- Albena Denkova
Albena Denkova & Maxim Staviski at the 2004 Worlds.
Personal information Country represented Bulgaria Born 3 December 1974 Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Partner Maxim Staviski Former partner Hristo Nikolov Coach Natalia Linichuk
Former coach Alexei Gorshkov Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov
Skating club SC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski Retired 2007 ISU personal best scores Combined total 210.44
2003 Trophée Lalique
Comp. dance 41.05
2004 Skate Canada
Original dance 62.79
Free dance 108.03
2003 Trophée Lalique
Albena Denkova (Bulgarian: Албена Денкова) (born 3 December 1974 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian ice dancer. With partner and fiance Maxim Staviski, she is the 2006 & 2007 World Champion, the 2003 & 2004 European silver medalist, and the 2006 Grand Prix Final champion. Denkova & Staviski are the first Bulgarian figure skaters to medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Denkova began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of four, and switched to figure skating at about 8 or 9. She took up ice dancing when she was 12. Her first ice dance partner was Hristo Nikolov but they split up due to different ambitions. In 1996, Denkova had a successful tryout with Maxim Staviski in Moscow and he moved to Sofia to compete with her for Bulgaria. They soon became a couple off-ice, as well. In 2000, Denkova/Staviski began dividing their time between Sofia and Odintsovo, near Moscow, Russia where they worked with coach Alexei Gorshkov and choreographer Sergei Petukhov.
They withdrew from the 2000 European Championships after Staviski fell ill with pneumonia. At the 2000 World Championships, Denkova was seriously injured in the practice before the free dance; Peter Tchernyshev's blade slashed her leg above her boot, severing two tendons and a muscle. She eventually returned to training but suffered swelling in her leg. After she asked the U.S. Figure Skating Association if Tchernyshev had insurance to help cover her medical expenses, the organizers withdrew Denkova/Staviski's invitation to 2000 Skate America. Both Denkova and Staviski fell ill with the flu before the 2001 European Championships and she suffered more swelling but they competed at the event and finished 8th, their best result to that date.
After the 2005 World Championships, Denkova and Staviski parted ways with Gorshkov and moved to Delaware, U.S., to train with Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponossov. In October 2006, it was announced that Denkova had been elected President of the Bulgarian Skating Federation.
On 5 August 2007, Maxim Staviski caused a car accident while driving drunk in Bulgaria that left 24-year-old Petar Petrov dead and Petrov's fiancee, 18-year-old Manuela Gorsova, in a coma. In October 2007, he announced his retirement from competitive skating and Denkova was thus forced to retire, as well.
In 2004, Denkova noted that Bulgaria did not have many skating facilities and coaches and said she and Staviski were considering opening a school. Together, they now have a skating school in Sofia called SC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski. They continued to skate in shows around the world and have also done choreography, working with Brian Joubert in 2009.
Denkova and Staviski are engaged to marry. Their son Daniel was born on January 30, 2011. Denkova has a younger sister, Ina Demireva, who also competed in ice dancing. Her brother-in-law is single skater Andrei Lutai. Denkova holds a degree in economics from Sofia University.
