Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin
Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin are Russian ice dancers, champions at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final winners, 2013 Winter Universiade and 2014 Championship of Russia bronze medalists, 2011 JGP Final champions, Masters of Sports of Russia.
Victoria was born on April 29, 1995 in Moscow, Russia. The girl began skating at the age of four to improve her health. Her father, Alexander Sinitsin, and aunt, Tatiana Sinitsina, are former gymnasts.
Victoria took up ice dancing at age 10 and had one partner before meeting Zhiganshin in a group coached by Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh. Not long after, they joined Elena Kustarova and Svetlana Alexeeva.
In 2004 Victoria and Ruslan teamed up. In 2008 they became members of the Russian national team. At the 2008 Merano Cup they finished sixth.
In 2010 Sinitsina – Zhiganshin took second place in the final of the Junior Grand Prix, and the following year in Poland they won it.
In 2012, they won at the Junior World Championships in Minsk.
At the 2012 Grand Prix in Moscow they took third place. In 2012 they won their first senior GP medal, bronze, at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup.
In December 2013 the pair became part of the Russian team at the Winter Universiade in Italy, where they took the third place.
In 2013–14 at the Ice Star in Minsk (Belarus) Sinitsina – Zhiganshin won the silver medal behind Bobrova – Soloviev.
In late January 2014, the pair was included in the Olympic team in Sochi.
Ruslan Zhiganshin was born on September 25, 1992 in Moscow. His older sister is Nelli Zhiganshina, who competes for Germany with Alexander Gazsi. She is a four-time German national champion and has won twelve international medals.