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Ruslan Honcharov


Ruslan Honcharov

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Ukraine
Figure skating
Bronze 2006 Turin Ice dancing
Ruslan Goncharov
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Nikolaevich Goncharov
Ruslan Mykolayovych Honcharov
Country represented Ukraine
Born (1973-01-20) 20 January 1973
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR
Former partner Elena Grushina
Elenora Gritsai
Former coach Nikolai Morozov
Tatiana Tarasova
Natalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karponosov
A. Tumanovski
Former skating club Sport Military Club Odessa
Began skating 1979
Retired 2006
Combined total 213.95
2005 Worlds
Comp. dance 41.30
2005 Worlds
Original dance 63.23
2004 Cup of Russia
Free dance 109.48
2005 Worlds

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Ruslan Nikolaevich Goncharov (Russian: Руслан Николаевич Гончаров or Ukrainian: Руслан Миколайович Гончаров Ruslan Mykolayovych Honcharov; born 20 January 1973) is a Ukrainian ice dancer. With partner Elena Grushina, he is the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, 2005 World bronze medalist, and two-time (2005, 2006) European silver medalist.


Goncharov began skating at the age of six. He was originally a single skater but grew too tall and switched to ice dancing when he was 13.[1] He first competed with Elenora Gritsai but the partnership ended due to health problems.[1] Goncharov is currently a coach teaching ice dance at the Ashburn Ice House in Ashburn, Virginia and at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md.

Having trained in the same group in Odessa,[1] Goncharov and Elena Grushina were paired together in 1989.[2] They finished fourth at the 1992 Junior Worlds.[1] They were 18th in their senior Worlds debut at the 1994 World Championships. In early 1997, Grushina and Goncharov began training with coaches Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov in Newark, Delaware.[1][3] They finished 15th at their first Olympics in 1998. They won their first Grand Prix medal, silver, at 1999 Skate Canada International.

Grushina and Goncharov were 9th at the 2002 Olympics and 6th at the 2002 World Championships. In the summer of 2002, they changed coaches to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov in Newington, Connecticut.[1] During the 2002–03 season, they won three gold medals on the Grand Prix series, at 2002 Skate America, 2002 Skate Canada International, and 2002 Trophée Lalique. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final where they finished fourth. They were also fourth at the 2003 European Championships and fifth at the 2003 World Championships.

During the 2003–04 season, Grushina and Goncharov won three silver medals on the Grand Prix series, at 2003 Skate America, 2003 Cup of China, and 2003 NHK Trophy. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final where they again finished fourth, but a couple months later they won their first European medal, bronze, at the 2004 European Championships. They were fourth at the 2004 World Championships.

During the 2004–05 season, Grushina and Goncharov competed at one Grand Prix event, 2004 Cup of Russia, where they won the silver medal. Since they only competed at one event, they did not earn enough points to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. They won their second European medal, silver, at the 2005 European Championships. They capped off their season by winning their first World medal, bronze, at the 2005 World Championships.

During the 2005–06 season, Grushina and Goncharov competed at two Grand Prix events. They won silver at 2005 Skate Canada International and gold at 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard. They qualified for their third Grand Prix Final and came away with their first medal at the event, silver. They won their third European medal, silver, at the 2006 European Championships. At the 2006 Olympics, they were fifth in the compulsory dance but placed third in the original and free dances to capture their first Olympic medal. They retired after the Olympics.

Personal life

Goncharov and Grushina were married in 1995[1][3] and divorced in 2008. Goncharov's brother, Artur, 15 years younger, also competed in ice dancing.[2]


(with Grushina)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Samba, rhumba: Carneval of Batreada
    by Peter Prade
  • Foxtrot, Charleston: Maybe Next Time
    by Liza Minnelli
  • Quickstep: Life is a Cabaret
  • Unknown Ukrainian folk dances
  • El Torro Rojo
    performed by C. Willems, Manuelo Montez Orchestra
  • Jiger
    performed by Glenn Miller, Max Gregor Orchestra


(with Grushina for Ukraine)

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Olympics 15th 9th 3rd
Worlds 18th 22nd 19th 13th 8th 7th 8th 6th 5th 4th 3rd
Europeans 14th 13th 13th 7th 8th 7th 8th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 4th 4th 2nd
GP Cup of China 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 9th 3rd 2nd
GP Lalique/Bompard 1st 1st
GP Nations/Sparkassen 10th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 4th 4th 5th 2nd
GP Skate America 8th 1st 2nd
GP Skate Canada 4th 2nd 4th 1st 2nd
Goodwill Games 4th 3rd
Karl Schäfer 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 2nd
Skate Israel 2nd
Universiade 1st
Centennial On Ice 9th
Polish FSA Trophy 1st
Ukrainian Champ. 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix in 1998–1999.
(with Grushina for the Soviet Union)
Event 1991–1992
World Junior Championships 4th


  1. ^ "Performance Tested: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V Runs 12.5-Second Quarter-Mile". 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov at the International Skating Union
  • Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov at Tracings
  • Care to Ice Dance? - Grushina & Goncharov
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