Olivia Smart (born 1 April 1997) is a British-Spanish ice dancer who currently skates for Spain with Adrián Díaz. With former partner Joseph Buckland, she is a three-time British national junior champion (2012–14), and competed at three World Junior Championships, reaching the top ten in 2014.

Olivia Smart
2017 World Figure Skating Championships Olivia Smart Adrià Díaz jsfb dave2430.jpg
Smart/Díaz in 2017
Personal information
Full nameOlivia Sophia Smart
Country representedSpain
Former country(ies) representedUnited Kingdom
Born (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 22)
Sheffield, England
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
PartnerAdrián Díaz
Former partnerJoseph Buckland
CoachMarie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer, Pascal Denis
Former coachEvgeni Platov
Philip Askew
Neil Chilcott
ChoreographerGinette Cournoyer, Marie-France Dubreuil
Former choreographerPhilip Askew
Skating clubF.C. Barcelona
Former skating clubSAD Majadahonda
IceSheffield
Training locationsMontreal
Former training locationsNew Jersey
Nottingham
Sheffield
Began skating2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total191.01
2019 Skate America
Short dance76.62
2019 Skate America
Free dance114.39
2019 Skate America

Personal lifeEdit

Olivia Smart was born on 1 April 1997 in Sheffield, England.[1] She became a Spanish citizen in July 2017.[2]

Skating careerEdit

Partnership with BucklandEdit

Smart teamed up with Joseph Buckland in 2010.[3] They made their JGP debut in autumn 2011, ranking 13th in Austria and 12th in Estonia. They came in 17th at their first World Junior Championships, held in Minsk in March 2012. In the 2012–2013 season, the duo missed the JGP series and finished 22nd at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan.

In 2013–2014, Smart/Buckland placed seventh at both of their JGP assignments, Poland and the Czech Republic, and finished 10th at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Smart/Buckland moved up to the senior level in the 2014–2015 season. In October 2014, they placed fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event. In November, they won silver medals at the International Cup of Nice and NRW Trophy before taking the British national title in the absence of Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland. Smart/Buckland withdrew from the 2015 European Championships before the short dance, Buckland having fallen ill with gastroenteritis.[4][5] The duo went on to place 27th at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China. Following that season, they split.

2015–2016 season: Teaming up with DíazEdit

On 13 December 2015, it was announced that Smart had teamed up with Spanish ice dancer Adrián Díaz and that they wished to represent Spain.[6] On 15 January 2016, Smart announced that the British skating association had released her, and that she and Díaz would train in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, and Romain Haguenauer.[7]

2016–2017 season: Debut of Smart/DíazEdit

Making their international debut, Smart/Díaz took silver behind Elliana Pogrebinsky / Alex Benoit at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in late July 2016. They later competed at three ISU Challenger Series events, placing 4th at the 2016 U.S. International Classic, 6th at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, and 6th at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy, before winning gold at the Open d'Andorra. Smart/Díaz finished second to Sara Hurtado / Kirill Khaliavin at the Spanish Championships. As a result, they were not nominated for the 2017 European Championships.

In February, Smart/Díaz took silver at the Bavarian Open. Later that month, Federación Española Deportes de Hielo (FEDH) selected them to compete at the 2017 World Championships, the main Olympic-qualifying competition.[8] The two placed 16th in the short dance, 19th in the free dance, and 18th overall at the event in Helsinki, Finland. Their result allowed Spain to send one ice dancing team to the Olympics.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

In July 2017, FEDH announced that Spain's Olympic spot would go to the team which received the highest combined score at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb and Spanish Championships.[9]

Smart/Díaz began their season on the Challenger Series, placing 7th at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and 4th at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. Making their Grand Prix debut, the two placed 6th at the 2017 Skate Canada International in October. In December, they placed 5th at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, scoring 4.18 points less than Hurtado/Khaliavin. Later that month, they won the Spanish national title by a 3.23 point margin, resulting in a final deficit of 0.95 points. On 17 December 2017, FEDH announced that Hurtado/Khaliavin would compete at the European Championships and Olympics while Smart/Díaz would be assigned to the 2018 World Championships.[10][11] They finished 12th at the event in Milan, Italy.

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Smart/Díaz began their season at the Autumn Classic International Challenger Series event where they placed second behind Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje. At the onset of the 2018–19 season, they were assigned to two Grand Prix events, the Skate Canada and Internationaux de France, finishing fifth at the former and seventh at the latter.

After winning the silver medal at the Spanish Championships, finishing behind Hurtado/Khaliavin, they placed eighth at the 2019 European Championships.

