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Maria Vladimirovna Mukhortova (Russian: Мария Владимировна Мухортова; born 20 November 1985) is a Russian pair skater. With former partner Maxim Trankov, she is the 2008 European silver medalist, a five-time Grand Prix medalist (including one gold medal at Trophée Eric Bompard), 2005 World Junior champion, 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and 2007 Russian national champion. In her early career, she competed with Egor Golovkin and Pavel Lebedev. She also competed one season with Jérôme Blanchard.

Maria Mukhortova
2009 EC Maria Mukhortova Maxim Trankov.jpg
Mukhortova and Trankov at the 2009 Europeans.
Personal information
Full nameMaria Vladimirovna Mukhortova
Country representedRussia
Born (1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 (age 33)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partnerJérôme Blanchard
Maxim Trankov
Egor Golovkin
Pavel Lebedev
CoachOleg Vasiliev
Former coachArtur Dmitriev
Tamara Moskvina
Nikolai Velikov
ChoreographerAlexander Matveev
Former choreographerTatiana Druchinina,
Tamara Moskvina
Skating clubSt. Petersburg Skating School
ISU personal best scores
Combined total202.03
2010 Europeans
Short program73.54
2010 Europeans
Free skate128.57
2009-2010 GPF

Personal lifeEdit

Mukhortova was born in Saint Petersburg but began skating in her father's hometown of Lipetsk when she was 6 years old.[1] She became attracted to pair skating, however, there were no related opportunities in Lipetsk so her mother took her back to Saint Petersburg when she was thirteen.[1][2]


Early careerEdit

Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov trained in the same practice group under coaches Ludmila Velikova and Nikolai Velikov, but with different partners.[1] Mukhortova first competed with Pavel Lebedev during the 2001–02 and the 2002–03 season, skating with him on the ISU Junior Grand Prix and finishing fourth at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships. The pair had frequent arguments but due to good results, Mukhortova initially declined to switch partners, however, a year later in 2003, she accepted Trankov's suggestion to skate together.[1][3]

Partnership with TrankovEdit

In their first season together, they won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2004 World Junior Championships. The following season, they competed on both the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix and won the 2005 World Junior Championships.[4] In the 2005–06 Olympic season, they were assigned to the 2006 World Championships after Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin withdrew. They placed 12th in their debut at the event.

After the 2005–06 season, Mukhortova and Trankov switched coaches to Tamara Moskvina.[3] In August 2006, Artur Dmitriev became their coach and in December 2006 they moved to Oleg Vasiliev.[3]

In the 2006–07 season, Mukhortova and Trankov won the 2007 Russian Nationals, but were forced to miss the Europeans after she suffered an injury in practice. They returned in time for the 2007 Worlds, moving up one place to 11th. The following season, they won the silver medal at the 2008 Europeans and finished 7th at the 2008 Worlds. They had to take a short break in the middle of their long program at Worlds because Trankov was suffering from swelling in his arm, but returned to complete their skate after some alterations to his costume.[1]

In the 2008-09 season, Mukhortova and Trankov qualified for their first Grand Prix Final, won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championships, and moved up to 5th place at the World Championships.

For the 2009-10 season, the pair was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they set a new overall personal best score and defeated two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy. Their second Grand Prix event was the 2009 Skate Canada where they placed second.[5] They won another bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships but finished a disappointing seventh at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. At the 2010 World Championships held in Turin, Italy, in March 2010 they finished in 4th place. Shortly thereafter, the pair ended their partnership.[6][7]

Partnership with BlanchardEdit

In May 2010, it was announced that she had teamed up with Jérôme Blanchard to compete for Russia.[8] At the 2011 Russian Championships, they finished 7th overall. In February 2011, their coach Oleg Vasiliev said they had taken some time off due to funding issues.[9] On March 4, Vasiliev confirmed their partnership had ended; Mukhortova would consider competing with a new partner or move into show skating.[10] Mukhortova joined the Russian Ice Stars in 2011.[11][12]


