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Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov


Record Breaker
Feb 14, 2014
Victoria Alexandrovna Sinitsina (Russian: Виктория Александровна Синицина), born 29 April 1995, and Nikita Gennadyevich Katsalapov (Russian: Никита Геннадьевич Кацалапов), born 10 July 1991, are ice dancers who compete for Russia that teamed up to compete after the 2014 Olympics. Both were Junior World Champions and competed at the 2014 Olympics with their previous partners. Nikita and his former partner, Elena Ilinykh, won a gold medal in the team event, and bronze medal in ice dance. Let's discuss the team's new career together!

The team are the 2022 Olympic silver medalists in the ice dance event and the 2022 Olympic champions in the Team Event, the 2021 World champions, 2020 and 2022 European champions, the 2019 World silver medalists, the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final silver medalists, and 2019 and 2020 Russian national champions. They have also won several medals on the Grand Prix and the Challenger Series, including winning the 2019, 2020, and 2021 GP Rostelecom Cup.

Nikita pronounces his name. video by sabinfire:

Biographical information

Victoria's Wikipedia:
Archive of Victoria's Russian bio:

Nikita's Wikipedia:
Archive of Nikita's Russian bio:

ISU Bio:

Icenetwork bio Archive:


Golden Skate media profile:

Social Media



Fan VK:

Personal Best Total Score221.17ISU World Championships 2021
Personal Best Score Rhythm Dance88.73ISU European Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Free Dance133.02ISU World Championships 2021

Historical Personal Best scores:

Personal Best Total Score177.15ISU GP NHK Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Short Dance72.49ISU GP NHK Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Free Dance107.81ISU GP Skate America 2017


RD: "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (from "Nine 1/2 weeks)" by Joe Cocker and "Brick House" by Commodores
FD: "Piano Concerto #2" by Rachmaninoff, and "Rhapsody on a Theme" by Paganini; choreo by Sergei Petukhov

2022 Winter Olympics Team Event

2022 European Championships

2022 Russian Nationals
FD: Withdrew

2021 Rostelecom Cup

2021 NHK Trophy

2021 2nd Stage Russian Cup

RD: "Singin' in the Rain;" choreo by Sergei Pethukov
FD 2: "I Giorni" by Ludovico Einaudi; Antonín Dvořák: Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, B. 104; Songs My Mother Taught Me, performed by Nemanja Radulovic; choreo by Sergei Pethukov
FD 1: Smile, Come Together by Michael Jackson; choreo by Sergei Petukhov

2021 World Championships

2020 Rostelecom Cup

RD: "Singin' in the Rain;" choreo by Sergei Pethukov
FD: "I Giorni" by Ludovico Einaudi; Antonín Dvořák: Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, B. 104; Songs My Mother Taught Me, performed by Nemanja Radulovic; choreo by Sergei Pethukov

2020 European Championships RD
2020 European Championships FD ((geoblocked in US)

2020 Russian Nationals RD
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2020 Russian Nationals FD

2019-20 Grand Prix Final FD

2019 Nepela Memorial RD
2019 Memorial FD

2019 Shanghai Trophy FD

RD: "Verano Porteño," by Astor Piazzolla performed by Raúl Garello; choreo by Alexander Zhulin
FD: Bach’s Air; Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, by Kreisler (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major by Bach); choreo by Alexander Zhulin

2019 Worlds RD
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2019 Europeans RD
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2019 Russian Nationals No videos found

2018 Grand Prix Final RD

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2018 Internationaux de France no videos found

2018 Skate Canada RD
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2018 Ondrej Nepela RD:
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SD Rhumba; "Balumukeno" by Bonga, "Agua de Beber" by Al Jarreau, Samba: Batucada Brasileira; choreo by Alexander Zhulin
FD: Vocalise, Piano concerto no. 2, Rachmaninoff; choreo by Alexander Zhulin

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2017 Skate America SD:
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SD Blues: "Creole Love Call" by Duke Ellington; Swing: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", performed by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet; choreo by Marina Zueva
FD Tango Ballet by Astor Piazzolla; choreo by Marina Zueva

