Vadim Naumov

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Vadim Naumov
Personal information
Native nameВадим Владимирович Наумов
Full nameVadim Vladimirovich Naumov
Country representedRussia
Soviet Union
Born (1969-04-07) 7 April 1969 (age 50)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
PartnerEvgenia Shishkova
Former coachLudmila Velikova
E. Beilina

Vadim Vladimirovich Naumov (Russian: Вадим Владимирович Наумов; born 7 April 1969) is a Russian former pair skater. With partner Evgenia Shishkova, he is the 1994 World champion and the 1995–96 Champions Series Final champion.


Shishkova/Naumov were introduced in 1985 by Naumov's coach who wanted them to skate together.[1] Naumov initially rebuffed the idea because he did not wish to change partners, however, following a number of tryouts, he and Shishkova agreed to team up.[1] They began competing together in 1987.[2]

In 1991, Shishkova/Naumov won bronze at their first European Championships and placed 5th at the World Championships. The next season, they competed at their first Olympics, the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, where they placed fifth.

Shishkova/Naumov won their first World medal – bronze – at the 1993 World Championships. The following year, the pair placed 4th at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. They ended the season by becoming World champions.

Shishkova/Naumov picked up their third World medal – silver – in 1995. From 1991–1995, the pair also won five European medals. In February 1996, they won gold at the 1995–96 Champions Series Final (later renamed the Grand Prix Final).

At the 1996 World Championships, Shishkova/Naumov were third after the short program. In the long program, four judges gave first-place votes to Marina Eltsova / Andrei Bushkov, the gold medalists, and four judges voted in favor of Shishkova/Naumov, however, low scores from the other five judges left them off the podium in 4th.[3]

Shishkova/Naumov did not make the 1998 Winter Olympic team. They decided to retire from ISU competition in 1998 and skate professionally.[1] The pair won the World Professional Championships in April 1998. They then transitioned into coaching, working at the International Skating Center in Simsbury, Connecticut.[4][5] They moved to the Skating Club of Boston in February 2017.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shishkova and Naumov married in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in August 1995.[7] They settled in Simsbury, Connecticut in 1998.[1] Their son, Maxim Naumov, was born in August 2001 and competes in men's singles for the United States.[8][9]


(with Shishkova)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Die Fledermaus
    by Johann Strauss II
  • Slap That Bass

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)

With Shishkova:

Event 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Winter Olympics 5th 4th
World Champ. 5th 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 4th
European Champ. 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 5th
GP Final 1st 5th
GP Cup of Russia 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 1st 2nd
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
Centennial On Ice 1st
Goodwill Games 3rd
Inter. de Paris 1st
Moscow News 5th
Nations Cup 2nd 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
NHK Trophy 1st 1st
Skate America 3rd 1st 2nd
Skate Canada 2nd
Russian Champ. 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
Soviet Champ. 1st 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d Johnson, Paul H. (July 6, 1998). "Focused On Their Future; Russian Pair Is Skating Into Professional Ranks". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Evgenia Shishkova & Vadim Naumov". Archived from the original on October 7, 2007.
  3. ^ Wilner, Barry (March 20, 1996). "Russians Win Pairs, Americans Get Bronze". Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Aldrich, Ian (January–February 2008). "The Big Question: How to be a Champion Figure Skater; The training, endurance, and expenses of champions". Yankee. Archived from the original on December 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Elfman, Lois (July 14, 2016). "Shishkova, Naumov navigate parent-coach balance".
  6. ^ Zeghibe, Doug (February 10, 2017). "Coaching Announcement". Skating Club of Boston. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Russian newlyweds collect $30,000 toward new house". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. November 5, 1995.
  8. ^ Hine, Tommy (December 23, 2006). "Different Holiday On Ice". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Walker, Elvin (March 11, 2016). "Maxim Naumov continues a family tradition". IFS Magazine.
  10. ^ "Evgenia SHISHKOVA / Vadim NAUMOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  11. ^ Наумов Вадим Владимирович [Vadim Vladimirovich Naumov]. (in Russian).
  12. ^ Наумов Вадим Владимирович [Vadim Vladimirovich Naumov]. (in Russian).