Elena Ilinykh & Ruslan Zhiganshin | Golden Skate

Elena Ilinykh & Ruslan Zhiganshin

OrdinaryDreamer

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Elena Ilinykh (Russian: Еле́на Ильины́х) & Ruslan Zhiganshin (Russian: Руслан Жиганшин) are ice dancers who represent Russia. Ilinykh was born in Aktau, Kazakhstan, on 25 April 1994, while Zhiganshin was born 25 September 1992 in Moscow, Russia. The team has retired.

Elena pronounces her name:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBM1WV2-xi8


May 2016 Update

Their ISU bio:
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054478.htm

Icenetwork bio:
http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/ilinykh_zhiganshin

Elena's Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Ilinykh

Ruslan's Wikipedia:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruslan_Zhiganshin

Social Media

Elena:
Russian Biography:
http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/110.html
Her VK contacts:
http://vk.com/shindlerlist (semi-private, you have to request access )
http://vk.com/blackswanei (fan page, but personally in touch with Elena)
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/elena.ilinykh.7
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/blackswanei/
Fan group Instagram:
https://instagram.com/ilinykh_zhiganshin_official/
Blogspot:
http://shindlerlist.blogspot.ru/

Ruslan:
Russian biography:
http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/117.html
His VK:
http://vk.com/id4822965
His Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Zhiganshin_Rus

The Team:
Official VK:- you have to request to join
.https://vk.com/ilinykh_zhiganshin
Facebook: It's a closed community on VK but there are no problems to be accepted after a request
https://www.facebook.com/ilinykhzhiganshinofficial?fref=ts

Really good fan site: http://twizzleonice.com


Programs


Current Personal Bests


Personal Best Total Score176.70ISU CS Mordovian Ornament 2015
Personal Best Score Short Dance70.12ISU CS Mordovian Ornament 2015
Personal Best Score Free Dance106.58ISU CS Mordovian Ornament 2015


2015-2016
SD Somebody to love, We will rock you by Queen; choreo by Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina, Antonio Najarro
FD Frida soundtrack; choreo by Elena Kustarova, Olga Riabinina, Antonio Najarro
EX I Put a Spell On You by Annie Lenox


2015-2016 Russian Nationals SD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7xVNQm1ZVc
2015-2016 Russian Nationals FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKa1_aaJFXU

2015 Rostelecom Cup SD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51sc3ZAAeYE
2015 Rostelecom Cup FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBz7hV0YN94


2015 Cup of China SD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMHf_VXTo2g
2015 Cup of China FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtYF8eBmdi4

2015 Mordovian Ornament SD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6taHp4ibo_Q
2015 Mordovian Ornament FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7dt-gMIvSc

2015 Russian Open Test Skate SD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZby3NVLl9A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mtHqJpCJQ8
2015 Russian Open Test Skate FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CRvfm1_VQs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28dDm4gI6kE

2014-2015

SD Paso Doble: Aragonaise from "Carmen Suite" by Georges Bizet, Paso Doble: Torrero from "Carmen Suite" by Georges Bizet
FD Appassionata by Secret Garden, Anthony and Cleopatra Theme (from "Cleopatra" soundtrack) by Ferrante and Teiche
EX 1 Je T'aime by Lara Fabian
EX 2 Love Like A Dream by Alla Pugacheva

Season's Best Total Score164.84ISU World Championships 2015
Season's Best Score Short Dance 69.94ISU European Championships 2015
Season's Best Score Free Dance 96.31ISU GP Rostelecom Cup 2014


2015 World Team Trophy SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XifCRmDiGrI
2015 World Team Trophy FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_TwfqqL0KY

2015 Worlds SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QUx8BoPgAE
2015 Worlds FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU94KPZmUZQ

2015 Europeans SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bixn6qiJFT0
2015 Europeans SD small medal ceremony
http://vk.com/video23021203_170900883
2015 Europeans FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3wowbz0Uws
2015 Europeans Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8TSiqmAUWU

2014-14 Russian Nationals SD by sabinfire
http://youtu.be/lcNDis5WpGU
2014-15 Russian Nationals FD by sabinfire
http://youtu.be/PokyByE9TGo
2014-15 Medal Ceremony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjQqc-IN0FU
Press Conference
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IomUko3Q1rU

2014 Grand Prix Final SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZB7BZ-FSvA
2014 Grand Prix Final FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW94TKZHboI

2014 Cup of Russia SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEDA0c8zuZk
2014 Cup of Russia FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnM6nalH2Vk

2014 Cup of China SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVCOxW_RNPc
2014 Cup of China FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV3fcaePvdk

