Nicole Della Monica

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Nicole Della Monica
2012 WFSC 04d 105 Nicole Della Monica Matteo Guarise.JPG
Della Monica and Guarise at the 2012 World Championships
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 29)
Trescore Balneario, Bergamo
Home townAlbano
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
PartnerMatteo Guarise
Former partnerYannick Kocon
CoachCristina Mauri, Nina Mozer
Former coachCristina Pelli, Silvia Martina, Lucia Civardi, Knut Schubert, Angela Puelisi, Oleg Vasiliev
ChoreographerRaffaella Cazzaniga, Giuseppe Arena
Former choreographerCorrado Giordani, Luca Mantovani, Paola Mezzadri, Valter Rizzo
Skating clubIcelab Bergamo
Former skating clubForum SSDRL Assago
Training locationsBergamo, Baselga di Pinè, Sesto San Giovanni
Former training locationsSaint Petersburg
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total206.06
2018 Worlds
Short program74.00
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate133.53
2018 Worlds

Nicole Della Monica (born 3 June 1989) is an Italian pair skater. With her current partner Matteo Guarise, she is a three-time Italian national champion (2016, 2017, 2018) and has represented Italy at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

With her previous partner Yannick Kocon, she was a two-time Italian national champion (2009, 2010) and competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Della Monica competed as a single skater through the 2006–07 season and is the 2005 Italian national bronze medalist.

Partnership with Kocon[edit]

Della Monica started skating pairs in 2007 when she teamed up with Yannick Kocon, who was also a single skater until then.[1] They are the 2009 and 2010 Italian national champions. They represented Italy at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Their partnership ended in January 2011 — Della Monica had a chronic inflammation in her left knee and her recovery time was uncertain.[2]

Partnership with Guarise[edit]

Della Monica teamed up with former World champion roller skater Matteo Guarise in late November 2011.[3][4][5] They train mainly in Zanica.[6] They withdrew after the short program from the 2012 Italian Championships. Della Monica/Guarise made their international debut at the 2012 Bavarian Open where they won the bronze medal. They were assigned to compete at the 2012 World Championships and finished fifteenth.

Della Monica/Guarise placed ninth at the 2013 European Championships and then fourteenth at the 2013 World Championships, where Italy secured two berths for the 2014 Olympic pairs event. After winning bronze at the 2013 Winter Universiade and silver at the 2014 Italian Championships, they placed eighth at the 2014 European Championships. Della Monica/Guarise were named along with Italian champions Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek as Italy's pairs entries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Just before the event, Guarise tore the medial meniscus in his right knee.[7][8] The pair finished sixteenth at the Olympics. He then underwent a knee operation and resumed training at the start of March.[8]

In the 2014–15 season, Della Monica/Guarise competed at two Grand Prix events, placing fifth at the 2014 Cup of China and sixth at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. After finishing second to Valentina Marchei / Ondřej Hotárek at the Italian Championships, they came in sixth at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and fourteenth at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

In the 2015–16 season, Della Monica/Guarise took the bronze medal at the 2015 Ice Challenge, their first ISU Challenger Series (CS) event. After finishing fifth at their sole GP event, the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard, they appeared at two more CS events, winning silver at the Warsaw Cup and placing sixth at the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb. In December 2015, they won their first national title together, edging out Marchei/Hotárek. They placed sixth at the 2016 European Championships, and then placed eleventh at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, United States.

The 2016–17 season saw the duo win two Challenger events, the 2016 Lombardia Trophy and 2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb. They placed sixth at the Skate Canada International and fifth at the Cup of China. After their second national title, they placed eighth at the 2017 European Championships, and then placed thirteenth at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Della Monica and her partner began the 2017–18 season with silver medals at Lombardia Trophy and Finlandia Trophy. Competing again at the Cup of China, they placed fourth. At the Internationaux de France, they placed third, winning their first Grand Prix bronze medal. Della Monica pronounced herself "really happy with our performance."[9] Della Monica/Guarise won their third straight national title, followed by a sixth-place finish at Europeans. Competing at their second Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they placed tenth. The season concluded at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, where they placed fifth overall.

Their 2018–19 season began again at Lombardia Trophy, where they own the bronze medal. Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won silver at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. Della Monica commented that "this is our first silver medal on the Grand Prix. Last year we won our first medal, a bronze, so we are happy that we improved. Next time it maybe will be gold, who knows. It shows that we are on the right track."[10] They won a second silver medal at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, becoming the first Italian pair team to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, a goal they had set for themselves at the beginning of the year.[11] They placed fifth at the Final, after multiple falls and popped jumps.[12]


With Guarise[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Magnificat
    performed by Mina
Cosmic Journey:

With Kocon[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • The Mission
    by Ennio Morricone

Singles career[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Pairs with Guarise[edit]

Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise in 2017
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 16th 10th
Worlds 15th 14th 16th 14th 11th 13th 5th
Europeans 9th 8th 6th 6th 8th 6th
GP Final 5th
GP Bompard 8th 6th 5th 3rd
GP Cup of China 5th 5th 4th
GP Finland 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostel. Cup 7th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 6th
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS Golden Spin 6th 1st
CS Ice Challenge 3rd
CS Lombardia 1st 2nd 3rd
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd
Universiade 3rd
Bavarian Open 3rd
Cup of Nice 3rd 7th 1st
Lombardia Trophy 5th
MNNT Cup 1st
Nepela Memorial 3rd
Italian Champ. WD 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Team Challenge
2nd T
5th P
Olympics 4th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Pairs with Kocon[edit]

Della Monica and Kocon at the 2009 European Championships.
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Olympics 12th
Worlds 18th
Europeans 6th 6th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Cup of Russia 5th
Cup of Nice 2nd
Golden Spin 2nd WD
NRW Trophy 1st 1st
International: Junior[29]
Junior Worlds 14th
Italian Champ. 1st J. 1st 1st WD
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Singles career[edit]

Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Merano Cup 2nd
International: Junior
JGP Canada 12th
JGP Czech Republic 6th
JGP Poland 11th
JGP Serbia 16th
Dragon Trophy 2nd J
EYOF 2nd J
Italian Champ. 3rd 6th
J = Junior level


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