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Natalia Zabiiako
Natalya Zabiyako 2018.jpg
Zabijako in 2018
Personal information
Full nameNatalia Aleksandrovna Zabiiako
Alternative namesNatalja Zabijako
Country representedRussia
Former country(ies) representedEstonia
Born (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 24)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
PartnerAlexander Enbert
Former partnerYuri Larionov, Alexandr Zaboev, Sergei Kulbach, Sergei Muhhin
CoachNina Mozer, Vladislav Zhovnirski, Robin Szolkowy
Former coachAndrei Kriukov, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov
ChoreographerTatiana Druchinina, Olga Orlova
Former choreographerAlla Kapranova, Giuseppe Arena, Igor Tchiniaev, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov
Skating clubVorobievie Gory
Former skating clubFSC Medal Tallinn
Training locationsMoscow
Former training locationsAshburn, Virginia
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total214.14
2018 NHK Trophy
Short program75.18
2018–19 Grand Prix Final
Free skate140.66
2018 NHK Trophy

Natalia Aleksandrovna Zabiiako (Russian: Наталья Александровна Забияко, born 15 August 1994) is a Russian-Estonian pair skater. Competing for Russia with Alexander Enbert, she is the 2018 European bronze medalist, 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki champion, 2018 NHK Trophy champion, 2016 Rostelecom Cup silver medalist, and 2017 Russian national bronze medalist.

Zabijako competed for Estonia until 2014, partnered with Sergei Muhhin, Sergei Kulbach, and Alexandr Zaboev. With Zaboev, she placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships. Although they qualified a spot for Estonia in the pairs' event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, they did not compete in Sochi because Zaboev's fast-track citizenship application was declined.

Personal life[edit]

Zabijako was born in Tallinn, Estonia.[1] Her mother is an Estonian citizen, her father holds an Estonian alien's passport, and her grandparents are Russian citizens living in Novorossiysk.[2]

From 2010 to 2014, Zabijako lived in the United States with a Russian emigrant family.[2] In April 2014, she said she planned to move to Moscow and apply for Russian citizenship.[2][3] She became a Russian citizen on 19 December 2014.[4]

Career for Estonia[edit]

Zabijako began skating when she was four years old. At age 15, she switched from singles to pairs, partnering with Sergei Muhhin.[2] They made their international debut at the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus and placed 16th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Partnership with Kulbach[edit]

Later in 2010, Zabijako teamed up with Ukrainian skater Sergei Kulbach to represent Estonia. After debuting at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy, the pair placed 13th at the 2011 European Championships and 16th at the 2011 World Championships. Zabijako injured her back as a result of a fall at the NRW Trophy in December 2011, preventing them from competing at the 2012 European Championships.[5] On 15 February 2012, it was reported that Zabijako and Kulbach had parted ways.[5]

Partnership with Zaboev[edit]

In October 2012, Zabijako teamed up with Russian-born skater Alexandr Zaboev to compete for Estonia.[6] By finishing ninth at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, they earned a spot for Estonia in pair skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Zaboev applied for Estonian citizenship, required to represent the country at the Olympics,[6] but in November 2013, Estonia denied his fast-track application.[7] Zabijako/Zaboev placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships and 19th at the 2014 World Championships. In late March 2014, Zabijako ended their partnership, saying he was too difficult to work with[8] and the Estonian Skating Federation did not provide them with equal financial support.[9] In early April 2014, the Secretary General of the Estonian Skating Union submitted an official rebuttal to Zabijako's statements. The Secretary General called Zabijako's statements concerning the Skating Union and her partner slanderous and untrue; "Sport - is voluntary, and each person has a right to make decisions, but to justify their actions do not have to lie and defame their partners."[10]

Move to Russia[edit]

In April 2014, Zabijako said she would move to Moscow to work with Nina Mozer and try out with different skaters,[8] intending to compete for Russia.[2] ISU rules require skaters to sit out a certain period of time after a country change.[11]