With BlanchardEdit

Season Short program Free skating
2010–11 Song from a Secret Garden
by Secret Garden
The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

With TrankovEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–10[3] Appassionata
by Secret Garden
Une Vie d'Amour
sung by Mireille Mathieu and Charles Aznavour
2008–09[13] Nobody Home
by Pink Floyd
performed by London Symphonic Orchestra
The Lady and the Hooligan
by Dmitri Shostakovich
Russian: Соглашайся хотя бы на рай в шалаше
by Diana Arbenina
2007–08[14] Otonal
by Raúl di Blasio
Prelude in C sharp minor
by Sergei Rachmaninov
by Secret Garden
2006–07[15] Music for Cinema
by Alfred Schnittke
by Sergei Rachmaninov
Tale of Wandering
by Alfred Schnittke
2005–06[16] Baxter (soundtrack) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninov
Russian: Дождик осенний
from The Turkish Gambit (film)
by Olga Krasko
2004–05[17] Quidam
from Cirque du Soleil
by René Dupéré
El dia que me quieras
by Raúl di Blasio
Russian: Дождик осенний
from The Turkish Gambit
by Olga Krasko
2003–04[18] Melodies of the White Night
soundtrack by Isaac Schwartz
El dia que me quieras
by Raúl di Blasio

With LebedevEdit

Season Short program Free skating
  • Gospodin Oformitel
  • The Matrix
    by various artists
  • Lord of the Dance
    by Ronan Hardiman
  • Secret Garden
  • Lord of the Dance
    by Ronan Hardiman


With BlanchardEdit

Event 2010–11
Russian Championships 7th

With TrankovEdit

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 7th
Worlds 12th 11th 7th 5th 4th
Europeans 2nd 3rd 3rd
Grand Prix Final 6th 4th
GP Bompard 3rd 2nd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 6th 4th 7th 4th
GP Skate America 5th 3rd
GP Skate Canada 7th 2nd
Finlandia 1st
Nebelhorn 2nd
Universiade 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 3rd 1st
JGP Final 3rd 1st
JGP China 1st
JGP Czech 1st
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Poland 1st
Russian Champ. 1st J. WD 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

With LebedevEdit

Event 2001–02 2002–03
Universiade 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th 4th
JGP Final 8th 8th
JGP Czech 1st
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Serbia 1st
JGP Sweden 3rd
Russian Champ. 5th
Russian Jr. Champ. 3rd 3rd
J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix


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  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (July 16, 2006). "Young Russian Pair Hopes for 2007 Podiums". SkateToday.
  3. ^ a b c d "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010.
  4. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: ISU Results: Pairs" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-04. (10.5 KB)
  5. ^ "Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov: Breakthrough Win for Russian Duo". Golden Skate. October 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Фигуристы Мухортова и Траньков в поисках новых партнеров [Skaters Mukhortova and Trankov in search of new partners] (in Russian). 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  7. ^ Мария Мухортова: "Я забыла Максима Транькова" (in Russian). Nevskoye Vremya. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  8. ^ У Марии Мухортовой — новый партнер [Maria Mukhortova has a new partner] (in Russian). 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  9. ^ Тренер Олег Васильев: проект Мухортова/Бланшар фигуристы закрыли [Coach Oleg Vasiliev: The Mukhortova / Blanchard project is over] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  10. ^ Для фигуристки Мухортовой вновь ищут нового партнера [Figure skater Mukhortova again looking for a new partner] (in Russian). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Russian Ice Stars". Archived from the original on March 22, 2012.
  12. ^ Lucas-Scott, Paul (March 7, 2012). "Cinderella on Ice (tour – Eastbourne, Congress Theatre)". What's on Stage.
  13. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009.
  14. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007.
  16. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 May 2006.
  17. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 February 2005.
  18. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004.
  19. ^ a b "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Pavel LEBEDEV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 November 2003.
  20. ^ "Maria MUKHORTOVA / Pavel LEBEDEV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 June 2002.
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012.

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