Tatiana Navka

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Tatiana Navka
Tatyana Navka-edit.jpg
Tatiana Navka in 2006
Personal information
Full name Tatyana Aleksandrovna Navka
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Belarus
Born (1975-04-13) 13 April 1975 (age 40)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Partner Roman Kostomarov
Former partner Samvel Gezalian (BLR)
Nikolai Morozov (BLR)
Former coach Alexander Zhulin
Natalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karponosov
Elena Tchaikovskaia
Natalia Dubova
Skating club SC Moskvich
Former training locations Moscow
Montclair, New Jersey
Hackensack, New Jersey
Simsbury, Connecticut
Began skating 1980
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 227.81 (WR)
2005 Worlds
Comp. dance 45.97 (WR)
2005 Worlds
Original dance 68.67
2005 Worlds
Free dance 117.14 (WR)
2003 Cup of Russia

Tatyana Aleksandrovna Navka (Ukrainian: Тетяна Олександрівна Навка, Russian: Татьяна Александровна Навка, born 13 April 1975, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian ice dancer. With partner Roman Kostomarov, she is the 2006 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (2004–05), a three-time Grand Prix Final champion (2003–05), and a three-time European champion (2004–06). Earlier in her career, she competed for the Soviet Union and Belarus.

Personal life[edit]

Tatiana Navka was born on 13 April 1975 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.[1] She is the daughter of Raisa, an economist, and Aleksandr, an engineer, and has a younger sister, Natalia.[2][3] In 1988, she moved to Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR, having been invited to train under Natalia Dubova.[3][4] She was a citizen of Belarus by 1994 and of Russia no later than 2002.[5] She formerly resided in New Jersey.[1]

In 2000, Navka married Russian ice dancer Alexander Zhulin.[1] Their daughter, Sasha, was born in May 2000 in the United States.[1][4] The couple filed for divorce in the summer of 2009, with Zhulin publicly confirming their divorce in October 2010.[6]

Navka and Russian diplomat Dmitry Peskov, the press spokesman for Vladimir Putin, have a daughter, Nadezhda (Nadia), born in August 2014 in Russia.[7][4] They got married on 1 August 2015, after Peskov finalized the divorce with his second wife.[8]


Early career[edit]

Tatiana Navka became interested in skating at the age of five after seeing it on television.[9] Tamara Yarchevskaya and Alexander Rozhin coached her during her early years as a single skater.[3] In 1987, following a 14 cm growth spurt that hampered her jumps, her parents were advised that she should try ice dancing.[3]

In 1988, at the invitation of Russian coach Natalia Dubova, Navka relocated to Moscow and began training at the Moskvich sports club, partnered with Samuel Gezalian.[3] The two represented the Soviet Union early in their career, winning gold at the 1991 Skate America and 1991 Nations Cup. Following the country's dissolution, Navka/Gezalian chose to skate for Belarus. They placed ninth in their debut at the European and World Championships, in 1993.

In the 1993–94 season, Navka/Gezalian won silver at the 1993 Skate Canada International and placed fourth at the 1993 NHK Trophy. They competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, placing 11th, before achieving their career-best Worlds result, fifth at the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan. In 1994–95, Navka/Gezalian won silver at the 1994 NHK Trophy and went on to achieve their best European result, fourth, at the 1995 European Championships in Dortmund. Their partnership came to an end following the 1995 World Championships, where they placed seventh.

Navka teamed up with Nikolai Morozov in 1996,[10] continuing to represent Belarus. At their first practice at the 1997 World Championships, Morozov sustained a torn meniscus in his knee but they finished 14th at the event and he then underwent surgery.[10] They earned an Olympic berth by winning gold at the 1997 Karl Schäfer Memorial.[10] 90 seconds into their free dance at the 1998 Winter Olympics, nearly three-quarters of the floodlights turned off but Navka/Morozov did not interrupt their performance.[11] They finished 16th at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and 10th at the 1998 World Championships in Minneapolis. They were coached by Alexander Zhulin and Bob Young at the International Skating Center in Simsbury, Connecticut.[12] Following 1998 Worlds, Navka ended the partnership to compete with another skater.[10]

Partnership with Kostomarov[edit]

Navka then teamed up with Roman Kostomarov and began competing for Russia during the 1998–99 season. They were coached by Natalia Linichuk.[13] They won the bronze medal at the Russian Championships and were sent to the World Championships in their first season together, placing 12th. Linichuk then dissolved the team and paired Kostomarov with Anna Semenovich.[13] Navka became pregnant with her daughter and took a year off from competition.

