Galit Chait

Galit Chait

Infobox Figure skater
title= Galit Chait

country= ISR
dateofbirth= birth date and age|1975|1|29
residence= Paramus, New Jersey
height= convert|158|cm|ftin|abbr=on
formerpartner= Sergei Sakhnovski, Maxim Sevostianov
formercoach= Alexander Zhulin,
Evgeny Platov, Natalia Dubova, Natalia Linichuk, E. Maslenikova
skating club= Bat Yam Club
retired = 2007
dance score= 204.42
dance date= 2004 Cup of China
CD score= 40.98
CD date= 2004 Skate America
OD score= 63.07
OD date= 2004 Cup of China
FD score= 106.46
FD date= 2005 GPF

Galit Chait ( _he. גלית חייט, "Galit Hayat"; born on January 29, 1975, in Kfar Saba, Israel) is a former Israeli ice dancer with partner Sergei Sakhnovski. They competed internationally for Israel from 1995 to 2006.


Chait moved to New Jersey as a child with her parents. When she was 8 years old, her parents took her to the skating rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City for fun and she fell in love with skating.

In the early 1990s, she went to Russia with her father, who had organized a sports camp; while there, she was introduced to ice dancing and found she enjoyed skating with a partner.

She initially competed with Max Sevostianov, finishing 6th at the US Nationals and 28th at the World Championships (representing Israel) in 1994. They competed at the US Nationals in 1992 and 1994, and represented Israel at the World Championships in 1994.

While attending the University of Delaware in the mid-1990s, however, Chait met and teamed up with Sergei Sakhnovski. Chait and Sakhnovski debuted as a team in 1995 and steadily rose in the international rankings. The highlight of their career was winning the bronze medal at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships.

Sergei Sakhnovski suffered a foot injury that forced the pair to miss the entire 2006-2007 season, and they subsequently announced their retirement.

Since her retirement as a competitive skater, Chait has begun coaching ice dancing. She is the head coach of the Israeli brother-and-sister team Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski, as well as Tamar Katz.

Chait was the flag bearer for Israel at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Her father, Boris Chait, has been president of the Israeli Ice Skating Federation since 2002.

On August 23, 2008, Chait married former Italian military policeman Francesco Moracci in New Jersey. The two met at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where Moracci was a member of the security detail assigned to protect the Israeli team. [ [, September 8, 2008: "Famous ice dancer Chait marries Olympic sweetheart"] ]

Competitive highlights

(with Sakhnovski)




External links

* [ Official homepage - Chait & Sakhnovski]
* [ Care to Ice Dance? - Chait & Sakhnovski]
*isu name | id=00000479 | name=Galit Chait

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