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SD Ravensburger Waltz: Swan Lake Waltz with March and Polka, by Tchaikovsky
FD: Io Ci Saro, Andrea Bocelli with piano accompaniment of Lang Lang

2016 Worlds SD
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2016 Europeans SD

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2015-16 Russian Nationals SD (HD sabinfire)
2015-16 Russian Nationals FD

2015 Rostelecom Cup SD
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2015 Skate America SD
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SD - Flamenco: Toitas las Mares by Manolo Caracol, and Paso Doble: The Dance by Michel Legrand
FD - Did You Ever Feel Lonely and The Messiah Will Come Again by Gary Moore

2014-15 Russian Nationals no videos found

2014 NHK Trophy SD
2014 NHK Trophy FD

2014 Rostelecom Cup SD
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Competitive History

Season 2021-2022​
2022 Winter Olympics (Individual Event)2 (88.85)2 (131.66)2 (220.51)
2022 Winter Olympics (Team Event)2 (85.05)2 (129.17)1 TEAM
2022 European Championships1 (87.89)1 (130.07)1 (217.96)
2022 Russian Nationals1 (93.61)WDWD
2021 Rostelecom Cup1 (86.81)1 (124.91)1 (211.72)
2021 NHK Trophy1 (86.33)1 (129.11)1 (215.44)
2021 2nd Stage Russian Cup1 (92.03)WDWD
Season 2020-2021​
2021 World Team Trophy1 (86.66)1 (130.15)1 Team
1 Individual (216.18)
2021 World Championships1 (88.15)1 (133.02)1 (221.17)
2020 Rostelecom Cup1 (91.13)1 (126.38)1 (217.51)
Season 2019-2020​
2020 European Championships2 (88.73)1 (131.69)1 (224.42)
2019-20 Russian Championships1 (88.43)2 (132.31)1 (220.74)
2019-20 Grand Prix Final4 (81.51)6 (121.88)6 (203.39)
2019 Rostelecom Cup1 (86.09)2 (126.06)1 (212.15)
2019 Cup of China1 (85.39)2 (124.51)1 (209.90)
2019 Shanghai Trophy1 (86.77)1 (126.77)1 (213.54)
2019 Nepela Memorial1 (78.44)1 (119.17)1 (198.14)
Season 2018-2019​
2019 World Team Trophy2 (84.57)2 (130.63)3 Team
2 Individual (215.20)
2019 World Championships2 (83.94)2 (127.82)2 (211.76)
2019 European Championships5 (70.24)3 (123.71)4 (193.95)
2019 Russian Nationals1 (84.01)1 (128.31)1 (212.32)
2018 Grand Prix Final3 (77.33)2 (124.04)2 (201.37)
2018 Internationaux de France2 (77.91)2 (122.47)2 (200.38)
2018 Skate Canada2 (74.66)1 (120.51)2 (195.17)
2018 Ondrej Nepela Trophy1 (75.96)1 (120.46)1 (196.42)
2018 Russian Cup Stage 11 (78.42)1 (119.99)1 (198.41)
Season 2017-2018​
2018 Russian Nationals4 (68.46)WDWD
2017 Skate America3 (68.72)3 (107.81)3 (176.53)
2017 NHK Trophy4 (72.49)4 (104.66)3 (177.15)
2017 CS Ice Star Minsk3 (63.81)3 (101.49)3 (165.30)
2017 Russian Cup Stage 21 (74.00)1 (108.66)1 (182.66)
Season 2016-2017​
2017 European Championships8 (64.67)12 (89.84)10 (154.51)
2017 Russian Championships3 (73.78)3 (104.67)3 (178.45)
2016 NHK Trophy4 (68.85)5 (100.77)5 (169.62)
2016 Cup of China4 (70.24)4 (101.70)4 (171.94)
2016 Russian Cup Stage 21 (70.90)1 (105.36)1 (176.26)
Season 2015-2016​
2016 Worlds9 (67.68)10 (101.29)9 (168.97)
2016 Europeans4 (68.33)4 (104.32)4 (172.65)
2016 Russian Nationals1 (73.96)3 (101.87)2 (175.83)
2015 Rostelecom Cup3 (63.63)3 (103.77)3 (167.40)
2015 Skate America2 (62.76)2 (99.45)2 (162.21)
Season 2014-2015​
2015 Russian Nationals4 (60.72)4 (97.85)4 (158.57)
2014 NHK Trophy5 (54.94)8 (67.37)7 (122.31)
2014 Rostelecom Cup4 (57.964 (89.59)4 (147.55)


