Ivan Pavlov (figure skater)

Ivan Volodymyrovych Pavlov (Ukrainian: Іван Володимирович Павлов, born 26 September 1998) is a Ukrainian former pairs skater. With his partner, Kateryna Dzitsiuk, he is the 2020 Ukrainian national champion. As a single skater, he is the 2015 European Youth Olympic champion, 2014 NRW Trophy silver medalist, and a two-time Ukrainian national champion. He has competed in the final segment at seven ISU Championships and finished within the top eight at the 2018 World Junior Championships.

Ivan Pavlov
2014 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Ivan Pavlov jsw dwc13428.jpg
Pavlov in 2014
Personal information
Native nameІван Володимирович Павлов
Full nameIvan Volodymyrovich Pavlov
Country represented Ukraine
Born (1998-09-26) 26 September 1998 (age 22)
Kiev, Ukraine
Home townKiev
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former partnerKateryna Dzitsiuk, Sofia Golichenko
CoachYuri Rudyk, Arina Kuznetsova
Former coachHalyna Kukhar, Dmytro Shkidchenko, Maryna Amirkhanova, Olena Kozhayeva
ChoreographerNatalia Vorobieva, Alena Turaeva
Former choreographerM. Tumanovska, Sergei Chemodanov
Skating clubLeader Kiev
Training locationsKiev
Began skating2003
Retired2 January 2021[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total133.96
2019 JGP Croatia
Short program49.06
2019 JGP Croatia
Free skate84.90
2019 JGP Croatia


Early yearsEdit

Pavlov began learning to skate in 2003.[2] He competed on the novice level in the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 seasons.

2012–2013 seasonEdit

Coached by Maryna Amirkhanova,[3] Pavlov debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series. He placed eighth at his JGP assignments in France and Turkey and then won junior titles at the Bavarian Open and Ukrainian Junior Championships. Ukraine selected him to compete at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy; he would qualify to the free skate and finish 20th overall.

2013–2014 seasonEdit

Pavlov finished eighth and seventh respectively at his JGP assignments in Slovakia and Estonia. After taking the junior silver medal at the 2013 Cup of Nice, he became the Ukrainian national senior bronze medalist. Pavlov was assigned to his second World Junior Championships.[4] He ranked 16th in both segments and finished 15th overall.

2014–2015 seasonEdit

During the 2014 JGP series, Pavlov placed seventh in Tallinn, Estonia and fifth in Zagreb, Croatia. Making his senior international debut, he won the silver medal at the NRW Trophy in late November 2014. At the Ukrainian Championships, he ranked first in the short program and second in the free skate, finishing second to Yaroslav Paniot by less than half a point.[5]

In January 2015, Pavlov won gold at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Dornbirn, Austria. In March, he came in 16th at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, having placed 21st in the short and 15th in the free. He was coached by Amirkhanova until the end of the season.[3]

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Dmytro Shkidchenko began coaching Pavlov in the 2015–2016 season.[6] Starting his season on the JGP series, Pavlov finished 8th in Bratislava, Slovakia, before winning a bronze medal in Linz, Austria. He then appeared on the senior level, placing 7th at the International Cup of Nice and 5th at his first ISU Challenger Series (CS) event, the 2015 Tallinn Trophy. In December 2015, he placed first in both segments at the Ukrainian Championships and outscored Paniot for the gold medal by 7.42 points.

Pavlov made his senior ISU Championship debut in January 2016 at the European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. He qualified for the final segment by placing 13th in the short program and then placed 15th in the free, resulting in a final placement of 15th. Ranked 24th in the short, he also reached the free skate at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Competing in the 2016 JGP series, Pavlov placed 4th in Ostrava and 7th in Ljubljana. In the senior ranks, he took gold at Ice Star and finished 7th at the International Cup of Nice. At the Ukrainian Championships, he placed second in the short and first in the free, winning gold by a margin of 0.87 over Paniot. Pavlov was assigned to two senior-level ISU Championships and qualified to the final segment at the first, the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic; he placed 15th in the short program, 14th in the free skate, and 14th overall. At the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, he placed 25th in the short program, scoring 0.06 less than the final skater who qualified to the free skate. He trained with Shkidchenko until the end of the season.[6]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

During the 2017–2018 season, Pavlov was coached by Amirkhanova.[2] In December, he finished second to Paniot at the Ukrainian Championships. In March, he competed at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria; he placed fourth in the short program, eighth in the free skate with a personal best score, and eighth overall. His placement allows Ukraine to send two entries to the next edition of the event.