Competitive History


CompetitionSDFDFinal
Season 2015-2016​
2015-16 Russian Nationals424 (169.72)
2015 Rostelecom Cup645 (153.01)
2015 Cup of China 3 3 3 (159.00)
2015 Mordovian Ornament CS1 1 1 (176.70)
Season 2014-2015​
2015 World Team Trophy2 ( Team)
2015 World Championships5 97 (164.84)
2015 European Championships2 8 4 (159.83)
2014-15 Russian Championships 1 21 (171.41)
2014-15 Grand Prix Final 6 46 (156.46)
2014 Rostelecom Cup 2 32 (160.43)
2014 Cup of China 4 44 (144.70)

Exhibitions

2015-2016 Russian Nationals Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8KeaTkw5xI

2015 Rostelecom Cup Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Ggthf5S_A

2015 Cup of China Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBETwOVts94

2015 Worlds Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSpohVcv4go

2015 Russian Nationals Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft_VQgD5Vbc

2014 Cup of Russia Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc7-nL1W264

2014 Cup of China Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6tJ43lbESQ

Previous Partners

Elena & Nikita Katsalapov, Junior World Champions
2010 Junior World OD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jheh5ExzYnM
2010 Junior World FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vjobRSN3Sk

Elena & Nikita Black Swan FD at 2014 Olympics. Olympic bronze medalists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eIVX3U-Kiw



2014 Olympics Team Event Ice Dance FD Full Version. Elena & Nikita at 21 min 33s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqY2__McUbs

2014 Olympics Ice Dance SD Group 5 Full Version. Elena & Nikita at 6min.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5CfhaFL1o

2014 Olympics Ice Dance FD Group 4 Full Version. Elena & Nikita at 22min 10s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0XXQCkiFQo

Victoria Zhiganshina & Ruslan, Junior World Champions
2012 Junior World SD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlHDnHCEKjY
2012 Junior World FD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HpD5eeofCQ

Baby Pictures

Elena at Nine Years Old
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjp3YLIjV7I

Elena & Nikita
2004 Ice Symphony, Exhibition to Cats
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M_xz_Fb_oE

Elena & Nikita
2005 OD Russian competition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srqBo5xjLbU

Ruslan & Victoria
2009 Exhibition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wLVc1fXnsM

Golden Skate Articles and Threads

Dec. 2014 Article:
"Ilinykh & Zhigashin Rise From the Ashes" by Tatjana Flade
http://www.goldenskate.com/2014/12/ilinykh-zhiganshin-rise-ashes/
Associated thread:
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?53229-Ilinykh-and-Zhiganshin-rise-from-the-ashes

Mar. 2014 thread: Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov Split
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?50033-Elena-Ilinykh-amp-Nikita-Katsalapov-Split

Jan. 2015 thread: Stepanova & Bukin or Ilinykh & Zhiganshin
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?54041-Stepanova-amp-Bukin-or-Ilinykh-amp-Zhiganshin

Elena & Nikita's Fan Fest
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?41737-Elena-Ilinykh-amp-Nikita-Katsalapov

Ruslan & Victoria's Fan Fest
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?55618-Victoria-Sinitsina-amp-Ruslan-Zhiganshin

Other articles and videos

Match TV interview November 2015
http://vk.com/video-69564002_171581851
http://vk.com/video-69564002_171581853

May 2015 "„A love story between two famous artists” – Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin continue partnership with choreographer Antonio Najarro"
http://www.insideskating.net/2015/0...artnership-with-choreographer-antonio-najarro

May 2015 "Averbukh to Choreograph Ilinykh & Zhiganshin's SD"
http://elenaruslan.tumblr.com/post/118383572084/averbukh-to-choreograph-ilinykh-zhiganshins-sd

Video of Master Class with fans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcEXpbVmh7M
Report about the master-class in the blog "48 cups of tea".
Just a few photos and good words for a good mood in the offseason :yay:
"Master-class Elena Ilinykh/Ruslan Zhiganshin, or a story about 122 smiles in photos"
http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/48cupsoftea/788806.html

April 2015 Interview with news-w.org
http://www.news-w.org/vse-novosti/1527-eti-veselye-i-v-tozhe-vremya-sereznye-lena-i-ruslan.html

Report on 2015 Europeans
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015...hot-papadakis-cizeron-claim-lead-in-stockholm

"First test for satisfactory Ilinykh / Zhiganshin"
http://www.snowalps.com/sport/figur...rimo-test-soddisfacente-per-ilinykhzhiganshin

June 10, 2010 interview
http://lenta.ru/articles/2015/06/10/lenailyinyx/
Translation by quiqie here
http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/ind...spring-summer-2015.95566/page-21#post-4536027
 
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OrdinaryDreamer

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Apr 7, 2014
Looking forward to seeing what this pair has to offer, based on the news I've heard about them so far. They're doing extraordinarily well, considering the circumstances. Here's wishing Elena and Ruslan good luck from now on! Goodness knows they've coped with enough drama to last them for years.
 
