Angela Nikodinov

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Angela Nikodinov
Angela Nikodinov.jpg
Nikodinov completes her short program at the 2004 Four Continents Championships in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1980-05-09) May 9, 1980 (age 34)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
ResidenceSan Pedro, California
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former coachIgor Pashkevich
Frank Carroll
Elena Tcherkasskaia
Richard Callaghan
Skating clubAll Year FSC
Retired2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total149.50
2004 Skate America
Short program53.62
2004 Skate America
Free skate95.88
2004 Skate America
 
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Angela Nikodinov
Angela Nikodinov.jpg
Nikodinov completes her short program at the 2004 Four Continents Championships in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1980-05-09) May 9, 1980 (age 34)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
ResidenceSan Pedro, California
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former coachIgor Pashkevich
Frank Carroll
Elena Tcherkasskaia
Richard Callaghan
Skating clubAll Year FSC
Retired2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total149.50
2004 Skate America
Short program53.62
2004 Skate America
Free skate95.88
2004 Skate America

Angela Nikodinov (born May 9, 1980 in Spartanburg, South Carolina), is an American figure skater. She is the 2000 Four Continents champion.

Personal life[edit]

Nikodinov is the daughter of Bulgarian immigrants and speaks Bulgarian fluently.[1][2] She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina but her family moved to southern California when she was a child.[2]

Nikodinov and Bulgarian figure skater Ivan Dinev were married in July 2008.[3] Their daughter was born in May 2012.[4]

Career[edit]

Nikodinov began skating at about the age of five.[5] Raised in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, she trained in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Nikodinov won the bronze medal at the 1999 U.S. Championships. She was sent to the 1999 Four Continents Championships, where she won bronze, and the 1999 World Championships, finishing 12th in her debut.

Nikodinov trained in Detroit during the 1999-2000 season. She finished 4th at the 2000 U.S. Championships and won gold at the 2000 Four Continents. Originally an alternate for the 2000 Worlds, she received the assignment after Sasha Cohen finished 6th at Junior Worlds and thus failed to meet the requirement for an age loophole.[6] Nikodinov finished 9th at the event.

Nikodinov moved back to California in fall 2000 due to homesickness.[1] She withdrew from the 2001 Goodwill Games due to blurred vision in her left eye caused by viral conjunctivitis.[7] Her coach, Elena Tcherkasskaia, with whom she was very close, died of pancreatic cancer in November 2001.[7] Nikodinov won bronze at the 2001 U.S. Championships and silver at the 2001 Four Continents. She placed 5th in her third appearance at the World Championships.

Nikodinov missed the entire 2002-2003 season. She dislocated her shoulder in February 2002 and again in September, and then had a virus which sapped her strength.[8] She withdrew from the U.S. Championships after the short program.[8] She had shoulder surgery in February 2003 and was off the ice for seven months.[1] After missing two Grand Prix seasons, Nikodinov returned to win the 2004 Skate America.[9]

While in Portland, Oregon, for the 2005 U.S. National Championships, she and her family were involved in a car accident that killed her mother.[2][10] Nikodinov did not return to competition following the accident. During her career, her coaches included John Nicks, Peter Oppegard, Frank Carroll, Elena Tcherkasskaia, Richard Callaghan, Igor Pashkevich.

Nikodinov coached Bulgarian figure skater Ivan Dinev in the 2005-2006 season, and they currently coach together in the Los Angeles area. Along with her coaching duties, she occasionally skates in shows and was a guest skater on the Stars on Ice tour. The pairs team of Bianca Butler / Joseph Jacobsen and Tenile Victorsen are among her and Dinev's former students that have qualified for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the senior level.

Programs[edit]

SeasonShort programFree skatingExhibition
2004–2005
[1]
2003–2004
[11]
  • Just for You
    by Giovanni
  • Her Gypsy Heart
2002–2003
[12]
  • Just For You
    by Giovanni
2001–2002
[13]
  • No One Gives Up on Love
    by Mark Minkov
2000–2001
[14]
  • Serenity
    by Giovanni
1999–2000
1998–1999
[5]

Results[edit]

Results[14][13][1][7]
International
Event1995–961996–971997–981998–991999–002000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
Worlds12th9th5th
Four Continents3rd1st2nd7th
GP Cup of China8th
GP Cup of Russia4th3rd
GP NHK TrophyWD4th4th
GP Skate America4th3rd7th5th1st
GP Sparkassen Cup3rd
Goodwill Games4thWD
Finlandia11th
Ondrej Nepela3rd
Blauen Schwerter2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds11th
National
U.S. Champ8th4th5th3rd4th3rd4thWD5thWD
Pacific Coast Sect.3rd1st1st
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Angela NIKODINOV: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Elliott, Helene (January 13, 2005). "Nikodinov's Mother Is Killed in Auto Accident". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Skating April 2010, page 8
  4. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (June 8, 2012). "The Inside Edge: Young Artists Showcase". Icenetwork. 
  5. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1999). "Nikodinov Shows She's a Contender". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Loosemore, Sandra (March 16, 2000). "Junior skaters shouldn't face senior pressure". CBS Sportsline. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c "Angela Nikodinov". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on August 30, 2005. 
  8. ^ a b "Skater's mother killed in car accident". Associated Press (usatoday). January 13, 2005. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ Klimovich Harrop, JoAnne (October 24, 2004). "Skater injured at Skate America". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Angela Nikodinov's Mother Dies in Car Accident". U.S. Figure Skating. January 12, 2005. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Angela NIKODINOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2004. 
  12. ^ "Angela NIKODINOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 24, 2003. 
  13. ^ a b "Angela NIKODINOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 11, 2002. 
  14. ^ a b "Angela NIKODINOV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 31, 2001. 

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