Nodari Maisuradze

Nodari Otarievich Maisuradze (Russian: Нодари Отариевич Маисурадзе, born 18 February 1988) is a Russian pair skater. With Julia Antipova, he is the 2014 Bavarian Open champion and placed eighth at the 2014 World Championships.[1]

Nodari Maisuradze
Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA Nodari MAISURADZE po Skate Canada 2010.jpg
Iliushechkina and Maisuradze in 2010
Personal information
Native nameНодари Отариевич Маисурадзе
Full nameNodari Otarievich Maisuradze
Country representedRussia
Born (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 31)
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
PartnerJulia Antipova
Former partnerLubov Iliushechkina
CoachArtur Dmitriev
Former coachNatalia Pavlova, Inna Utkina, Alexei Sokolov, Alexei Urmanov
ChoreographerSergei Komolov, Alexei Zhelezniakov
Former choreographerDaria Garmash
Skating clubUOR 4 Moscow
Began skating1992
ISU personal best scores
Combined total186.22
2014 Worlds
Short program66.78
2014 Worlds
Free skate119.44
2014 Worlds

With former partner Lubov Iliushechkina, Maisuradze is the 2010 Skate Canada champion, 2011 Winter Universiade champion, 2009 World Junior champion, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2009 Russian national bronze medalist.

Personal lifeEdit

Nodari Otarievich Maisuradze was born 18 February 1988 in Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[2] He moved to Saint Petersburg when he was 12.[3]


Early yearsEdit

Maisuradze began skating at the age of three-and-a-half in Lipetsk.[3] His first coach was Galina Sukhareva.[2] He began training in Saint Petersburg at age 12 and was taught by Alexei Urmanov for a year.[3]

Partnership with IliushechkinaEdit

In April 2006, Maisuradze switched from singles to pairs, teaming up with Lubov Iliushechkina.[4] Though initially skeptical, coach Natalia Pavlova decided to work with them because she had no pairs at the time and grew impressed by their commitment.[3] In September of that year, Pavlova moved to Moscow and the pair followed her.[3]

During the 2007–08 season, Iliushechkina/Maisuradze took silver at the 2008 Junior Worlds and placed 4th at the senior Russian Nationals.

During the 2008–09 season, they won the World Junior title, along with gold at the Junior Grand Prix Final. The pair also competed at the senior level, winning the bronze at Russian Nationals and placing 5th at their first European Championships. They earned a berth to 2009 Worlds but were forced to withdraw due to an injury to Maisuradze. He injured ligaments in his hand in a skiing accident.[5] They were replaced by Ksenia Ozerova and Alexander Enbert.

During the 2009–10 season, Iliushechkina/Maisuradze placed third in the short program at 2009 Cup of China and achieved their personal best score of 62.54. However, they struggled in the long program, finishing seventh in that segment, and fifth overall. At Russian Nationals, they also struggled and finished in fourth.[6] After the difficult season, they made some adjustments in training.[5]

Iliushechkina/Maisuradze began the 2010–11 season by capturing the gold at 2010 Skate Canada, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix circuit. Only a week later, they competed at the 2010 Cup of China and placed 4th. Their results qualified them for their first Grand Prix Final at the senior level. They finished fourth, setting new personal bests in the long program (117.38) and combined total (177.44). At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they placed sixth in the short program and fourth in the long, to finish fifth overall. They were named to the 2011 Winter Universiade team but missed the European and World teams. Iliushechkina/Maisuradze won the gold medal at the Winter Universiade.

In the 2011–12 season, Iliushechkina/Maisuradze competed at 2011 Skate Canada, where they placed 5th, and 2011 NHK Trophy, where they finished 6th. They were 6th at the 2012 Russian Championships. In March 2012, their coach, Natalia Pavlova, confirmed that their partnership had ended.[7]

Partnership with AntipovaEdit

Maisuradze began training with Julia Antipova in July 2012.[8] They placed fourth at the 2013 Russian Championships and then won silver in their international debut at the 2013 Bavarian Open. Natalia Pavlova and Artur Dmitriev jointly coached the pair in their first season together.