In summer 2014 Zabijako and Yuri Larionov decided to skate together. In June 2015, she said that their partnership had ended.[citation needed]

2015–16 season: Beginning of partnership with Enbert[edit]

In July 2015, the Russian media reported that Zabijako had teamed up with Alexander Enbert and that she had been released to represent Russia internationally.[12]

Zabijako/Enbert's international debut came in October 2015 at the 2015 Mordovian Ornament, a Challenger Series (CS) event at which they won a silver medal. In November, the pair appeared for the first time on the Grand Prix series, placing 5th at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. In early December, they finished fourth at the 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb and third in the CS standings. At the 2016 Russian Championships, the pair placed fifth in both segments and overall.

2016–17 season[edit]

Zabijako/Enbert started the 2016–17 season on the Challenger Series, obtaining the bronze medal at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial. Turning to the Grand Prix series, the pair won the silver medal at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup, having placed first in the short and second in the free behind Germany's Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot. They then placed 4th at the 2016 Trophée de France. These results didn't qualify them to the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final but they were the 1st alternates and were called up after Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot withdrew. Zabijako/Enbert placed 4th at the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final after placing 5th in both the short program and the free skate.

In December 2016 Zabijako/Enbert won the bronze medal at the 2017 Russian Championships after placing 3rd in both the short program and the free skate. In January 2017 they competed at the 2017 European Championships where finished 5th after placing 5th in both the short program and the free skate. In March 2017 Zabijako/Enbert finished 12th at the 2017 World Championships.

2017–18 season[edit]

Zabijako/Enbert began their season on the Challenger Series, winning a gold medal at both the 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy and 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy.[13]

In their first Grand Prix event of the season, Zabijako/Enbert placed fourth at 2017 Skate Canada after placing fourth in both the short program and free skate.[14] In their second Grand Prix event at 2017 Skate America, Zabijako/Enbert placed fourth after ranking fourth in the short program and fifth in the free skate.[15] The pair did not quality for the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final.

In December 2017 Zabijako/Enbert won their 3rd 2017–18 Challenger Series gold medal when they won the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. A few weeks later they placed 3rd at the 2018 Russian Championships.

In January 2018 they won the bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships after placing 2nd in the short program and 3rd in the free skate.

In February 2018 Zabijako/Enbert placed 7th at the 2018 Winter Olympics with a personal best score of 212.88 points. A week earlier they had won the olympic silver medal at the team event of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In March 2018 Zabijako/Enbert finished 4th at the 2018 World Championships after placing 4th in the short program and 6th in the free skate.

2018–19 season[edit]

Zabijako/Enbert started their season in mid September at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy where they won the gold medal ahead of their teammates Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii.

In early November Zabijako/Enbert won their first Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. They ranked 2nd in the short program and 1st in the free skate and beat the silver medalists, Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise, by about 13 points. Only one week later Zabijako/Enbert won their 2nd Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 NHK Trophy with a personal best score of 214.14 points. They ranked 1st in both programs and beat the silver medalist, Peng Cheng / Jin Yang, by about 7 points. With 2 GP gold medals they qualified for the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final where they finished 4th.

Programs[edit]

With Enbert[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[16]
2017–2018
[17][18]
2016–2017
[20]

2015–2016
[1][21]
  • Juno and Avos
    by Alexey Rybnikov

With Larionov[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2014–15

With Zaboev[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2013–14
[22]
  • Russian folk music

With Kulbach[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2011–12
[23]
  • Russian folk music
2010–11
[24]
  • Middle Eastern composition
  • Tribute Nostalgia
  • Until the Last Moment
    by Yanni

With Muhhin[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2009–10
[25]
  • Charlie Chaplin

Records and achievements[edit]

(with Enbert)

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Enbert for Russia[edit]

