Alexei Vladimirovich Sokolov (Russian: Алексей Владимирович Соколов; born 15 January 1979) is a Russian pair skating coach and former competitor. With Julia Obertas, he won two Grand Prix medals and placed within the top ten at two ISU Championships. He is the 1998 World Junior silver medalist with Svetlana Nikolaeva and the 2000 World Junior bronze medalist with Julia Shapiro.

Alexei Sokolov
Personal information
Full nameAlexei Vladimirovich Sokolov
Country representedRussia
Born (1979-01-15) 15 January 1979 (age 41)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
PartnerJulia Obertas
Julia Shapiro
Svetlana Nikolaeva
CoachNikolai Velikov
Ludmila Velikova
Dmitri Shkidchenko
ChoreographerAlexander Stiopin
Skating clubSDUSHOR SKA
Began skating1984


Partnership with NikolaevaEdit

Sokolov and Svetlana Nikolaeva won gold and bronze at their 1997–98 ISU Junior Series assignments. They took silver at the 1998 World Junior Championships, held in December 1997 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and placed 5th at the ISU Junior Series Final, held in March 1998 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The following season, Nikolaeva/Sokolov took silver and bronze on the 1998–99 ISU Junior Grand Prix series. After placing 6th at the 1999 World Junior Championships in November 1998 in Zagreb, Croatia, they finished 5th at the JGP Final in March 1999 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Partnership with ShapiroEdit

Sokolov skated one season with Julia Shapiro. The pair won both of their 1999–2000 ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments and took silver at the JGP Final in December 1999 in Gdańsk, Poland. In March, they received the bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Partnership with ObertasEdit

Sokolov teamed up with Ukraine's Julia Obertas in the summer of 2000.[1] They decided to represent Russia. Due to her country switch, they were not allowed to compete internationally during their first season but did appear at the 2001 Russian Championships, where they placed 4th.

In their second season, Obertas/Sokolov competed at three Grand Prix events, placing 4th at the 2001 Skate America, 5th at the 2001 Cup of Russia, and 5th at the 2001 NHK Trophy. They finished 4th at the 2002 Russian Championships.

Obertas/Sokolov began their final season with silver at the 2002 Nebelhorn Trophy. They won two Grand Prix medals, silver at the 2002 Bofrost Cup on Ice and bronze at the 2002 Cup of Russia. As a result, they qualified to the Grand Prix Final, where they placed 4th. The pair took bronze at the 2003 Russian Championships and finished 5th at the 2003 European Championships in Malmö, Sweden. They ranked 4th in the short program, 8th in the free skate, and 8th overall at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C.

Nikolai Velikov and Ludmila Velikova coached them in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Sokolov formerly coached alongside Natalia Pavlova in Moscow.[2][3] By 2010, he had returned to Saint Petersburg and was assisting Artur Dmitriev.[4]

As of 2018, Sokolov continues to coach in Saint Petersburg.[5] His past and present students include:


(with Obertas)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

Competitive highlightsEdit

Grand Prix; Junior Grand Prix

With ObertasEdit

Event 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003
World Champ. 8th
European Champ. 5th
GP Final 4th
GP Cup of Russia 5th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 4th
GP Bofrost Cup 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
Russian Champ. 4th 4th 3rd

With ShapiroEdit

Event 1999–2000
World Junior Champ. 3rd
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP Slovenia 1st
Russian Junior Champ. 2nd

With NikolaevaEdit

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999
World Junior Champ. 2nd 6th
JGP Final 5th 5th
JGP France 1st
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 2nd
JGP Slovakia 3rd


  1. ^ a b c d "Julia OBERTAS / Alexei SOKOLOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 April 2004.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  3. ^ Flade, Tatjana (16 August 2009). "Martiusheva and Rogonov: A perfect pair". Golden Skate.
  4. ^ a b "Ksenia OZEROVA / Alexander ENBERT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 August 2011.
  5. ^ ""Вес девушек – причина распада многих пар"". (in Russian). 14 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Anastasia MARTIUSHEVA / Alexei ROGONOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Alina USTIMKINA / Nikita VOLODIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Amina ATAKHANOVA / Nikita VOLODIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Julia OBERTAS / Alexei SOKOLOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 June 2002.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ a b "Соколов Алексей Владимирович" [Alexei Vladimirovich Sokolov]. (in Russian).

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