Anastasia Anatolyevna Tarakanova (Russian: Анастасия Анатольевна Тараканова; born 14 April 2004) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2017 JGP Austria and 2018 JGP Slovenia champion, and the 2017–18 JGP Final bronze medalist. She has won seven medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.
Tarakanova at the 2019 Russian National Championships
|Native name||Анастасия Анатольевна Тараканова (Russian)|
|Full name||Anastasia Anatolyevna Tarakanova|
|Born||14 April 2004|
Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia
|Home town||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||1.54 m (5 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Coach||Svetlana Panova, Tatiana Moiseeva|
|Former coach||Evgeni Plushenko, Ksenia Ivanova, Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov, Ludmila Puchkova|
|Choreographer||Ilona Protasenia, Anna Novichkina, Elena Rmanovskaya|
|Former choreographer||Eteri Tutberidze, Daniil Gleikhengauz, Alexander Zolotarev|
|Skating club||FS Snow Leopards|
|Former skating club||Sambo 70 |
FS Academy Angels of Plushenko
|World standing||65 (2018–19) |
|Season's bests||29 (2018–19) |
|ISU personal best scores|
2019 JGP Poland
2019 JGP Poland
2018–19 JGP Final
Tarakanova was born on 14 April 2004 in Volgograd, Russia. Her father is a swimmer and her mother is also an athlete. Due to her allergies, she was advised by a doctor to skate or swim. She tried both sports and won her first swimming competition as the youngest competitor, receiving her trophy from three-time Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Sadovyi. She eventually chose to focus on skating, considering it beautiful and enjoying the support of the audience. She also enjoys painting for leisure.
Tarakanova began learning to skate in December 2007. She learned her basics with Lyudmila Puchkova and a year before leaving Volgograd, she went to train with Irina Aksenova.
In 2011, Tarakanova moved to Moscow due to her father's work. Her first coach in Moscow was Irina Klimova, who was a student of the famous Stanislav Zhuk. She then switched to coach Maria Butyrskaya, World Figure Skating Champion. Later, she moved from Krylatskoye to Novokosino and Snow Leopards was a nearby rink and she went to train under Svetlana Panova.
2014–2015 season: Younger age national titleEdit
Tarakanova began competing her double axels early the season and placed third at Volkov Memorial. Later that season, Tarakanova eventually gained all her triples and competed at Moscow Championships Elder Age with a sixth-place finish, earning her a spot at Russian Nationals Elder Age, where she finished 5th after Polina Tsurskaya, Alisa Fedichkina, Alina Solovyova and Stanislava Konstantinova. She went on to win the Moscow Championships Younger Age. Her highlight of the season was her win at Russian Nationals Younger age, where she earned 198.22 points, edging out silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova by 24.54 points and bronze medalist Alexandra Trusova by 24.71 points.
2015–2016 season: Junior national debutEdit
Tarakanova started off her season with a fifth place at Moscow Open Championship. She then experimented her triple-triple combination at Volkov Memorial, where she placed second. She earned herself 2 spots at the IV & V Stages of Cup of Russia and had two 4th-place finishes. She then earned her ticket to the Russian Junior Nationals as the youngest competitor. However, she had pops and falls in both the short program and free skate which left her placing sixteenth overall. She competed at Russian Cup Finals placing ninth. She also competed at both Moscow Championships Younger & Elder age, but only placed seventh and thirteenth respectively and missing out on both Russian Nationals Younger & Elder Age.
2016–2017 season: Nationals Younger Age & Elder Age TitlesEdit
Tarakanova completed a triple Lutz-triple toe combination at the Moscow Open Championship and finished fifth at the competition. She placed fourth and third respectively at the I & V stages of Cup of Russia and qualified for Russian Junior Nationals, where she placed fourteenth. At the Russian Cup Final, she placed fourth. She won gold at the Russian Nationals Younger Age, placing ahead of Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova with a score of 246.18 points. She then went on to win the Russian Nationals Elder Age.
