Daniil Sergeevich Barantsev (Russian: Даниил Серге́евич Баранцев; born March 10, 1982) is a Russian-American former competitive ice dancer. With partner and wife Jennifer Wester, he is the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy champion. He is a two-time (2000, 2001) World Junior champion with earlier partner Natalia Romaniuta.

Daniil Barantsev
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Wester and Barantsev at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard
Personal information
Full nameDaniil Sergeevich Barantsev
Country representedUnited States
Former country(ies) representedRussia
Born (1982-03-10) March 10, 1982 (age 37)
Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerJennifer Wester
Former partnerNatalia Romaniuta (RUS)
Former coachAngelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, Nikolai Morozov, Valter Rizzo, Alexei Gorshkov, Pavel Kovtun
Former choreographerAngelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, Nikolai Morozov
Skating clubDallas FSC
Began skating1986
ISU personal best scores
Combined total174.37
2008 Four Continents
Comp. dance30.95
2008 Four Continents
Original dance55.44
2008 Four Continents
Free dance87.98
2008 Four Continents

Personal lifeEdit

Daniil Barantsev was born March 10, 1982 in Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR.[1] He has a younger sister, Maria.[2] He moved to the United States in 2002.

Barantsev married Jennifer Wester on May 6, 2006.[2] They have two sons, Anden Daniel Barantsev, born on December 29, 2011,[3] and Devin, born in July 2014.[4]

He now lives and works in Dallas, Texas.


For RussiaEdit

Barantsev began skating at age four and was coached by Alexei Gorshkov from 1994 to 2002.[2] He competed in singles from 1986-1997, competing through the Junior level equivalent of USFigureSkating under the Russian system. He teamed up with Natalia Romaniuta in 1996.[5] They began competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix Series in 1997, winning a silver medal and placing 4th at their two events. They qualified for their first ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, where they finished 5th. They placed 7th in their first appearance at the World Junior Championships. In 1997, Barantsev dropped his competitive track in singles skating to pursue goals in the partnered discipline of ice dance under the direction of the Russian system of development.

The following season, Romaniuta/Barantsev won gold and silver on JGP series and qualified for their second Final, where they took the bronze medal. They finished their season with bronze at the 1999 World Junior Championships.

In 1999–2000, Romaniuta/Barantsev won gold in every junior-level they entered, including the JGP Final and the 2000 World Junior Championships.[6] They also made their senior international debut at the 2000 World Championships in Nice, France, finishing 16th.

In 2000–2001, they competed on the senior Grand Prix series, finishing 6th and 9th at their two events. They were sent again to Junior Worlds and took their second gold medal at the event.[6]

In the 2001–2002 season, Romaniuta/Barantsev competed a second season on the Grand Prix series, winning bronze at the 2001 Sparkassen Cup and placing 5th at 2001 Cup of Russia. They were assigned to the 2002 European Championships but withdrew from the event. Their partnership ended in 2002.

For the United StatesEdit

Barantsev moved to the United States to work with Nikolai Morozov,[7] who coached him from 2002 to 2007.[2] He teamed up with Jennifer Wester in Newington, Connecticut in March 2003.[7][8] She underwent surgery on her shoulder in 2003 and again in 2004.[2]

Skating association paperwork issues prevented Wester/Barantsev from competing nationally until 2005. As a result of ISU paperwork regulations, they remained ineligible for international competitions until the Russian Skating Federation granted Barantsev a release, in January 2007.[9] In the same month, Wester injured her knee in a practice immediately prior to the 2007 U.S. Championships, where they finished sixth. Initially believed to be a severe bone bruise, her injury was diagnosed in April 2007 as a fractured patella requiring immediate surgery.[10][11]

In the summer of 2007, Wester/Barantsev moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to train at the Detroit Skating Club under the tutelage of Anjelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo.[11] Recovering slowly from her injury, Wester returned to the ice around mid-June 2007.[10] In September, the duo won gold at the 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy, skating in their first international competition as a team.

Wester/Barantsev placed fourth at their first ISU Championship together, the 2008 Four Continents Championships. In autumn 2008, they debuted on the Grand Prix series, Wester competing with pneumonia.[citation needed]

A back injury to Barantsev led them to withdraw from the U.S. Championships in January 2009 and Wester underwent knee surgery later that year.[2] The two did not compete the following season and retired from competition.


In 2010, Barantsev began coaching full time in Connecticut. In 2017, Daniil moved from Connecticut to Texas.


With WesterEdit

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Rama Lama
    by Roslin Murphy
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • K and W Waltz
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Singin' in the Rain
    by Irving Berlin
  • Tango compilation
    by Astor Piazzolla
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Historia d'Amore
  • Samba de Bazil
  • Kalinka

With RomaniutaEdit

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Foxtrot: Why don't you do Right?
    by Julie London
  • Quickstep: Gimme that Thing


With Wester for the United StatesEdit

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
Four Continents Champ. 4th
GP Trophée Éric Bompard 8th
GP Skate Canada 7th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
U.S. Championships 7th 6th 5th WD
Midwestern Sectionals 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Romaniuta for RussiaEdit

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Worlds 16th
Europeans WD
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP NHK Trophy 9th
GP Sparkassen 6th 3rd
Finlandia 2nd
International: Junior[5][13]
Junior Worlds 7th 3rd 1st 1st
JGP Final 5th 3rd 1st
JGP Bulgaria 2nd
JGP France 4th
JGP Netherlands 1st
JGP Slovakia 1st
JGP Sweden 1st
JGP Ukraine 2nd
EYOF 4th
Russian Champ. 3rd 3rd
Russian Junior 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b "Jennifer WESTER / Daniil BARANTSEV: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jennifer Wester / Daniil Barantsev". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (January 3, 2012). "The Inside Edge: Major life events abound". Ice Network. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 28, 2014). "Glenn impresses in Detroit, but skater not satisfied". IceNetwork.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Natalia ROMANIUTA / Daniil BARANTSEV: 2001/2002". Archived from the original on June 11, 2002.
  6. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (August 22, 2005). "Annie Oakley of the Ice". Skate Today.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Wester & Daniil Barantsev". ice-dance.com. May 2003. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Elfman, Lois (September 4, 2008). "Ice dancers Wester and Barantsev ready to go". IceNetwork.
  10. ^ a b "Jennifer Wester". ice-dance.com. April 2008. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (November 26, 2008). "Long and Winding Road for American Ice Dancers". SkateToday.
  12. ^ "Jennifer WESTER / Daniil BARANTSEV: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d "Natalia ROMANIUTA / Daniil BARANTSEV: 2000/2001". Archived from the original on June 25, 2001.
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Jennifer WESTER / Daniil BARANTSEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012.

External linksEdit

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