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sky_fly20

Match Penalty
Joined
Nov 20, 2011
the partnership seems questionable about their longevity
we shall see, but good luck to them
 
Joined
Feb 13, 2014
OrdinaryDreamer Ditto, ditto! :) If they last past this "trial period" or whatever it is that they're in the midst of now with the Russian Fed, then I am hoping that they become a powerhouse. I really enjoy watching Elena skate....But I don't know as much about Ruslan.... So, I am hoping that he has good basic skills, good technicality and precision, emotes, works hard, and tries to work well with Elena. In addition, I hope Elena can trust him as a partner, continues to work on her consistency, will work hard, and hopefully will work well with Ruslan.
 

alebi

Medalist
Joined
Jan 11, 2014
I'm more a fan of Ruslan than Elena and I can't say I like this couple without watching any performance yet. I wish the best for them since they're two young and talented skaters and I hope they'll light my fire on as soon as I see the result of their work :)
 
Joined
Feb 13, 2014
I agree! I think they look pretty well paired (from the amount you can get from a photo, granted). And it looks like they're getting along in those pictures, so I hope that they really are! :)
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
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Nov 12, 2013
Happy Birthday, Elena! Wishing her and Ruslan a successful season/year. :cool:
 
Joined
Feb 13, 2014
http://static.vklybe.tv/album/data/media/33185/83.jpg

Nice picture from Elena's birthday celebrations.

They're cute! If he's celebrating her birthday with her, then I'm going to wager that they are indeed getting along well (at the moment); and I hope it continues! :) I know I already said it, but I really do think that they are such cuties!!

EDIT: Honestly, Ruslan is just too adorable! And Lena is of course very pretty.
 

Abraxis12345

Final Flight
Joined
Apr 18, 2014
For a dweeby looking guy, Ruslan seems to have impressive luck with women. Getting Sinitsina and Ilinykh as partners and apparently dating Stepanova at one point (although a long time ago...)
 

elif

Medalist
Joined
Jan 28, 2010
For a dweeby looking guy, Ruslan seems to have impressive luck with women. Getting Sinitsina and Ilinykh as partners and apparently dating Stepanova at one point (although a long time ago...)

I didn't know he dated with Stepanova:eek::laugh:
 

FSGMT

Record Breaker
Joined
Sep 10, 2012
For a dweeby looking guy, Ruslan seems to have impressive luck with women. Getting Sinitsina and Ilinykh as partners and apparently dating Stepanova at one point (although a long time ago...)
:thumbsup::laugh: (just joking, obviously :slink: )
 

Abraxis12345

Final Flight
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Apr 18, 2014
It was a very long time ago. If you go back far enough on his VK wall, you can still see all the love yous Stepanovs wrote. Stepanova was only 13-14 at the time so it was probably more like your typical first boyfriend/girlfriend relationship than any I/K drama b
 

Mattieu

Medalist
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Dec 22, 2010
For a dweeby looking guy, Ruslan seems to have impressive luck with women. Getting Sinitsina and Ilinykh as partners and apparently dating Stepanova at one point (although a long time ago...)

Must have a great personality ;)
 

spiral12

Spectator
Joined
May 1, 2014
The picture looks good! I think his hairstyle can be easily fixed. Actually, Elena's previous partner had dorky hair (in Juniors) until it got trimmed (in Seniors). If anyone knows which competition they will be participating in first, that would be very interesting to see. I just hope he has the speed and strength - Elena (and N) previously did such spectacular lifts that it would be a pity to lose that with the breakup of the partnership. I wonder if they also get "rights" to their moves. Will both couples be allowed to do their "swan" lift and their version of the "corkscrew" spin? (apologies if that's not the official name of their moves...anyone who knows, please enlighten me, thanks)
 
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Originally Posted by Abraxis12345 - For a dweeby looking guy...

Originally Posted by Mattieu - Must have a great personality

LOL! I actually legitimately think that he's a cutie. :yes: I think he has a cute face and nice facial features - hair styles can easily be changed, facial structure - not so easily (and not always correctly or for the better).

But, that being said.....I suppose he's isn't some stereotypically "hot" guy. He is cute....and for some reason he just looks like he'd be a sweetie to me, lol.
 
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