October 4, 2023


Make Some Fun

Holubtsova & Bielobrov soak in I.AM expertise

4 min read

by Anne Calder | Pictures by Daphne Backman

Mariia Holubtsova & Kyryl Bielobrov symbolize Ukraine on the senior ice dance circuit. The partnership started nearly 10 years in the past. Throughout their ISU Grand Prix at Skate America, the group shared ideas with IDC about their early and more moderen skating journeys.

Bielobrov was born November 29, 2000 within the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Three weeks afterward December 20, 2000, Holubtsova was born nearly 500 miles south in Odessa, She was three, and he was 4 once they laced up their skates for the primary time.

“I used to be a single skater,” Bielobrov mentioned.

“I, too, was a single skater, however I had extra expertise with ice dance,” Holubtsova added. “I invited Kyryl for my first attempt as a associate. It was one of the best match.”

“I had this concept to attempt ice dance for a very long time,” Bielobrov mentioned. “Our Coach, Mariia Tumanovska-Chaika, was making packages for me once I was a single skater. She was at all times proposing me to attempt ice dance. She noticed some potential.”

In 2014, Holubtsova & Bielobrov made their ISU Junior Grand Prix Sequence debut on the Nagoya TV Cup in Aichi, Japan.

Between September 2014 and March 2020, the Ukrainians competed at eleven Junior Grand Prix occasions in 9 completely different nations and two Junior World Championships, 2014 in Hungary and 2020 in Estonia.

The group completed seventh on the 2016 Youth Olympic Video games in Lillehammer, Norway. Present Montreal coaching mates Marjorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha (CAN) additionally competed on the Video games and completed fourth.

In October 2021, Holubtsova & Bielobrov made their senior worldwide debut putting fourth on the Budapest Trophy in Hungary. In December, the group completed behind Oleksandra Nazarova & Maksym Nikitan on the Ukrainian Nationals. Each groups competed in January on the 2022 European Championships.

The reigning Ukrainian silver medalists had at all times skilled in Kyiv. Nonetheless, after the Russian invasion of their homeland in February 2022, they moved first to Oberstdorf, Germany, then to Montreal. The group arrived in Canada on July 2 to coach on the Worldwide Academy of Montreal with Marie-France Dubreuil and training workers.

“It was the primary time for the reason that starting of the Battle that we felt glad,” Bielobrov famous. “We actually loved working with them in the course of the practices.”

In September Holubtsova & Bielobrov, spent two weeks in Oberstdorf, Germany prepping for the Nebelhorn Trophy, however returned to Canada to coach till departing for Skate America in October.

The group described their emotions of awe once they first started working with the brand new coaches and skaters.

“The primary few weeks, we had been like “Out of the World” – our head was not with us,” Bielobrov confessed. “We went to observe and noticed Guillaume [Cizeron], who’s teaching now. We simply couldn’t cease our smiles.”

“We felt foolish with massive smiles,” Holubtsova echoed.

“We noticed these we at all times noticed on TV and dreamed about after so many interviews. Then there was the second once we had been really talking with them, and so they had been instructing us. You may’t focus as a result of it’s so superb. You might be ready so lengthy, and it’s occurring.

“First it was very exhausting, like emotional, however everybody on the group was tremendous supportive. They had been pleasant and you can not assist however really feel a part of the group. In case you are there, you’re a part of the group and everyone will help you. Each physique will discover one of the best answer.”

When Holubtsova and Bielobrov made their Grand Prix debut at Skate America, it was additionally their first time visiting the US.

“Our first journey to the US was so thrilling,” Holubtsova mentioned. “We stay in Europe and by no means have been to North America earlier than we got here to Canada. What we knew of the North American type was what we see within the motion pictures.

“I’m so glad to be right here at Skate America. It’s a tremendous expertise to skate right here,” Bielobrov mentioned.

“At Skate America, we see {couples} with a variety of expertise and know we now have a lot to do,” Holubtsova famous.

“Truly, half of the competitors right here is from Montreal,” Bielobrov added. “You already know everybody nearly, so that you don’t have to consider who’s going to skate the place. You already know every thing they’re going to do, the place you must stand. It’s extra environment friendly coaching.

“In Montreal there’s a lot competitors. We’ve by no means had this earlier than. It’s probably the most aggressive Dance Academy perhaps ever.”

At Skate America, Holubtsova & Bielobrov spoke about the opportunity of skating at a second Grand Prix.

“We hope it should occur,” Holubtsova mentioned.

“We’ve been invited to Sheffield, however we first need to get a Visa. It’s very exhausting. To come back right here it took us two months to do,” Bielobrov mentioned..

“After Skate America, I need extra,” Holubtsova added. “I wish to go to Sheffield, to symbolize my nation and myself. I cross my fingers that every thing will work out, get our Visa and go to the Grand Prix.”

The group was issued a Visa and competed on the Sheffield Grand Prix the place they completed tenth. They’re at the moment coaching in Montreal, Canada. 


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