Pavlov finished 29th at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy.

2018–2019 season: pair skatingEdit

On 28 May 2018, the Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation announced that he had teamed up with Sofiya Holichenko to compete in pair skating and that the two would be coached by Halyna Kukhar.[7]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Pavlov teamed up with Kateryna Dzitsiuk prior to the season. On the Junior Grand Prix, they placed seventh in Poland and Croatia. At the 2020 Ukrainian Championships, Dzitsiuk/Pavlov won the senior national title ahead of Victoria Bychkova / Ivan Khobta and Sofiia Nesterova / Artem Darenskyi, but Dzitsiuk was too young to be assigned to senior events. They instead were sent to the 2020 World Junior Championships, where they finished 12th.

After the World Junior Championships, the Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation announced the suspension of Dzitsiuk/Pavlov, as well as their mothers, Alla Dzitsiuk and Alla Pavlova, respectively, due to "gross violation of discipline at the World Junior Championships."[8] As a result, they were no longer allowed to represent Ukraine at international events, receive funding from the federation, or train at national team rinks.

Dzitsiuk/Pavlov originally wanted to keep skating together under a different federation, but were also open to separating and representing different countries.[9] However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic limited opportunities for try outs and negotiations.

Pavlov announced his retirement on 2 January 2021.[1] He plans to work as a skating coach.


Season Short program Free skating
  • Blood Diamond
    by James Newton Howard
  • La Leyenda del Beso
    by Raúl di Blasio

Competitive highlightsEdit

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pair skating with DzitsiukEdit

International: Junior[13]
Event 2019–20
Junior Worlds 12th
JGP JGP Croatia 7th
JGP JGP Poland 7th
Ukraine 1st
Ukraine Junior 1st

Pair skating with HolichenkoEdit

International: Junior[14]
Event 2018–19
Volvo Open Cup 3rd
Minsk-Arena Ice Star 6th
Ukraine Junior 3rd

Men's singlesEdit

Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Worlds 23rd 25th 29th
Europeans 15th 14th
CS Ice Star 7th
CS Ondrej Nepela 9th
CS Tallinn Trophy 5th
Universiade 15th
Cup of Nice 7th 7th
Ice Star 1st
NRW Trophy 2nd
International: Junior or novice[15]
Junior Worlds 20th 15th 16th 8th
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 4th
JGP Estonia 7th 7th
JGP Austria 8th 3rd
JGP France 8th
JGP Italy 6th
JGP Latvia 5th
JGP Slovakia 8th 8th
JGP Slovenia 7th
JGP Turkey 8th
EYOF 1st
Bavarian Open 1st J
Cup of Nice 4th J 2nd J
Ice Star 1st J
NRW Trophy 4th N 2nd N
Tirnavia 1st N
Ukraine 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
Ukraine, Junior 1st 1st
Levels: N = Advanced novice; J = Junior


  1. ^ a b Pavlov, Ivan (2 January 2021). "Чемпионат мира среди юниоров. Март 2020 года. Таллин, Эстония. Последние в моей карьере соревнования, где я принял участие в качестве спортсмена" [Junior World Championships. March 2020. Tallinn, Estonia. The last competition in my career where I took part as an athlete.] (Instagram) (in Russian).
  2. ^ a b c "Ivan PAVLOV: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Ivan PAVLOV: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Иван Павлов: Покажите мне хоть одного спортсмена, который перед соревнованиями не волнуется [Ivan Pavlov: Name one athlete who doesn't worry before a competition] (in Russian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Ukrainian Figure Skating Championships". 20 December 2014. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Ivan PAVLOV: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Іван Павлов перейшов у парне катання" [Ivan Pavlov has switched to pairs] (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Figure Skating Federation. 28 May 2018.
  8. ^ Makarevskaya, Kateryna (23 March 2020). "Чемпіонів України вигнали зі збірної: що призвело до конфлікту у фігурному катанні" [Ukrainian champions expelled from national team: what led to figure skating conflict] (in Ukrainian). Glavcom.ua.
  9. ^ Danyliuk, Ivan (14 June 2020). "Federation vs Dzytsiuk-Pavlov". Skate Ukraine.
  10. ^ "Ivan PAVLOV: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "Ivan PAVLOV: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ "Ivan PAVLOV: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference ISU-KDIP was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  14. ^ Cite error: The named reference ISU-SHIP was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  15. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Ivan PAVLOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018.

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