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Ksenia Olegovna Makarova (Russian: Ксения Олеговна Макарова, born 20 December 1992) is a retired Russian, later an American, figure skater. She is the 2010 Skate Canada International silver medalist, 2009 Cup of Nice champion, and 2010 Russian national champion. She represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she placed 10th.

Ksenia Makarova
Cup of Russia 2010 - Ksenia Makarova.jpg
Makarova in 2010
Personal information
Native nameКсения Олеговна Макарова
Full nameKsenia Olegovna Makarova
Country representedRussia
Born (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 (age 26)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Home townNewburgh, New York, United States
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Former coachEvgeni Rukavicin, Galina Zmievskaya, Viktor Petrenko, Oleg Makarov
Former choreographerOlga Glinka, Ilia Averbukh, Nina Petrenko, Larisa Selezneva
Skating clubSt. Petersburg Figure Skating Academy
Began skating2001
RetiredFebruary 19, 2014
ISU personal best scores
Combined total171.91
2010 Winter Olympics
Short program62.06
2010 World
Free skate112.69
2010 Winter Olympics

Personal lifeEdit

Makarova was born on 20 December 1992 in Saint Petersburg.[1] She is the daughter of retired pair skaters Larisa Selezneva and Oleg Makarov, the 1984 Olympic bronze medalists.[2] She has a brother, Alexei, who is nine years younger.[3] Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old.[2]

Makarova was an honors student at Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, New York.[4][5] She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on 16 August 2013.[6]


Makarova did not care for skating when she first stepped onto the ice at age 6 but a couple years later, after her family had moved to the U.S., she tried skating again and began to like it.[7][8]

She began competing in the United States in the 2003–04 season at the intermediate level, where she placed 7th at her regional championship. The following season, again competing as an intermediate, she won the pewter medal at her regional championship and went on to place 15th at the U.S. Junior Championships. In the 2005–2006 season, competing for the final time as an Intermediate, she won her regional championship, but had to withdraw from the U.S. Junior Championships. She moved up to the novice level in the 2006–07 season. She won her regional championship and placed 2nd at her sectional event to qualify for the 2007 U.S. Championships, where she placed 7th. While competing for the United States, she represented the Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club, and she continued to represent that club in the United States while advancing in the U.S. Figure Skating testing structure.[9][10]

Makarova switched to competing for Russia in 2007. At the 2008 Russian Junior Championships, she placed fourth in both segments of the competition to place 4th overall. In the 2008–09 season, she debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. At her first event, the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Madrid, she won the short program and placed 8th in the free skate to place 4th overall. In her second event, in Sheffield, she placed 3rd in the short program and 4th in the free skate to place 4th overall. At the 2009 Russian Junior Championships, she placed 5th.

2009–2010 seasonEdit

In the 2009–10 season, Makarova began being coached by Galina Zmievskaya and Viktor Petrenko in Hackensack, New Jersey, and Nina Petrenko was her choreographer.[2][7] Makarova competed on the 2009–10 ISU Junior Grand Prix series. At her first event, in Lake Placid, New York, she placed 4th in the short program and second in the free skate to win the silver medal. At her second event, in Belarus, she placed 2nd in the short program and 3rd in the free skating to win the bronze medal. This qualified her for the Junior Grand Prix Final. She then competed at the 2009 Coupe Internationale de Nice senior-level competition, which she won after winning both segments of the competition. She placed 4th at the Junior Grand Prix Final after placing third in the short program and fourth in the free skating.[11]

Second in the short program and third in the free skate at the 2010 Russian Championships, Makarova finished first overall and qualified for the 2010 European Championships and 2010 Winter Olympics.[5][12] At Europeans, she placed ninth in the short and long program to finish ninth overall. At the Olympics, Makarova placed twelfth in the short program, ninth in the free skate, and finished tenth overall behind teammate Alena Leonova. At Worlds, Makarova earned a personal best in the short program with 62.06 points. She was eighth in the free skate and finished eighth overall.


During the 2010–11 season, she won silver at 2010 Skate Canada International, her first medal on the senior Grand Prix series and placed seventh at the 2010 Rostelecom Cup. At the 2011 Russian Championships, Makarova placed first in the short program[13] and sixth in the free skate, finishing fifth overall. In January 2011, she changed coaches to Evgeni Rukavicin in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[4][14] Makarova placed fourth at the 2011 European Championships. She finished seventh at Worlds.

In the 2011–2012 season, Makarova competed at the 2011 Cup of China and the 2011 Skate America. She placed seventh at the 2011 Cup of China and fifth at the 2011 Skate America. She placed fourth at 2012 Russian Nationals. Makarova competed at the 2012 European Championships and finished sixth. At the 2012 Worlds, she placed ninth.

Makarova sustained a hip injury in 2013.[6] Hampered by the hip injury, she retired in 2013; as of 2014, she was working as a coach.[15]


Event Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Maria and the Violin's String
    by Ashram
    choreo. by Ilia Averbukh[16]

Competitive highlightsEdit

Results for RussiaEdit

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
Olympics 10th
Worlds 8th 7th 9th
Europeans 9th 4th 6th
GP Cup of China 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostelecom 7th
GP Skate America 5th
GP Skate Canada 2nd 6th
Cup of Nice 1st
Finlandia 4th
Nebelhorn WD
International: Junior[20]
JGP Final 4th
JGP Belarus 3rd
JGP Spain 4th
JGP U.K. 4th
Russian 1st 5th 4th 8th
Russian Junior 4th 5th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

Results for the United StatesEdit

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
U.S. Championships 7th N.
U.S. Junior Championships 15th I. WD
Eastern Sectionals 2nd N.
North Atlantic Regionals 7th I. 4th I. 1st I. 1st N.
Levels: I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice
WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b "Ksenia MAKAROVA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Flade, Tatiana (8 January 2010). "Breakthrough season for Makarova". Golden Skate. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  3. ^ Mcmillan, Ken (16 February 2010). "Olympics: Newburgh couple pass the torch". Times Herald-Record. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (30 April 2011). "Rink notes: Cinquanta outlines team event; Training move suits Makarova". IceNetwork.
  5. ^ a b McMillan, Ken (27 December 2009). "Figure skating: One step from the Olympics". Times Herald-Record. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b Richinick, Michele (16 August 2013). "Ahead of Sochi, Former Russian Olympians become US citizens". MSNBC.
  7. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (13 September 2010). "Makarova takes gold at Mid-Atlantic Championships". IceNetwork.
  8. ^ Flade, Tatjana (19 January 2011). "Ksenia Makarova Russian Star on the Rise". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Senior Moves In The Field Tests Passed" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  10. ^ a b "2007 U.S. Championships Profile". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  11. ^ "ISU Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix Final – Junior Ladies Result". International Skating Union. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  12. ^ McMillan, Ken (3 January 2010). "Olympics dream coming true". Times Herald-Record. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011.
  13. ^ Kondakova, Anna (27 December 2010). "Makarova and Sotnikova a close 1–2 after Short Program". Golden Skate.
  14. ^ Фигуристка Макарова перешла тренироваться от Петренко к Рукавицыну [Skater Makarova switched coaches from Petrenko to Rukavitsyn]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 9 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  15. ^ McMillan, Ken. "Former Olympian not looking back after successful career." Times Herald-Record, February 19, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Илья Авербух ставит фигуристке Макаровой новую программу – Рукавицын" [Ilia Averbukh will choreograph Makarova's new program]. / RIA Novosti (in Russian). 26 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Ksenia MAKAROVA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Ksenia MAKAROVA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Ksenia MAKAROVA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010.
  20. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Ksenia MAKAROVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014.

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