra (Sasha) Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin". Absolute Skating. 
  3. ^ a b "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Максим Никитин: О смене гражданства у нас даже мыслей не было [Maxim Nikitin: We did not consider changing citizenship] (in Russian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. 14 August 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "СПИСКИ УЧАСТНИКОВ ЧЕМПИОНАТА УКРАИНЫ ПО ФИГУРНОМУ КАТАНИЮ" [List of competitors at the Ukrainian Figure Skating Championships]. Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). 18 December 2015. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Vlasyuk, Lyudmyla (26 December 2016). "Своїм танцем ми прагнемо викликати у глядачів позитивні емоції" [We want to create positive emotions with our dance] (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. 
  8. ^ Samokhvalov, Anatoliy (29 June 2016). "Украинская пара фигуристов Назарова/Никитин перешла от тренера Жулина к Шпильбанду" [Ukrainian figure skating duo Nazarova/Nikitin changes coaches from Zhulin to Shpilband]. (in Russian). 
  9. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Flade, Tatjana (July 9, 2015). "Nazarova and Nikitin take on new style for 2015-16". Golden Skate. 
  11. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Golinsky, Reut (11 February 2012). "Youth Olympic Games 2012". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN". International Skating Union. 

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