Daria Danilova & Michel Tsiba | Golden Skate

Daria Danilova & Michel Tsiba

ladyjane

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Daria Danilova (born 8 September 2002) and Michel Tsiba (born 21 December 1997) are a Dutch Pair team. Together they are the 2020 Dutch national champions and the 2020 NRW Trophy bronze medalist. They competed in the final segment at the 2020 European Championships and are the first Dutch pair to qualify for the World Championships. As the WC in 2020 were cancelled they could not take part. However, they took part in the 2021 WC in Stockholm as the first Dutch pair ever at a WC, but did not make it to the Free Skate. Although they missed the OG in 2022, they were 9th at the WC in the same year.

Danilova was born in Moscow, Russia. She started as a single's skater but did not qualify for the Russian National Championships. She started pair skating in 2017 with her first (Russian) partner but it did not work out. She is currently learning Dutch. Danilova is attempting to obtain Dutch citizenship to become eligible for the 2022 Winter Olympics. She has a pet dog. Tsiba was born in Groningen to a Russian father and a Ukrainian mother. He has an older sister. Tsiba is fluent in Russian. Tsiba first skated singles but after becoming the Dutch National Champion in 2018 he switched to pairs and joined up with Danilova. Danilova/Tsiba alternate training in Berlin and Moscow every three months due to the differences in their respective citizenships' visa requirements. The pair fund over half of their training costs out of pocket via Tsiba's student finances.

They are coached by Pavel Kitashev and Knut Schubert


Biographical lnformation
ISU bio:
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00106631.htm

Wikipedia
Daria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daria_Danilova
Michel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Tsiba

Social Media
Instagram:
Daria: https://www.instagram.com/da.ryad/
Michel: https://www.instagram.com/micheltsiba/

Michel's Website: https://micheltsiba.com/



Season 2018-2019
Danilova/Tsiba won their debut international competition, the 2018 Golden Spin of Zagreb on the junior level. They then placed tenth at the 2019 Bavarian Open. In February, Danilova/Tsiba won the 2019 Dutch junior national title unopposed. However, they missed achieving the minimum TES requirements for the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Season 2019-2020
Danilova/Tsiba competed at three Challenger Series events to open the season, finishing tenth at 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy, 17th at 2019 CS Warsaw Cup, and 15th at 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb.
At the 2020 European Championships in January, Danilova/Tsiba became the first Dutch pair in 24 years to compete at a European Championships since Jeltje Schulten / Alcuin Schulten last represented the country at the event in 1996. They qualified to the final segment and finished 16th overall. In February 2020, they finished eighth at the Bavarian Open and tenth at the Challenge Cup; the latter event doubled as the Dutch Championships where, as the only Dutch pair, Danilova/Tsiba won their first senior national title.

At the Challenge Cup, Danilova/Tsiba earned the necessary TES minimums for the 2020 World Championships. They are the first Dutch pair in history to qualify for the World Championships. The event was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Season 2020-2021
During the offseason, Tsiba underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. However, the pair did not start training together again until the end of August due to issues with Danilova's Dutch visa. Danilova/Tsiba made their season debut at the 2020 NRW Autumn Trophy in November and won their first senior international medal, bronze behind Germans Annika Hocke / Robert Kunkel and Minerva Fabienne Hase / Nolan Seegert.

Season 2021-2022
Beginning the season at the 2021 Lombardia Trophy, Danilova/Tsiba placed eighth. They competed at the 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, placing ninth and failing to qualify a place at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Their third Challenger event, the 2021 CS Warsaw Cup, Danilova/Tsiba were fifteenth. They finished twenty-first at the 2022 European Championships, missing the free skate.

Danilova/Tsiba concluded the season at the 2022 World Championships, where they finished a career-best ninth in a field depleted due to Russia being banned as a result of their invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese Skating Association opted not to send athletes to compete in Montpellier.

Programmes
SeasonShort programFree skating
2022-2023
  • "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (from "The Hunger Games") by Lorde; "The Hanging Tree" (from "The Hunger Games") by James Newton Howard, Jennifer Lawrence
  • "Goodbye Song" by Terence Blanchard, Cynthia Erivo; "Stand Up" by Cynthia Erivo; choreo by Nikita Mikhailov, Evdokimova
2020–2022
  • Bad Guy
    by Billie Eilish
    performed by Ariana Savalas
    choreo. by Joti Polizoakis
  • All by Myself
    by Eric Carmen
  • I'll Be There for You
    by The Rembrandts
    choreo. by Joti Polizoakis
2019–2020
  • Don't Stop Me Now
    by Queen
    choreo. by Paul Boll
  • Greased Lighnin'
    (from Grease)
    performed by John Travolta
  • Hopelessly Devoted to You
    (from Grease: Live)
    performed by Julianne Hough
  • You're the One That I Want
    (from Grease)
    performed by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
    choreo. by Olga Orlova
2018–2019
  • Secrets
    by OneRepublic
    choreo. by Olga Orlova