2021 Rostelecom Cup

Tam Net Menja | Mentor Torun Gala 08.05.21

2020 Art on Ice

European Figure Skating Championships 2019

Pride of the Nation Gala Mar. 2018

Skate America 2017

2016 Cup of China

Skate America 2015

Baby Pictures

Victoria with Ruslan Zhiganshin
2009 Exhibition

Nikita with Elena Ilinykh
2004 Ice Symphony, Exhibition to Cats

Nikita with Elena Ilinykh
2005 OD Russian competition
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Record Breaker
Feb 14, 2014
Continued from Post One

Golden Skate Articles and Threads


Nov. 2021 - "Sinitsina and Katsalapov dance to fifth Grand Prix gold at Rostelecom Cup"

Nov. 2021 - "Sinitsina and Katsalapov take fourth Grand Prix medal at NHK Trophy"

Mar. 2021 - "Sinitsina and Katsalapov strike gold in Stockholm"

Feb 2020-Sinitsina and Katsalapov edge out French for European title
Papadakis and Cizeron take narrow lead at Europeans

Dec. 2020 - "Russia’s Sinitsina and Katsalapov: ‘We are very excited to come back' "

Dec. 2019 - Sinitsina and Katsalapov clinch second national title
Sinitsina and Katsalapov edge Stepanova and Bukin in Rhythm Dance at Russian Nationals

Nov. 2019- Sinitsina and Katsalapov take second consecutive Grand Prix gold in Moscow

Nov. 2019- Sinitsina and Katsalapov take first Grand Prix gold at Cup of China

Dec. 2018-Sinitsina and Katsalapov dance to first gold at Russian Nationals


Dec. 2014 - Nikita Katsalapov, "I have nothing to comment"

Nov. 29, 2014 -Sinitsina/Katsalapov future prospects

Mar. 26, 2014- Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov Split

Ilinykh & Katsalapov Fan Fest

Sinitsina & Zhiganshin Fan Fest

Other Videos and Articles


Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov documentary for Match TV | Apr. 2021

2021 World's interview

Feb. 2020 Europeans Interview

Nov. 2019 Long Interview

Interview 2019 Cup of China

Interview 2019 Rostelecom Cup

April 2016 -This is a small documentary on Victoria & Nikita:
Hopefully someone can translate it? - This link supplied by Bumdid

Nov. 14, 2014 - Skaters Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov held an open workout Newspaper Ru


Aug. 2014 - Zoueva Grooming New Generation of Ice Dancers
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Match Penalty
Nov 20, 2011
Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov new

I like the tandem, they fulfill the void of their last partners
Elena is rumored to be having issues with work ethic and Ruslan though is passionate has a disavantge with his school boy built.
time will tell how long the partnership will last, but good luck, they have the upper hand against I/Z

a Beautiful Couple, I dare say Sinitsina is more attractive than Ilinykh
hopefully they go away from Morozov soon

Picture of Beautiful Blonde Sinitsina dethroning Iniykh as the most beaitiful current Russian Ice Dancer:


On the Ice
Jun 29, 2012
A thread already :biggrin:
Anyway, Sinitsina is definitely more attractive and technically superior to Ilinykh. I wish Nikita will team up with Sinitsina.


Record Breaker
Feb 26, 2014
I like the tandem, they fulfill the void of their last partners
Elena is rumored to be having issues with work ethic

I admire your enthusiasm and energy, but this is not correct.
First of all, Elena was not rumored to be having issues with work ethic. The couple (not Elena alone) was. There is a big difference, and still as you said, it's just a rumor. ;)
Second, those rumors were made early 2011 and people change.

For all we know their problem may be completely about personal issues.
Therefore, I would suggest, not spreading around a rumor 3 years old, because as you may very well know some reputations are hard to die, like Gracie Gold being a racist for example. :sarcasm:


Mar 27, 2014
Aaah... The beautiful blonde couple of back stabbers, tho I want to see what they do together.

Is it just me or Viktoria looks like Hayden Panettiere (blonde girl from Heroes)???


Record Breaker
Feb 26, 2014
Aaah... The beautiful blonde couple of back stabbers, tho I want to see what they do together.

Is it just me or Viktoria looks like Hayden Panettiere (blonde girl from Heroes)???

Yes, they're similar. Although I do think Victoria is better looking than her.


Nov 19, 2013
Not training, they'll never get anywhere with an attitude like that :disapp::laugh:


Record Breaker
Feb 26, 2014
Ok, so since they're a "beautiful blonde couple" the should beat in I/Z in every single competition? :laugh:

Of course. Didn't you know that even Bazarova&Deputat will win over V&T because they are so cute together? :laugh:

Not training, they'll never get anywhere with an attitude like that :disapp::laugh:

Right. Only eating and drinking. They're not serious, they will lose every competition. :biggrin:


Match Penalty
Nov 20, 2011
Katasalapov / Sinitsina partnership officially approved ?
looks like Ilinykh / Zhiganshin are in huge trouble
Zueva has very nice things to say about the tandem

Marina Zueva "Nikita began to look mature man next to Victoria"

Skaters Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov a few days flew to Moscow to show preliminary developments of new programs in the art. In early June, the athletes will return to America and has already officially continue to prepare for the season under the leadership of coach Marina Zueva. In an interview FFKKR Marina Zueva told about new students.

Marina, where did your collaboration with Vika and Nikita?
With a phone call Nikita. It was during the second half of April, and, frankly, was a complete surprise to me. Nikita told about the situation and the desire to try to ride with Vika Sinitsina. In his words, I bribed professional reasoning.
I told him that I needed time to think. And the next day when Nikita called again, said yes. Guys did not hesitate, immediately flew to the United States, which confirmed the seriousness of their intentions.

At that time, the speech that you coach couples have not gone?
Of course not. Guys just wanted to get advice, consultation. It was kind of a trial, try to see what happens. As far as I know, before coming to America they once tried to ride together.

First training session that caught my eye?
Beautiful blue eyes partner and partner. When the boys came out for the first time on the ice and drove to a side, their blue eyes, in which there was so much depth, all fascinated. It may seem naive, such a comparison, but it seemed to me as if they came from a Russian fairy tale about Vasilisa the Beautiful and Ivan Tsarevich.
And if you leave the lyrics, then surely, the boys had a great desire to improve, to move on. After all, look, Nikita came to the U.S. for their money. Of the amount of prize money earned by performances at the Olympics, the skater has invested in his profession, in fact, to develop their talent. I think that is a trait that characterizes the new generation of Russian skaters. And, in my opinion, a pair of Victoria Sinitsyna - Nikita Katsalapov become the personification of a new image of Russia, the Russian soul.
Vick and Nikita - skaters different temperaments, which is good. One partner is a compliment to another.I think Nikita now looks mature man near Victoria. Previously, this was not. He looked younger than his partner. Now everything is a little different. But every dance is based on the relationship between men and women, and Nikita and Vicky skating it appeared.

You become an official trainer couple. Prepare athletes will be in the U.S.?
Yes, it is. Will train in America, because there is a system, perfected circuit training, have the necessary conditions for work.
Two pairs of your strengths Olympic champions Tessa Virtue - Scott Moir and Meryl Davis - Charlie White not officially announced his retirement.

