Hristina Vassileva

Hristina Vassileva-Zhecheva (Bulgarian: Христина Василева-Жечева, born July 22, 1984) is a Bulgarian figure skater, coach and choreographer in USA. She is six time Bulgarian national champion and reached the free skate at four ISU Championships. She achieved her best result, 16th, at the 2001 European Championships.

Hristina Vassileva
European 2011 Hristina VASSILEVA.jpg
Vassileva at the 2011 European Championships
Personal information
Native nameХристина Василева-Жечева
Alternative namesVassileva-Zhecheva
Country representedBulgaria
Born (1984-07-22) July 22, 1984 (age 35)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coachKent Johnson, Teodor Yotov,[1]Naiden Borichev, Rafael Arutyunyan, Ludmila Mladenova
ChoreographerDiana Ivanova, Atanas Mesechkov[2]
Former choreographerAnastasia Sharenkova
Skating clubKFP Levski Sofia
Former skating clubIDC Denkova Staviski
MTT Akademik
Training locationsMiami
Former training locationsSofia
Began skating1988
ISU personal best scores
Combined total132.07
2016 Sportland Trophy (ISU)[3]
Short program49.17
2016 Sportland Trophy (ISU)[4]
Free skate82.90
2016 Sportland Trophy (ISU)[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Hristina Vassileva was born on 22 July 1984 in Sofia, Bulgaria.[6] She is the granddaughter of Dimitar Drazhev.[7] Since her marriage to Vyacheslav Zhechev in 2010,[6] her surname may also appear as Vassileva-Zhecheva.[8] She has two daughters – Isabella (born 2012) and Sofia (born 2013). In July 2016, the family moved to Miami, Florida, United States for work.


Vassileva was selected to represent Bulgaria at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. Ranked 9th in qualifying group B, she advanced to the short program, where she placed 15th, allowing her to compete in the final segment. She placed 20th in the free skate and 19th overall.

In the 2000–01 season, Vassileva was named in Bulgaria's team to the 2001 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. She placed 18th in the short and 15th in the free, resulting in a final placement of 16th. The 2001 World Junior Championships were held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Like a year earlier, Vassileva finished 19th overall, after placing 25th in the short program and 16th in the free. Concluding her season, she progressed past the qualifying round at the 2001 World Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but was eliminated after placing 27th in the short program.

Vassileva competed at the 2002 World Championships in Nagano, Japan but did not advance to the short program. She was coached by Ludmila Mladenova in Sofia until the end of the 2001–02 season.[9]

In 2002–03, Vassileva trained under Rafael Arutyunyan in Los Angeles, as well as in Sofia.[10] She was unable to reach the free skate at an ISU Championship, being eliminated after the short program at the 2003 European Championships in Malmö, Sweden, and after the qualifying round at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C.

In 2003–04,[11] Naiden Borichev began coaching Vassileva in Sofia, while continuing his competitive career in men's singles.[7] Vassileva failed to progress out of her qualifying group at the 2004 World Championships in Dortmund, Germany.

By the 2010–11 season, Vassileva was being coached by Teodor Yotov[1] in Sofia.[6] She reached her fourth ISU Championship free skate at the 2011 European Championships in Bern, Switzerland. Ranked 20th in the short and 22nd in the free, she finished 23rd overall. In April 2011, she won the Bulgarian national title.[12]

Vassileva made no competitive appearances because of maternity reasons during the following seasons until October 2015, when she returned and competed at the 2015 Denkova-Staviski Cup in Sofia.[13] In December, she won another Bulgarian national title.[14] She also competed at the 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, NRW Trophy, Sofia Trophy, and Sportland Trophy.

In 2016, Vassileva began training with Kent Johnson at Kendall Ice Arena in Miami, Florida. She also works as a coach at the rink.[15]

In January 2017, Vassileva attended at European Figure Skating Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. At the championship she was the oldest skater with 32 years of age. Because of injury she didn't skate her best and after the competition she decided to retire after almost 29 years on the ice. Now she works successfully as a Figure Skating Coach.


Season Short program Free skating
  • "Юначе карат вързано" - "Hero lead him tied" (Bulgarian folk song inspired instrumental: high-pitched bagpipe, percussions and synthesizer;)
    by Petar Atanaschev and Kiril Dobrev
  • Devdas
  • Aurora
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Jazz
  • Music
    by Gipsy Kings
    Cirque du Soleil
  • Latin music


CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

2004–05 to 2015–16Edit

Event 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 15–16 16–17
Worlds 37th 37th
Europeans 23rd 34th
CS Denkova-Staviski 13th
CS Golden Spin 16th
Crystal Skate 4th
Golden Spin 6th 11th 12th
Ice Challenge 18th
Nepela Memorial 11th
NRW Trophy 3rd 17th 16th
Schäfer Memorial 14th
Sofia Trophy 5th
Sportland Trophy 8th
Universiade 19th
Bulgarian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

1997–98 to 2003–04Edit

Event 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04
Worlds 26th 35th 39th 31st
Europeans 16th 28th
Golden Spin 14th 21st 9th
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 19th 19th
JGP Bulgaria 23rd 22nd 13th
JGP Netherlands 20th 19th
JGP Poland 12th
JGP Slovenia 10th
JGP Sweden 22nd
Crystal Skate 1st J
Bulgarian Champ. 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
J = Junior level


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  6. ^ a b c d "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (11 June 2006). "Bulgarian Skater Brings Figure Skating to India". SkateToday.
  8. ^ "NRW Trophy for Single & Pair Skating Senior Ladies Result". 29 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 June 2002.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ a b "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2003.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ a b "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ Arsov, Emil (3 April 2011). "Христина Василева спечели титлата в Зимния дворец" [Hristina Vassileva wins title]. (in Bulgarian).
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Competition Results: Hristina VASSILEVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Христина Василева с титлата при жените на държавното първенство по фигурно пързаляне" [Hristina Vassileva wins ladies' figure skating title]. (in Bulgarian). 20 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Coaching staff". Kendall Ice Arena. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  16. ^ "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  17. ^ "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  18. ^ "Hristina VASSILEVA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2001.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

External linksEdit

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