Viktoria Volchkova

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Viktoria Butsaeva (Volchkova)
2011 Rostelecom Cup - Volchkova.jpg
Volchkova at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup
Personal information
Full name Viktoria Yevgenyevna Volchkova
Alternative names Viktoria Yevgenyevna Butsaeva
Country represented Russia
Born (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 35)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former coach Marina Kudriavtseva, Elena Tchaikovskaia, Oleg Vasiliev, Viktor Kudriavtsev
Skating club Sport Club Moskvich
Began skating 1988
Retired 2007
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 154.16
2004 Cup of China
Short program 57.08
2006 European Championships
Free skate 101.02
2004 Cup of China

Viktoria Yevgenyevna Volchkova (Russian: About this sound Виктория Евгеньевна Волчкова​ ; married name: Butsaeva (Russian: Буцаева);[1] born 30 July 1982) is a Russian figure skating coach and former competitor. She is a four-time (1999–2002) European bronze medalist, the 2002 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2002 Cup of Russia champion, and a seven-time Russian national medalist. She is also the 1998 JGP Final champion and a two-time (1998–99) World Junior bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Volchkova was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) to an engineer mother. She studied at the Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow.[2]

Volchkova is also known as Butsaeva.[1] She and her husband, Yuri Butsayev, have a son who was born in March 2012.[3]


Volchkova began skating at age six in Leningrad after her parents heard a radio announcement about skating lessons.[2] She was interested in pair skating but was too tall.[2] After a few years, she moved to train in Moscow under coach Viktor Kudriavtsev.[2]

Volchkova won bronze, her first major medal, at the 1999 European Championships. She repeated as bronze medalist at the 2000 European Championships, competing with muscle inflammation on the outside of her right ankle.[4] Volchkova won bronze twice more at the event, to make it four consecutive European bronze medals from 1999 to 2002. She represented Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics and placed 9th.

In spring 2002, Volchkova switched coaches from Kudriavtsev in Moscow to Oleg Vasiliev in Chicago.[5] After a bronze medal at the 2002 Skate Canada International, she won gold at the 2002 Cup of Russia and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she was awarded bronze. In December, Volchkova withdrew from the 2003 Russian Championships and missed three weeks of training as a result of pneumonia.[6] In January, she placed eighth at the 2003 European Championships but achieved the best World result of her career, fifth, in March at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C.

Marina Kudriavtseva became her coach in January 2004 at the 2004 Russian Championships.[7] In December 2004, Volchkova broke her wrist in a fall during training and consequently missed the 2005 Russian Championships.[7] In September 2005, she underwent meniscus surgery and returned to competition at the 2006 Russian Championships.[7]

Volchkova withdrew from the 2006 Winter Olympics after being hospitalized with a right arm infection.[8] She last competed at the 2007 Russian Championships in January 2007. Volchkova trained at the Moskvich rink in south-east Moscow and, after retiring from competition, remained at the rink as a coach.[9][1] Butsaeva's students include:


Season Short program Free skating
  • Tosca
    by Giacomo Puccini
  • Air
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Four Seasons
    by Antonio Vivaldi
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Tara's Theme
    (from Gone with the Wind)
    by Max Steiner
  • Illumination
    by Hovland


GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07
Olympics 9th
Worlds 10th 6th 6th 7th 5th 15th
Europeans 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 8th 9th
GP Final 6th 3rd
GP Cup of China 5th 7th 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 5th 2nd 1st 8th
GP Lalique 2nd 2nd 4th
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 5th
GP Skate America 4th 3rd 6th 6th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
Goodwill Games 3rd 7th
Finlandia Trophy 2nd 3rd
Golden Spin 1st
Schäfer Memorial 1st
International: Junior[20]
Junior Worlds 3rd 3rd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Slovakia 1st 1st
JGP Ukraine 1st 1st
Russian Champ. 7th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd WD 6th WD 2nd 5th
WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c Simonenko, Andrei (1 November 2011). Виктория Буцаева (Волчкова): наши юные фигуристки – фанаты своего дела [Viktoria Butsaeva (Volchkova): Our young skaters love their work]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mittan, J. Barry (1999). "Victor, Viktoria". Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Тренер по фигурному катанию Виктория Буцаева-Волчкова родила сына [Figure skating coach Viktoria Butsaeva-Volchkova gave birth to a son]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Butyrskaya drops to third, but Russians still dominate". Reuters. ESPN. 11 February 2000. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 August 2003. 
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (31 January 2003). "2003 European Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Highlights". Golden Skate. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. 
  8. ^ Mihoces, Gary (18 February 2006). "Russia's Volchkova drops out of figure skating field". USA Today. 
  9. ^ Flade, Tatjana (13 March 2012). "Korobeynikova makes fast progress". Golden Skate. 
  10. ^ "Sofia BIRYUKOVA". International Skating Union. 
  11. ^ Виктория Буцаева (Волчкова): в этом сезоне Полина Коробейникова будет бороться за попадание на взрослые чемпионаты Европы и мира [Viktoria Butsaeva (Volchkova): This season Polina Korobeynikova will battle for the European and senior World teams]. (Ves Sport) (in Russian). 6 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Виктория Волчкова: "Чем лучше катаются соперницы, тем сильнее стимул работать" [Viktoria Volchkova: "The better the opponent skates, the greater the incentive to work"]. (in Russian). 10 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Anna SHERSHAK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Murad KURBANOV". International Skating Union. 
  15. ^ "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 May 2006. 
  16. ^ "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. 
  17. ^ "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  18. ^ "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 June 2002. 
  19. ^ "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001. 
  20. ^ a b c "Viktoria VOLCHKOVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

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