Arina Ushakova (ice dancer)

Arina Vadimovna Ushakova (Russian: Арина Вадимовна Ушакова, born 27 June 2002) is a Russian competitive ice dancer. With her skating partner, Maxim Nekrasov, she is the 2018 World Junior bronze medalist and 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist. She has also won six medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, including gold medals in 2017 Italy, 2018 Lithuania and 2018 Armenia.

Arina Ushakova
2017-2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Arina Ushakova Maxim Nekrasov jsfb dave3315.jpg
Ushakova/Nekrasov in December 2017
Personal information
Native nameАрина Вадимовна Ушакова
Full nameArina Vadimovna Ushakova
Country representedRussia
Born (2002-06-27) 27 June 2002 (age 17)
Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia
ResidenceOdintsovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
PartnerMaxim Nekrasov
Former partnerAnton Spiridonov
CoachAlexei Gorshkov, Maxim Bolotin
ChoreographerNatalia Yanovskaya, Elena Maslennikova
Skating clubSport School Odintsovo
Training locationsOdintsovo
Began skating2005
ISU personal best scores
Combined total172.81
2018 JGP Armenia
Short dance69.18
2018 JGP Armenia
Free dance103.63
2018 JGP Armenia

Personal lifeEdit

Arina Vadimovna Ushakova was born on 27 June 2002 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.[1]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ushakova began learning to skate in 2005.[1] She trained as a single skater in Chelyabinsk until 2014; she then moved to Moscow and switched to ice dancing. She competed with her first partner, Anton Spiridonov, during the 2014–2015 season. She then teamed up with Maxim Nekrasov. They are coached by Alexei Gorshkov and Maxim Bolotin.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Ushakova/Nekrasov received their first ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) assignments in the 2016–2017 season. They won bronze medals at both events, competing in late August in Ostrava, Czech Republic and in October in Dresden, Germany.

In November 2016 they won the silver medal at the 2016 Ice Star. They placed seventh at the 2017 Russian Junior Championships.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

Competing in the 2017 JGP series, Ushakova/Nekrasov took bronze in August in Minsk, Belarus. They won their first JGP gold medal in October at the event in Egna, Italy, beating the silver medalists, their teammates Sofia Polishchuk / Alexander Vakhnov, by about two points.[2] With these results they qualified for the 2017–18 JGP Final, where they placed fifth.

In January 2018, Ushakova/Nekrasov took the bronze medal at the 2018 Russian Junior Championships after placing fifth in the short dance and third in the free dance. In March, they won bronze at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, having placed third in both segments.

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Ushakova/Nekrasov started their season by competing in the 2018 JGP series. At their first JGP event of the season they won the gold medal in Kaunas, Lithuania. They were ranked first in both the rhythm dance and the free dance and won the gold medal by a margin of more than 6 points over the silver medalists, Avonley Nguyen / Vadym Kolesnik.[3] Their rhythm dance, free dance and combined total scores at that competition were the highest scores achieved in an international junior ice dance competition at the time, though since surpassed.

At their second JGP event of the season they won another gold medal, now in Yerevan, Armenia. Again they were ranked first in both the short program and the free skate. Ushakova/Nekrasov also upgraded their earlier short program, free skate and combined total World record scores. With two JGP gold medals they qualified for the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final. At the Final Ushakova/Nekrasov won the silver medal after placing second in the rhythm dance and first in the free dance. They were part of a Russian sweep of the ice dance's podium. Ushakova/Nekrasov beat the bronze medalists, Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov, by about 6 points but the race for the gold medal were extremely tight. The gold medalists, Sofia Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko, beat Ushakova/Nekrasov by a margin of only 0.01 point.

Following the Final, Ushakova/Nekrasov were again defeated by Shevchenko/Eremenko at the 2019 Russian Junior Championships, winning the silver medal after second-place finishes in both segments. In late February they won the 2019 Open Ice Mall Cup.

Their final event of the season was the 2019 World Junior Championships, where they unexpectedly placed fourth in the rhythm dance after hitting only two of the eight keypoints on the tango pattern dance.[4] They dropped to fifth place overall after placing fifth in the free dance.[5]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Ushakova/Nekrasov missed the first half of the season, including the Junior Grand Prix, due to Nekrasov undergoing and recovering from leg surgery. They returned to competition with a victory at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, and then competed at the Russian Junior Championships, where they placed second behind Shanaeva/Naryzhnyy. Their silver medal at junior nationals led to their being assigned to compete at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. They placed fourth in the rhythm dance there, hitting only three of the eight keypoints on the Teatime Foxtrot pattern dance.[6] Fourth in the free dance as well, they finished fourth overall.[7]

ProgramsEdit

(with Nekrasov)

Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
2019–2020
[8]
2018–2019
[1]
Short dance
2017–2018
[9]
2016–2017
[10]
2015–2016

Records and achievementsEdit

(with Nekrasov)

  • They became the first junior team to score above 100 points in the free dance at the 2018 JGP Lithuania.
  • They became the first junior team to score above 170 points at the 2018 JGP Armenia.

