Aleksandra Boikova

Aleksandra Igorevna Boikova (Russian: Александра Игоревна Бойкова, born 20 January 2002) is a Russian pair skater. With her skating partner, Dmitrii Kozlovskii, she is the 2020 European champion, 2019 European bronze medalist, 2019 Skate Canada champion, and 2020 Russian national champion. Earlier in their career, they won silver at the 2017 World Junior Championships and bronze at the 2016–17 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Aleksandra Boikova
2018 Internationaux de France - Aleksandra BOIKOVA Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII - 03.jpg
Boikova and Kozlovskii at the 2018 Internationaux de France
Personal information
Native nameАлександра Игоревна Бойкова
Full nameAleksandra Igorevna Boikova
Country representedRussia
Born (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 18)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
ResidenceSaint Petersburg
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
PartnerDmitrii Kozlovskii
CoachArtur Minchuk, Tamara Moskvina
ChoreographerAlexander Stepin, Natalia Bestemianova, Igor Bobrin, Nikolai Morozov, Yuri Smekalov
Former choreographerTatiana Druchinina, Edvald Smirnov, Peter Tschernyshev
Skating clubTamara Moskvina Figure Skating Club St. Petersburg
Former skating clubOlympic School Zvezdnyi Led St. Petersburg
Training locationsSaint Petersburg
Began skating2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total234.58
2020 Europeans
Short program82.34 (WR)
2020 Europeans
Free skate152.24
2020 Europeans

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Boikova started learning to skate in 2006.[1] She trained as a single skater in Alexei Mishin's group until late 2015.[2]

In November 2015, Boikova teamed up with her first pair skating partner, Dmitrii Kozlovskii, who had switched to the discipline four months earlier.[2][3] Artur Minchuk in Saint Petersburg became the pair's coach.[4]

2016–2017 season: Silver at Junior WorldsEdit

Boikova/Kozlovskii's international debut came in September 2016 at a Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Russia, where they won the silver medal.[3] At their next JGP assignment, in Germany, they placed fourth. These results qualified them to the 2016–17 Junior Grand Prix Final, held in December in Marseille, France. They won the bronze medal with a personal best score of 159.72. Later in the same month, they finished sixth competing on the senior level at the Russian Championships. They won the junior national title in February 2017.

In March, Boikova/Kozlovskii won silver at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Ranked first in the short program and fourth in the free skate, they finished second to Australia's Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya / Harley Windsor with a deficit of 2.05 points.[5]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Boikova/Kozlovskii won two medals on the 2017 JGP series. First they won a silver in Riga, Latvia and then a bronze in Zagreb, Croatia. With these results they qualified to the JGP Final where they placed fifth.

In October 2017 Boikova/Kozlovskii competed at their first international senior event, the 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star, where they won the gold medal with their personal best score of 191.58 points. A month later they skated their second Challenger event at the 2017 CS Warsaw Cup where they won the silver medal.

At the 2018 Russian Championships, they placed fifth on the senior level and fourth at the junior event.

2018–2019 season: Bronze at EuropeansEdit

Boikova/Kozlovskii started their season by winning two medals on the 2018–2019 ISU Challenger Series. First they won the silver medal at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy and then the bronze medal at the 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy. In late October Boikova/Kozlovskii made their Grand Prix debut at 2018 Skate Canada where they placed fourth with a personal best score of 196.54 points. In late November they competed at the 2018 Internationaux de France where they won the bronze medal.

At the 2019 Russian Championships, the pair won the bronze medal after placing third in both programs.[6] Boikova's skating boots had broken down following the French Grand Prix, requiring her to break in new boots in short order.[7][8]

Assigned to the 2019 European Championships, Boikova/Kozlovskii placed fourth in the short program, 0.12 points behind Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise of Italy. They earned their first score above seventy points.[9] In the free skate, Kozlovskii erred on their three-jump combination, but they otherwise skated cleanly, placing third in the free skate and winning the bronze medal overall with a score 0.14 points ahead of Della Monica/Guarise. Kozlovskii referred to the result as "a miracle. Fate has forgiven me today. It gave me a scare and then it has saved me." Boikova said the two aimed to support each other whenever they made mistakes.[10]

Boikova/Kozlovskii concluded the season at the 2019 World Championships, placing sixth in the short program after losing levels on their death spiral and step sequence.[11] They skated cleanly in the free program, placing sixth there as well, and sixth overall. Boikova remarked "We did our best, and now we can relax and go to Disneyland tomorrow."[12]

2019–2020 season: European and national titlesEdit

After winning the silver medal at the 2019 Shanghai Trophy, Boikova/Kozlovskii began the Grand Prix at 2019 Skate Canada International. They set a new personal best in the short program, narrowly taking the lead over Canadian national champions Moore-Towers/Marinaro and Russian national champions Tarasova/Morozov.[13] They won the free skate as well by a wider margin, for their first Grand Prix gold medal.[14] Competing next at the 2019 Rostelecom Cup, they won the short program with a score of 80.14, only the second team to score above eighty points at that point in the season.[15] They won the free skate with another new personal best, beating Tarasova/Morozov for the second time that season.[16]

