Elena Liashenko (Ukrainian: Олена Анатоліївна Ляшенко[1] Olena Anatoliyivna Liashenko; Russian: Елена Анатольевна Ляшенко; born August 9, 1976) is a Ukrainian former competitive figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist (silver in 2004, bronze in 1995 and 2005) and won nine medals on the Grand Prix series, including three golds (1998 Skate Canada International, 2003 Cup of Russia, and 2003 Cup of China). She competed at four Olympics.

Elena Liashenko
Liashenko at the 2004 World Championships
Personal information
Native nameОлена Анатоліївна Ляшенко
Full nameUkrainian: Olena Anatoliyivna Liashenko
Country representedUkraine
Born (1976-09-08) September 8, 1976 (age 43)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former coachMaryna Amirkhanova
Skating clubDinamo Kiev
Began skating1980
ISU personal best scores
Combined total165.16
2004 Grand Prix Final
Short program60.54
2004 Grand Prix Final
Free skate104.94
2003 NHK Trophy

Personal lifeEdit

Liashenko was born on August 9, 1976 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR.[2] In the summer of 2005, she married Ukrainian pentathlete Andriy Yefremenko, the brother of Galina Efremenko's husband.[2][3] In 2007, they had a son, Platon.[4]


Liashenko started skating at the age of four-and-a-half.[3] She placed tenth at the 1993 World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

In the 1993–94, Liashenko placed 11th at the 1993 Skate Canada International and stepped onto her first senior national podium, taking silver at the Ukrainian Championships. In January 1994, she placed 19th at the European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. In February, she qualified for the free skate at her first Winter Olympics and went on to finish 19th in Lillehammer, Norway.[1] She concluded her season in March with a 6th-place finish at the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, having placed sixth in all segments.

In the 1994–95 season, Liashenko won silver at the 1994 Nations Cup in Germany and repeated as the national silver medalist. She won her first ISU Championship medal, bronze, at the 1995 Europeans in Dortmund. She finished ninth at the 1995 Worlds in Birmingham, after placing sixth in the short program and tenth in the free skate.

In the 1995–96 season, Liashenko competed in the inaugural Champions Series (later known as the Grand Prix series) and won her first national title.

Liashenko is a four-time Olympian. She finished in the top ten at nine World Championships. Her highest finish was sixth, in 1994 and 2002. She retired after the 2005/2006 season due to recurring injury. Her injuries became a problem after the national championships. She withdrew from the 2006 European Championships, but managed to compete at the Olympics.[1] She retired afterwards.

After retiring from competition, Liashenko began coaching young children in Kiev.[4][5] In August 2014, she began coaching young children at HC PZ Kraso Kladno in Kladno, Czech Republic.[6]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Frida
    by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Violin Concerto
    by Philip Glass
    performed by Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
    by Edvard Grieg
    performed by Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Olympics 19th 9th 14th 17th
Worlds 6th 9th 12th 7th 8th 10th 8th 6th 7th 11th 10th
Europeans 19th 3rd 4th 5th 4th 7th 5th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 3rd
GP Final 6th 5th 5th 4th
GP Cup of China 1st 4th
GP Cup of Russia 6th 6th 1st
GP Lalique 4th 4th
GP Nations Cup /
2nd 6th 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd
GP Skate America 7th 3rd 6th
GP Skate Canada 8th 9th 1st
Goodwill Games 5th
Finlandia Trophy 2nd
Nations Cup 2nd
Skate Canada 11th
Skate Israel 2nd 3rd
Ukrainian Souvenir 3rd 1st
International: Junior[12]
Junior Worlds 10th
EYOF 2nd
Ukrainian Souvenir 2nd J
Ukrainian Champ. 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c "Olena Liashenko". Sports Reference.
  2. ^ a b c "Elena LIASHENKO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 July 2006.
  3. ^ a b Maksimenko, Olena (17 April 2009). Олена Ляшенко: Натхнення йде зсередини [Olena Liashenko: Inspiration comes from the inside] (in Ukrainian). Ukraina Moloda. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kargova, Tatiana (11 January 2008). Школа гармонии [School of harmony] (in Russian). Еженедельник 2000. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  5. ^ Mikhailova, Aleksandra (19 January 2007). Елена Ляшенко: "Женщины будут прыгать, как мужчины" [Elena Liashenko: "Women will jump like men"] (in Russian). Gazeta Po-Kievski. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011.
  6. ^ "HC PZ KRASNO KLADNO". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  7. ^ "Elena LIASHENKO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 August 2005.
  8. ^ "Elena LIASHENKO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004.
  9. ^ "Elena LIASHENKO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 June 2003.
  10. ^ "Elena LIASHENKO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.
  11. ^ "Elena LIASHENKO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 June 2001.
  12. ^ a b c "Elena LIASHENKO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.

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