Victoria Sinitsina

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Victoria Sinitsina
Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina 2016.jpg
Sinitsina and Katsalapov at the 2016 European Championships
Personal information
Native name Виктория Александровна Синицина
Full name Victoria Alexandrovna Sinitsina
Country represented Russia
Born (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 21)
Moscow, Russia
Home town Moscow
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Partner Nikita Katsalapov
Former partner Ruslan Zhiganshin
Coach Marina Zueva
Former coach Svetlana Alexeeva, Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina
Former choreographer Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina
Training locations Moscow
Began skating 1999
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 172.65
2016 Europeans
Short dance 70.24
2016 Cup of China
Free dance 104.32
2016 Europeans

Victoria Alexandrovna Sinitsina (Russian: Виктория Александровна Синицина; born 29 April 1995) is a Russian ice dancer. With Nikita Katsalapov, she is the 2016 Russian national silver medalist.

With former partner Ruslan Zhiganshin, she is the 2012 World Junior champion and won bronze medals at the 2013 Winter Universiade, 2012 Rostelecom Cup, and 2014 Russian Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Sinitsina was born on 29 April 1995 in Moscow.[1] Her father, Alexander Sinitsin, and aunt, Tatiana Sinitsina, are former gymnasts.[2]

Early years on the ice[edit]

Often having tonsillitis as a child, Sinitsina was introduced to skating by her parents to improve her health.[2][3] She took up ice dancing at age 10 and had one partner before Zhiganshin.[2]

Partnership with Zhiganshin[edit]

Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin met in a group led by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh but soon joined Elena Kustarova and Svetlana Alexeeva.[2] They trained mostly in Moscow. From 2010 to 2012, they also went to summer training camps in Ventspils, Latvia.[4]

Junior[edit]

Sinitsina/Zhiganshin debuted on the Junior Grand Prix circuit at the 2008 Merano Cup where they finished sixth. The following JGP season, they placed fifth at both of their events.

They won a pair of silver medals during the 2010–11 JGP season and qualified for the JGP Final. At the Final, they won the short dance[5] and placed second in the free dance to take the silver behind Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin. They withdrew from the 2011 Russian Junior Championships due to Sinitsina's illness.[6]

In the 2011–12 season, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin won gold at the Junior Grand Prix event in Poland, their first JGP title. They won another title in Austria to qualify for their second JGP Final. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed first in both segments and won the title. They then took gold at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. Sinitsina/Zhiganshin won the 2012 World Junior title.[7] They were first in both the short and free dance and scored their season's best, 153.81 points.

Senior[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin debuted on the senior Grand Prix series. After finishing 6th at the 2012 Cup of China, they then won their first senior GP medal, bronze, at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. The duo finished 5th in their senior national debut at the 2013 Russian Championships.

In 2013–14, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin started their season at the Ice Star in Minsk, Belarus, winning the silver medal behind Bobrova/Soloviev. At their sole Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 NHK Trophy, they had a bad fall while practicing a lift.[3] They finished eighth at the event. After taking the bronze medal at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy, they stepped onto the senior national podium for the first time at the 2014 Russian Championships. Competing against Riazanova/Tkachenko for Russia's third Olympic spot, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin finished ahead at nationals and then at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. They came in fourth at the latter event, their senior ISU Championship debut.

Along with Ilinykh/Katsalapov and Bobrova/Soloviev, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin were selected to represent Russia at the Winter Olympics, held in February 2014 in Sochi. They finished 16th at the Olympics, behind a number of teams they had surpassed at Europeans, but rebounded the next month at the 2014 World Championships. They placed eighth in both segments and finished seventh overall in Saitama, Japan. Sinitsina ended their partnership after Worlds.

Partnership with Katsalapov[edit]

On 11 April 2014, Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov applied for approval of their partnership from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSFR).[8] They then traveled to Michigan to train for three weeks under Marina Zueva.[9]

2014–15 season[edit]

Sinitsina/Katsalapov made their competitive debut at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, a Grand Prix event in Moscow; they placed fourth in both segments and finished well behind their former partners.[10] At the 2014 NHK Trophy, they finished fifth in the short dance, eighth in the free dance after falling on one lift and aborting another, and eighth ovrall. They were fourth at the 2015 Russian Championships.[11]

2015–16 season[edit]

A stress fracture in his foot that kept Katsalapov off the ice in early 2015 recurred in the summer of 2015, keeping the duo out of test skates organized by the FSFR.[citation needed] Competing in the 2015–16 Grand Prix series, Sinitsina/Katsalapov won the silver medal at the 2015 Skate America, obtaining the highest total technical elements score in the free dance, and then bronze at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup, behind Italians Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte. They were the second highest-ranked Russian couple in the Grand Prix rankings, behind Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev who also won one silver and one bronze but had a higher total short dance score, and were the first alternates for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final. In December, Sinitsina/Katsalapov won the silver medal behind Bobrova/Soloviev at the 2016 Russian Championships in Yekaterinburg.