Will they continue to perform?
They think. These two duets - a certain era in figure skating. And with the end of the Olympic Games in Sochi, we can say that this era is over. Athletes need time to think about whether they can reach a new revolution, find him the strength and desire. Whatever decision they did not take - it will be their decision. And the competition and never never stopped anyone.
Now Vick and Nikita train together with my American brother and sister disciples Shibutani. This duo distinguish skatannost, elegance, great ownership skate softness sliding technique, skill, control ... Many of these qualities Vick and Nikita will adopt.
On the other hand, Maia and Alex can borrow from the Russian pair expression, speed, expressiveness.And well, that will prepare two duets together.
Lately you have not worked with couples from Russia, what feelings are experiencing now?

I really wanted to train Russian couple, and I am glad that I will be coaching. And what kind of feelings?Previously, I had a responsibility to the talent, because talented pupils - it is always responsible for the coach. Now this was added responsibility to Russia.
Work ahead of us a lot. And when she was little? Of course, not all of them will be obtained. Inevitable ups and downs. But the potential is huge and Nikita Wiki. Plus the right attitude and professional approach. Everything from the daily routine and ending unnecessary detail, this duo is subordinated to one - self-improvement, which is very important.


Match Penalty
Nov 20, 2011

officially approved !!!

Victoria Sinitsyna - Nikita Katsalapov "look back in any case can not be"

Victoria Sinitsyna - Nikita Katsalapov "look back in any case can not be"
Dancers Victoria Sinitsyna - Nikita Katsalapov after several weeks in the assembly in America returned to Moscow to present experts outline new programs. May 31 at Small Sports Arena Luzhniki athletes will take part in a charity concert for the first time brought before the public, with an indicative number.

Guys, it was difficult at first to get used to a new partner, a new environment?

Nikita: From the first moment, once arrived to the Marina (Marina Zueva coach) I immediately felt that we were in their situation. I will not hide, before the trip worried a lot of thought, as everything will be in place and realized that my expectations were met. And justified even a little more than planned.
Marina is very competent coach. In part, she even took on the role of mothers, because worries about every little thing. The training process was very rich, versatile. Adapt to one another was easy. We immediately began to make not only the basic steps, some things, and everything. And two weeks all professionals who have worked with us, came up and said: "Guys, the feeling that we know if ten years."

Vic: I attribute this to the fact that all the training was on the positive. I helped Nikita and Marina. All of them helped. Advised what to do and how, and it adds confidence.
Nikita: Vic - big fellow. All coaches are delighted with it. She brilliantly captures all. She needs a little stand on the sidelines, most think about it, and then starts to do. Vick really gave a lot of advice because she was in a difficult situation, had much force. You can only imagine how she felt. But the positive atmosphere that accompanied that Vick quickly emancipated, opened. It is evident that she is eager.

What for you was the main difference in the preparation?

Nikita: The system of training in America is very different from Russian, despite the fact that many of our coaches are now trying to get close to what the Americans are doing, Canadians. In the first half of the day workout here, a lot of training, which has a huge number of specialists. Each of these monitors and controls its direction. And this, incidentally, very competently.

When you lead a coach, and he works with athletes for a long time, it is often "eye zamylivaetsya" some things are not felt. Like the right thing to do, and something is not right

In America Marina workout in "3D." Pile eyes every coach brings something different, explains says. This process draws: you start to look at yourself if from the outside, which is very valuable, because no small thing does not go out of sight.

On programs already thought?
Vic: As for short have ideas. Put the show room, which helps us to roll. According to Marina, this room is visible to the soul of our couples.

Continue to train in America?
Nikita: Despite the fact that it is away from home, but the group Marina we very comfortable feel. And then we came here for the result, in a short time to recover all the positions and become truly a pair.

Do you regret anything?

Nikita: None. On my part it was a deliberate act.
Vic: look back in any case impossible.
Nikita: I agree.