Lubov Iliushechkina


Lubov Iliushechkina
Lubov Iliushechkina

Iliushechkina & Maisuradze in 2010
Personal information
Full name Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina
Country represented  Russia
Born November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05) (age 20)
Moscow, Russia
Height 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Nodari Maisuradze
Coach Natalia Pavlova
Inna Utkina
Former coach Alexei Sokolov
Lubov Fedoshchenko
Choreographer Daria Garmash
Skating club UOR 4 Moscow
Began skating 1996
World standing 19 (As of 16 June 2011 (2011 -06-16))[1]
Season's bests 8 (2010–2011)[2]
20 (2009–2010)[3]
12 (2008–2009)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 177.44
2010–2011 Grand Prix Final
Short program 62.54
2009 Cup of China
Free skate 117.38
2010–2011 Grand Prix Final

Lubov Ivanovna Iliushechkina (Russian: Любовь Ивановна Илюшечкина, born November 5, 1991 in Moscow, Russia) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Nodari Maisuradze, she is the 2010 Skate Canada Champion, 2009 World Junior Champion, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2009 Russian bronze medalist.

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Career

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze with coach Natalia Pavlova

Iliushechkina began skating at the age of four or five in Moscow.[5] Her coach, Lubov Fedoshchenko, suggested she try pair skating and took her to Saint Petersburg to train under Natalia Pavlova in 2006. Pavlova was initially skeptical of her and Maisuradze, and thought Iliushechkina was overweight.[5] However, having no other teams at the time, Pavlova agreed to pair them together, and grew impressed by their commitment.[5] In September of that year, Pavlova moved to Moscow and the pair followed her.[5]

During the 2007–2008 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze took silver at the 2008 Junior Worlds and placed 4th at the senior Russian Nationals.

During the 2008–2009 season, they won the World Junior title, along with gold at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They also competed at the senior level, winning the bronze at Russian Nationals and placing 5th at their first European Championships. They earned a berth to 2009 Worlds but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Maisuradze. He injured ligaments in his hand in a skiing accident.[6] They were replaced by Ksenia Ozerova and Alexander Enbert.

During the 2009–2010 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze placed third in the short program at 2009 Cup of China and achieved their personal best score of 62.54. However, they struggled in the long program, finishing seventh in that segment, and fifth overall. At Russian Nationals, they also struggled and finished in fourth.[7] After the difficult season, they made some adjustments in training.[6]

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze began the 2010–2011 season by capturing the gold at 2010 Skate Canada, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix circuit. Only a week later, they competed at the 2010 Cup of China and placed 4th. Their results qualified them for their first Grand Prix Final at the senior level. They finished fourth, setting new personal bests in the long program (117.38) and combined total (177.44). At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they placed sixth in the short program and fourth in the long, to finish fifth overall. They were named to the 2011 Winter Universiade team but missed the European and World teams. Iliushechkina and Maisuradze won the gold medal at the Winter Universiade.

For the 2011–2012 season, Iliushechkina and Maisuradze were assigned to 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 NHK Trophy as their Grand Prix events.

Programs

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze at 2008 Junior Worlds
Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2011–2012[8] Figaro
from The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
(modern arrangement)
A Chorus Line
by Marvin Hamlish
2010–2011 Figaro
from The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
(modern arrangement)
Conquest of Paradise
soundtrack by Vangelis
La Comédie
by unknown
2009–2010 Yesterday
by The Beatles
Conquest of Paradise
soundtrack by Vangelis
La Comédie
by unknown
2008–2009[9] Prologue
by Lorena McKennitt
Music selection
by Edvin Marton
We Are The Champions
by Queen
2007–2008 The Gadfly
by Dmitri Shostakovitch
Abba Medley We Are The Champions
by Queen

Competitive highlights

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze on the podium at 2010 Skate Canada

(with Maisuradze)

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
European Championships 5th
World Junior Championships 2nd 1st
Russian Championships 4th 3rd 4th 5th
Russian Junior Championships 2nd[10]
Grand Prix Final 4th
Skate Canada International 1st 5th
Cup of China 5th 4th
NHK Trophy 6th
Cup of Russia 4th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 1st
Ondrej Nepela Memorial 3rd
Winter Universiade 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Belarus 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic 1st

References

  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Pairs". International Skating Union. June 16, 2011. http://www.isuresults.com/ws/ws/wspairs.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011 2011. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Pairs". International Skating Union. May 6, 2011. http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/sb2010-11/sbtspto.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Pairs". International Skating Union. March 24, 2010. http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/sb2009-10/sbtspto.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Pairs". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. http://www.isuresults.com/isujsstat/sb2008-09/sbtspto.htm. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (September 27, 2008). "From 'Hopeless Case' to Top Junior Contenders". GoldenSkate.com. http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2008/092708.shtml. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (January 19, 2011). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze Unexpected Success". International Figure Skating. http://www.ifsmagazine.com/articles/9-iliushechkina-and-maisuradze-unexpected-success. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kondakova, Anna (December 26, 2009). "Kavaguti and Smirnov win third consecutive national title". GoldenSkate.com. http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2009/rn_pl_122609.shtml. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.isuresults.com%2Fbios%2Fisufs00011009.htm&date=2011-11-10. 
  9. ^ "Lubov Iliushechkina & Nodari Maisuradze". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090616092058/http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00011009.htm. 
  10. ^ "Junior National Championships". Figure Skating Federation of Russia. http://www.goldskate.ru/news/fullnewseng.shtml?newsid=335. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

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