Nikita Katsalapov

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Nikita Katsalapov
Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina 2016.jpg
Sinitsina and Katsalapov at the 2016 European Championships
Personal information
Native nameНикита Геннадьевич Кацалапов
Full nameNikita Gennadyevich Katsalapov
Country representedRussia
Born (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 27)
Moscow
ResidenceMoscow
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerVictoria Sinitsina
Former partnerElena Ilinykh, Angelina Kabysheva
CoachAlexander Zhulin, Petr Durnev
Former coachMarina Zueva, Nikolai Morozov, Maria Voitsekhovskaia, Denis Samokhin, Tatiana Tarasova, Alexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Irina Lobacheva
ChoreographerSergei Petukhov
Former choreographerNikolai Morozov, Liudmila Vlasova, Alexander Zhulin
Skating clubOlympic School Moskvich, Moscow
Former skating clubVorobievye Gory
Training locationsMoscow
Former training locationsNovogorsk, Ventspils
Began skating1995
World standingWith Sinitsina
23 (2017–18)
18 (2016–17)
25 (2015–16)
70 (2014–15)
With Ilinykh
7 (2013–14)
7 (2012–13)
10 (2011–12)
13 (2010–11)
31 (2009–10)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total215.20
2019 World Team Trophy
Short dance84.57
2019 World Team Trophy
Free dance130.63
2019 World Team Trophy

Nikita Gennadyevich Katsalapov (Russian: Никита Геннадьевич Кацалапов; born 10 July 1991) is a Russian ice dancer. With Victoria Sinitsina, he is the 2019 World silver medalist, the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and 2019 Russian national champion. They have also won several medals on the Grand Prix and the Challenger Series, including winning the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy.

With former partner Elena Ilinykh, he is a 2014 Olympic champion in the team event, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in ice dancing, a three-time European medalist (silver in 2013 and 2014; bronze in 2012), and the 2010 World Junior champion.

Personal life[edit]

Katsalapov was born on 10 July 1991 in Moscow.[1]

Early career[edit]

Katsapalov began in single skating but struggled with some jumps and decided to try ice dancing.[2] He was paired with Elena Ilinykh by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh, who were the team's first coaches.[2] In 2005, they attended a training camp under Alexander Zhulin who was preparing Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov for their Olympic gold-medal winning season.[2] Despite feeling inspired, they split shortly afterward—Ilinykh said they were too young at the time to understand partnership, "We didn't understand at all that you need to talk to each other, to find a compromise. There were these foolish, stupid quarrels. It just didn't work."[2] Katsalapov then skated with Angelina Kabysheva until 2008.[2]

Renewed partnership with Ilinykh[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Ilinykh/Katsalapov decided to team up again in spring 2008 after she returned to Russia.[2][3] They began training again with Alexander Zhulin in Moscow and began competing together in the 2008–09 season, placing fourth at the Russian Junior Championships.

During the 2009–10 season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov competed for the first time on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. At their first event, the event in Budapest, Hungary, they won the gold medal. At their second event, in Torun, Poland, they won a second gold medal and qualified for the JGP Final. After winning the silver medal behind Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin at the Final and at the Russian Junior Championships, they moved past them to win gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships. They were named Discovery of the Year at the 2010 Crystal Ice Awards held in October 2010 in Moscow.[4][5]

2010–11 season[edit]

For the 2010–11 season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov chose a ballet-themed free dance to Don Quixote: "[Zhulin] wanted us to do something classical Russian, and only very few people have done a real ballet program in dance."[6] Ilinykh's tutu was made at the Bolshoi.[6] They made their senior debut at the 2010 NHK Trophy where they finished fourth. At their next event, 2010 Cup of Russia, they won the bronze medal, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix series. At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they were second after the short dance behind Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev but placed fourth in the free dance to finish third overall behind Ekaterina Riazanova / Ilia Tkachenko.[7] However, their bronze medal was enough to earn them their first berth to the European Championships.

