Natalia Aleksandrovna Zabiiako (Russian: Наталья Александровна Забияко, born 15 August 1994) is a Russian retired pair skater, before competing for Estonia. Competing for Russia with Alexander Enbert, she was the 2019 World bronze medalist, 2018 European bronze medalist, 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki champion, 2018 NHK Trophy champion, 2016 Rostelecom Cup silver medalist, and three-time Russian national medalist.
Zabiiako in 2018
|Full name||Natalia Aleksandrovna Zabiiako|
|Alternative names||Natalja Zabijako|
|Former country(ies) represented||Estonia|
|Born||15 August 1994|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Former partner||Yuri Larionov, Alexandr Zaboev, Sergei Kulbach, Sergei Muhhin|
|Coach||Nina Mozer, Vladislav Zhovnirski, Robin Szolkowy|
|Former coach||Andrei Kriukov, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov|
|Choreographer||Tatiana Druchinina, Olga Orlova|
|Former choreographer||Alla Kapranova, Giuseppe Arena, Igor Tchiniaev, Pavel Dimitrov, Stanimir Todorov|
|Skating club||Vorobievie Gory|
|Former skating club||FSC Medal Tallinn|
|Former training locations||Ashburn, Virginia|
|Retired||February 26, 2020|
|ISU personal best scores|
2019 World Team Trophy
Zabiiako competed for Estonia until 2014, partnered with Sergei Muhhin, Sergei Kulbach, and Alexandr Zaboev. With Zaboev, she placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships. Although they qualified a spot for Estonia in the pairs' event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, they did not compete in Sochi because Zaboev's fast-track citizenship application was declined.
From 2010 to 2014, Zabiiako lived in the United States with a Russian emigrant family. In April 2014, she said she planned to move to Moscow and apply for Russian citizenship. She became a Russian citizen on 19 December 2014.
She engaged to Russian movie director Danil Grinkin, in the fall of 2018. 
Career for EstoniaEdit
Zabiiako began skating when she was four years old. At age 15, she switched from singles to pairs, partnering with Sergei Muhhin. They made their international debut at the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus and placed sixteenth at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
Partnership with KulbachEdit
Later in 2010, Zabiiako teamed up with Ukrainian skater Sergei Kulbach to represent Estonia. After debuting at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy, the pair placed thirteenth at the 2011 European Championships and sixteenth at the 2011 World Championships. Zabiiako injured her back as a result of a fall at the NRW Trophy in December 2011, preventing them from competing at the 2012 European Championships. On 15 February 2012, it was reported that Zabiiako and Kulbach had parted ways.
Partnership with ZaboevEdit
In October 2012, Zabiiako teamed up with Russian-born skater Alexandr Zaboev to compete for Estonia. By finishing ninth at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, they earned a spot for Estonia in pair skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Zaboev applied for Estonian citizenship, required to represent the country at the Olympics, but in November 2013, Estonia denied his fast-track application. Zabiiako/Zaboev placed tenth at the 2014 European Championships and nineteenth at the 2014 World Championships. In late March 2014, Zabiiako ended their partnership, saying he was too difficult to work with and the Estonian Skating Federation did not provide them with equal financial support. In early April 2014, the Secretary General of the Estonian Skating Union submitted an official rebuttal to Zabiiako's statements. The Secretary General called Zabiiako's statements concerning the Skating Union and her partner slanderous and untrue; "Sport - is voluntary, and each person has a right to make decisions, but to justify their actions do not have to lie and defame their partners."
Move to RussiaEdit
In April 2014, Zabiiako said she would move to Moscow to work with Nina Mozer and try out with different skaters, intending to compete for Russia. ISU rules require skaters to sit out a certain period of time after a country change.
2015–16 season: Beginning of partnership with EnbertEdit
Zabiiako/Enbert's international debut came in October 2015 at the 2015 Mordovian Ornament, a Challenger Series (CS) event at which they won a silver medal. In November, the pair appeared for the first time on the Grand Prix series, placing fifth at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. In early December, they finished fourth at the 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb and third in the CS standings. At the 2016 Russian Championships, the pair placed fifth in both segments and overall.
Zabiiako/Enbert started the 2016–17 season on the Challenger Series, obtaining the bronze medal at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial. Turning to the Grand Prix series, the pair won the silver medal at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup, having placed first in the short and second in the free behind Germany's Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot. They then placed fourth at the 2016 Trophée de France. These results didn't qualify them to the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final but they were the 1st alternates and were called up after Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot withdrew. Zabiiako/Enbert placed fourth at the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final after placing fifth in both the short program and the free skate.
In December 2016 Zabiiako/Enbert won the bronze medal at the 2017 Russian Championships after placing third in both the short program and the free skate. In January 2017 they competed at the 2017 European Championships where finished fifth after placing fifth in both the short program and the free skate. In March 2017 Zabiiako/Enbert finished twelfth at the 2017 World Championships.