Boikova/Kozlovskii's results qualified them to the Grand Prix Final in Torino, where they placed second in the short program behind reigning World Champions Sui/Han.[17] The free skate was less successful, marked by errors on jump and throw elements as well as their final lift, resulting in them placing fifth in that segment and dropping to fourth overall. Kozlovskii remarked "We are not happy about the skate, but what can I do? It’s the sport. It happens and we will work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again."[18]

Competing at the 2020 Russian Championships, Boikova/Kozlovskii placed second in the short program, three points behind Tarasova/Morozov, who also skated a clean program.[19] Boikova/Kozlovskii then won the free skate, winning their first Russian national title by 0.47 points, an occasion he called "something special and memorable."[20]

In what would prove to be their final competition of the season, Boikova/Kozlovskii entered the 2018 European Championships as the title favourites, and won the short program with a new world record score.[21] Winning the free program as well by a wide margin, they took the gold medal. Despite this success, both described it as "one of the hardest free skatings we’ve done recently."[22] They had been assigned to compete at the World Championships in Montreal, but those were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProgramsEdit

(with Kozlovskii)

Season Short program Free skating
2020-2021

[23][24]

2019–2020
[25][26]
2018–2019
[27]
2017–2018
[28]
2016–2017
[1]
  • Flamenco
    by Didulia

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Kozlovskii

International[29]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 6th C
Europeans 3rd 1st
GP Final 4th
GP France 3rd
GP Rostelecom Cup 1st
GP Skate Canada 4th 1st
CS Finlandia Trophy 3rd WD
CS Lombardia Trophy 2nd
CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star 1st
CS Warsaw Cup 2nd
Shanghai Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[29]
Junior Worlds 2nd
JGP Final 3rd 5th
JGP Croatia 3rd
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Latvia 2nd
JGP Russia 2nd
National[4]
Russian Champ. 6th 5th 3rd 1st
Russian Jr. Champ. 1st 4th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew; C = Event cancelled

Individual

International: Junior[29]
Event 13–14
Mini Europa 1st [30]

Detailed resultsEdit

 
Boikova/Kozlovskii at the 2016–17 Junior Grand Prix Final

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

With Kozlovskii

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24–25 January 2020 2020 European Championships 1
82.34
1
152.24
1
234.58
24–29 December 2019 2020 Russian Championships 2
80.39
1
153.27
1
233.66
4–8 December 2019 2019–20 Grand Prix Final 2
76.65
5
125.19
4
201.84
15–17 November 2019 2019 Rostelecom Cup 1
80.14
1
149.34
1
229.48
25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 1
76.45
1
140.26
1
216.71
3–5 October 2019 2019 Shanghai Trophy 2
76.93
2
126.23
2
203.16
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 6
69.99
6
140.31
6
210.30
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships 4
72.58
3
132.70
3
205.28
19–23 December 2018 2019 Russian Championships 3
74.98
3
145.42
3
220.40
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 1
68.83
3
121.01
3
189.84
26–28 October 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 4
64.57
2
131.97
4
196.54
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 2
67.81
3
120.73
3
188.54
12–16 September 2018 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 3
65.21
1
126.78
2
191.99
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
23–26 January 2018 2018 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
63.19
6
111.45
4
174.64
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships Senior 5
68.20
5
127.60
5
195.80
7–10 December 2017 2017–18 JGP Final Junior 6
55.92
5
104.88
5
160.80
16–19 November 2017 2017 CS Warsaw Cup Senior 4
58.52
2
122.32
2
180.84
26–29 October 2017 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star Senior 1
64.46
1
127.12
1
191.58
27–30 September 2017 2017 JGP Croatia Junior 1
61.23
3
101.98
3
163.21
6–9 September 2017 2017 JGP Latvia Junior 1
56.12
4
97.81
2
153.93
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
15–19 March 2017 2017 World Junior Championships Junior 1
61.27
4
100.66
2
161.93
1–5 February 2017 2017 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
64.95
1
116.63
1
181.58
20–26 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships Senior 8
60.77
6
118.24
6
179.01
8–11 December 2016 2016−17 JGP Final Junior 4
58.75
3
100.97
3
159.72
5–9 October 2016 2016 JGP Germany Junior 4
55.58
3
96.87
4
152.45
14–18 September 2016 2016 JGP Russia Junior 2
60.39
3
92.18
2
152.57

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (9 March 2017). "Russia's Boikova and Kozlovskii: 'It is huge work'". Golden Skate.
  3. ^ a b Александра Бойкова – Дмитрий Козловский: «Мы встали в пару всего 10 месяцев назад» [Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii: We teamed up only 10 months ago]. fsrussia.ru (in Russian).
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  6. ^ "Rostelecom Russian Nationals 2019 Pairs Result".
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  10. ^ Slater, Paula (January 24, 2019). "French win first European Pairs' gold since 1932". Golden Skate.
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  23. ^ "Тренер: Бойкова и Козловский оставили прежнюю произвольную на новый сезон". Спорт РИА Новости (in Russian). 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  24. ^ "«Все на Матч!»: как Александра Бойкова и Дмитрий Козловский готовятся к новому сезону". matchtv.ru (in Russian). 2020-08-04. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
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  27. ^ "Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 March 2018.
  29. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII". International Skating Union.
  30. ^ Mini Europa 2014 Junior ladies results

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