Competitive highlightsEdit

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With NekrasovEdit

International[11]
Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Junior Worlds 3rd 5th 4th
JGP Final 5th 2nd
JGP Armenia 1st
JGP Belarus 3rd
JGP Czech Republic 3rd
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Lithuania 1st
Golden Spin 1st J
Ice Star 2nd J
Open Ice Mall Cup 1st J
Tallinn Trophy 5th J
National[12]
Russian Jr. Champ. 7th 3rd 2nd 2nd
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

Detailed resultsEdit

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

With Nekrasov

2019–2020 season
Date Event Level RD FD Total
2–8 March 2020 2020 World Junior Championships Junior 4
66.97
4
102.21
4
169.18
4–8 February 2020 2020 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
71.37
2
110.35
2
181.72
4–7 December 2019 2019 Golden Spin of Zagreb Junior 2
62.34
1
102.61
1
164.95
2018–2019 season
Date Event Level RD FD Total
4–10 March 2019 2019 World Junior Championships Junior 4
65.96
5
100.52
5
166.48
20–23 February 2019 2019 Open Ice Mall Cup Junior 1
75.15
1
110.31
1
185.46
1–4 February 2019 2019 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
70.87
2
109.93
2
180.80
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 JGP Final Junior 2
67.49
1
103.16
2
170.65
10–13 October 2018 2018 JGP Armenia Junior 1
69.18
1
103.63
1
172.81
5–8 September 2018 2018 JGP Lithuania Junior 1
67.63
1
100.54
1
168.17
2017–2018 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
5–11 March 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 3
61.29
3
85.59
3
146.88
23–26 January 2018 2018 Russian Junior Championships Junior 5
63.06
3
90.21
3
153.27
7–10 December 2017 2017–18 JGP Final Junior 6
58.53
5
83.35
5
141.88
11–14 October 2017 2017 JGP Italy Junior 2
61.07
1
87.94
1
149.01
20–24 September 2017 2017 JGP Belarus Junior 3
59.62
2
83.32
3
142.94
2016–2017 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
1–5 February 2017 2017 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
55.99
8
79.55
7
135.54
18–20 November 2016 2016 Ice Star Junior 2
58.97
2
89.57
2
148.54
5–9 October 2016 2016 JGP Germany Junior 4
57.13
3
83.08
3
140.21
31 August – 4 September 2016 2016 JGP Czech Republic Junior 3
53.46
3
82.64
3
136.10
2015–2016 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
18–22 November 2015 2015 Tallinn Trophy Junior 5
51.47
5
71.30
5
122.77

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Arina USHAKOVA / Maxim NEKRASOV: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Junior Ice Dance Result". International Skating Union. 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Junior Ice Dance Result". International Skating Union. 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ Slater, Paula (March 7, 2019). "Lajoie and Lagha first after Rhythm Dance in Zagreb". Golden Skate.
  5. ^ Slater, Paula (March 9, 2019). "Canada's Lajoie and Lagha take ice dance title at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (March 5, 2020). "Shanaeva and Naryzhnyy take narrow lead at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ Slater, Paula (March 7, 2020). "Nguyen and Kolesnik dance to Junior World title". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ "Arina USHAKOVA / Maxim NEKRASOV: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Arina USHAKOVA / Maxim NEKRASOV: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "Arina USHAKOVA / Maxim NEKRASOV: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 May 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "Competition Results: Arina USHAKOVA / Maxim NEKRASOV". International Skating Union.
  12. ^ "Арина Вадимовна Ушакова" [Arina Vadimovna Ushakova] (in Russian). fskate.ru.

External linksEdit

World Junior Record Holders
Preceded by
  Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov
Junior Rhythm Dance
7 September 2018 – 7 March 2019
Succeeded by
  Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
Preceded by
  Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov
  Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
Junior Free Dance
8 September 2018 – 14 September 2018
13 October 2018 – 9 March 2019
Succeeded by
  Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
  Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha
Preceded by
  Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva / Nikita Nazarov
Junior Ice Dance Total Score
8 September 2018 – 9 March 2019
Succeeded by
  Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha