Oleksandra Nazarova

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Oleksandra Nazarova
2018 EC Oleksandra Nazarova Maksym Nikitin 2018-01-19 15-47-58 (2).jpg
Nazarova and Nikitin at the 2018 European Championships
Personal information
Native nameОлександра Євгенівна Назарова
Full nameOleksandra Yevhenivna Nazarova
Alternative namesAlexandra Nazarova
Country representedUkraine
Born (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 22)
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Home townKharkiv
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
PartnerMaxim Nikitin
Former partnerMykhailo Kasalo
CoachIgor Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat
Former coachAlexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Halyna Churilova, Mariana Kozlova
ChoreographerGreg Zuerlein, Adrienne Lenda
Former choreographerSergei Petukhov, Larysa Fiodorova, Halyna Churilova, Mariana Kozlova
Skating clubKolos Kharkiv
Training locationsNovi, Michigan, United States
Former training locationsKharkiv, Ukraine
Moscow, Russia
Began skating2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total160.88
2017 NHK Trophy
Short dance63.86
2017 Worlds
Free dance97.55
2017 NHK Trophy

Oleksandra (Alexandra) Yevhenivna Nazarova (Ukrainian: Олександра Євгенівна Назарова; born 30 November 1996) is a Ukrainian ice dancer. With partner Maxim Nikitin, she is the 2015 World Junior bronze medalist and 2012 Youth Olympic silver medalist. On the senior level, they are the 2017 Winter Universiade champions, 2014 CS Warsaw Cup silver medalists, 2016 Cup of Nice bronze medalists, three-time Ukrainian national champions (2015, 2017, 2018) and qualified a spot for Ukraine at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Oleksandra Nazarova[1] was born on 30 November 1996 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.[2] In 2014, she began taking correspondence courses at the Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Culture.[3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Around 2004, Halyna Churilova encouraged Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin – both single skaters from Kharkiv – to form an ice dancing partnership together.[3]

Nazarova/Nikitin debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2010. They placed 11th in Graz, Austria and 7th in Sheffield, England. Churilova coached the team in their hometown.[4]

In the 2011–2012 season, they made no appearances on the JGP series but were sent to the Youth Olympics in January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. They won the silver medal behind Russia's Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin placed 5th at both of their 2012 JGP events and were assigned to their first World Junior Championships. At the latter competition, held in late February and early March 2013 in Milan, Italy, the duo placed 12th in the short dance, 9th in the free dance, and 11th overall. After the event, Churilova advised them to join Russian coach Alexander Zhulin.[3] They relocated to Moscow to train with Zhulin and Oleg Volkov.[5]

2013–2014 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin won silver at both of their 2013 JGP assignments and qualified for the JGP Final. They placed fifth at the Final, held in December 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. In March 2014, they finished fifth at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, having ranked seventh in the short dance and fourth in the free dance.

2014–2015 season: Senior debut[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin continued training in Moscow in the 2014–2015 season.[6] At the Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France, they ranked fifth in the short dance and third in the free dance. The duo finished fourth overall, 0.54 shy of third place. They won the bronze medal at their next JGP event, in Tallinn, Estonia, after placing sixth in the short and third in the free dance.

Making their senior international debut, Nazarova/Nikitin won the silver medal at the Warsaw Cup, a Challenger Series event in November 2014. After winning the Ukrainian senior national title, they were named in Ukraine's team to the European Championships, held in late January 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Ranked 12th in the short dance and 11th in the free dance, the two finished 11th overall.

In early March, the two competed at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. They were awarded the bronze medal after placing fifth in the short dance, second in the free dance, and third overall behind Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov of Russia and Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter of the United States. It was Ukraine's first podium finish at the event since 2000. At the end of the same month, Nazarova/Nikitin competed on the senior level at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China; they ranked 17th in both segments and overall.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Making their Grand Prix debut, Nazarova/Nikitin finished 7th at the 2015 Skate America. They withdrew from the Ukrainian Championships due to Nazarova's knee injury.[7] The duo returned to competition in late March 2016 at the World Championships in Boston. Ranked 20th in the short dance, they narrowly qualified for the free dance where they placed 18th, resulting in a final placement of 19th.