At the 2011 Europeans, Ilinykh/Katsalapov set new personal bests in the short dance (60.93), free dance (92.55) and combined total (153.48) to finish fourth in their debut at the event.[6] They were in a battle with Riazanova/Tkachenko for Russia's second of only two berths to the 2011 World Championships. By finishing ahead of them, Ilinykh/Katsalapov won the right to make their senior Worlds debut. They finished seventh at the event. Following the end of the season, they ended their collaboration with Alexander Zhulin and Oleg Volkov to begin working with new coach Nikolai Morozov in May 2011.[8][9][10] During the off-season, they spent some time in the U.S. preparing for the 2011–12 season.[11]

2011–12 season[edit]

For the 2011–12 Grand Prix season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to 2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. At NHK Trophy, they placed first in the short dance[12] but in the warm-up before the free dance Ilinykh crashed into the boards and injured her knee.[13] The couple finished the competition, winning the bronze medal, but withdrew from the exhibitions.[13] Ilinykh/Katsalapov then finished fourth at the 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. They won the silver medal at the 2012 Russian Championships. At the 2012 European Championships, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were seventh in the short dance but set a personal best in their free dance, resulting in an overall total of 153.12 points. They won the bronze medal at the event and then performed with Art on Ice.[14] Ilinykh/Katsalapov finished 5th—the highest of the three Russian teams—at the 2012 World Championships.[15] Their final event of the season was the 2012 World Team Trophy.

2012–13 season[edit]

Ilinykh/Katsalapov started their season with gold at the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania. They won silver at their first 2012–13 Grand Prix event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. At the 2012 NHK Trophy, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were third after the short dance. Ilinykh fell ill before the free dance due to food poisoning but went on to compete. They placed second in the segment and won the silver medal. They qualified for the 2012 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, and finished sixth at the event. At the 2013 Russian Championships, Ilinykh/Katsalapov won the silver medal behind defending national champions Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev. At the 2013 European Championships, they placed second in the short dance and first in the free dance. They won the silver medal, just 0.11 of a point behind gold medalists Bobrova/Soloviev. Ilinykh/Katsalapov finished 9th at the 2013 World Championships.

2013–14 season[edit]

Katsalapov at the awarding ceremony for Russian athletes with President Vladimir Putin

Ilinykh/Katsalapov's first assignment of the 2013–14 Grand Prix season was the 2013 NHK Trophy where they placed fourth. At their next event, the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard, they scored personal bests in both segments, finishing with an overall score of 171.89 points and winning the silver medal ahead of French ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat.

Ilinykh/Katsalapov won their third national silver medal at the 2014 Russian Championships behind Bobrova/Soloviev and then won silver at the 2014 European Championships with an overall score 1.1 points less than gold medalists Cappellini/Lanotte. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to the free dance in the inaugural team event. They placed third in their segment and Team Russia won the gold medal. Ilinykh/Katsalapov then won the bronze medal in the individual ice dancing event behind champions Meryl Davis / Charlie White and silver medalists Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir. They scored personal bests in both segments and an overall total of 183.48 points.

The next month, Ilinykh/Katsalapov traveled to Saitama, Japan for the 2014 World Championships. On 26 March 2014, just before the short dance, ITAR-TASS reported that they would split after the competition.[16] Katsalapov had a serious error on the twizzles and they placed fifth in the short dance. Despite winning the next segment, they finished off the podium in the closely contested event. Their total score was just 1.05 less than the gold medalists. On 4 April 2014, Katsalapov confirmed to Ilinykh that he wanted to end their partnership.[17]

Partnership with Sinitsina[edit]

On 11 April 2014, Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina applied for approval of their partnership from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSFR).[18] They then traveled to Michigan to train for three weeks under Marina Zueva.[19]

2014–15 season[edit]

Sinitsina/Katsalapov made their competitive debut at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, a Grand Prix event in Moscow; they placed fourth in both segments and finished well behind their former partners.[20] At the 2014 NHK Trophy, they finished fifth in the short dance, eighth in the free dance after falling on one lift and aborting another, and eighth ovrall. They were fourth at the 2015 Russian Championships.[21]

2015–16 season[edit]

A stress fracture in his foot that kept Katsalapov off the ice in early 2015 recurred in the summer of 2015, keeping the duo out of test skates organized by the FSFR.[citation needed] Competing in the 2015–16 Grand Prix series, Sinitsina/Katsalapov won the silver medal at the 2015 Skate America, obtaining the highest total technical elements score in the free dance, and then bronze at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup, behind Italians Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte. They were the second highest-ranked Russian couple in the Grand Prix rankings, behind Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev who also won one silver and one bronze but had a higher total short dance score, and were the first alternates for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final. In December, Sinitsina/Katsalapov won the silver medal behind Bobrova/Soloviev at the 2016 Russian Championships in Yekaterinburg.

