Morisi Kvitelashvili

Morisi Mikhailovich Kvitelashvili (Georgian: მორის ყვითელაშვილი, pronounced [mɔris qʼvitʰɛlɑʃvili]; Russian: Морис Михайлович Квителашвили, born 17 March 1995) is a Russian-Georgian figure skater. Representing Georgia, he is the 2018 Rostelecom Cup silver medalist, 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, 2017 CS Ice Star silver medalist, 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy bronze medalist, and 2019 Winter Universiade bronze medalist. He has finished within the top ten at two European Championships (2017, 2019) and competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, placing 24th.

Morisi Kvitelashvili
2018 EC Moris Kvitelashvili 2018-01-19 20-30-51.jpg
Kvitelashvili at the 2018 European Championships
Personal information
Native nameყვითელაშვილი
Full nameMorisi Mikhailovich Kvitelashvili
Country representedGeorgia
Former country(ies) representedRussia
Born (1995-03-17) 17 March 1995 (age 24)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
CoachEteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov
Former coachMarina Selitskaia
ChoreographerAlexei Zhelezniakov
Skating clubSambo 70
Training locationsMoscow
Began skating2000
World standing13 (2018–19)
23 (2017–18)
43 (2016–17)
54 (2015–16)
71 (2014–15)
107 (2013–14)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total248.58
2018 Rostelecom Cup
Short program89.94
2018 Rostelecom Cup
Free skate158.64
2018 Rostelecom Cup

Before 2016, Kvitelashvili competed for Russia, winning a bronze medal on the ISU Challenger Series and one on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

Personal lifeEdit

Kvitelashvili was born on 17 March 1995 in Moscow, Russia.[1][2] His mother, a former competitive skater, and father are both originally from Tbilisi, Georgia.[3][4]

As of 2018, he is a student at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism in Moscow.[4]

Skating careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Kvitelashvili began learning to skate in 2000.[5] His first coach was Elena Proskurina at CSKA Moscow.[4]

He placed fourteenth at the 2011 Russian Junior Championships and eighteenth at the 2012 edition. He won the junior bronze medal at the 2012 NRW Trophy, his first international event.

2013–2014 seasonEdit

In 2013, Kvitelashvili was selected to compete on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP); he placed fourth, 1.62 points behind bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada, at his first event, which took place in September in Košice, Slovakia. The following month, he won the bronze medal at the JGP event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, having scored 17.76 points less than silver medalist Alexander Petrov and 16.7 more than Daniel Samohin. His senior international debut came in December, at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trento, Italy, where he finished fifth.

2014–2015 season: Grand Prix debutEdit

Making his ISU Challenger Series (CS) debut, Kvitelashvili placed fifth at the Lombardia Trophy in September 2014. In November, he competed at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, replacing the injured Kolyada; he finished twelfth at the event, the first senior Grand Prix (GP) assignment of his career. After placing eighth at the 2015 Russian Championships, he was sent to his second Winter Universiade and finished seventh at the competition, held in February 2015 in Granada, Spain.

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Kvitelashvili won the bronze medal at the 2015 CS Mordovian Ornament in Saransk, Russia. He finished twelfth at his sole GP event, the 2015 Cup of China. In December 2015, he placed fifth in his final international event for Russia, the CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, and twelfth at the Russian Championships. In May 2016, he submitted a request to Russian skating officials to be released to compete for Georgia.[6]

2016–2017 season: First season for GeorgiaEdit

Kvitelashvili made his first international appearance for Georgia in December 2016, at the Santa Claus Cup in Hungary. He obtained the minimum technical scores required to compete at all ISU Championships and won the gold medal, ahead of fellow Georgian Irakli Maysuradze, by placing first in both segments. Ranked tenth in the short program and fourth in the free skate, he finished sixth overall at the 2017 European Championships, held in January in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

In March, Kvitelashvili placed nineteenth in the short, eleventh in the free, and thirteenth overall at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to his placement, Georgia qualified a spot in the men's event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2017–2018 season: PyeongChang OlympicsEdit

Kvitelashvili competed at two Grand Prix events, placing fifth at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup and 6th at the 2017 Internationaux de France. He was invited to the Russian event as a replacement for Keiji Tanaka.[7] He won medals at both of his Challenger Series events, taking silver at the 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star and gold at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb.

In January, Kvitelashvili placed twelfth at the 2018 European Championships in Moscow. The following month, he served as Georgia's flag-bearer during the opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[8] He qualified to the free skate in men's singles and finished twenty-fourth overall.

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Beginning the season at the 2018 Ondrej Nepela Trophy, Kvitelashvili placed fourth in the short program and third in the free skate, narrowly finishing fourth overall, less than half a point behind Keiji Tanaka. At his second Challenger event, the Finlandia Trophy, he placed fifth in the free skate and third in the free, taking the bronze medal overall. His first Grand Prix event of the season, 2018 Skate America, saw him place eighth overall, after coming eleventh in the short program and seven in the free skate. At the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, he placed second in both programs to win the silver medal, his first Grand Prix medal.[9][10]

Kvitelashvili placed tenth at the 2019 European Championships, and finished the season with a thirteenth-place showing at the 2019 World Championships.

