Nazarova and Nikitin at the 2017 Ukrainian Championships
|Native name||Максим Костянтинович Нікітін|
|Full name||Maksym Kostiantynovych Nikitin|
|Alternative names||Maxim Nikitin|
5 October 1994 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|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
|ISU personal best scores|
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).
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. Churilova coached the team in their hometown.
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.
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. They relocated to Moscow to train with Zhulin and Oleg Volkov.
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
Nazarova/Nikitin continued training in Moscow in the 2014–15 season. 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.
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. 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.
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.
|Season||Short dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|GP Skate America||7th|
|CS Golden Spin||4th||6th|
|CS Tallinn Trophy||6th|
|CS U.S. Classic||4th|
|CS Warsaw Cup||2nd|
|Cup of Nice||3rd|
|International: Junior and novice|
|JGP Czech Rep.||4th|
|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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