In January, Sinitsina/Katsalapov finished fourth behind Bobrova/Soloviev at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. They placed ninth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.[22]

2016–17 season[edit]

In mid-2016, Sinitsina/Katsalapov returned to train in Moscow, naming Oleg Volkov as their coach. They later added Elena Tchaikovskaya to their coaching team.[23]

At their Grand Prix events they first placed fourth at the 2016 Cup of China and then fifth at the 2016 NHK Trophy. At the 2017 Russian Championships they won the bronze medal but finished only tenth at the 2017 European Championships.

2017–18 season[edit]

Sinitsina/Katsalapov were scheduled for the later Grand Prix events NHK Trophy and Skate America in November.[24] Before their Grand Prix events they skated one Challenger event, the 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star, where they won the bronze medal. At their Grand Prix events they first placed fourth at the 2017 NHK Trophy and then they won the bronze medal at the 2017 Skate America. At the 2018 Russian Championships they had to withdrew after the short dance.

2018–19 season[edit]

Sinitsina/Katsalapov started their season at the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy where they won the gold medal with a personal best score of 196.42 points. In late October they won the silver medal at the 2018 Skate Canada. In late November they won their second Grand Prix silver medal of the season at the 2018 Internationaux de France. At this event they also scored their personal best score of 200.38 points. With two Grand Prix silver medals they qualified for the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final. At the Grand Prix Final, Sinitsina/Katsalapov won the silver medal after placing third in the rhythm dance and second in the free dance. At this event they also scored their personal best score of 201.37 points.

At the 2019 Russian Championships, Sinitsina/Katsalapov placed first in both the rhythm and free dances, taking the Russian national title for the first time in their careers.[25]

Sinitsina/Katsalapov were medal favourites going into the 2019 European Championships, but encountered issues in the rhythm dance when first Katsalapov and then Sinitsina fell during their twizzle sequence. They placed fifth in the rhythm dance, almost nine points behind the third-place team, and effectively out of medal contention. Katsalapov was uncertain as to the cause, saying "I don’t know exactly what happened. I can’t excuse it or justify it."[26] They placed third in the free dance, winning a bronze small medal, with Katsalapov saying that they "fought hard to show the beautiful choreography of our program and avoid any stupid mistakes."[27]

Programs[edit]

With Sinitsina[edit]

Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
2018–19
[28]
Short dance
2017–18
[29]
  • Rhumba
  • Samba
  • Going to the Run
    by Golden Earrings
2016–17
[30]
  • Going to the Run
    by Golden Earrings
2015–16
[31][1]
2014–15
[32]
  • Did You Ever Feel Lonely
    by Gary Moore
  • The Messiah Will Come Again
    by Gary Moore
  • Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra
    (from The Pianist)
    by Frédéric Chopin
    performed by Janusz Olejniczak

With Ilinykh[edit]

Ilinykh and Katsalapov won the 2010 World Junior Championships.
Ilinykh and Katsalapov at 2010 Cup of Russia
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[33][34]


2012–2013
[35]
Uzbek dance:
  • Andijan Polka
    (specially composed arrangement)
  • Capricious Horses
    by Garik Sukachev

2011–2012
[3][36]
  • Ave Maria
    performed by Thomas Spencer-Wortley
2010–2011
[37]


Original dance
2009–2010
  • Petite Fleur
  • Rock Around The Clock
2008–2009
2004–2005
  • Swing combo

Records and achievements[edit]

(with Sinitsina)

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Sinitsina[edit]

International[38]
Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Worlds 9th 2nd
Europeans 4th 10th 4th
GP Final 2nd
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 5th 4th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th 3rd
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd
GP Skate Canada 2nd
GP France 2nd
CS Minsk-Arena 3rd
CS Nepela Trophy 1st
National[39]
Russian Champ. 4th 2nd 3rd WD 1st
Team events
World Team Trophy 3rd T
2nd P
TBD: Assigned; WD: Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

With Ilinykh[edit]

The short dance at 2011 Worlds
International[40]
Event 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 3rd
Worlds 7th 5th 9th 4th
Europeans 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP Final 6th
GP Bompard 4th 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 3rd 2nd 4th
GP Rostelecom 3rd 2nd
Crystal Skate 1st
International: Junior[40]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Hungary 1st
JGP Poland 1st
National[39]
Russian Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Russian Junior 4th 2nd
Team events
Olympics 1st
World Team
Trophy
5th T
(5th P)
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

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

With Sinitsina[edit]

