- Maxim Staviski
Maxim Staviski at the 2011 Worlds.
Personal information Country represented Bulgaria Born November 16, 1977 Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Partner Albena Denkova Former partner Anastasia Belova (RUS) Coach Natalia Linichuk
Former coach Alexei Gorshkov Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov
Skating club SC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski Retired 2007 ISU personal best scores Combined total 210.44
2003 Trophée Lalique
Comp. dance 41.05
2004 Skate Canada
Original dance 62.79
Free dance 108.03
2003 Trophée Lalique
Maxim Staviski (Bulgarian: Максим Стависки) (born November 16, 1977, in Rostov-on-Don, Soviet Union (now Russia)) is a Bulgarian ice dancer. With partner and fiancée Albena Denkova, he is the 2006 & 2007 World Champion, the 2003 & 2004 European silver medalist, and the 2006 Grand Prix Final champion. Denkova & Staviski are the first Bulgarian figure skaters to medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Staviski began skating at the age of four because his parents wanted to improve his health. He was initially a singles skater but at the age of 11 or 12, he broke his leg and his jumping ability declined. His coach recommended him to Natalia Dubova's ice dancing group. He originally competed for Russia with Anastasia Belova, with whom he appeared as the third Russian team at the 1996 Junior Worlds but they split up at the end of the season. Staviski had a successful tryout with Albena Denkova in Moscow and he moved to Sofia to compete for Bulgaria. They soon became a couple off-ice, as well. Staviski received Bulgarian citizenship. In 2000, Denkova/Staviski began dividing their time between Sofia and Odintsovo, near Moscow, Russia where they worked with coach Alexei Gorshkov and choreographer Sergei Petukhov.
They withdrew from the 2000 European Championships after Staviski fell ill with pneumonia. At the 2000 World Championships, Denkova was seriously injured in the practice before the free dance; Peter Tchernyshev's blade slashed her leg above her boot, severing two tendons and a muscle. She eventually returned to training but suffered swelling in her leg. After she asked the U.S. Figure Skating Association if Tchernyshev had insurance to help cover her medical expenses, the organizers withdrew Denkova/Staviski's invitation to 2000 Skate America. Both Denkova and Staviski fell ill with the flu before the 2001 European Championships and she suffered more swelling but they competed at the event and finished 8th, their best result to that date.
On October 18, 2007, when he was put on trial for a drunk driving case which left one person dead, Staviski announced he would end his skating career.
Denkova and Staviski continued to skate in shows around the world and have also done choreography, working with Brian Joubert in 2009. Staviski has also worked with Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi. The couple have a skating school in Sofia called SC Ice Dance Denkova/Staviski.
On August 5, 2007, Maxim Staviski caused a car accident in Primorsko, Bulgaria, which killed 24-year-old Petar Petrov and left Petrov's fiancee, 18-year-old Manuela Gorsova, in a coma. Staviski had a blood alcohol content of 1.1‰ while the legal limit in Bulgaria is 0.5‰. Staviski's Hummer collided into the victims' Honda at a speed of 100 km/h. He had been pulled over and issued a police warning a few minutes earlier.
On January 30, 2008, Staviski received a suspended sentence of two years and six months, with a five-year probation period, after pleading guilty on all counts. Staviski could have gone to prison for up to ten years. In February 2008, the parents of one of the victims, Manuela Gorsova, said they would appeal both the suspended sentence and the damages awarded by the court. In early January 2009, the Burgas Appellate Court reversed the suspension of his sentence and ordered Staviski to serve two-and-a-half years in prison. They also increased the amount of money Staviski was ordered to pay to his victims' families—BGN 120,000 to Petrov's parents (increased from BGN 90,000), and BGN 150,000 to Gorsova's family (up from BGN 80,000). In May 2009, the Supreme Court of Cassation issued a final ruling in the case, which overturned the jail sentence and reduced the fines Staviski was to pay to 100,000 leva to the Petrovs and 90,000 to Gorsova's family.