Results:
CompetitionSP ScoreSP No.FS ScoreFS No.Total ScoreFinal Placement
2022-2023
2022 Grand Prix Espoo56.41589.746146.155
2022 NHK Trophy54.466101.386155.845
2022 Finlandia Trophy56.276102.655158.926
2021-2022
2022 World Championships49.521199.039148.559
2022 European Championships36.8621DNQ-36.8621
Warsaw Cup 202155.451489.2815144.7315
NRW Trophy 202150.611101.851152.461
Nebelhorn Trophy 202155.39889.879145.269
Lombardia Trophy 202145.14788.738133.878
2020-2021
World Championship 202143.1222DNQDNQ43.1222
Challenge Cup 202148.87888.236137.107
NRW Autumn Trophy 202043.86370.884114.743
Challenge Cup 202051.81585.9210137.7310
Bavarian Open 202046.92883.919130.838
2019-2020
European Championship 202046.101670.2016116.3016
Golden Spin 201947.861387.8516135.7115
Finlandia Trophy 201943.56975.3410118.9010
2018-2019
Challenge Cup 201943.33174.441117.771
Bavarian Open 201936.741273.1810109.9210
Golden Spin 201837.67176.331114.001
 
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ladyjane

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Today I received my copy of Pirouette Magazine, and lo and behold, there was some coverage about these two. They are training hard (for the most part in Berlin and Michel expressed being grateful to the German Federation for making it possible to train there all through the pandemic), but don't know yet whether they or their rivals - Osipova/Epstein -will be allowed to go and try for an Olympic berth at Nebelhorn. They plan to do another Challenger in any case. Daria has no Dutch citizenship yet - although she is studying the language - but they expect the Dutch authorities to be flexible if an Olympic berth is on the line (thumbs up that this is true and , obviously that they get the berth! But there's only three pairs berths at Nebelhorn, so they've got their task cut out for them if they can go). They are working on their elements, especially the twist and the throws. They will keep their programmes from last season because they haven't yet been able to show them to the full. According to the interviewer Michel seemed to be confident and upbeat.
 

ladyjane

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Daria and Michel started the new season (2021-2022) at Lombardia. Not the Challenger (which had no pairs) but still also called Lombardia Trophy. There were 10 pairs taking part. Daria and Michel have kept the same programmes from last year, and you could see some improvements since Worlds, especially in the twist lift. Much better executed, if still not a level 4 (I don't know yet as the protocols have not yet been published). They did have a big problem with the throws, which I am sure they will be working on the coming weeks. Next stop: Nebelhorn.
 

ladyjane

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Daria and Michel were 9th at Nebelhorn, and are currently the 4th reserve if any Olympic spots open up because a country returns a spot. I don't expect that to happen in any case for the pairs, but it's stll nice to know. They had a good SP (8th), but some problems in the FS which made them drop a placement.
 

ladyjane

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A lovely article about this couple on the Dutch skating website:

In summary:
Although they were proud to be the first Dutch Pair at a Worlds last season in Stockholm, they nearly lost all motivation after their low placement (22nd), and not making the cut for the FS. Not that they expected to medal or anything like that. They had just wanted to skate well, and they didn't. They also greatly missed the audience. However, their thoughts soon turned towards Beijing, and they worked towards the Nebelhorn Trophy where skaters could go and try to get a slot. They trained and trained. They didn't (their FS had too many mistakes) achieve their goals, but funnily they did get more motivated for the other competitions in the season. They feel they are in form, and hope to improve on their 16th place at the last Euros (in 2020 as there wasn't one last year). They are looking forward to it.
 

ladyjane

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Understandably, Daria and Michel were very unhappy after their disastrous Short Programme at the European Championships in Tallinn. There was an interview with them afterwards on the Dutch Skating Website where they discussed what happened, and also what they would like to do in the future (apart from training hard, because they do that allready.).


Small summary:
Michel was terribly frustrated, and used an awful swear word in expressing it (and the interviewer handled this in the write up by making us all know which word, but not writing it down explicitly) but this was considered totally understandable. They called it a 'rolling snowball programme' (Dutch expression to illustrate that after one mistake, the number keeps buidling up - just like a snowball grows bigger and bigger when rolling down). First there was the SBS jump where Daria fell. Then the throw fall. Daria acknowledged that in this case it was not Michels fault that she fell on the throw. She states her 'mind was not on the landing but elsewhere'. And then the devastating Death Spiral (larded with remarks from the author about how it's a terrible name for an element) where both of them fell. Slippery hands. At the end of the peice there was a real call for help in getting a mental coach. This must be the worst case of not delivering during a competition what they can do in training, but it's happened before that (parts of a) programme went badly. Both skaters feel that they could use some support in handling the nerves, their thoughts before and during performing, and so on.

Let's just hope they get what they need, recover from this experience, and improve again in the future!
 

ladyjane

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Our skating federation did a new feature on them: https://www.schaatsen.nl/nieuws/202...sen-dood-dus-hoe-erg-is-dan-een-mislukte-kur/

Summary in English: they have both got roots in Russia and Ukraine, some of Michels family even picking up some of the family members at the boarder. Michel has an Ukranian mother and and a Russian father who have been living in the Netherlands a long time (he is very Dutch himself), Daria is Russian from origin and cannot visit any family. They call the FS very relative now (What's a Free Skate when people are being killed) and perhaps that helped them in getting the National Title. They are going to Worlds next week. Memories of last year as well.
 
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ladyjane

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Congratulations Daria! I wish both of them a wonderful season!
 
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