International[26]
Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 7th
Worlds 12th 4th
Europeans 5th 3rd
GP Final 4th 4th
GP Finland 1st
GP France 4th
GP NHK Trophy 1st
GP Rostelecom 5th 2nd
GP Skate America 4th
GP Skate Canada 4th
CS Golden Spin 4th 1st
CS Lombardia 1st 1st
CS Mordovian 2nd
CS Nepela Trophy 3rd 1st
National[27]
Russian Champ. 5th 3rd 3rd
Team events
Olympics 2nd
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Larionov for Russia[edit]

National[27]
Event 2014–15
Russian Championships 7th

With Zaboev for Estonia[edit]

International[28]
Event 2013–14
World Championships 19th
European Championships 10th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 9th

With Kulbach for Estonia[edit]

Zabijako competes with Sergei Kulbach at the 2011 World Championships
International[29]
Event 2010–11 2011–12
World Champ. 16th
European Champ. 13th
NRW Trophy 5th 3rd
International: Junior
JGP Estonia 4th
National
Estonian Champ. 1st

With Muhhin for Estonia[edit]

International[30]
Event 2009–10
World Junior Champ. 16th
JGP Belarus 13th
National
Estonian Championships 1st

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

Zabijako and Enbert at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup

With Enbert

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 Grand Prix Final 2
75.18
4
125.89
4
201.07
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 1
73.48
1
140.66
1
214.14
2–4 November 2018 2018 Grand Prix Finland 2
67.59
1
130.92
1
198.51
12–16 September 2018 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
72.50
2
123.65
1
196.15
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 4
74.38
6
133.50
4
207.88
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 8
74.35
7
138.53
7
212.88
9–12 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (Team event)
3
133.28
2
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships 2
72.95
3
137.23
3
210.18
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships 3
75.00
3
132.51
3
207.51
6–9 December 2017 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 1
68.76
1
134.20
1
202.96
24–26 November 2017 2017 Skate America 4
70.15
5
127.74
4
197.89
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada 4
69.00
4
123.70
4
192.70
21–23 September 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2
64.52
1
128.06
1
192.58
14–17 September 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
69.22
1
126.84
1
196.06
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 5
74.26
13
118.28
12
192.54
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 5
72.38
5
128.37
5
200.75
20–26 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 3
72.85
3
129.06
3
201.91
8–11 December 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 5
65.79
5
122.53
4
188.32
11–13 November 2016 2016 Trophée de France 3
71.36
4
121.20
4
192.56
4–6 November 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 1
69.76
2
128.01
2
197.77
30 September – 2 October 2016 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial 3
67.04
3
114.34
3
181.38
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
23–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 5
70.60
5
134.43
5
205.03
2–5 December 2015 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 4
60.96
4
112.66
4
173.62
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 5
60.77
5
119.79
5
180.56
15–18 October 2015 2015 CS Mordovian Ornament 2
67.64
2
128.58
2
196.22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kuznetsova, Inna (8 April 2014). Наталья Забияко: иногда, чтобы чего-то достичь, нужно рискнуть [Natalja Zabijako: Sometimes you have to take a risk to achieve something]. team-russia2014.ru (in Russian).
  3. ^ Mikhailov, Sergei (7 April 2014). Наталья Забияко: я все обдумала и буду брать российское гражданство [Natalja Zabijako: I've thought it over and decided to apply for Russian citizenship]. Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Russian version) (in Russian).
  4. ^ Medvedev, Gennadij (23 December 2014). ФОТО: Чемпионка Эстонии получила российское гражданство [Estonian champion receives Russian citizenship]. Delfi (web portal) (Russian version) (in Russian).
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  30. ^ "Competition Results: Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei MUHHIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Natalja Zabijako at Wikimedia Commons

World Record Holders
Preceded by
China Peng Cheng / Jin Yang
Pairs' Short Program
13 September 2018 – 20 September 2018
Succeeded by
France Vanessa James / Morgan Ciprès