Sinitsina and Katsalapov at the 2016 World Championships
2018–19 season
Date Event RD FD Total
11–14 April 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 2
84.57
2
130.63
3T/2P
215.20
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 2
83.94
2
127.82
2
211.76
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships 5
70.24
3
123.71
4
193.95
19–23 December 2018 2019 Russian Championships 1
84.01
1
128.31
1
212.32
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 Grand Prix Final 3
77.33
2
124.04
2
201.37
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 2
77.91
2
122.47
2
200.38
26–28 October 2018 2018 Skate Canada 2
74.66
1
120.51
2
195.17
19–22 September 2018 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 1
75.96
1
120.46
1
196.42
2017–18 season
Date Event SD FD Total
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships 4
68.46
WD WD
24–26 November 2017 2017 Skate America 3
68.72
3
107.81
3
176.53
10–12 November 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 4
72.49
4
104.66
4
177.15
26–29 October 2017 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star 3
63.81
3
101.49
3
165.30
2016–17 season
Date Event SD FD Total
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 8
64.67
12
89.84
10
154.51
22–25 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 3
73.78
4
104.67
3
178.45
25–27 November 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 4
68.85
5
100.77
5
169.62
18–20 November 2016 2016 Cup of China 4
70.24
4
101.70
4
171.94
2015–16 season
Date Event SD FD Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 9
67.68
10
101.29
9
168.97
26–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships 4
68.33
4
104.32
4
172.65
23–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 1
73.96
3
101.87
2
175.83
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 3
63.63
3
103.77
3
167.40
23–25 October 2015 2015 Skate America 2
62.76
2
99.45
2
162.21
2014–15 season
Date Event SD FD Total
25–28 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 4
60.79
4
97.78
4
158.57
28–30 November 2014 2014 NHK Trophy 5
54.94
8
67.37
7
122.31
14–16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 4
57.96
4
89.59
4
147.55

With Ilinykh[edit]

Ilinykh and Katsalapov performing their gala at the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard
Ilinykh and Katsalapov Free dance at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Ilinykh and Katsalapov at the 2012 World Championships
The short dance at 2011 Trophée Bompard
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
28–29 March 2014 2014 World Championships Senior 5
65.67
1
108.71
4
174.38
16–17 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics Senior 3
73.04
3
110.44
3
183.48
06-9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (team event) Senior
3
103.48
1
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships Senior 2
69.54
2
100.97
2
170.51
24–27 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 2
68.67
2
99.34
2
168.01
15–17 November 2013 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard Senior 3
69.07
2
102.82
2
171.89
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy Senior 4
61.35
4
94.02
4
155.37
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
10–17 March 2013 2013 World Championships Senior 9
66.07
10
91.45
9
157.52
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships Senior 2
68.98
1
100.16
2
169.14
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 2
66.14
2
105.53
2
171.67
6–9 December 2012 2012–13 Grand Prix Final Senior 6
63.56
5
92.80
6
156.36
22–25 November 2012 2012 NHK Trophy Senior 3
59.96
2
96.66
2
156.62
8–11 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup Senior 2
65.70
2
92.76
2
158.46
30 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2012 2012 Crystal Skate Senior 1
70.95
1
103.61
1
174.56
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
18–22 April 2012 2012 World Team Trophy Senior 5
60.44
5
86.40
5T/5P
146.84
26–29 March 2012 2012 World Championships Senior 5
65.34
5
95.66
5
161.00
23–29 January 2012 2012 European Championships Senior 7
59.49
3
93.63
3
153.12
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 2
66.94
2
95.00
2
161.94
18–20 November 2011 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard Senior 4
58.17
4
82.15
4
140.32
11–13 November 2011 2011 NHK Trophy Senior 1
61.83
3
87.65
3
149.48
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
24 April – 1 May 2011 2011 World Championships Senior 6
65.51
10
88.99
7
154.50
24–30 January 2011 2011 European Championships Senior 4
60.93
4
92.55
4
153.48
26–29 December 2010 2011 Russian Championships Senior 2
62.30
4
87.42
3
149.72
19–21 November 2010 2010 Cup of Russia Senior 6
49.14
2
85.65
3
134.79
22–24 October 2010 2010 NHK Trophy Senior 3
56.89
4
78.16
4
135.05
2009–10 season
Date Event Level OD FD Total
8–14 March 2010 2010 World Junior Championships Junior 1
59.94
1
90.82
1
188.28
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
2
2
184.51
3–6 December 2009 2009 JGP Final Junior 3
54.35
2
85.01
2
139.36
9–13 September 2009 2009 JGP Poland Junior 1
54.03
1
82.56
1
171.61
26 Aug. – 30 Sept. 2009 2009 JGP Hungary Junior 1
50.46
1
81.50
1
166.06

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