Andrejs Vlascenko

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Andrejs Vlaščenko
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born (1974-06-15) 15 June 1974 (age 42)
Weimar, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former coach Alexander Vedenin
Steffi Ruttkies
Anzhelika Surupova,
Victor Kudriavtsev
Former choreographer Igor Bobrin
Former skating club Münchner Eislaufverein
EV Füssen
Began skating 1980
Retired 2004
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 188.54
2003 Skate America
Short program 64.86
2003 Skate America
Free skate 123.68
2003 Skate America

Andrejs Vlaščenko (Russian: Андрей Влащенко; born 15 June 1974) is a figure skater who represented Latvia (1992–94) and Germany (1994–04). Competing for Germany, he won two Grand Prix medals – bronze at both the 2001 Trophee Lalique and at the 1998 Sparkassen Cup on Ice – and became a four-time German national champion. In 1998, he placed fourth at the European Championships in Milan and fifth at the World Championships in Minneapolis.

Personal life[edit]

Vlaščenko was born on 15 June 1974 in Weimar, East Germany while his father was stationed there in the Soviet army.[1] His family later returned to the Soviet Union and he grew up in Latvia.[1] He moved to Germany in 1994.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vlaščenko began skating in 1980.[2] Representing Latvia, he finished 8th at the 1993 World Junior Championships, held in December 1992 in Seoul, South Korea.

In February 1994, Vlaščenko appeared at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, placing 21st in the short program, 20th in the free skate, and 21st overall. His last competition for Latvia was the World Championships in March 1994 in Chiba, Japan; he ranked 5th in his qualifying group, 11th in the short, 10th in the free, and 11th overall. He was coached by Anta Medne and Andžela Šurupova.[3]

Move to Germany[edit]

Vlascenko decided to skate for Germany after moving there in 1994. He initially represented EV Füssen.[1]

In the 1995–96 season, he began appearing in the newly-created ISU Champions Series (later known as the Grand Prix series) and won his second consecutive German national title. He was sent to the 1996 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, but withdrew after placing first in his qualifying group. At the 1996 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he ranked fourth in his qualifying group, 11th in the short program, eighth in the free skate, and eighth overall. The following season, he finished sixth at the 1997 European Championships in Paris after placing third in the short and sixth in the free. He had the same final result at the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne after placing fourth in qualifying, 10th in the short, and 5th in the free.

In the 1997–98 season, Vlascenko finished second to Sven Meyer at the German Championships but went on to achieve his best ISU Championship results. Ranked fourth in the short and fifth in the free, he finished fourth overall at the European Championships in January 1998 in Milan, Italy. In April, he finished fifth at the 1998 World Championships in Minneapolis, USA (7th in qualifying, 6th in the short, and 5th in the free).

In November 1998, Vlascenko won his first Grand Prix medal, bronze at the Sparkassen Cup on Ice. After placing 6th at the 1998 Trophée Lalique and 4th at the 1998 NHK Trophy, he qualified for the Grand Prix Final and went on to win his fourth German national title. In January 1999, he placed fourth (second in his qualifying group, sixth in the short, and fourth in the free) at the European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. In March, he placed sixth at the Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and then 9th at the 1999 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Vlascenko was 7th at the 2000 European Championships in Vienna, Austria, and 16th at the 1999 World Championships in Nice, France. He changed coaches in the summer of 2000, leaving Surupova to join Steffie Ruttkies in Munich.[1] He placed 6th at the 2001 European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In the 2001–02 season, Vlascenko began representing Münchner Eislaufverein and continued with Ruttkies as his coach.[4] After winning his second Grand Prix medal, bronze at the 2001 Trophée Lalique, he finished 8th at the 2002 European Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, and 10th at the 2002 World Championships in Nagano, Japan.

Alexander Vedenin became his coach, working with him in Munich, in the 2002–03 season.[5] Vlascenko took bronze at the German Championships and finished 17th at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C. after placing 11th in qualifying, 21st in the short, and 12th in the free. Vedenin remained his coach the following season.[6] Vlascenko ended his career in February 2004 at the European Championships in Budapest, where he placed 7th.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2003–04
[6]
  • Moscow Nights
    (Russian folk song)
    arranged and performed by the Scorpions
2002–03
[5]
2001–02
[4]
  • Variations on a Theme by Paganini
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Blues in Rock
    by W. Sintchuk
2000–01
[1]
  • Tango Music
    by Henry Tourgue

Results[edit]

For Latvia[edit]

International[2]
Event 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94
Winter Olympics 21st
World Champ. 11th
Nebelhorn Trophy 12th
Piruetten 13th
International: Junior[2]
World Junior Champ. 8th
National[2]
Latvian Champ. 1st 1st

For Germany[edit]

International[2]
Event 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04
Worlds 8th 6th 5th 9th 16th 10th 17th
Europeans WD 6th 4th 4th 7th 6th 8th 7th
Grand Prix Final 6th
GP Cup of China 10th
GP Cup of Russia 4th 4th
GP Lalique 6th 3rd
GP Nations Cup/
Sparkassen/Bofrost
5th 7th 7th 3rd 6th 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 4th 6th
GP Skate America 5th 4th
GP Skate Canada 10th 8th 7th
Cup of Russia 9th
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Schäfer Memorial 2nd
National[2]
German Champ. 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd
WD: Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Andrejs VLASCENKO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Andrejs VLASCENKO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Andrejs Vlaščenko". Latvian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Andrejs VLASCENKO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 August 2002. 
  5. ^ a b "Andrejs VLASCENKO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 August 2003. 
  6. ^ a b "Andrejs VLASCENKO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 October 2004. 

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