In January, Sinitsina/Katsalapov finished fourth behind Bobrova/Soloviev at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. They placed ninth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.[12]

2016–17 season[edit]

In mid-2016, Sinitsina/Katsalapov returned to train in Moscow, naming Oleg Volkov as their coach. They later added Elena Tchaikovskaya to their coaching team.[13] They took the bronze medal at the 2017 Russian Championships.

Programs[edit]

With Katsalapov[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2016-17
  • Going to the Run
    by Golden Earrings
2015–16
[14][1]
2014–15
[15]
  • Did You Ever Feel Lonely
    by Gary Moore
  • The Messiah Will Come Again
    by Gary Moore
  • Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra
    (from The Pianist)
    by Frédéric Chopin
    performed by Janusz Olejniczak

With Zhiganshin[edit]

Sinitsina and Zhiganshin, gold medalists at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–14
[16][17]
  • Quickstep: Let the Good Times Roll
  • Swing: Swing Baby
2012–13
[18]
2011–12
[19]
2010–11
[20]
Original dance
2009–10

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Katsalapov[edit]

International[21]
Event 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
Worlds 9th
Europeans 4th 10th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 5th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th 3rd
GP Skate America 2nd
National[22]
Russian Champ. 4th 2nd 3rd
TBD: Assigned; WD: Withdrew

With Zhiganshin[edit]

International[23]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 16th
Worlds 7th
Europeans 4th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP NHK Trophy 8th
GP Rostel. Cup 3rd
Universiade 3rd
Volvo Open Cup 1st
Ice Star 2nd
International: Junior[23]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 2nd 1st
JGP Austria 2nd 1st
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Italy 6th
JGP Poland 1st
JGP U.K. 2nd
JGP U.S. 5th
NRW Trophy 2nd J
National[22]
Russian Champ. 5th 3rd
Russian Junior 12th 7th 6th WD 1st
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

With Katsalapov[edit]

Sinitsina and Katsalapov at the 2016 World Championships
2016–17 season
Date Event SD FD Total
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 8
64.67
12
89.84
10
154.51
22–25 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 3
73.78
4
104.67
3
178.45
25–27 November 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 4
68.85
5
100.77
5
169.62
18–20 November 2016 2016 Cup of China 4
70.24
4
101.70
4
171.94
2015–16 season
Date Event SD FD Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 9
67.68
10
101.29
9
168.97
26–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships 4
68.33
4
104.32
4
172.65
23–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 1
73.96
3
101.87
2
175.83
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 3
63.63
3
103.77
3
167.40
23–25 October 2015 2015 Skate America 2
62.76
2
99.45
2
162.21
2014–15 season
Date Event SD FD Total
25–28 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 4
60.79
4
97.78
4
158.57
28–30 November 2014 2014 NHK Trophy 5
54.94
8
67.37
7
122.31
14–16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 4
57.96
4
89.59
4
147.55

With Zhiganshin[edit]

Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2010–11 JGP Final
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin at the 2009 JGP Lake Placid
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
24–30 March 2014 2014 World Championships Senior 8
62.11
8
93.24
7
155.35
16–17 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics Senior 16
58.01
17
82.65
16
140.66
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships Senior 4
60.63
4
93.10
4
153.73
24–25 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 3
67.08
3
98.52
3
165.60
13–14 December 2013 2013 Winter Universiade Senior 2
57.05
5
85.45
3
142.50
8–10 November 2013 2013 NHK Trophy Senior 8
44.34
7
79.89
8
124.23
18–20 October 2013 2013 Ice Star Senior 2
63.05
2
97.17
2
160.22
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
10–13 January 2013 2013 Volvo Open Cup Senior 1
64.67
1
97.77
1
162.44
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 4
60.03
4
93.94
5
153.97
9–10 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup Senior 3
60.85
4
84.23
3
145.08
2–3 November 2012 2012 Cup of China Senior 6
55.09
5
82.37
6
137.46
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
27 Feb. – 4 March 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 1
63.78
1
90.03
1
153.81
5–7 February 2012 2012 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
66.28
1
91.95
1
158.23
8–11 December 2011 2011–12 JGP Final Junior 1
60.47
1
87.06
1
147.53
15–17 September 2011 2011 JGP Poland Junior 1
56.83
1
83.48
1
140.31
8–10 September 2011 2011 JGP Austria Junior 1
61.74
1
89.36
1
151.10
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
9–12 December 2010 2010–11 JGP Final Junior 1
55.58
2
79.04
2
134.62
1–2 October 2010 2010 JGP Great Britain Junior 2
53.52
2
80.34
2
133.86
15–19 September 2010 2010 JGP Austria Junior 2
50.46
2
76.16
2
126.62
2009–10 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
31.25
5
52.14
5
77.12
6
160.51
7–11 October 2009 2009 JGP Croatia Junior 4
29.41
4
45.38
5
68.00
5
142.79
2–6 September 2009 2009 JGP United States Junior 3
29.87
7
43.50
5
69.03
5
142.40
2008–09 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
28–31 January 2009 2009 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
7
7
7
147.35
31 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2008 2008 NRW Trophy Junior 2
2
1
2
146.93
3–7 September 2008 2008 JGP Italy Junior 7
25.39
5
43.74
6
66.04
6
135.17
2007–08 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
30 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2008 2008 Russian Junior Championships Junior 12
12
12
12
126.93

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (18 December 2011). "Sinitsina and Zhiganshin look to Sochi and beyond". Golden Skate. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (28 January 2014). Виктория Синицына и Руслан Жиганшин: "Наша задача – кататься чисто, не думая о результате" [Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin: "We have to skate clean, not thinking about the result"] (in Russian). Sport Express. 
  4. ^ Ermolina, Olga (18 April 2013). Руслан ЖИГАНШИН: «Летом будем готовиться в Латвии» [Ruslan Zhiganshin: "In the summer we will be preparing in Latvia"]. fsrussia.ru (in Russian). Figure Skating Federation of Russia. 
  5. ^ Kondakova, Anna (9 December 2010). "Sinitsina and Zhiganshin lead dance in Beijing; teammates follow". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Кустарова: фигуристы Синицина/Жиганшин вышли на новый уровень [Kustarova: Skaters Sinitsina / Zhiganshin have reached a new level] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (14 March 2012). Синицина/ Жиганшин: отвлечься от танцев на льду не выходит даже во сне [Sinitsina/Zhiganshin interview]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 
  8. ^ Samokhvalov, Anatoly (11 April 2014). Синицина и Кацалапов обратились в ФФККР с просьбой разрешить им выступать в паре [Sinitsina and Katsalapov applied to Russian Skating Federation to allow them to compete together]. R-Sport (in Russian). 
  9. ^ Samokhvalov, Anatoly (13 April 2014). Фигуристы Синицина/Кацалапов пройдут 3-недельные пробы у Марины Зуевой [Figure skaters Sinitsina and Katsalapov will have three-week tryout under Marina Zueva]. R-Sport (in Russian). 
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  11. ^ "Спортивные танцы - Короткий танец". 27 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Flade, Tatjana (1 May 2016). "Sinitsina and Katsalapov: Road to Improvement". Golden Skate. 
  13. ^ Kondakova, Anna (23 December 2016). "Sixth national title for Bobrova and Soloviev". Golden Skate. 
  14. ^ Ermolina, Olga (18 July 2015). Марина Зуева: «Музыка должна подчеркивать сильные стороны пары» [Marina Zueva: "Music should emphasize the strengths of the couple"]. FSRussia.ru (in Russian). Figure Skating Federation of Russia. 
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  16. ^ "Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Vorobieva, Maria (6 September 2013). Виктория Синицына и Руслан Жиганшин: произвольный танец ставили с Ильёй Авербухом по ночам [Viktoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin: We had our free dance choreographed by Ilia Averbukh]. team-russia2014.ru (in Russian). 
  18. ^ "Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV". International Skating Union. 
  22. ^ a b "Виктория Александровна Синицина" [Victoria Alexandrovna Sinitsina]. fskate.ru (in Russian). 
  23. ^ a b "Competition Results: Victoria SINITSINA / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

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