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Smart/Díaz began the season with a victory at the 2019 Lake Placid Ice Dance International, and then placed fourth at the 2019 CS Autumn Classic International. At their first Grand Prix assignment, 2019 Skate America, they placed fourth, with three new personal bests set.[12][13] Smart/Díaz concluded the Grand Prix with another fourth-place finish at the 2019 Internationaux de France.[14]

ProgramsEdit

With DiazEdit

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2019–2020
[15]
2018–2019
[16]
  • Tango: A Evaristo Carriego
    performed by Orquestra Color Tango
2017–2018
[1]
2016–2017
[18]

With BucklandEdit

Season Short dance Free dance
2014–2015
[19]
2013–2014
[20]
  • Paso Doble
  • El Mariachi
  • Once Upon A Time in Mexico
    by Robert Rodriguez
2012–2013
[21]
  • Swing Set
    by Jurassic 5
  • Feeling Good
    by Escala
  • Tango in Ebony
    by Maksim, Julian Kershaw
  • Butterflies and Hurricanes
    by William Joseph
2011–2012
[22]
  • Natural Passion
    by Latin Festival
  • Sway

Competitive highlightsEdit

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

With Díaz for SpainEdit

International[23]
Event 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 18th 12th
Europeans 8th
GP France 7th 4th
GP Skate America 4th
GP Skate Canada 6th 5th
CS Autumn Classic 6th 4th 2nd 4th
CS Finlandia Trophy 6th 2nd
CS Golden Spin 5th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
CS US Classic 4th 7th
Bavarian Open 2nd
Lake Placid IDI 2nd 1st
Open d'Andorra 1st
National
Spanish Champ. 2nd 1st 2nd 1st

With Buckland for the United KingdomEdit

International[24]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
Worlds 27th
Europeans WD
CS Ondrej Nepela 4th
International: Junior[24]
Junior Worlds 17th 22nd 10th
JGP Austria 13th
JGP Czech Republic 7th
JGP Estonia 12th
JGP Poland 7th
Bavarian Open 6th J 3rd J
NRW Trophy 3rd J
Santa Claus Cup 8th J
Toruń Cup 1st J
National[24]
British Champ. 1st J 1st J 1st J 1st
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Detailed resultsEdit

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

With Díaz for SpainEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event RD FD Total
November 2019 1–3 2019 Internationaux de France 4
76.09
4
112.09
4
188.18
October 18-20, 2019 2019 Skate America 4
76.62
4
114.39
4
191.01
September 12–14, 2019 2019 Autumn Classic International 4
70.63
4
110.88
4
181.51
30 July - 2 August, 2019 2019 Lake Placid Ice Dance International 4
70.11
1
114.51
1
184.62
2018–19 season
Date Event RD FD Total
21-27 January, 2019 2019 European Championships 6
70.02
9
106.82
8
176.84
14–16 December 2018 2018 Spanish Championships 1
69.86
2
108.82
2
178.68
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 5
68.16
8
97.53
7
165.69
26–28 October 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 3
72.35
5
104.22
5
176.57
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 2
72.61
2
107.46
2
180.07
20–22 September 2018 2018 CS Autumn Classic 2
67.35
2
104.06
2
171.41
2017–18 season
Date Event SD FD Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 12
63.73
12
98.32
12
162.05
15–17 December 2017 2017 Spanish Championships 1
69.61
2
98.16
1
167.77
6–9 December 2017 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 5
63.12
5
96.28
5
159.40
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 4
64.34
7
90.47
6
154.81
20–23 September 2017 2017 CS Autumn Classic 5
61.18
4
93.88
4
155.56
13–17 September 2017 2017 US Classic 8
48.15
6
83.98
7
132.13
2016–17 season
Date Event SD FD Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 16
60.93
19
84.68
18
145.61
14–19 February 2017 2017 Bavarian Open 2
67.52
2
104.18
2
171.70
16–20 November 2016 2016 Open d'Andorra 1
63.47
1
100.93
1
164.40
6–10 October 2016 2016 Finlandia Trophy 6
55.89
6
86.23
6
142.12
28 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2016 2016 CS Autumn Classic 5
56.10
6
85.40
6
141.50
14–18 September 2016 2016 US Classic 3
57.12
5
81.22
4
138.34
28–29 July 2016 2016 Lake Placid IDI 2
62.32
2
83.17
2
145.49

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Olivia Smart y Kirill Khalyavin obtienen la nacionalidad española" [Olivia Smart and Kirill Khalyavin obtain Spanish citizenship]. hieloespanol.es (in Spanish). 26 July 2017. Archived from the original on 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ Pinchess, Lynette (20 September 2010). "Olympic hopeful Joseph keeps up the family tradition on ice". This is Nottingham. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Illness hits Buckland brothers at European Figure Skating Championships". National Ice Skating Association. 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Buckland and Coomes withdraw from World Championships due to illness". National Ice Skating Association. 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Se oficializa la nueva pareja Olivia Smart y Adriá Díaz" [The new pairing of Olivia Smart and Adriá Diaz becomes official]. hieloespanol.es (in Spanish). 13 December 2015.
  7. ^ "La Federación Británica permite a Olivia Smart competir por España". hieloespanol.es. 15 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Informe Técnico para la designación de la Pareja de Danza que participará en el Campeonato del Mundo, Helsinki, Marzo 2017" [Ice dancing team designated for the World Championships] (PDF) (in Spanish). Federación Española Deportes de Hielo. 28 February 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Criterios de selección de patinaje artístico para los JJOO" [Figure skating selection criteria for the Olympics] (in Spanish). Federación Española Deportes de Hielo. 5 July 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Javier Fernández, Felipe Montoya y Sara Hurtado & Kirill Khalyavin, a los Juegos" [Javier Fernández, Felipe Montoya and Sara Hurtado & Kirill Khalyavin heading to the Olympics]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 December 2017.
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  14. ^ Slater, Paula (2 November 2019). "Papadakis and Cizeron defend Grand Prix title in Grenoble". Golden Skate.
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  20. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  21. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  22. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
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External linksEdit

  Media related to Olivia Smart at Wikimedia Commons