Ivan Alexandrovich Shefer (Russian: Иван Александрович Шефер;[1] born 19 February 1983) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. With partner Ekaterina Rubleva, he is the 2009 Cup of Russia bronze medalist, the 2004 Bofrost Cup bronze medalist, and a four-time Russian national medalist (2008, 2009 silver; 2007, 2010 bronze).

Ivan Shefer
Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire 2008 Ekaterina Rubleva Ivan Shefer FD.jpg
Rubleva and Shefer in 2008.
Personal information
Full nameIvan Alexandrovich Shefer
Country representedRussia
Born (1983-02-19) 19 February 1983 (age 39)
Kirov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerEkaterina Rubleva
Former coachAlexander Svinin
Irina Zhuk
Elena Kustarova
Former choreographerIrina Zhuk
Alexander Svinin
Igor Pivorovich
Skating clubVorobievye Gory
Began skating1988
ISU personal best scores
Combined total163.32
2009 Cup of Russia
Comp. dance30.33
2009 Cup of Russia
Original dance50.92
2009 Cup of Russia
Free dance82.07
2009 Cup of Russia
Medal record

Personal lifeEdit

Ivan Shefer was born in Kirov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He married in April 2010,[2] and his son, Konstantin, was born in August 2010.[3]


Shefer's parents enrolled him in skating to improve his health.[4][5] He teamed up with Ekaterina Rubleva in 1994.[6] She was his first and only partner.[5] Rubleva / Shefer began competing internationally in the 2001–2002 season and debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. They placed 5th and 4th at their 2001–2002 ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Sweden and the Czech Republic. At the Russian Championships, they placed 8th on the senior level and 6th on the junior level.

In the 2002–2003 season, Rubleva / Shefer won the silver medal at the 2002–2003 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in China and placed 4th at the event in Germany to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where they placed 8th. In the 2003–2004 season, they won silver medals at both their events on the 2003–2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit to qualify for the Final. They placed 7th at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They placed 5th on the senior level at the 2004 Russian Championships and then won the bronze medal on the junior level. They were sent to the 2004 Junior Worlds where they placed 6th.

Rubleva / Shefer moved up to the senior level internationally in the 2004–2005 season. They placed 4th at the 2004 Nebelhorn Trophy and won the bronze medal at the 2004 Bofrost Cup on Ice. They placed 5th at the 2005 Russian Championships. They competed at the 2005 Winter Universiade, where they placed 5th.

In the 2005–2006 season, they made their Grand Prix debut, placing 9th at the 2005 Skate America. They placed 6th at the 2006 Russian Championships. They changed coaches in spring 2006, moving from Elena Kustarova to Alexander Svinin and Irina Zhuk.[4]

In 2006–2007, Rubleva / Shefer withdrew from the 2006 Cup of Russia before the start of the event. They won the bronze medal at the 2007 Russian Championships and were assigned to the 2007 European Championships, where they placed 12th in their debut.

In the 2007–2008 season, Rubleva / Shefer placed 8th at the 2007 Skate America and 7th at the 2007 Cup of Russia. They won the silver medal at the 2008 Russian Championships and were sent to the 2008 European Championships, where they placed 13th. They then competed at the 2008 World Championships, where they placed 15th.

In 2008–2009, Rubleva / Shefer placed 6th at the 2008 Skate America and then 7th at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard. They won their second consecutive national silver medal at the 2009 Russian Championships and qualified for the 2009 European Championships. At Europeans, Rubleva suffered a wardrobe malfunction during the compulsory dance when a strap on her dress broke and briefly exposed her chest.[7] They placed 8th in their third consecutive appearance at the event. Rubleva / Shefer then competed at the 2009 Winter Universiade, where they won the silver medal, 39 years after Rubleva's parents, Svetlana Bakina / Boris Rublev, had won their Winter Universiade silver medal.

In 2009–2010, they won a Grand Prix medal, bronze at the Cup of Russia. They finished 13th in their second appearance at the World Championships. Rubleva / Shefer retired from competitive skating in August 2010.[8] Shefer began coaching at the Sokolniki rink in Moscow.[9]


(with Rubleva)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Valenki
    (Russian folk dance)
  • Padonne-moi ce caprice d'enfant
    by Mireille Mathieu
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Hopak
    (Ukrainian folk dance)
  • Aria of the Black Swan
    (Swan Lake - modern arrangement)

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Rubleva)

Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Worlds 15th 13th
Europeans 12th 13th 8th
GP Bompard 7th 5th
GP Cup of Russia WD 7th 3rd
GP Skate America 9th 8th 6th
Bofrost 3rd
Nebelhorn 4th
Universiade 5th 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 6th
JGP Final 8th 7th
JGP China 2nd
JGP Czech 4th
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP Slovenia 2nd
JGP Sweden 5th
Russian 9th 9th 8th 5th 5th 6th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Russian Junior 6th 3rd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ СПИСОК кандидатов в спортивные сборные команды Российской Федерации по фигурному катанию на коньках на 2011-2012 гг. [2011–2012 list] (PDF). Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Russian Sports Ministry. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ Kavardakov, Leonid (16 April 2010). Екатерина РУБЛЕВА: "Отношусь ко всему философски. Иначе были бы проблемы с психикой" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  3. ^ Baranova, Nadezhda (15 August 2010). Пока мы ещё только пробуем себя (in Russian). Championat.ru. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (3 May 2009). "Rubleva and Shefer: Famous in a Second". Golden Skate.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Jekaterina Rubleva/Ivan Shefer: European Championships in Helsinki, January 2009". FigureSkating-Online. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010.
  7. ^ Bőd, Titanilla (2009). "A long week in Helsinki". Absolute Skating.
  8. ^ Рублева и Шефер завершили карьеру [Rubleva and Shefer retired] (in Russian). fskate.ru. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  9. ^ Verezemskaya, Olga (6 November 2012). Выйти из тени: Старейшая школа "Сокольники" решила начать заново [Emerging from the shadow: Old school "Sokolniki" decides to start anew]. Moskovskiy Figurist (in Russian). Federation of Figure Skating in Moscow.
  10. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009.
  11. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008.
  12. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007.
  13. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2006.
  14. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 April 2005.
  15. ^ "Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 August 2003.
  16. ^ "Competition Results: Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER". International Skating Union.

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