Elena Tchaikovskaia

Elena Anatolyevna Tchaikovskaia, also spelled as Chaykovskaya or Chaikovskaia (Russian: About this soundЕле́на Анато́льевна Чайко́вская​ , née Osipova (Russian: О́сипова); born December 30, 1939) is a Russian figure skating coach and choreographer. She runs a skating school at the Yantar Sports Center, built in 2010 in the Strogino District west of Moscow.[2] She coaches in collaboration with Vladimir Kotin, her former pupil.

Elena Tchaikovskaia
Cup of Russia 2010 - Elena Tchaikovskaia.jpg
Tchaikovskaia in 2010
Personal information
Full nameElena Anatolyevna Tchaikovskaia
Alternative namesElena Anatolyevna Osipova
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1939-12-30) December 30, 1939 (age 80)
CoachTatiana Tolmacheva[1]


Elena Tchaikovskaia was born in Moscow in a family of theatre actors.[3] Her father worked in Mossovet Theatre.[4] Since childhood she was prepared to become an actor, even starred with her father Anatoliy Osipov in several Soviet films, such as Schastlivyy reys.[3] She had unhealthy lungs, so father took her to the ice rink, believing skating would help her to improve health. After school she decided to attend the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS), ballet master faculty. In 1957, she became a Soviet champion in single skating.[5] In 1960 she retired from competitions and started working as choreographer and later as a coach. Since 1997 she served as the Russian Olympic committee's main coach. She also coaches national figure skating team.

Among her current and former students are

The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts has a special faculty for former sportsmen and figure skaters who are willing to become coaches.[3] It is headed by Elena Tchaikovskaia and was formerly headed by Tchaikovskaia's student Lyudmila Pakhomova. Tchaikovskaia also heads a skating school in Moscow called "Skate of Tchaikovskaia" (Russian: Конёк Чайковской).

Tchaikovskaia was twice awarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and once with the Lithuanian Order of Gediminas for her successful work with Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas.[3] Drobiazko and Vanagas, as well as Julia Soldatova and Kristina Oblasova trained in "Skate of Tchaikovskaia" school.

Coaching philosophyEdit

Famous for her ice dancing pairs, in 2007, she stated that personally thinks that single skating is far more important and difficult.[6] She is more involved in single skating, though says that she may return to ice dancing someday.[6]

She has written several books about training of figure skaters, for example, Konek Udachi (Russian: Конёк удачи, lit. "A skate of luck"), which was published in 1994.[7] In 2007, a documentary about her was released in Russia titled Her Ice Majesty. Elena Tchaikovskaia (Russian: Ее ледовое Величество. Елена Чайковская) directed by Oleg Moroseev.


Event 1950 1951 1952 1953
Soviet Championships 3rd 1st 2nd


  • Tchaikovskaia, E. A. (1972). Uzory russkogo tantsa (Patterns of Russian dance) (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 160.
  • Tchaikovskaia, E. A. (1980). Shest ballov (Six mark) (in Russian). Moscow: Molodaya Gvardiya. p. 239.
  • Tchaikovskaia, E. A. (1986). Figurnoe katanie (Figure skating) (in Russian) (2 ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 124.
  • Tchaikovskaia, E. A. (1994). Konek Udachi (A skate of luck) (in Russian). Moscow: Sov. Sport. p. 218. ISBN 5-85009-428-8.


  1. ^ "Tolmacheva (Granatkina) Tatiana" (in Russian). Museum of Sport. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ "President Medvedev visits sports center west of Moscow". itar-tass.com. March 31, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Biography" (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  4. ^ "April 21, 2003. Interview with Novaya gazeta" (in Russian). Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  5. ^ Steinbach, V. L. (2006). Great Olympic Encyclopedia (in Russian). Moscow: Olympia Press. pp. 784+968. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15.
  6. ^ a b "January 30, 2007. Interview Echo of Moscow radio station" (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  7. ^ "Konek Udachi: Elena Chaikovskaia:". ISBN 978-5-85009-428-7. Retrieved 2008-01-28.