2017–2018 season: Junior International DebutEdit
Tarakanova's international debut came in early September 2017 at a 2017–18 ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) competition in Salzburg, Austria; ranked first in both segments, she won the gold medal ahead of Lim Eun-soo. Her total score at the event, 196.68 points, was the fifth highest ever achieved by a ladies' single skater on the junior level. She placed third at her second JGP assignment, in Zagreb, Croatia. With these results she qualified for the 2017–18 JGP Final in Nagoya, Japan. At the JGP Final she won the bronze medal with a personal best score of 199.64 points after placing 3rd in the short program and 3rd in the free skate. At this competition she placed behind her teammates and training partners Alexandra Trusova (gold) and Alena Kostornaia (silver).
In January 2018 she competed at the 2018 Russian Junior Championships where she placed seventh after placing fourth in the short program and seventh in the free skate.
Tarakanova started her season by competing in the 2018 JGP series. At her first JGP event of the season she won the silver medal in Vancouver, Canada. She was ranked second in both the short program and the free skate and finished about 5 points behind the gold medalist, her teammate Anna Shcherbakova.
At her second JGP event of the season she won the gold medal in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was ranked third in the short program but first in the free skate and won the gold medal by a margin of less than 2 points over the silver medalist, her teammate Anna Tarusina. With one JGP gold medal and one silver medal Tarakanova qualified for the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final, where she finished fourth.
At the 2019 Russian Championships, she struggled in the short program after learning about the death of her grandmother and was in seventeenth place, second-to last, going into the free skate. She placed eighth in the free skate (and had the fourth highest TES score) after skating first out, and finished thirteenth overall. Later, at the 2019 Russian Junior Championships, she placed third in the short program but seventh overall after falling in her free skate. She decided to leave Evgeni Plushenko's school at the end of the season.
Prior to the start of the season, Tarakanova returned to her former coach Svetlana Panova. Since her season's best score from the previous season was not within the top 24 scores, she was not invited to the senior-level Grand Prix circuit despite being age-eligible. She was instead assigned to two competitions on the ISU Junior Grand Prix.
Tarakanova started her season off at the JGP United States where she finished in 3rd place and won the bronze medal. She placed fourth in the short program after falling on her triple lutz and failing to complete a jump combination. After a clean free skate performance, she rose to third place behind Alysa Liu of the United States and Park Yeon-jeong of South Korea, edging out Ji Seo-yeon of South Korea by only 0.06 points. Tarakanova's coach Svetlana Panova and training mate Ksenia Sinitsyna, who had intended to travel and compete alongside her in the United States, were unable to attend due to visa issues.
She then finished third at JGP Poland three weeks later. She placed first in the short program with a personal best score after landing a backloaded triple lutz-triple toeloop jump combination. She placed third in the free skate with a clean performance, and won the bronze medal behind Alysa Liu and teammate Viktoria Vasilieva. This placement marked her seventh medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in eight attempts, but unlike the previous two seasons, she narrowly missed out on qualifying to the Junior Grand Prix Final, instead being named the third alternate for the event.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
JGP: Junior Grand Prix
|Volvo Open Cup||WD|
|International: Junior |
|Russian Junior Champ.||16th||14th||7th||7th||WD|
|TBD = Assigned|
|18–21 September 2019||2019 JGP Poland||Junior||1
|28–31 August 2019||2019 JGP United States||Junior||4
|1–4 February 2019||2019 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||3
|19–23 December 2018||2019 Russian Championships||Senior||17
|6–9 December 2018||2018–19 JGP Final||Junior||5
|3–6 October 2018||2018 JGP Slovenia||Junior||3
|12–15 September 2018||2018 JGP Canada||Junior||2
|23–26 January 2018||2018 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||4
|7–10 December 2017||2017–18 JGP Final||Junior||3
|27–30 September 2017||2017 JGP Croatia||Junior||1
|31 August – 2 September 2017||2017 JGP Austria||Junior||1
|1–5 February 2017||2017 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||16
|21–23 January 2016||2016 Russian Junior Championships||Junior||18
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- "Анастасия Анатольевна Тараканова" [Anastasia Tarakanova]. fskate.ru (in Russian).