In their first Grand Prix event of the season, Zabiiako/Enbert placed fourth at 2017 Skate Canada after placing fourth in both the short program and free skate. In their second Grand Prix event at 2017 Skate America, Zabiiako/Enbert placed fourth after ranking fourth in the short program and fifth in the free skate. The pair did not quality for the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final.
In December 2017 Zabiiako/Enbert won their 3rd 2017–18 Challenger Series gold medal when they won the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. A few weeks later they placed third at the 2018 Russian Championships, earning places on the Russian national team for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In January 2018 they won the bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships after placing second in the short program and third in the free skate.
At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Zabiiako/Enbert placed third in the free skate portion of the team event, earning a silver medal as part of the Russian team. They then placed seventh at the pairs event with a personal best score of 212.88 points.
In March 2018 Zabiiako/Enbert finished fourth at the 2018 World Championships after placing fourth in the short program and sixth in the free skate.
In early November Zabiiako/Enbert won their first Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. They ranked second in the short program and first in the free skate and beat the silver medalists, Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise, by about 13 points. Zabiiako described their first Grand Prix victory as "a good experience for us." Only one week later Zabiiako/Enbert won their second Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 NHK Trophy with a personal best score of 214.14 points. They ranked first in both programs and beat the silver medalist, Peng Cheng / Jin Yang, by about 7 points.
With two Grand Prix gold medals they qualified for the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final. In second after the short program, an underrotated side-by-side jump from Zabiiako followed by an aborted lift toward the end of their program dropped them to fourth in the free skate and fourth overall. Zabiiako remarked that "probably some parts of our program were not quite ready yet, but we will improve them." At the 2019 Russian Championships, Zabiiako/Enbert won the silver medal, placing second in both the short and free programs. Enbert said "we’re pleased with what we showed in the free skating. We fixed some issues from the Final and skated at a higher level here in Saransk."
Zabiiako/Enbert were named to Russia's team for the 2019 European Championships, but withdrew on December 27, 2018 due to medical issues. They were replaced by Daria Pavliuchenko / Denis Khodykin.
One week prior to the 2019 World Championships, the skaters were declared fit to compete, and they won their first World medal—a bronze. They concluded their season at the 2019 World Team Trophy as part of Team Russia, where they won the bronze medal.
Zabiiako/Enbert did not compete during the 2019–20 figure skating season due to Enbert's illness. On February 26, 2020, it was announced that while Enbert was healthy again, they would not be returning to competition.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Records and achievementsEdit
With Enbert for RussiaEdit
|GP NHK Trophy||1st|
|GP Skate America||4th||WD|
|GP Skate Canada||4th|
|CS Golden Spin||4th||1st|
|CS Nepela Trophy||3rd||1st|
|World Team Trophy||3rd T
| TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew |
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.
With Larionov for RussiaEdit
With Zaboev for EstoniaEdit
|Golden Spin of Zagreb||2nd|
With Kulbach for EstoniaEdit
With Muhhin for EstoniaEdit
|World Junior Champ.||16th|
Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.
|11–14 April 2019||2019 World Team Trophy||1
|18–24 March 2019||2019 World Championships||4
|19–23 December 2018||2019 Russian Championships||2
|6–9 December 2018||2018–19 Grand Prix Final||2
|9–11 November 2018||2018 NHK Trophy||1
|2–4 November 2018||2018 Grand Prix Finland||2
|12–16 September 2018||2018 CS Lombardia Trophy||1
|19–25 March 2018||2018 World Championships||4
|14–25 February 2018||2018 Winter Olympics||8
|9–12 February 2018||2018 Winter Olympics (Team event)||3
|15–21 January 2018||2018 European Championships||2
|21–24 December 2017||2018 Russian Championships||3
|6–9 December 2017||2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb||1
|24–26 November 2017||2017 Skate America||4
|27–29 October 2017||2017 Skate Canada||4
|21–23 September 2017||2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy||2
|14–17 September 2017||2017 CS Lombardia Trophy||1
|29 March – 2 April 2017||2017 World Championships||5
|25–29 January 2017||2017 European Championships||5
|20–26 December 2016||2017 Russian Championships||3
|8–11 December 2016||2016–17 Grand Prix Final||5
|11–13 November 2016||2016 Trophée de France||3
|4–6 November 2016||2016 Rostelecom Cup||1
|30 September – 2 October 2016||2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial||3
|23–27 December 2015||2016 Russian Championships||5
|2–5 December 2015||2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb||4
|20–22 November 2015||2015 Rostelecom Cup||5
|15–18 October 2015||2015 CS Mordovian Ornament||2
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- "ISU GP 2017 Bridgestone Skate America - Pairs". www.isuresults.com. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
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Media related to Natalja Zabijako at Wikimedia Commons
- Natalia Zabiiako / Alexander Enbert at the International Skating Union
- Natalia Zabiiako / Alexandr Zaboev at the International Skating Union
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