Peter Tchernyshev

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Peter Tchernyshev
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Lang and Tchernyshev at an ice show in 2002
Personal information
Alternative names Pyotr Andreyevich Chernyshev
Country represented United States and Russia
Born (1971-02-06) February 6, 1971 (age 47)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Partner Naomi Lang
Former partner Sophie Eliazova, Olga Pershankova, Maria Anikanova
Former coach Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova, Alexander Zhulin, Igor Shpilband, Elizabeth Coates
Skating club American Academy FSC
Began skating 1977
Retired 2004

Peter Tchernyshev (Russian: Пётр Андреевич Чернышёв; also romanized as Pyotr Andreyevich Chernyshev; born February 6, 1971) is a Russian-American ice dancer. With skating partner Naomi Lang, he is a two-time Four Continents champion (2000 and 2002), a five-time U.S. national champion (1999–2003), and competed at the Winter Olympics in 2002.


Early career[edit]

Tchernyshev began skating at the age of six because his parents felt it would be good for his health.[1] He also studied ballet from the age of eight.[2] He was originally a singles skater but injured his landing ankle at the age of 18 and it did not heal fully.[1] He spent the next three years touring with the Russian All Stars in England and Turkey before returning to competition as an ice dancer.[1]

Tchernyshev skated with Maria Anikanova in the late 1980s.[3] He later competed with Olga Pershankova for Russia and the Soviet Union but he and his partner had problems and split up.[1][2] After a girl arrived in Russia looking for a partner, he decided to move to the United States.[1]

Tchernyshev competed with Sophie Eliazova for three years until they split in the summer of 1996.[1][2]

Partnership with Naomi Lang[edit]

Having noticed Naomi Lang at U.S. Nationals, Tchernyshev wrote her a letter in mid-1996 asking for a tryout.[1] They had a successful tryout in Lake Placid, New York and trained there for nine months with Natalia Dubova; then, due to Lang's homesickness, they moved to Detroit and began training with Igor Shpilband and Elizabeth Coates.[1]

Lang/Tchernyshev first won the U.S. national title in 1999. The following season, they took gold at the 2000 Four Continents Championships and placed 8th at the 2000 World Championships. They also performed with Champions on Ice.

In 2000, Lang/Tchernyshev moved to Hackensack, New Jersey to train with Alexander Zhulin, who coached them until the end of the 2001–02 season.[1][4][5] They missed their 2001 Grand Prix events because Tchernyshev had shin splits.[6] Returning to competition, they won their fourth national title at the 2002 U.S. Championships and then won their second Four Continents title. They placed eleventh at the 2002 Winter Olympics and ninth at the 2002 World Championships.

In 2002–03, Lang/Tchernyshev were coached by Nikolai Morozov.[7] After missing their 2002 Grand Prix events due to an injury to Lang, the duo won their fifth national title at the 2003 U.S. Championships, took bronze at the 2003 Four Continents, and placed 8th at the 2003 World Championships.[7]

Lang/Tchernyshev did not appear internationally in the 2003–04 season. They intended to compete at the 2004 U.S. Championships but withdrew after Lang re-injured her Achilles tendon.[8] They announced their competitive retirement in February 2004.[8] The duo continued to skate together professionally and appeared in several U.S. ice shows, including many of the Disson skating shows televised on NBC and the Hallmark Channel. They also toured extensively in Europe and Russia.[9]

Other work[edit]

Tchernyshev has done choreography for competitive skaters.[10] He choreographed for Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov (2011-2016 short and free program),[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] Sinead Kerr / John Kerr (2010–2011 free dance),[19] and Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (2014-2015 exhibition and 2015-2016 free dance).[20][21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Peter Tchernyshev's grandfather, Pyotr Chernyshev, was a four-time Soviet champion in singles skating in the late 1930s.[1]

Tchernyshev became a U.S. citizen in January 2001.[7] He lived in the United States for about 15 years and currently lives in Russia.[23] He was formerly married to Natalia Annenko.[24] In October 2008, Tchernyshev married Russian actress Anastasia Zavorotnyuk.[25][26] The wedding ceremony took place in the Foros Church, Crimea, Ukraine.[25]


(with Lang)

Season Original dance[27] Free dance[28] Exhibition[29]
by Georges Bizet:
  • March of the Toreadors
  • Habanera
  • March of the Toreadors



With Naomi Lang[edit]

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Olympics 11th
Worlds 10th 8th 9th 9th 8th
Four Continents 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP Lalique 5th
GP Skate America 6th 5th 3rd 5th
GP Skate Canada 9th
Lysiane Lauret 2nd
U.S. Champ. 5th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st WD
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

Earlier partnerships[edit]

(with Sophia Eliazova)

Event 1995–96
U.S. Championships 13th

(with Olga Pershankova)

Event 1992–93
Vienna Cup 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mittan, Barry (December 15, 2001). "Lang and Tchernyshev Look Forward to Olympic Year". Golden Skate. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mittan, J. Barry (1999) [1996]. "Lang and Tchernyshev Reign as New Dance Champions". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dyachkova, Natalya. "Мария Аниканова: «Не могу быть в одиночестве»" [Maria Anikanova: "I can't be single"]. (in Russian). 
  4. ^ a b c "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2001. 
  5. ^ a b c "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. 
  6. ^ "2002 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships: Day One". International Skating Union. January 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Naomi LANG / Peter TCHERNYSHEV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 18, 2003. 
  8. ^ a b "Lang and Tchernyshev announce end of partnership". U.S. Figure Skating. February 17, 2004. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (November 8, 2010). "Lang, Tchernyshev enjoy overseas opportunities". IceNetwork. 
  10. ^ СПИСОК кандидатов в спортивные сборные команды Российской Федерации по фигурному катанию на коньках на 2011-2012 гг. [2011–2012 list] (PDF). Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Russian Sports Ministry. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "2013 Tchernyshev". Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Isufs Bios". Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
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  19. ^ Flade, Tatjana (January 29, 2011). "Pechalat and Bourzat dance to first European title". Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Alex Shibutani [@AlexShibutani] (28 July 2014). "Special shout-out to the amazing Peter Tchernyshev who choreographed our new exhibition program, "O" by @coldplay. #THEICE2014" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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  23. ^ Kuznetsova, Ekaterina (January 9, 2013). "Лед холоден, но сердца горячи" [Cool ice, warm hearts]. Moskovskij Komsomolets (in Russian). 
  24. ^ Veligzhanina, Anna (June 12, 2008). Бывшая жена фигуриста Чернышева: "Заворотнюк очень повезло с Петром!" [Ex-wife of skater Chernyshev: "Zavorotnyuk is very lucky with Peter!"]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Archived from the original on March 12, 2009. 
  25. ^ a b Veligzhanina, Anna (October 16, 2008). Почему Анастасия Заворотнюк венчалась на Украине? [Why Anastasia Zavorotnyuk got married in Ukraine]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Archived from the original on October 18, 2008. 
  26. ^ Анастасия Заворотнюк и Петр Чернышев счастливы вместе [Anastasia Zavorotnyuk and Petr Chernyshev happy together]. Hello! (Russian edition) (in Russian). October 21, 2009. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev: Official site. Programs: Original dance". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev: Official site. Programs: Free dance". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev: Official site. Programs: Exhibition". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 

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