Nina Ulanova

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Nina Ulanova
2011 - Dancing on Ice (Manchester Evening News Arena) Matt Evers & Nina Ulanova (5678187218) (cropped).jpg
Nina Ulanova with Matt Evers Dancing on Ice in 2011
Personal information
Alternative namesNina Oulanova
Country representedRussia
Born (1978-05-31) 31 May 1978 (age 43)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)[1]
Former partnerAlexander Pavlov
Michail Stifunin
Former coachAlla Belyaeva, Andrei Filippov, Rafael Arutyunyan
Began skating1982
Medal record

Nina Ulanova (Russian: Нина Уланова; occasionally romanised French-style as Oulanova;[2] born 31 May 1978) is a Russian ice dancer. With former partner Michail Stifunin, she is the 1997 World Junior champion and 1998 Nebelhorn Trophy champion.

Personal life[edit]

Nina Ulanova was born in 1978 in Moscow.[3] She is the niece of Alexei Ulanov.[1]


Competitive career[edit]

Having started skating when she was four, Ulanova trained in single skating under Rafael Arutyunyan until age 11 and then began ice dancing in Andrei Filippov's group.[1]

Ulanova and her partner, Michail Stifunin, placed fifth at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Brisbane, Australia. In the 1996–97 season, they won gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.[2] After the event, Filippov moved to Australia and Ulanova/Stifunin joined Alla Belyaeva.[1] They skated together until 1999, placing as high as fifth at the senior Russian Championships.

During the 1999–2000 season, Ulanova competed with Alexander Pavlov. They placed fourth at the 2000 Russian Championships. Their partnership ended around 2001.

Professional career[edit]

After joining Holiday on Ice, Ulanova performed with Martin Šimeček for seven years and then with Michał Zych for three years.[1] In 2011, Ulanova appeared on series 6 of ITV's Dancing on Ice, partnered with Steven Arnold. They were voted off in episode 4. She took part in the 2011 Dancing on Ice Tour and partnered with professional skater Matt Evers. In 2012, she appeared on series 7 partnered with Matthew Wolfenden and won the series.[4][5]

Ulanova did not appear in series 8 due to her pregnancy. She was partnered with Kyran Bracken for the 2014 series of Dancing on Ice.

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix

With Pavlov[edit]

Event 1999–00 2000–01
GP Skate America 11th
Nebelhorn Trophy 10th
Tallinn Cup 2nd
Russian Championships 4th

With Stifunin[edit]

Event 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd 1st
Golden Spin 2nd
Skate Israel 3rd 2nd
St. Gervais 1st
Winter Universiade 2nd 2nd
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 5th 1st
Blue Swords 1st
Russian Champ. 5th 6th
Russian Jr. Champ. 2nd 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e Elfman, Lois (3 February 2011). "Nina Ulanova explores on and off the ice". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Skater In The Spotlight: Nina Ulanova". Dancing On Ice Tour. 25 March 2014. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden wins Dancing on Ice". BBC News. 26 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Matthew Wolfenden wins Dancing on Ice". The Daily Telegraph. 26 March 2012.
  6. ^ "ULANOVA Nina / PAVLOV Alexander". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Уланова Нина" [Nina Ulanova] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 17 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b "ULANOVA Nina / STIFUNIN Michail". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 July 2016.