Anastasia Ilinichna Skoptsova (Russian: Анастасия Ильинична Скопцова; born 8 November 2000) is a Russian ice dancer. With her skating partner, Kirill Aleshin, she is the 2018 World Junior champion and 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final champion. They won two medals at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics – bronze in ice dancing and gold in the team event.
Skoptsova/Aleshin at the 2015–16 Junior Grand Prix Final
|Native name||Анастасия Ильинична Скопцова|
|Full name||Anastasia Ilinichna Skoptsova|
|Born||8 November 2000|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Nikita Nazarov|
|Coach||Svetlana Alexeeva, Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina|
|Former coach||Maria Borovikova, Denis Samokhin|
|Choreographer||Sergei Nikulshin, Soloviev|
|Former choreographer||Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina|
|Skating club||Sport School No. 2 Moscow|
|ISU personal best scores|
2018 CS Tallinn Trophy
2018 CS Tallinn Trophy
2018 CS Tallinn Trophy
Skoptsova began learning to skate in 2004. She made her international debut in autumn 2010, competing with Nikita Nazarov on the advanced novice level at the Tirnavia Ice Cup and NRW Trophy. The two placed thirteenth at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. They were coached by Denis Samokhin in Moscow.
Beginning of partnership with AleshinEdit
Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin teamed up after she contacted him through a Russian partner search. They began competing together in October 2013. They qualified to the 2015 Russian Junior Championships and finished ninth, having ranked ninth in the short and seventh in the free dance.
2015–2016 season: Junior Grand Prix debutEdit
Skoptsova/Aleshin's first Junior Grand Prix (JGP) assignments came in the 2015–2016 season. They won the bronze medal at the JGP in Toruń, Poland, after placing third in both segments behind Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter and Christina Carreira / Anthony Ponomarenko. At the JGP in Zagreb, Croatia, Skoptsova/Aleshin placed second in both segments and won the silver medal, scoring 12 points less than Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons (gold) and almost five points more than Sofia Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko (bronze). Ranked 6th in the JGP standings, they took the final spot at the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona, where they finished sixth.
Fifth at the 2016 Russian Junior Championships (seventh in the short dance, fourth in the free), the two were named in Russia's team to the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Hamar. Ranked second in the short dance and third in the free, they were awarded the bronze medal in the ice dancing event in Norway. They won gold in the mixed NOC team event.
In late September, Skoptsova/Aleshin won bronze at a JGP event in Ljubljana, Slovenia; they finished third behind Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter and Sofia Polishchuk / Alexander Vakhnov. A week later, they received silver at a JPG assignment in Tallinn, Estonia, where they placed second to Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd. They finished as the first alternates for the JGP Final.
In February, Skoptsova/Aleshin took bronze at the 2017 Russian Junior Championships, finishing behind Anastasia Shpilevaya / Grigory Smirnov and Loboda/Drozd. They were included in Russia's team to the 2017 World Junior Championships, held in March in Taipei, Taiwan, and finished fifth overall after placing third in the short dance and fifth in the free dance.
2017–2018 season: World Junior titleEdit
Skoptsova/Aleshin began their JGP season in September, in Minsk, Belarus; they were awarded the silver medal, having finished 6.41 points behind Christina Carreira / Anthony Ponomarenko of the United States. In October, they won gold at a JGP event in Gdańsk, Poland, defeating their closest rivals, Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov, by 16.93 points. Due to their results, they qualified to the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final, held in December in Nagoya, Japan. They placed first in both segments in Japan, winning gold with a 1.85 point margin over silver medalists Carreira/Ponomarenko.
Skoptsova/Aleshin won gold at the 2018 Russian Junior Championships in January. They ranked first in both segments on their way to the gold medal at the 2018 World Junior Championships, held in March in Sofia, Bulgaria. They outscored the silver medalists (Carreira/Ponomarenko) by 7.47 points overall.
Skoptsova suffered from a recurrence of an ankle injury over the summer that limited the duo's training time leading up to the new season. In late October Skoptsova/Aleshin made their international senior and Grand Prix debut at the 2018 Skate Canada where they placed 10th. Two weeks later they finished 7th at the 2018 NHK Trophy.
In late November Skoptsova/Aleshin won their first international senior medal at the 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy. Ranked first in the rhythm dance and third in the free dance they won the silver medal with their personal best score of 179.78 points. At the 2019 Russian Championships, they placed fifth.
|Season||Rhythm dance||Free dance|
|2014–2015||Ukrainian folk dance:|
|2013–2014||Ukrainian folk dance:
|GP NHK Trophy||7th|
|GP Skate Canada||10th|
|CS Tallinn Trophy||2nd|
|Volvo Open Cup||4th|
|Youth Olympics||1st T
| TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew |
T: Team result; P: Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.
|NRW Trophy||13th N|
|Tirnavia Ice Cup||1st N|
|Russian Junior Champ.||13th|
|N: Advanced novice level|
Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.
|19–23 December 2018||2019 Russian Championships||6
|26 November – 2 December 2018||2018 CS Tallinn Trophy||1
|9–11 November 2018||2018 NHK Trophy||6
|26–28 October 2018||2018 Skate Canada||7
|5–11 March 2018||2018 World Junior Championships||Junior||1
|23–26 January 2018||2018 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||1
|7–10 December 2017||2017–18 JGP Final||Junior||1
|21–26 November 2017||2017 Tallinn Trophy||Junior||1
|4–7 October 2017||2017 JGP Poland||Junior||1
|20–24 September 2017||2017 JGP Belarus||Junior||2
|15–19 March 2017||2017 World Junior Championships||Junior||3
|1–5 February 2017||2017 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||3
|20–27 November 2016||2016 Tallinn Trophy||Junior||1
|28 September – 2 October 2016||2016 JGP Estonia||Junior||2
|21–25 September 2016||2016 JGP Slovenia||Junior||2
|12–21 February 2016||2016 Winter Youth Olympics - Team event||Junior||
|12–21 February 2016||2016 Winter Youth Olympics||Junior||2
|19–23 January 2016||2016 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||7
|10–13 December 2015||2015−16 JGP Final||Junior||6
|7–11 October 2015||2015 JGP Croatia||Junior||2
|23–27 September 2015||2015 JGP Poland||Junior||3
|4–7 February 2015||2015 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||9
|5–9 November 2014||2014 Volvo Open Cup||Junior||3
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