Maxim Staviski

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Maxim Staviski
2011 WFSC 051 Maxim Staviski.JPG
Maxim Staviski at the 2011 Worlds.
Personal information
Country representedBulgaria
Former country(ies) representedRussia (until 1996)
Born (1977-11-16) 16 November 1977 (age 45)
Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
PartnerAlbena Denkova
Former partnerAnastasia Belova (RUS)
Former coachNatalia Linichuk, Gennadi Karponosov, Alexei Gorshkov
Former choreographerSergei Petukhov, Natalia Linichuk
Skating clubSC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski
Began skating1981
ISU personal best scores
Combined total210.44
2003 Trophée Lalique
Comp. dance41.05
2004 Skate Canada
Original dance62.79
2005 Worlds
Free dance108.03
2003 Trophée Lalique
Medal record

Maxim Staviski (Bulgarian: Максим Стависки, born 16 November 1977) is a Russian-born naturalized Bulgarian ice dancer. With partner and fiancée Albena Denkova, he is a two-time (20062007) World champion, a two-time (20032004) European silver medalist, and the 2006 Grand Prix Final champion. Denkova and Staviski are the first Bulgarians to medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.


Staviski began skating at the age of four because his parents wanted to improve his health.[1][2] He was initially a singles skater but at the age of 11 or 12, he broke his leg and his jumping ability declined. His coach recommended him to Natalia Dubova's ice dancing group.[1] He originally competed for Russia with Anastasia Belova, with whom he appeared as the third Russian team at the 1996 Junior Worlds but they split up at the end of the season. In 1996,[3] Staviski had a successful tryout with Albena Denkova in Moscow and he moved to Sofia to compete for Bulgaria.[1] They soon became a couple off-ice, as well. Staviski received Bulgarian citizenship, allowing him to compete with Denkova at the 1998 Olympics. In September 2000, Denkova / Staviski began dividing their time between Sofia and Odintsovo, near Moscow, Russia where they worked with coach Alexei Gorshkov and choreographer Sergei Petukhov.[1][3][4]

Denkova / Staviski withdrew from the 2000 European Championships after Staviski fell ill with pneumonia.[1] During the last practice session before the free dance at the 2000 World Championships, Peter Tchernyshev's blade slashed Denkova's leg above her boot, severing two tendons and a muscle and leaving her unable to walk for three months.[1][3] She eventually returned to training but suffered swelling in her leg. After she asked the U.S. Figure Skating Association if Tchernyshev had insurance to help cover her medical expenses, the organizers withdrew Denkova / Staviski's invitation to 2000 Skate America.[1] Both Denkova and Staviski fell ill with the flu before the 2001 European Championships and she suffered more swelling but they competed at the event and finished 8th, their best result to that date.[1]

Denkova / Staviski took the silver medal at the 2003 European Championships, becoming the first skaters to medal for Bulgaria at an ISU Championships.[5] They then became the first Bulgarians to medal at Worlds, winning bronze at the 2003 World Championships.[6] The following season, they repeated as silver medalists at Europeans and went on to become World silver medalists.

In 2004–05, Denkova / Staviski withdrew from Europeans and finished 5th at Worlds. At the end of the season, they parted ways with Gorshkov and moved to Newark, Delaware, U.S., to train with Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov.[7][8] They finished 5th at their third Olympics. At the 2006 World Championships, they became the first Bulgarians to win World gold in figure skating.

In 2006–07, Denkova / Staviski won gold at the Grand Prix Final, bronze at Europeans, and gold once again at Worlds. On 10 April 2007, they were awarded the Stara Planina Order, Bulgaria's highest award.[9] On 19 April 2007, they received a star on Bulgaria's Walk of Fame.[10]

On 18 October 2007, after being put on trial for a drunk driving case which left one person dead and his wife in coma, Staviski announced he would end his competitive career.[11] Denkova / Staviski continued to skate in shows around the world and have also done choreography, working with Brian Joubert a few times.[12][13] Staviski has also worked with Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi.[14] The couple have a skating school in Sofia called SC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski.[15] Staviski coaches occasionally in Moscow.[16] He and Denkova have also participated in the Russian television show Ice Age.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Staviski is Jewish. His surname is sometimes written Staviyski.[3] Denkova and Staviski are engaged to marry.[17] Their son Daniel was born on 30 January 2011.[18]

Car crash[edit]

On 5 August 2007, Maxim Staviski caused a car accident in Primorsko, Bulgaria, which killed 24-year-old Petar Petrov and left Petrov's fiancée, 18-year-old Manuela Gorsova, in a coma.[19][20][21] Staviski had a blood alcohol content of 1.1‰ while the legal limit in Bulgaria is 0.5‰.[22] Staviski's Hummer collided into the victims' Honda at a speed of 100 km/h. He had been pulled over and issued a police warning a few minutes earlier.[23]

On 30 January 2008, Staviski received a suspended sentence of two years and six months, with a five-year probation period, after pleading guilty on all counts.[24] Staviski could have gone to prison for up to ten years.[25] In February 2008, the parents of one of the victims, Manuela Gorsova, said they would appeal both the suspended sentence and the damages awarded by the court.[26] In early January 2009, the Burgas Appellate Court reversed the suspension of his sentence and ordered Staviski to serve two-and-a-half years in prison. They also increased the amount of money Staviski was ordered to pay to his victims' families—BGN 120,000 to Petrov's parents (increased from BGN 90,000), and BGN 150,000 to Gorsova's family (up from BGN 80,000).[27] In May 2009, the Supreme Court of Cassation issued a final ruling in the case, which overturned the jail sentence and reduced the fines Staviski was to pay to 100,000 leva to the Petrovs and 90,000 to Gorsova's family.[28]


Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Afrah Baladi
    by Mostafa Sax
  • Speak up Mambo
  • Soledad
  • Give it up
  • Xotica – Journey to the Heart
    (from Cirque du Soleil)
  • El Choclo
    by Angel Villoldo

Competitive highlights[edit]

Denkova / Staviski at the 2004 Worlds medal ceremony in Dortmund.
Denkova / Staviski at the 2007 European Championships in Warsaw

With Denkova for Bulgaria[edit]

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 18th 7th 5th
Worlds 19th 17th 11th WD 10th 5th 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st
Europeans 17th 16th 9th WD 8th 6th 2nd 2nd WD 3rd
Grand Prix Final 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 5th 3rd
GP Lalique/Bompard 4th 1st 2nd 1st
GP NHK Trophy 6th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd
GP Skate America 1st
GP Skate Canada 5th 4th 2nd 1st
GP Spark./Bofrost 6th 3rd 1st
Bofrost 1st
Finlandia Trophy 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Golden Spin 2nd
Karl Schäfer 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd
Skate Israel 2nd
Polish FSA Trophy 3rd
Bulgarian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Belova for Russia[edit]

Event 1996
World Junior Championships 9th


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