|Full name Maria Igorevna Petrova|
Name Maria Petrova
Partner Alexei Tikhonov
Role Figure skater
|Height 1.52 m|
Former coach Ludmila Velikova
Began skating 1982
Spouse Alexei Tikhonov
Country represented Russia
|Born 29 November 1977 (age 38) (1977-11-29) Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
Former partner Anton Sikharulidze Teimuraz Pulin
Former choreographer Sergei Petukhov Alexander Stepin
Former training locations Saint Petersburg
Skating club Yubileyny Sport Club
Maria petrova aleksei tikhonov sarabande sp 2006 euro
Maria Igorevna Petrova (Russian: Мария Игоревна Петрова; born 29 November 1977) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Alexei Tikhonov, she is the 2000 World champion and a two-time (1999, 2000) European champion.
- Maria petrova aleksei tikhonov sarabande sp 2006 euro
- Ice age 2012 01 10 maria petrova alexey tikhonov
Ice age 2012 01 10 maria petrova alexey tikhonov
Petrova was a sickly child and her doctor recommended she take up a sport; her parents got her into figure skating when she was seven. She started out in singles but always preferred pair skating and admired Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov so she made the switch to pairs at 13.
She initially competed with Anton Sikharulidze with whom she is the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Champion. They split in 1996 and she teamed up with Teimuraz Pulin, winning the silver medal at the 1997 World Junior championships.
Petrova teamed up with Alexei Tikhonov in the summer of 1998. Together, they won the World Championship in 2000. They placed 6th at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2006 Games. They won a silver medal at the 2005 Worlds, and a bronze in 2006.
Petrova and Tikhonov announced they would retire after the 2006 Worlds, but at the request of the Russian Skating Federation they later agreed to remain eligible for another year. During their final season, they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final, and withdrew from the World Championships due to injury.
Petrova and Tikhonov trained in Saint Petersburg with Ludmila Velikova. After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows, including Russian television projects.