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Kvitelashvili was fourth to begin the season at the 2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial, before winning the Denis Ten Memorial Challenge.

At his first Grand Prix event of the season, Kvitelashvili placed fifth in both segments at the 2019 Internationaux de France, for fourth place overall.[11] He was seventh at the 2019 Rostelecom Cup.[12]

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[13]
2018–2019
[14]
2017–2018
[5]
2015–2017
[15][1]
  • I Believe I Can Fly
    by R. Kelly
  • What Is Love
    by Haddaway
  • Sixteen Tons
    performed by The Platters
  • Hogfat Blues
    by Stan Kenton
  • I Put A Spell On You
    performed by Garou
2014–2015
[16]
  • Blues for Elise
    by Wolf Hoffmann
  • After Dark
    by Tito & Tarantula
  • Blue Jean Blues
    by ZZ Top
  • Looking for a Fox
    by Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Blues Brothers Band
2013–2014
[17]
  • Interview with the Vampire
    by Elliot Goldenthal

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

For GeorgiaEdit

International[18]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 24th
Worlds 13th 26th 13th
Europeans 6th 12th 10th TBD
GP France 6th 4th
GP Rostelecom Cup 5th 2nd 7th
GP Skate America 8th
CS Finlandia 3rd
CS Golden Spin 1st 2nd
CS Lombardia 4th
CS Ice Star 2nd
CS Ondrej Nepela 4th
Denis Ten Memorial 1st
Int. Challenge Cup 3rd
Shanghai Trophy 2nd
Bosphorus Cup 1st
Santa Claus Cup 1st
Winter Universiade 3rd
National[18]
Georgian Champ. 1st
TBD = Assigned

For RussiaEdit

International[18]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
GP Cup of China 12th
GP Rostelecom Cup 12th
CS Golden Spin 5th 5th
CS Lombardia 5th
CS Mordovian 3rd
Winter Universiade 5th 7th
International: Junior[18]
JGP Czech Republic 3rd
JGP Slovakia 4th
NRW Trophy 3rd
National[19]
Russian Champ. 15th 8th 12th
Russian Junior Champ. 14th 8th 14th 3rd
J = Junior level

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 4–7, 2019 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 2
81.10
4
155.55
2
236.65
November 15–17, 2019 2019 Rostelecom Cup 9
75.87
5
161.72
7
237.59
November 1–3 2019 2019 Internationaux de France 5
78.79
5
157.59
4
236.38
9-12 October 2019 2019 Denis Ten Memorial Challenge 1
88.00
1
156.98
1
244.98
13–15 September 2019 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 4
74.15
4
146.81
4
220.96
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 18–24, 2019 2019 World Championships 12
82.67
13
158.07
13
240.74
March 7–9, 2019 2019 Winter Universiade 5
82.71
2
175.31
3
258.02
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships 15
73.04
7
146.75
10
219.79
27 November – 1 December 2018 2018 Bosphorus Cup 1
78.66
1
142.07
1
220.73
16-18 November 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 2
89.94
2
158.64
2
248.58
Oct. 19 – 21, 2018 2018 Skate America 11
68.58
7
136.54
8
205.12
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 5
77.52
3
153.67
3
231.19
19–22 September 2018 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 4
76.49
3
145.14
4
221.63
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19-25 March 2018 2018 World Figure Skating Championships 26
67.01
26
67.01
16-17 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 22
76.56
24
128.01
24
204.57
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships 7
76.24
14
133.73
12
210.47
6–9 December 2017 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 6
76.24
1
160.34
1
236.58
17–19 November 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 4
86.98
8
153.52
6
240.50
26–29 October 2017 2017 CS Minsk-Arena Ice Star 2
78.28
3
149.03
2
227.31
20–22 October 2017 2017 Rostelecom Cup 8
80.67
5
169.59
5
250.26
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Figure Skating Championships 19
76.34
11
162.90
13
239.24
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 10
76.85
4
161.35
6
238.20
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 13
69.26
12
139.37
12
208.63
2–5 December 2015 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb 6
68.55
5
144.43
5
212.98
November 6–8, 2015 2015 Cup of China 11
66.92
12
125.16
12
192.10
16–19 October 2015 2015 Mordovian Ornament 3
75.79
3
154.45
3
230.24
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 4–8, 2015 2015 Winter Universiade 14
55.07
4
138.27
7
193.34
24–27 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 8
74.37
9
133.03
8
207.40
December 4–7, 2014 2014 Golden Spin of Zagreb 7
66.16
5
141.61
5
207.77
November 14–16, 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 12
62.24
12
112.01
12
174.25
18–21 September 24 2014 Lombardia Trophy 4
72.12
7
129.02
5
201.14

ReferencesEdit

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