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition 2006–2007 2005–2006 2004–2005
by Big Beat Band
- You've Got a Friend in Me
Slow Foxtrot Music
- Afrah Baladi
by Mostafa Sax
by Terry Bozzio
from Cirque du Soleil
- Pink Panther
soundtrack by Henry Mancini
- Journey to the Heart
from Cirque du Soleil
- Speak up Mambo
- Give it up
- Journey to the Heart
from Cirque du Soleil
- Song of the Spirit
by Karl Jenkins
by Domingo Samudio
- El Choclo
by Angel Villoldo
Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 Winter Olympic Games 18th 7th 5th World Championships 19th 17th 11th WD 10th 5th 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st European Championships 17th 16th 9th WD 8th 6th 2nd 2nd WD 3rd Bulgarian Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Grand Prix Final 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st Skate America 1st Trophée Eric Bompard 4th 1st 2nd 1st Cup of Russia 5th 3rd NHK Trophy 6th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd Skate Canada 5th 4th 2nd 1st Bofrost Cup 6th 3rd 1st 1st Finlandia Trophy 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd Skate Israel 2nd
Event 1996 World Junior Championships 9th
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- Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski at the International Skating Union
- Official Denkova & Staviski web site
Grand Prix Final Champions in Figure Skating – Ice Dancing
1995–96: Oksana Grishuk & Evgeni Platov • 1996–97: Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz • 1997–98: Pasha Grishuk & Evgeni Platov • 1998–99: Anjelika Krylova & Oleg Ovsyannikov • 1999–2000: Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat • 2000–01: Barbara Fusar-Poli & Maurizio Margaglio • 2001–02: Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz • 2002–03: Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh • 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06: Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov • 2006–07: Albena Denkova & Maxim Staviski • 2007–08: Oksana Domnina & Maxim Shabalin • 2008–09: Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder • 2009–2010, 2010–11: Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year
1958: Vanya Voynova • 1959: Lyutvi Ahmedov • 1960: Dimitar Dobrev • 1961: Dimitar Khlebarov • 1962: Enyo Valchev • 1963: Prodan Gardzhev • 1964: Boyan Radev • 1965: Georgi Asparuhov • 1966: Prodan Gardzhev • 1967: Boyan Radev • 1968: Boyan Radev • 1969: Mihail Zhelev • 1970: Petar Kirov • 1971: Petar Kirov • 1972: Yordan Bikov • 1973: Nedelcho Kolev • 1974: Lilyana Tomova • 1975: Valentin Hristov • 1976: Ivanka Hristova • 1977: Totka Petrova • 1978: Zdravka Yordanova and Svetla Otsetova • 1979: Alexander Tomov • 1980: Lyubomir Lyubenov • 1981: Yanko Rusev • 1982: Blagoy Blagoev • 1983: Vasil Etropolski • 1984: Lyudmila Andonova • 1985: Stefka Kostadinova • 1986: Yordanka Donkova and Asen Zlatev • 1987: Stefka Kostadinova and Hristo Markov • 1988: Tanya Bogomilova and Hristo Markov • 1989: Vesela Lecheva and Valentin Yordanov • 1990: Stefan Botev • 1991: Serafim Todorov • 1992: Nikolay Bukhalov • 1993: Serafim Todorov • 1994: Hristo Stoichkov • 1995: Stefka Kostadinova • 1996: Stefka Kostadinova • 1997: Yoto Yotov • 1998: Ekaterina Dafovska • 1999: Galabin Boevski • 2000: Tereza Marinova • 2001: Yordan Yovchev • 2002: Rumyana Neykova • 2003: Yordan Yovchev • 2004: Mariya Grozdeva • 2005: Veselin Topalov • 2006: Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski • 2007: Stanka Zlateva • 2008: Rumyana Neykova • 2009: Detelin Dalakliev
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