Alexei Tikhonov

A photo of Alexi Tikhonov.

Alexei Vladimirovich Tikhonov (born November 1, 1971 in Samara, Russian SSR, USSR) is a Russian Pair skater. With partner Maria Petrova, he is the 2000 World Champion.


Tikhonov first competed with partner Irina Saifutdinova for the Soviet Union and, after the dissolution, for Russia. They won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Junior Figure Skating Championships for the Soviet Union.

When that partnership ended, he teamed up with Japanese pair skater Yukiko Kawasaki and competed with her representing Japan.

Kawasaki and Tikhonov were two-time Japanese national champions. They competed internationally together, winning the bronze medal at the 1993 NHK Trophy and placing 15th at the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships.

When that partnership ended, Tikhonov briefly pursued a career as a show skater. Upon returning to competitive skating, he teamed up with Maria Petrova , who had just ended her partnership with Anton Sikharulidze after he had decided to end that partnership to skate with Elena Berezhnaya.

Petrova & Tikhonov 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.

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Petrova for Russia)

Event 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Winter Olympics 6th 5th
World Championships 4th 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd WD
European Championships 1st 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd
Russian Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 6th
Skate America 2nd
Skate Canada Int. 2nd 3rd 2nd
Bofrost Cup on Ice 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Cup of China 3rd 1st
Trophee Eric Bompard 2nd 1st
Cup of Russia 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
NHK Trophy 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 1st
Event 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

(with Kawasaki for Japan)

Event 1992-1993 1993-1994
World Championships 15th
Japanese national champions 1st 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd
Bofrost Cup on Ice 4th

(with Saifutdinova for the Soviet Union)

Event 1988-1989
World Junior Championships 3rd
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