Deciding to change coaches, Nazarova/Nikitin joined Igor Shpilband and Fabian Bourzat in Novi, Michigan in late June 2016.[8][9][2]

2016–2017 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin opened their season with a bronze medal at the International Cup of Nice. They finished 7th at their Grand Prix assignment, the 2016 Trophée de France, and 9th at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

In February, they received the gold medal at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In March, they placed 15th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to their result, Ukraine qualified a spot in the ice dancing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Nazarova/Nikitin won the bronze medal at the 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy.

Programs[edit]

(with Nikitin)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2018-2019
  • The Nightclub-Dance Suite
    (from City Lights)
    by Charlie Chaplin
  • At the Millionaire's Home
    (from City Lights)
    by Charlie Chaplin
  • The Adventurer
    by Charlie Chaplin & Carl Davis
  • Titine
    (from Modern Times)
    by Charlie Chaplin
2017–2018
[10]
2016–2017
[2]
  • Droit de cité
    by Raphaël Beau
    (from Micmacs)
  • Sur le mesure
    by Hugues Le Bars
  • Diabolique
    by Raphaël Beau
    (from Micmacs)
2015–2016
[11][12]
2014–2015
[13][14][3]
Senior level
  • Flamenco: Street Dance
    by Didulia
  • Paso Doble

Junior level

  • Samba Vocalizado
    by Luciano Perrone
  • Rhumba: Perfidia
    by John Altman
  • Samba Vocalizado
    by Luciano Perrone
2013–2014
[5]
2012–2013
[15]
2011–2012
[16]
2010–2011
[4]

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Nikitin

International[17]
Event 07–08 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Winter Olympics 21st
Worlds 17th 19th 15th 15th
Europeans 11th 9th 11th
GP NHK Trophy 6th 9th
GP Skate America 7th 8th
GP Trophée 7th
CS Golden Spin 4th 6th
CS Ice Star 4th
CS Lombardia 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 9th
CS Tallinn Trophy 6th
CS U.S. Classic 4th
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd 3rd
Winter Universiade 1st
Cup of Nice 3rd 5th
Ice Star 1st
Santa Claus Cup 1st
International: Junior and novice[17]
Junior Worlds 11th 5th 3rd
Youth Olympics 2nd
JGP Final 5th
JGP Austria 11th 5th
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 4th
JGP Estonia 2nd 3rd
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP U.K. 7th
Volvo Open 2nd J
Istanbul Cup 5th J
NRW Trophy 1st N 1st N 10th J 5th J 7th J
Santa Cup 8th J 1st J
National[17]
Ukrainian Champ. 1st J 1st WD 1st 1st
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6th SANTA CLAUS CUP 2012 - ISU". Hungarian Skating Association. December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Golinsky, Reut (23 March 2015). "Meet Alexandra (Sasha) Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin". Absolute Skating.
  4. ^ a b "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  6. ^ Максим Никитин: О смене гражданства у нас даже мыслей не было [Maxim Nikitin: We did not consider changing citizenship] (in Russian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. 14 August 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014.
  7. ^ "СПИСКИ УЧАСТНИКОВ ЧЕМПИОНАТА УКРАИНЫ ПО ФИГУРНОМУ КАТАНИЮ" [List of competitors at the Ukrainian Figure Skating Championships]. Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). 18 December 2015. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015.
  8. ^ Vlasyuk, Lyudmyla (26 December 2016). "Своїм танцем ми прагнемо викликати у глядачів позитивні емоції" [We want to create positive emotions with our dance] (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation.
  9. ^ Samokhvalov, Anatoliy (29 June 2016). "Украинская пара фигуристов Назарова/Никитин перешла от тренера Жулина к Шпильбанду" [Ukrainian figure skating duo Nazarova/Nikitin changes coaches from Zhulin to Shpilband]. rsport.ru (in Russian).
  10. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 31 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ Flade, Tatjana (July 9, 2015). "Nazarova and Nikitin take on new style for 2015-16". Golden Skate.
  13. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013.
  16. ^ Golinsky, Reut (11 February 2012). "Youth Olympic Games 2012". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  17. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN". International Skating Union.

External links[edit]

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