Elena Liashenko (Ukrainian: Олена Анатоліївна Ляшенко 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.
Liashenko at the 2004 World Championships
|Native name||Олена Анатоліївна Ляшенко|
|Full name||Ukrainian: Olena Anatoliyivna Liashenko|
|Born||September 8, 1976|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Former coach||Maryna Amirkhanova|
|Skating club||Dinamo Kiev|
|ISU personal best scores|
2004 Grand Prix Final
2004 Grand Prix Final
2003 NHK Trophy
Liashenko was born on August 9, 1976 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR. In the summer of 2005, she married Ukrainian pentathlete Andriy Yefremenko, the brother of Galina Efremenko's husband. In 2007, they had a son, Platon.
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. 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. She retired afterwards.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|GP Cup of China||1st||4th|
|GP Cup of Russia||6th||6th||1st|
|GP Nations Cup /
|GP NHK Trophy||8th||4th||4th||3rd||2nd||6th||3rd|
|GP Skate America||7th||3rd||6th|
|GP Skate Canada||8th||9th||1st|
|Ukrainian Souvenir||2nd J|
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