Natalia Kaliszek

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Natalia Kaliszek
2018 EC Natalia Kaliszek Maksym Spodyriev 2018-01-19 15-34-05 (4).jpg
Kaliszek and Spodyriev in 2018
Personal information
Country represented  Poland
Born (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 22)
Toruń, Poland
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Partner Maksym Spodyriev
Former partner Yaroslav Kurbakov
Michał Kaliszek
Coach Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka
Anastasia Vykhodtseva
Former coach Dorota Siudek
Mariusz Siudek
G. Dybinska
V. Belousowski
E. Gres
Choreographer Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka
Former choreographer Vladimir Czeryszew
Valerie Saurette
Skating club MKS Axel Toruń
Training locations Toruń
Began skating 2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 168.58
2017 CS Tallinn Trophy
Short dance 67.94
2017 CS Tallinn Trophy
Free dance 100.64
2017 CS Tallinn Trophy

Natalia Kaliszek (pronounced [naˈtalja kaˈliʂɛk]; born 17 May 1996) is a Polish ice dancer. With her skating partner, Maksym Spodyriev, she has won three medals on the ISU Challenger Series, including gold at the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy, and three Polish national titles. They have competed in the final segment at six ISU Championships, placing in the top ten at the 2015 Junior Worlds and 2017 Europeans.

Personal life[edit]

Natalia Kaliszek was born on 17 May 1996 in Toruń, Poland.[1] She has two siblings, Michał and Anna, both of whom have competed in figure skating.

Early career[edit]

Kaliszek with Spodyriev in the free dance at the 2016 European Championships

Natalia Kaliszek competed in ladies' singles as a child. In 2007, she teamed up with her brother, Michał Kaliszek, to compete in pair skating. In 2009, they appeared at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, placing 13th and 18th.

In 2010, the two switched to ice dancing at the suggestion of Sylwia Nowak-Trębacka.[2] In the 2011–2012 season, the Kaliszeks received two JGP assignments, finishing 11th at both, and debuted on the senior level at the Pavel Roman Memorial, where they placed fifth. They were sent to the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus but were eliminated after the preliminary round. They trained in Toruń[3] and ended their partnership after the 2012–2013 season.[4]

In 2013, Kaliszek teamed up with Russian ice dancer Yaroslav Kurbakov. The two were coached by Nowak-Trębacka and represented Poland. They placed 9th and 13th at their JGP assignments and second at the Polish Junior Championships. They parted ways at the end of the season.

Partnership with Spodyriev[edit]

2014–2015 season[edit]

In 2014, Kaliszek began competing with Ukrainian ice dancer Maksym Spodyriev for Poland, coached by Nowak-Trębacka in Toruń.[5] The two made their international debut at the Volvo Open Cup, where they took the junior silver medal. Switching to the senior level, they placed sixth at a Challenger Series (CS) event, the Warsaw Cup, before winning gold at the Santa Claus Cup. They won the Polish national title at the Four Nationals in December 2014 and took bronze the following month at the MNNT Cup.

Kaliszek/Spodyriev were selected to represent Poland at the European Championships, held in late January 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Ranked 15th in the short dance, they qualified to the free dance, where they placed 14th and rose to 14th overall. In early March, they made their second and final appearance on the junior level, competing at the World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia; they placed 10th in the short dance, 6th in the free dance, and 7th overall. Later in March, they traveled to Shanghai, China for the World Championships, but were eliminated after placing 24th in the short dance.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Kaliszek/Spodyriev competed in three 2015–16 Challenger Series competitions. After placing 7th at the Nebelhorn Trophy, they won bronze at the Mordovian Ornament and silver at the Warsaw Cup. They finished third in the Challenger Series ranking.[6]

Kaliszek/Spodyriev placed 11th at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, having ranked 11th in both segments. At the 2016 World Championships in Boston, they placed 14th in the short dance, 16th in the free dance, and 16th overall. At the end of May 2016, it was announced that the International Skating Union had chosen the foxtrot portion of their short dance to become a pattern dance.[7]

2016–2017 season[edit]

Starting their season on the Challenger Series, Kaliszek/Spodyriev placed 4th at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial and 5th at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy, in early October. During training in early November, they had a fall, related to poor rink conditions in Toruń, that resulted in her blade cutting two of his fingers.[8] Later in the same month, they debuted on the Grand Prix series, having received invitations to two events.[9] The duo finished 5th at the 2016 Cup of China and 7th at the 2016 NHK Trophy.

