Aljona Savchenko is a Ukrainian-born German pair skater.
26 Facts About Aljona Savchenko
Aljona Savchenko originally represented Ukraine with Dmitri Boyenko and later Stanislav Morozov.
In June 2021, Aljona Savchenko unretired to pursue her competitive career in the United States.
Aliona Aljona Savchenko was born in Obukhiv, near Kyiv, and raised with three brothers.
Aljona Savchenko became interested in figure skating after seeing it on television.
Aljona Savchenko began skating at age five and practiced with her father on a lake.
Aljona Savchenko considered partnering with Anton Nimenko from Russia the Ukrainian skating federation would not fund his move to Kyiv.
Aljona Savchenko was frustrated by the lack of support for skaters in Ukraine.
Aljona Savchenko told a German journalist she was looking for a partner.
Aljona Savchenko spoke to German coaches and suggested Robin Szolkowy, whom she recognized from a competition.
Aljona Savchenko was granted German citizenship on 29 December 2005, making it possible for the pair to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Aljona Savchenko developed a flu during the Grand Prix Final which worsened and forced the pair to withdraw from German Nationals.
Aljona Savchenko ruptured a muscle fiber in her left upper thigh as a result of a fall in training on 12 January 2012.
Aljona Savchenko's cold having developed into a severe sinus infection, the pair confirmed their withdrawal a week later.
Aljona Savchenko decided to continue competing, a possibility she had considered since the 2013 Cup of China.
In July 2014, Aljona Savchenko said she preferred to continue competing for Germany while Massot preferred France.
Aljona Savchenko was released to skate for Germany on 26 October 2015.
At age 34, Aljona Savchenko became one of the oldest women to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, and the first female European figure skater to win gold at all major ISU championships.
On 30 April 2021, Aljona Savchenko announced that she and Massot would not be returning to competition.
Aljona Savchenko first performed again in December 2019 at the 'Saturn Eisgala' in Ingolstadt where she skated a solo number to 'Storm' by Eric Radford.
In 2018, Aljona Savchenko helped the coaches at Century Star Club Beijing.
On 14 May 2018, it was revealed that Aljona Savchenko would take a coaching position overseeing American pairs skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim.
Aljona Savchenko said that they planned to divide their time between the United States and Oberstdorf, Germany.
In March of 2022, Aljona Savchenko announced that she had signed a two-year contract to begin coaching at the National Training Center in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
Aljona Savchenko has choreographed several of her and Massot's exhibition programs.
In December 2019 Aljona Savchenko announced her biography 'Der lange Weg zu Gold' written by Alexandra Illina published by Arete Verlag.