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition 2006–2007 2005–2006 2004–2005
by Big Beat Band
- You've Got a Friend in Me
Slow Foxtrot Music
- Afrah Baladi
by Mostafa Sax
by Terry Bozzio
from Cirque du Soleil
- Pink Panther
soundtrack by Henry Mancini
- Journey to the Heart
from Cirque du Soleil
- Speak up Mambo
- Give it up
- Journey to the Heart
from Cirque du Soleil
- Song of the Spirit
by Karl Jenkins
by Domingo Samudio
- El Choclo
by Angel Villoldo
Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 Winter Olympic Games 18th 7th 5th World Championships 19th 17th 11th WD 10th 5th 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st European Championships 17th 16th 9th WD 8th 6th 2nd 2nd WD 3rd Bulgarian Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Grand Prix Final 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st Skate America 1st Trophée Eric Bompard 4th 1st 2nd 1st Cup of Russia 5th 3rd NHK Trophy 6th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd Skate Canada 5th 4th 2nd 1st Bofrost Cup 6th 3rd 1st 1st Finlandia Trophy 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd Skate Israel 2nd
Event 1992–93 1994–95 1993–94 1994–95 World Championships 21st 26th 27th 24th European Championships 18th 22nd 26th 22nd Bulgarian Championships 1st 1st
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- ^ "World skating champion from Bulgaria involved in car accident near Ropotamo River". The Sofia Echo. August 6, 2007. http://sofiaecho.com/article/world-skating-champion-from-bulgaria-involved-in-car-accident-near-ropotamo-river/id_24243/catid_66. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ "Bulgaria's Maxim Staviiski ends his career". The Sofia Echo. October 18, 2007. http://sofiaecho.com/article/bulgarias-maxim-staviiski-ends-his-career/id_25556/catid_66. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski at the International Skating Union
- ^ "World Skating Champions to Finally Tie the Knot". Novinite. March 23, 2007. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=78343. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ Petrova, Ruslana (January 30, 2011). "Даниел изплака за Албена и Максим [Daniel born to Albena and Maxim]". Standart News. http://www.standartnews.com/lyubopitno-shou/daniel_izplaka_za_albena_i_maksim-92938.html. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ Ina Demireva at the International Skating Union
- ^ "Сборная тропа хоро на сватба в София" (in Bulgarian). Standart News. April 18, 2010. http://paper.standartnews.com/bg/article.php?article=321529. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
- ^ "Purvanov: Bulgaria's Denkova and Staviski have the potential to get Olympic gold". The Sofia Echo. April 10, 2007. http://sofiaecho.com/2007/04/10/651018_purvanov-bulgarias-denkova-and-staviski-have-the-potential-to-get-olympic-gold. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ "Albena and Maxim Star Shining on Bulgaria's Walk of Fame". Novinite. April 19, 2007. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=79555. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski at the International Skating Union
- Denkova & Staviski official web site
Grand Prix Final Champions in Figure Skating – Ice Dancing
1995–96: Oksana Grishuk & Evgeni Platov • 1996–97: Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz • 1997–98: Pasha Grishuk & Evgeni Platov • 1998–99: Anjelika Krylova & Oleg Ovsyannikov • 1999–2000: Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat • 2000–01: Barbara Fusar-Poli & Maurizio Margaglio • 2001–02: Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz • 2002–03: Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh • 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06: Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov • 2006–07: Albena Denkova & Maxim Staviski • 2007–08: Oksana Domnina & Maxim Shabalin • 2008–09: Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder • 2009–2010, 2010–11: Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year
1958: Vanya Voynova • 1959: Lyutvi Ahmedov • 1960: Dimitar Dobrev • 1961: Dimitar Khlebarov • 1962: Enyo Valchev • 1963: Prodan Gardzhev • 1964: Boyan Radev • 1965: Georgi Asparuhov • 1966: Prodan Gardzhev • 1967: Boyan Radev • 1968: Boyan Radev • 1969: Mihail Zhelev • 1970: Petar Kirov • 1971: Petar Kirov • 1972: Yordan Bikov • 1973: Nedelcho Kolev • 1974: Lilyana Tomova • 1975: Valentin Hristov • 1976: Ivanka Hristova • 1977: Totka Petrova • 1978: Zdravka Yordanova and Svetla Otsetova • 1979: Alexander Tomov • 1980: Lyubomir Lyubenov • 1981: Yanko Rusev • 1982: Blagoy Blagoev • 1983: Vasil Etropolski • 1984: Lyudmila Andonova • 1985: Stefka Kostadinova • 1986: Yordanka Donkova and Asen Zlatev • 1987: Stefka Kostadinova and Hristo Markov • 1988: Tanya Bogomilova and Hristo Markov • 1989: Vesela Lecheva and Valentin Yordanov • 1990: Stefan Botev • 1991: Serafim Todorov • 1992: Nikolay Bukhalov • 1993: Serafim Todorov • 1994: Hristo Stoichkov • 1995: Stefka Kostadinova • 1996: Stefka Kostadinova • 1997: Yoto Yotov • 1998: Ekaterina Dafovska • 1999: Galabin Boevski • 2000: Tereza Marinova • 2001: Yordan Yovchev • 2002: Rumyana Neykova • 2003: Yordan Yovchev • 2004: Mariya Grozdeva • 2005: Veselin Topalov • 2006: Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski • 2007: Stanka Zlateva • 2008: Rumyana Neykova • 2009: Detelin Dalakliev
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