In January 2017, Kaliszek/Spodyriev finished 8th at the European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In March, they placed 15th in the short, 13th in the free, and 14th overall at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to their result, Poland qualified a spot in the ice dancing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Kaliszek/Spodyriev won gold at the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy.


With Spodyriev[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Blues: Back to the Dirty Town
    by Blues Mystery
  • Hip hop: Sax
    by Fleur East
  • Waltz: Rain Waltz
    by Frederic Chopin
  • Foxtrot: Tea For Two
  • Crystallize

With Kurbakov[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance

With Michał Kaliszek[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Spodyriev[edit]

Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Olympics 14th
Worlds 24th 16th 14th 17th
Europeans 14th 11th 8th 10th
GP Cup of China 5th
GP France 8th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostelecom Cup TBD
GP Skate America TBD
GP Skate Canada 9th
CS Finlandia 5th 10th
CS Mordovian 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 7th 8th
CS Nepela 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st
CS Warsaw Cup 6th 2nd
MNNT Cup 3rd 1st 1st
Open d'Andorra 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 1st 3rd
International: Junior[14]
Junior Worlds 7th
Volvo Open Cup 2nd J
Polish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

With Kurbakov[edit]

Event 2013–14
JGP Czech Republic 13th
JGP Poland 9th
Ice Star 3rd J
MNNT Cup 2nd J
Santa Claus Cup 3rd J
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Polish Championships 2nd J
J = Junior level

With Michał Kaliszek[edit]

Ice dancing[edit]

Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
NRW Trophy 12th
Pavel Roman Memorial 5th
Nestle Cup 4th
International: Junior[4]
World Junior Champ. 28th
JGP Estonia 11th
JGP Poland 11th
Polish Champ. 2nd J 2nd 3rd
J = Junior level

Pair skating[edit]

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
JGP Germany 18th
JGP Poland 13th
Ice Challenge 4th J
Nestle Cup 1st N 3rd J 2nd J
Warsaw Cup 3rd N 3rd J
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st N
NRW Trophy 3rd N
National or regional[4]
Polish Champ. 4th
Polish Junior Champ. 1st N* 1st 3rd
Polish Youth Olympics 1st J
Mazovia Cup 1st N 1st J 2nd J
International Czech Champ. 2nd J
Levels: J = Junior; N = Novice
* Competed unofficially.


  1. ^ a b "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Q & A with Poland's Kaliszek & Spodyriev". 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Natalia KALISZEK / Michal KALISZEK: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Competition Results: Natalia KALISZEK / Michal KALISZEK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksim SPODIREV: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Ice Dance". International Skating Union.
  7. ^ "Taniec polskich łyżwiarzy doceniony przez światową federację" [Polish skaters' dance recognized by world federation]. Polish Press Agency (in Polish). 31 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016.
  8. ^ Kalemba, Tomasz (5 November 2016). "O krok od tragedii, fatalny wypadek polskiej pary tanecznej" [Polish dancers in serious accident]. (in Polish).
  9. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016/17: Ice Dance" (PDF). 30 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Maksim SPODIREV: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Yaroslav KURBAKOV: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Natalia KALISZEK / Michal KALISZEK: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 August 2009.
  14. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV". International Skating Union.
  15. ^ "Competition Results: Natalia KALISZEK / Yaroslav KURBAKOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Natalia Kaliszek / Michał Kaliszek (Pair skating)".

External links[edit]

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