Maria Mukhortova

Maria Mukhortova
Maria Mukhortova

Mukhortova and Trankov at the 2010 Europeans.
Personal information
Full name Maria Vladimirovna Mukhortova
Country represented  Russia
Born November 20, 1985 (1985-11-20) (age 25)
St. Petersburg
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partner Jérôme Blanchard
Maxim Trankov
Egor Golovkin
Pavel Lebedev
Coach Oleg Vasiliev
Former coach Artur Dmitriev
Tamara Moskvina
Nikolai Velikov
Choreographer Alexander Matveev
Former choreographer Tatiana Druchinina,
Tamara Moskvina
Skating club St. Petersburg Skating School
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 202.03
2010 Europeans
Short program 73.54
2010 Europeans
Free skate 128.57
2009-2010 GPF

Maria Vladimirovna Mukhortova (Russian: Мария Владимировна Мухортова, born November 20, 1985) is a Russian pair skater. With former partner Maxim Trankov, she is the 2008 European silver medalist and 2007 Russian National Champion. In her early career, she competed with Egor Golovkin and Pavel Lebedev. She also competed one season with Jérôme Blanchard.


Personal life

Mukhortova was born in Saint Petersburg but began skating in her father's hometown of Lipetsk when she was 6 years old.[1] She became attracted to pair skating, however, there were no related opportunities in Lipetsk so her mother took her back to Saint Petersburg when she was thirteen.[1][2]


Early career

Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov trained in the same practice group under coaches Liudmila Velikova and Nikolai Velikov, but with different partners.[1] Mukhortova first competed with Pavel Lebedev during the 2001-2002 and the 2002-2003 season, skating with him on the ISU Junior Grand Prix and finishing fourth at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships. The pair had frequent arguments but due to the good results, Mukhortova initially declined to switch partners.[1] However, after a year, she accepted Trankov's suggestion to skate together.[1]

Partnership with Trankov

In their first season together, they won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2004 World Junior Championships. The following season, they competed on both the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix and won the 2005 World Junior Championships. In the 2005-2006 Olympic season, they were assigned to the 2006 World Championships after Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin withdrew. They placed 12th in their debut at the event.

In the 2006-2007 season, Mukhortova and Trankov won the 2007 Russian Nationals, but were forced to miss the Europeans after she suffered an injury in practice. They returned in time for the 2007 Worlds, moving up one place to 11th. The following season, they won the silver medal at the 2008 Europeans and finished 7th at the 2008 Worlds. They had to take a short break in the middle of their long program at Worlds because Trankov was suffering from swelling in his arm, but returned to complete their skate after some alterations to his costume.[1]

In the 2008-09 season, Mukhortova and Trankov enjoyed considerable success with their short program, but often made mistakes in the long. Still, they qualified for their first Grand Prix Final, won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championships, and moved up to 5th place at the World Championships.

For the 2009-10 season, the pair were assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they set a new overall personal best score and defeated two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy. Their second Grand Prix event was the 2009 Skate Canada where they placed second.[3] They won another bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships but finished a disappointing seventh at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. At the 2010 World Championships held in Turin, Italy, in March 2010 they finished in 4th place. Shortly thereafter, the pair ended their partnership.[4][5]

Partnership with Blanchard

In May 2010, it was announced that she had teamed up with Jérôme Blanchard to compete for Russia.[6] At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they finished 7th overall. In February 2011, their coach Oleg Vasiliev said they had taken some time off due to funding issues.[7] On March 4, Vasiliev confirmed their partnership had ended; Mukhortova would consider competing with a new partner or move into show skating.[8]


Programs with Jérôme Blanchard

Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2010–2011 Song from a Secret Garden
by Secret Garden
The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Programs with Maxim Trankov

Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2009–2010 Appassionata
by Secret Garden
Love Story
by Francis Lai
Une Vie d'Amour
sung by Mireille Mathieu and Charles Aznavour
2008–2009 Nobody Home
by Pink Floyd
performed by London Symphony Orchestra
The Lady and the Hooligan
by Dmitri Shostakovich
2007–2008 Otonal
by Raúl di Blasio
Prelude in C sharp minor
by Sergei Rachmaninov
by Secret Garden
2006–2007 Music for Cinema
by Alfred Schnittke
by Sergei Rachmaninov
2005–2006 Baxter (soundtrack) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninov
2004–2005 Quidam
from Cirque du Soleil
by René Dupéré
El dia que me quieras
by Raúl di Blasio
2003–2004 Melodies of the White Night
1976 Soviet film: Мелодии белой ночи
soundtrack by Isaac Schwartz
The Day when Loving You
by Raúl di Blasio

Competitive highlights

Results with Blanchard

Event 2010–2011
Russian Championships 7th

Results with Trankov

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Winter Olympics 7th
World Championships 12th 11th 7th 5th 4th
European Championships 2nd 3rd 3rd
World Junior Championships 3rd 1st
Russian Championships 1st J. 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 6th 4th
Trophée Eric Bompard 3rd 2nd 1st
Skate Canada International 7th 2nd
Skate America 5th 3rd
Cup of Russia 6th 4th 7th 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Winter Universiade 3rd
Junior Grand Prix Final 3rd 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 1st
Junior Grand Prix, China 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Poland 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Ostrava 1st
J. = Junior level

Results with Lebedev

Event 2001–2002 2002–2003
World Junior Championships 4th 4th
Russian Championships 3rd J. 5th
Junior Grand Prix Final 8th 8th
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Belgrade 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Sweden 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Ostrava 1st
J. = Junior level


  1. ^ a b c d e f Flade, Tatjana (30 June 2008). "Mukhortova and Trankov Ready to Challenge". Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (July 16, 2006). "Young Russian Pair Hopes for 2007 Podiums". SkateToday. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov: Breakthrough Win for Russian Duo". Golden Skate. October 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Skaters Mukhortova and Trankov in search of new partners" (in Russian). 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Мария Мухортова: "Я забыла Максима Транькова"" (in Russian). Nevskoye Vremya. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "У Марии Мухортовой — новый партнер" (in Russian). 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Тренер Олег Васильев: проект Мухортова/Бланшар фигуристы закрыли [Coach Oleg Vasiliev: The Mukhortova / Blanchard project is over]" (in Russian). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Для фигуристки Мухортовой вновь ищут нового партнера [Figure skater Mukhortova again looking for a new partner]" (in Russian). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 

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