Alena Savchenko – German skater from USSR
Alena Savchenko is a successful figure skater. Since 2004 she has performed in pair skating with Robin Szolkowy, they skate for Germany. They are 2010 Vancouver Winter Games bronze medalists, four-time World Champions, four-time European Champions, three-time Grand Prix Final Champions and seven-time German National Champions.
In 2000 Savchenko was the Junior World Champion, skating with former partner Stanislav Morozov for Ukraine.
Alena was born on January 19, 1984 in Obukhov, Kiev, USSR. When Alena was three years old, she chose skates as birthday present. Her father, former weightlifter, took her skating on a local frozen lake. In a year she entered figure skating school in Kiev.
Savchenko and her first partner, Dmitry Boenko, were coached by Alexander Artichenko and represented Ukraine. The couple broke up after the World Junior Championships in 1998, where they finished 13th.
Alena’s next partner was Stanislav Morozov. They were coached by Galina Kuhar. Savchenko and Morozov won the Junior World Championships in 2000, won two Ukrainian championships and were 15th at 2003 Winter Olympics. Then, Stanislav was seriously injured, and Alena did not want to wait for his recovery and started looking for a new partner.
Savchenko asked Arthur Werner, well-known journalist who writes about figure skating, to help her. So Werner recommended Alena to German coach Ingo Steuer. And in May 2003, Savchenko went to Germany, where she was paired with Robin Szolkowy. Later Alena said it was destiny.
In 2004, in their first season, Savchenko and Szolkowy won the German Championship. In the international arena, they debuted in season 2004/2005. The couple won the German Championship again, took the fourth place at the European Championships and the sixth at the World Championships.
During the 2005-2006 season they won German Championship for the third time, were second in Europe and sixth in the world.
On December 29, 2005 Savchenko received German citizenship, which allowed the pair to perform at the Winter Olympics 2006 in Turin, where they became sixth.
In March 2007, Savchenko and Szolkowy won their first bronze medal at the World Championship.
In 2008, the couple became European champions for the second time and won the World Championship.
During the 2008-2009 season they were the third in the final Grand Prix and won the national championship for the sixth time in a row.
In January 2009, they became three-time champions of Europe. Two months later, in March 2009, in Los Angeles, USA, Alena and Robin became two-time World Champions.
In the 2010-11 season couple won their fourth European Championship, and two months later, at the World Championships in Moscow, became three-time World Champions.
In the 2011-2012 season Savchenko and Szolkowy didn’t take part in the European Championships due to Alena’s injury.
At the World Championships in Nice the couple, in a difficult struggle, became World Champions for the fourth time.
Szolkowy and Savchenko have set a global goal to win the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Let’s wait and see)