In mid-2000, Kostomarov called Navka and asked to skate with her again.[1] They were coached by Alexander Zhulin in Hackensack and Montclair, New Jersey.[14][1][13] Navka/Kostomarov won the World title in 2004 and again in 2005. They also won three European titles from 2004–2006. They then won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Navka/Kostomarov retired from competition after the Olympics but continue to skate in shows together.

Later career[edit]

Navka has partnered with Russian celebrities to compete in Channel One Russia ice shows: Stars On Ice, which she won with actor Marat Basharov, and Ice Age, in which she was runner-up with actor Ville Haapasalo. In the 2008–09 season of Ice Age, she was runner-up for the second time, partnered with actor Vadim Kolganov.

In September 2008, Navka, together with professional dancer Alexander Litvinenko, took part in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008.[15] In October 2011, she became a 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi) ambassador.[16]


With Kostomarov[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Chilly Cha Cha
  • Rhumba:
  • Samba:

  • Austin Powers

With Morozov[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP = Part of Champions Series from 1995; renamed Grand Prix in 1998

With Kostomarov for Russia[edit]

Navka and Kostomarov at the 2004 NHK Trophy
Navka and Kostomarov at 2010 City Lights ice show
Event 1998–99 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Olympics 10th 1st
Worlds 12th 12th 8th 4th 1st 1st
Europeans 11th 9th 7th 3rd 1st 1st 1st
GP Final 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP Bompard 1st
GP Cup of China 1st 1st
GP Cup of Russia 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 5th 6th 2nd
GP Skate America 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
Goodwill Games 3rd
Russian Champ. 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st

With Morozov for Belarus[edit]

Event 1996–97 1997–98
Winter Olympics 16th
World Championships 14th 10th
European Championships 12th 10th
GP Cup of Russia 6th
Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st
Belarusian Champ. 1st 1st

With Gezalian for Belarus and the Soviet Union[edit]

Event 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95
Winter Olympics 11th
World Championships 9th 5th 7th
European Championships 9th 10th 4th
Nations Cup 1st
NHK Trophy 7th 4th 2nd
Skate America 1st
Skate Canada 2nd
Belarusian Champ. 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Профиль звезды: Татьяна Навка" [Star profiles: Tatiana Navka] (in Russian). 7days.ru. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Мемория. Татьяна Навка". polit.ru (in Russian). 13 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Kostina, Elena (October 2014). "Татьяна Навка: первые фотографии с дочкой" [Tatiana Navka: First photos with daughter]. 7days.ru (in Russian). 
  5. ^ Unlike most skating competitions, the Olympics require that competitors be citizens of the country they are representing. Consequently, it is likely that Navka was granted Belarusian citizenship by 1994 and retained it until 1998, if not later (she competed for Belarus at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics). She was a Russian citizen by 2002 as she represented Russia at that year's Winter Olympics.
  6. ^ "Жулин: Мы официально развелись с Навкой" [Zhulin: Navka and I are officially divorced] (in Russian). Life News. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Skating Champion to Marry Russian President Putin's Spokesman". The Moscow Times. 16 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Oliphant, Ronald (3 August 2015). "Vladimir Putin's spokesman in luxury watch scandal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (26 August 2003). "Navka and Kostomarov Close to World Dance Podium". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (19 December 2004). "Morozov Tops Worlds Choreographers". Skate Today. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Hine, Tommy (17 February 1998). "Navka, Morozov Light Up The Dark". Hartford Courant. 
  12. ^ Hine, Tommy (6 February 1998). "Skating Center Athletes". Hartford Courant. 
  13. ^ a b c "Navka & Kostomarov :: The Team :: Biographies". Official website of Navka & Kostomarov at Ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001. 
  15. ^ "Eurovision Dance Contest info page". 
  16. ^ Gold, David (28 October 2011). "Navka unveiled as Sochi 2014 ambassador". InsideTheGames. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. 
  18. ^ a b "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  19. ^ a b "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2003. 
  20. ^ a b "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  21. ^ a b c "Navka & Kostomarov :: The Skating :: Programs". Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov: Official Website. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. 

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