Maria Petrova (figure skater)


Maria Petrova (figure skater)
Maria Petrova

Petrova and Tikhonov perform a pair spiral at the 2005 Russian Nationals
Personal information
Full name Maria Igorevna Petrova
Country represented  Russia
Born 29 November 1977 (1977-11-29) (age 33)
Leningrad
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Alexei Tikhonov
Former partner Anton Sikharulidze
Teimuraz Pulin
Former coach Ludmila Velikova
Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov
Alexander Stepin
Skating club Yubileyny Sport Club
Retired 2007
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 188.21
2005 Worlds
Short program 67.42
2004-2005 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 123.18
2006 Worlds

Maria Igorevna Petrova (Russian: Мария Игоревна Петрова; born 29 November 1977 in Leningrad, Russian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Alexei Tikhonov, she is the 2000 World Champion and the 1999 & 2000 European Champion.

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Career

Petrova was a sickly child and her doctor recommended she take up a sport; her parents got her into figure skating when she was seven.[1] She started out in singles but always preferred pair skating and admired Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov so she made the switch to pairs at 13.[1]

She initially competed with Anton Sikharulidze with whom she is the 1994 & 1995 World Junior Champion. They split in 1996 and she teamed up with Teimuraz Pulin, winning the silver medal at the 1997 World Junior championships.

In 1998, she agreed to form a pair with Alexei Tikhonov. Together, they won the World Championship in 2000. They placed 6th at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2006 Games. They won a silver medal at the 2005 Worlds, and a bronze in 2006.

Petrova and Tikhonov announced they would retire after the 2006 Worlds, but at the request of the Russian Skating Federation they later agreed to remain eligible for another year. During their final season, they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final, and withdrew from the World Championships due to injury.

They trained in Saint Petersburg with Ludmila Velikova.[1]

Personal life

In addition to skating together, Petrova and Tikhonov are also an off-ice couple. On 1 February 2010 she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Polina.[2][3]

Programs

(with Tikhonov)

Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2003–2004 Music
by Baxter
Mister X
The Circus Princess
by Emmerich Kálmán
You Present Me Roses
(Russian: Ты дарила мне розы)
by Nochniye Snaiperi
2002–2003 Rainy Blues
by Raimond Pauls
Symphony Dances
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Black Cat, White Cat
2001–2002 Adagio from The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Chess (musical)
by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson et al.
2000–2001 Russian Fantasie
Francesca de Rimini
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Le tourment, Vision de Paradis
by Saint-Preux
Gospodin Oformitel (film soundtrack)
Diva
by Jean Michel Jarre
The Fifth Element
soundtrack by Éric Serra
Four Seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi
1999–2000 Francesca de Rimini
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Four Seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi
Mr. Bureaucrat (film soundtrack)
1998–1999 Doctor Zhivago
by Maurice Jarre
Four Seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi

Competitive highlights

(with Tikhonov)

Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Winter Olympics 6th 5th
World Championships 4th 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd WD
European Championships 1st 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd
Russian Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
Skate America 2nd
Skate Canada International 2nd 3rd 2nd
Bofrost Cup on Ice 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Cup of China 3rd 1st
Trophée Eric Bompard 2nd 1st
Cup of Russia 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
NHK Trophy 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 1st

Pairs champions Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze were stripped of their title following Berezhnaya being found guilty of a doping violation.[4]

(with Teimuraz Pulin)

Event 1996–97
World Junior Championships 2nd

(with Sikharulidze)

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96
World Championships 8th 6th
World Junior Championships 2nd 1st 1st
European Championships 6th 5th
Russian Championships 6th 2nd 4th
Skate Canada International 2nd
Trophée Lalique 5th
NHK Trophy 7th

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