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Maria Petrova (figure skater) : biography

29 November 1977 -

Maria Igorevna Petrova ( born 29 November 1977 in Leningrad) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Alexei Tikhonov, she is the 2000 World champion and a two-time (1999, 2000) European champion.

Career

Petrova was a sickly child and her doctor recommended she take up a sport; her parents got her into figure skating when she was seven. She started out in singles but always preferred pair skating and admired Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov so she made the switch to pairs at 13.

She initially competed with Anton Sikharulidze with whom she is the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Champion. They split in 1996 and she teamed up with Teimuraz Pulin, winning the silver medal at the 1997 World Junior championships.

Petrova teamed up with Alexei Tikhonov in the summer of 1998. Together, they won the World Championship in 2000. They placed 6th at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2006 Games. They won a silver medal at the 2005 Worlds, and a bronze in 2006.

Petrova and Tikhonov announced they would retire after the 2006 Worlds, but at the request of the Russian Skating Federation they later agreed to remain eligible for another year. During their final season, they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final, and withdrew from the World Championships due to injury.

Petrova and Tikhonov trained in Saint Petersburg with Ludmila Velikova. After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows, including Russian television projects.

Personal life

In addition to skating together, Petrova and Tikhonov are also an off-ice couple. On 1 February 2010 she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Polina. The family lives in Moscow region.

Programs

With Tikhonov

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2006–2007
  • Sarabande by George Frideric Handel (modern arrangement)
  • Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven
2005–2006
  • Sarabande by George Frideric Handel (modern arrangement)
  • Winter from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Fellini soundtracks
2004–2005
  • Tango by Astor Piazzola
  • The Circus Princess by Emmerich Kalman
  • You Present Me Roses () by Nochniye Snaiperi
2003–2004
  • Music by Baxter
  • Mister X The Circus Princess by Emmerich Kálmán
  • You Present Me Roses () by Nochniye Snaiperi
2002–2003
  • Rainy Blues by Raimond Pauls
  • Symphony Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Black Cat, White Cat
2001–2002
  • Adagio from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Chess (musical) by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson et al.
2000–2001
  • Russian Fantasie

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  • Francesca de Rimini by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Le tourment
  • Vision de Paradis by Saint-Preux

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  • Gospodin Oformitel (film)
  • Diva by Jean Michel Jarre
  • The Fifth Element by Éric Serra

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  • Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
1999–2000
  • Francesca de Rimini by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

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  • Mr. Bureaucrat (film soundtrack)
1998–1999
  • Doctor Zhivago by Maurice Jarre
  • Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
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