Nicole Rajičová

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Nicole Rajičová
Nicole Rajicova 2015.jpg
Rajičová in 2015
Personal information
Alternative namesNicole Rajic
Country representedSlovakia
Born (1995-08-13) August 13, 1995 (age 23)
Garden City, New York
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachIgor Krokavec, Nikolai Morozov, Tom Rajic
Former coachSteve Rice, Peter Johansson, Milada Kubikova-Stastny
ChoreographerNikolai Morozov
Former choreographerPhillip Mills
Skating clubSKP Bratislava
Training locationsHackensack, New Jersey
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total179.70
2017 Europeans
Short program61.01
2018 Europeans
Free skate118.72
2017 Europeans

Nicole Rajičová or Rajic (born August 13, 1995) is a Slovak-American figure skater. She is a three-time Slovak national champion and has won five senior international medals. She competed in the final segments at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics and nine ISU Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Nicole Rajičová was born August 13, 1995 in Garden City, New York.[1] She is also known as Nicole Rajic; Rajičová is the Slovak feminine form. Her parents, Anna and Tomislav Rajič (Tom Rajic), moved to the United States from Slovakia. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center. [2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

By the age of five, Rajičová began taking figure skating lessons in Long Island from Milada Kubikova-Stastny (Šťastná-Kubíková),[4] a former Olympian for Czechoslovakia. Early in her career, she competed as Nicole Rajic in U.S. regional and domestic events.[5]

2011–12 to 2012–13[edit]

Rajičová debuted internationally for Slovakia in December 2011 at the Golden Spin of Zagreb. She began appearing in ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events in autumn 2012 and became the Slovak national champion at the 2013 Three Nationals Championships.[6]

2013–14 season: Sochi Olympics[edit]

Rajičová competed at two JGP events in September 2013, placing 8th in Košice, Slovakia and 15th in Gdańsk, Poland. Her first senior ISU Championship was the European Championships in January 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. Ranked 14th in the short program, she advanced to the free skate and finished 17th. In March, she competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; she qualified for the free skate by placing 21st in the short program and finished 24th overall.[7]

Rajičová just missed qualifying for the free skate at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan after placing 25th in the short program.

2014–15 season[edit]

During the 2014–15 JGP season, Rajičová placed 4th in Ljubljana, Slovenia in August and 4th in Zagreb, Croatia in October. In November, she competed for the first time on the ISU Challenger Series (CS), finishing 6th at the 2014 CS Ice Challenge. In December, she won the bronze medal at the 2014 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb.

In January, Rajičová finished 11th at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, having ranked 8th in the short program and 12th in the free skate. In early March, she competed at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia; she placed 5th in the short, 13th in the free, and 11th overall. Later that month, she finished 15th in Shanghai, China at the 2015 World Championships after placing 14th in the short and 15th in the free.

2015–16 season: Grand Prix debut[edit]

Rajičová placed 9th at the 2015 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy. Making her Grand Prix (GP) debut, she placed 7th at the 2015 Skate America and 2015 Cup of China. At the 2016 Europeans in Bratislava she placed 12th, and at the 2016 Worlds in Boston she placed 13th.

2016–17 season[edit]

Ranked 7th in the short, 6th in the free, and 6th overall, Rajičová achieved her career-best continental result at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

2017-18 season[edit]

Rajičová was assigned two grand prix assignments the 2017 NHK Trophy where she placed 10th and 2017 Skate America where she placed 9th. At the 2018 European Championships in Moscow, Russia she placed 5th in the short program and 6th in the free skate finishing in 6th place. At the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong-chang, South Korea Rajičová finishing 13th in the short program and 15th in the free skate finishing 14th overall. At the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Millan, Italy she finished in 27th place & for the first time in 4 years she did not qualify for the free skate.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2017–2018
[8]
  • Une page d'amour
    by Nathalia Mansner
2016–2017
[9]
2015–2016
[1][10]

2014–2015
[11]
  • Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme
    by Nino Rota
2013–2014
[12]
2012–2013
[13]

Results[edit]

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

For Slovakia[edit]

Rajičová at the 2018 European Championships
International[14]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 24th 14th
Worlds 25th 15th 13th 17th 27th
Europeans 17th 11th 12th 6th 6th
GP Finland WD
GP NHK Trophy 11th 10th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP Cup of China 7th
GP Skate America 7th 9th WD
CS Lombardia WD
CS Golden Spin 3rd
CS Ice Challenge 6th
CS Ondrej Nepela 9th 5th 7th WD
CS Warsaw Cup 5th
Bavarian Open 3rd
Four Nationals 5th
Golden Spin 12th
Ice Challenge 7th 3rd
Merano Cup 2nd
New Year's Cup 7th
NRW Trophy 3rd
Ondrej Nepela 19th 6th
International: Junior[14]
Junior Worlds 30th 11th
JGP Croatia 4th
JGP Poland 15th
JGP Slovakia 8th
JGP Slovenia 15th 4th
JGP U.S. 13th
National[14]
Slovak Champ. 2nd 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

For the United States[edit]

National
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
U.S. Champs. 12th N 12th J
U.S. Junior Champs. 8th I
Levels: I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Krasokorčuliarska nádej Nicole Rajičová: Newyorčanka vo farbách Slovenska" [Figure skating talent Nicole Rajičová: New Yorker represents Slovakia]. Čas.sk (in Slovak). March 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Rajičovej otec: Pri začiatkoch netreba deti do ničoho tlačiť" [Interview with Rajičová's father]. News Agency of the Slovak Republic (in Slovak). teraz.sk. October 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Krasokorčuliarka Rajičová: Olympiáda je môj najväčší úspech" [Figure skater Rajičová: Competing at the Olympics is my greatest achievement] (in Slovak). osporte.sk. February 22, 2014. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "2011 U.S. Championships: Junior Ladies". U.S. Figure Skating. January 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Three National Championships 2013". Polish Figure Skating Association. December 2012.
  7. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.
  13. ^ "Nicole RAJICOVA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Nicole RAJICOVA". International Skating Union.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nicole Rajičová at Wikimedia Commons