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Denis Alexandrovich Petukhov (Russian: Денис Александрович Петухов; born October 6, 1978) is a retired Russian-American ice dancer. With partner and wife Melissa Gregory, he is the 2005 Four Continents silver medalist, a 2006 United States Olympic team member, and a four-time (2004–07) U.S. national silver medalist.

Denis Petukhov
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Gregory and Petukhov at the 2004 Four Continents Championships.
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Former country(ies) representedRussia
Born (1978-10-06) October 6, 1978 (age 41)
Kirov, Kirov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceHartford, Connecticut
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerMelissa Gregory
Former partnerOksana Potdykova
Former coachShae-Lynn Bourne, Sandy Hess, Priscilla Hill, Natalia Linichuk, Gennadi Karpanosov, Nikolai Morozov,
Skating clubSC of New York
ISU personal best scores
Combined total183.97
2005 4CC
Comp. dance38.02
2005 4CC
Original dance55.61
2006 Skate America
Free dance92.74
2003 Skate America

Personal lifeEdit

Petukhov was raised in Kirov by his mother, Lubov.[1] He has one younger sister, Natalia.[2]

Gregory and Petukhov were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 2, 2001.[3][4] The next month they flew to Kirov, Russia so that Petukhov's family could celebrate their marriage as well.[5] The couple's son, Daxton Dale Petukhov, was born on November 21, 2014.[6][7]

Petukhov became a U.S. citizen on February 22, 2005.[8]


Petukhov began skating at age eight, in ice dancing from the start.[9] He originally competed for Russia with partner Oksana Potdykova, with whom he was the 2000 Russian national bronze medalist and a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championships. That partnership ended in the spring of 2000 when she ruptured her achilles tendon and was forced to retire from skating.[10]

Petukhov met American ice dancer Melissa Gregory through an online partner search for pairs skaters.[11] He came to the United States on a tourist visa at the end of August 2000 to test with her and other prospective partners, but canceled his other tryouts after skating with Gregory first, and never used his return plane ticket to Russia.[12]

Gregory and Petukhov were originally coached by Oleg Epstein and Sandy Hess but made a change in 2003 to Nikolai Morozov and Shae-Lynn Bourne.[13] Following the 2005-06 season, they switched again to Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karpanosov[14] at the University of Delaware in Newark. On September 7, 2007, they announced another coaching change, this time to Priscilla Hill at The Pond Ice Arena, also in Newark.[15]

Gregory and Petukhov won four silver medals and two bronze medals at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics.[2] Petukhov is one of the few skaters to have competed at both the European and Four Continents Championships.[2]

Gregory and Petukhov both suffered injuries in a fall during the warmup before the free dance at 2007 Skate Canada International on November 4, 2007. Petukhov lost his footing while practicing a one-handed rotational lift, dropping Gregory onto the ice and injuring her ribs and hip and skidding into the boards himself, hurting his own knee and neck. Gregory was taken to a hospital following the fall but released that night.[16] They were then forced to withdraw from competition for the rest of the season while they healed from their injuries.[17]

Gregory and Petukhov did not return to competition, partially due to financial difficulties. In 2008, they moved to Connecticut and began coaching and choreographing for other skaters at the International Skating Center of Connecticut. They also launched their own YouTube channel, OlympianUncut, which focuses on a behind-the-scenes look at the skating world.[18] They continue to skate in shows such as the Stars, Stripes and Skates show in September 2009.

Petukhov choreographed the majority of his and Gregory's programs himself and has also choreographed programs for other skaters such as singles skaters Johnny Weir and Evgeni Plushenko.[19] In 2010, Petukhov was cast on Skating with the Stars as a partner for celebrity contestant Sean Young.[20]

In 2016, Gregory & Petukhov opened a luxury ice rink by The World Trade Center in New York City named The Rink at Brookfield Place with Gregory & Petukhov. They also coach at various rinks in Connecticut.[21]


(with Gregory)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Lord of the Dance
    (Irish Jig)
  • Adam and Eve
    by Yoav Goren
    (Preliator and Sarabande)
  • Charleston: Chicago
  • Slow foxtrot: Razzle Dazzle
    from Chicago
  • Charleston: Chicago
  • Shine on You Crazy Diamond
    by Pink Floyd
  • Money
    by Pink Floyd
  • Sandstorm
  • Toccata Fugue
  • Air on a G String
  • Polka
    by Andre Kiew
  • Snow
    by Craig Armstrong

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Series (Junior Grand Prix)

With GregoryEdit

Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th 11th 9th 10th
Four Continents 6th 4th 2nd
GP Final 6th
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP Cup of Russia 4th
GP NHK Trophy 4th 3rd
GP Skate America 5th 5th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 8th 3rd WD
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
U.S. Champ. 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
WD = Withdrew

With PotdykovaEdit

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 99–2000
European Champ. 12th
GP Cup of Russia 7th
Finlandia Trophy 2nd 3rd
Golden Spin 1st
Lysiane Lauret WD
Skate Israel 5th
International: Junior[29]
World Junior Champ. 2nd 3rd
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Hungary 3rd
Autumn Trophy 1st J
Russian Champ. 7th 3rd
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


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  5. ^ "Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov". Marriage. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Petukhov, Denis. "Meet Our Son". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (November 25, 2014). "The Inside Edge: Ge enjoying surprising success".
  8. ^ "Denis Petukhov Becomes a United States Citizen". U.S. Figure Skating. February 23, 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (March 26, 2008). "We'll Be Back Say Dancers". SkateToday.
  10. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (January 30, 2006). "Behind All That Glitter, Ice Dancing's Daily Grind". New York Times.
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  12. ^ "Figure Skating: Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov". WNBC. January 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  13. ^ "Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov Switch Coaches". US Figure Skating Official Site. April 24, 2003. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  14. ^ "Ice Dancers Gregory and Petukhov Announce Coaching Change". US Figure Skating Official Site. May 31, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  15. ^ "Gregory and Petukhov Change Coaches". US Figure Skating Official Site. September 7, 2007. Archived from the original on May 15, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  16. ^ "Melissa Gregory Expected to Make Full Recovery after Fall during Warm-up at Skate Canada". US Figure Skating Official Site. November 5, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  17. ^ "Ice Dancing Team Gregory and Petukhov Withdraw from 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating Official Site. January 11, 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  18. ^ "Gregory, Petukhov Hit the Road with Camera". January 1, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  19. ^ "New focus slides structure ahead of shtick". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. January 25, 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  20. ^ "Pro Skater Pairings, Host and Color Commentator for ABC's "Skating With the Stars" Announced". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  21. ^ Elfman, Lois (December 22, 2016). "Gregory, Petukhov building new family traditions".
  22. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 26, 2008.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  23. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  24. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 25, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  25. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 5, 2005.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  26. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  27. ^ "Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 9, 2003.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  28. ^ "Competition Results: Melissa GREGORY / Denis PETUKHOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016.
  29. ^ a b "Oksana POTDYKOVA / Denis PETUKHOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "Денис Александрович Петухов" [Denis Alexandrovich Petukhov]. (in Russian).

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