Zaretski & Zaretski Lift - 2006 Skate America

The Zaretskis in 2006

Alexandra "Sasha" Zaretski (born December 23, 1987) is an Israeli ice dancer. She competes with her brother Roman Zaretski.

Personal lifeEdit

Alexandra Zaretski was born in Minsk, Belarus SSR, Soviet Union.

The Zaretski family moved to Israeil as soon as the borders opened. Alexandra Zaretski was three at the time. She was raised in Metula, Israel where her parents work as coaches.

Alexandra Zaretski speaks fluent Hebrew, Russian, and English. She currently lives and trains in New Jersey.

In October 2008 the Zaretskis and their coach Galit Chait filed a lawsuit against the Ice House training rink in Hackensack, New Jersey, alleging that rink officials discriminated against them on the basis of their Israeli nationality by denying them prime training time and threatening to ban them from the rink.[1]


She originally skated as a single skater, winning age group medals. When Roman wanted to switch to ice dancing, his sister was the only available girl at the rink, so their parents teamed them up together.[2] They have been skating together ever since.

She and her brother Roman were originally coached by their parents. They were later coached by Irina Romanova and Igor Yaroshenko in Wilmington, Delaware.[2] In 2005 they started training under Evgeny Platov.[3] They temporarily went back to being coached by their parents when Roman's army service kept them in Israel. In the summer of 2006, the Zaretskis briefly trained in Moscow because Platov was taking part in a skating reality show. They then returned to Montclair, New Jersey where they still train.

The Zaretskis are the first Israelis to medal at the Junior Winter Olympicsref>The Jerusalem Post: Man of the Year</ref> as well as the first Israeli figure skaters to medal internationally on the junior level. In the 2005/2006 Olympic season, the second-ranked Israeli dance team retired. Israel had two spots to the Olympics because of the placement of Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski at the 2005 World Championships. The Israeli Olympic Committee said the Zaretskis would be sent to the Olympics if they placed at least 15th at the 2006 European Championships.</ref>:: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::</ref> The Zaretskis accomplished this and were sent to Torino, where they placed 22nd.

Following the Olympic season, Chait and Sacknovski took some time off and eventually retired, leaving the Zaretskis to carry the torch of Israeli ice dancing. They won the bronze medal at the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy, a senior "B" international, and placed just off the podium at the Cup of China. The Zaretskis nearly won Israel a second spot to the 2008 European Championships, finishing in 11th place at the 2007 Europeans. However, this point would have been moot because they are the only Israeli senior-level ice dance team. They were 14th at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships.

The Zaretskis competed at both the 2007 Skate America and 2007 Cup of China Grand Prix competitions, repeating their 4th place finish in China. They finished 8th at the 2008 European Figure Skating Championships and 9th at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships.

Programs Edit

Zaretski &amp; Zaretski 2004 Junior Grand Prix Germany

The Zaretskis during their Phantom of the Opera free dance.

Season Original Dance Free Dance
2008-2009 Summertime
by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
Jesus Christ Superstar
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
2007-2008 Shick, Shack, Shock
by Mustafa Sax
Let my People Go by Louis Armstrong and Sing, Sing, Sing
by Louis Prima
2006-2007 Assassin's Tango
by John Powell
Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff
2005-2006 Samba, Rhumba, Mambo
by Mambo Kings
2004-2005 Foxtrot and Quickstep Phantom of the Opera
2003-2004 Bad to the bone
by George Thorogood

by Brian Setzer Orchestra

Music from The Matrix and Matrix Reloaded
2002-2003 Skaters Waltz
by J. Strauss
Galop: St. Petersburger Sleigh Ride
Moulin Rouge (soundtrack)
by Jose Feliciano
2001-2002 Granada/ Torero Quiero The Ukraine
Dean Marshall

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Zaretski)


Event 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
Winter Olympic Games 22nd
World Championships 20th 14th 9th
European Championships 15th 11th 8th 11th
World Junior Championships 4th
Israeli Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Cup of Russia 5th
Cup of China 9th 4th 4th 7th
Skate America 8th 7th
NHK Trophy 9th
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd 2nd
Skate Israel 4th
Junior Grand Prix Final 8th
Junior Grand Prix, Romania 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 3rd


Event 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
World Junior Championships 19th 8th 9th
Israeli Championships 1st N. 1st J. 1st J. 1st J. 1st J.
Skate Israel 4th
Junior Grand Prix Final 6th
Junior Grand Prix, Poland 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Belgrade 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Italy 8th
Junior Grand Prix, Netherlands 11th
European Youth Olympic Days 3rd
European Criterium Brno 1st
International Polish Competition 1st
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level


  1. New Jersey Star-Ledger, October 30, 2008: "Skaters, Coach Sue Hackensack Ice Rink"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zaretskys Add to Israel's Ice Dance Future - Figure Skating News
  3. :: Welcome To The Jewish Ledger ::

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