In the summer of 2013, Antipova/Maisuradze lost some training time due to injury and their search for a new coaching situation.[9] The Russian federation having decided they would stay in the short term with Dmitriev, the pair returned to training in early August, working with Dmitriev separately from his and Pavlova's main group.[10] Antipova/Maisuradze placed fifth at their sole Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 Rostelecom Cup. In the free skate, they executed a quadruple twist, their first in competition.[9] After placing fourth again at the Russian Championships, the pair won their first international, the 2014 Bavarian Open, and were assigned to the 2014 World Championships after Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov decided to miss the event. Making their World debut, the pair finished eighth in Saitama, Japan.

Antipova/Maisuradze decided to remain with Dmitriev in the 2014–15 season.[11] They were chosen to compete at the 2014 Cup of China and 2014 NHK Trophy.[12]


With AntipovaEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Money
    by Pink Floyd
  • The Great Gig in the Sky
    by Pink Floyd
  • Back in Black
    by AC/DC

With IliushechkinaEdit

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze with coach Natalia Pavlova
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Figaro
    (from The Barber of Seville)
    by Gioachino Rossini
    (modern arrangement)
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
  • Conquest of Paradise
    by Vangelis
  • La Comédie
    by unknown
  • We Are The Champions
    by Queen

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With AntipovaEdit

Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds 8th
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy WD
GP Rostelecom Cup 5th
Bavarian Open 2nd 1st
Cup of Nice 4th
Russian Champ. 4th 4th
WD = Withdrew

With IliushechkinaEdit

Iliushechkina and Maisuradze on the podium at 2010 Skate Canada
Iliushechkina and Maisuradze at 2008 Junior Worlds
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Europeans 5th
Grand Prix Final 4th
GP Cup of China 5th 4th
GP Cup of Russia 4th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate Canada 1st 5th
Golden Spin 1st
Nepela Memorial 3rd
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[18]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
Russian Champ. 4th 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Russian Junior 2nd


  1. ^ a b "Competition Results: Julia ANTIPOVA / Nodari MAISURADZE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Маисурадзе Нодари Отариевич [Nodari Otarievich Maisuradze] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Flade, Tatjana (27 September 2008). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze: From 'Hopeless Case' to Top Contenders".
  4. ^ a b "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (19 January 2011). "Iliushechkina and Maisuradze Unexpected Success". International Figure Skating. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  6. ^ Kondakova, Anna (26 December 2009). "Kavaguti and Smirnov win third consecutive national title". Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  7. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (21 March 2012). Пара Илюшечкина/Маисурадзе распалась из-за ухода фигуристки - тренер [Coach: The pair of Iliushechkina/Maisuradze has split because she left]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 6 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b Нодари Майсурадзе: Юле Антиповой ещё не исполнилось 15 лет, поэтому участвовать во взрослых соревнованиях мы пока не имеем права [Nodari Maisuradze: Julia Antipova is not yet 15, so we don't yet have the right to compete in senior international events]. (in Russian). 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012.
  9. ^ a b Ermolina, Olga (23 November 2013). Юлия Антипова – Нодари Майсурадзе: «Четверную подкрутку сделали впервые» [Julia Antipova and Nodari Maisuradze performed quad twist for the first time] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ Ermolina, Olga (11 September 2013). Артур ДМИТРИЕВ: «Мы много и глубоко работали над отдельными элементами» [Artur Dmitriev: "We worked on individual elements thoroughly"] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014.
  11. ^ Zubakov, Alexei (11 June 2014). Нодари Маисурадзе: ищем золотую середину, которая необходима для целостности зрительного восприятия [Nodari Maisuradze seeking the middle ground]. (in Russian).
  12. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs" (PDF). July 22, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2014.
  13. ^ "Julia ANTIPOVA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009.
  16. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008.
  17. ^ a b Маисурадзе Нодари Отариевич [Nodari Otarievich Maisuradze] (in Russian).
  18. ^ a b "Competition Results: Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013.

External linksEdit

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