Arina Ushakova Professional Figure Skater
Arina Andreyevna Ushakova (Арина Андреевна Ушакова; born December 18, 1989 in Perm) is a Russian retired pair skater. With former partner Sergei Karev, she is the 2008 Russian bronze medalist. Ushakova teamed up with Alexander Popov in 2000, with whom she had a lot of success at the junior level. They trained in Perm, coached by Liudmila Kalinina during their first season and then moved to the husband-and-wife team of Valentina and Valeri Tiukov. Their partnership ended in 2005. Ushakova teamed up with Sergei Karev in 2005 and left her hometown of Perm to train with him in Moscow. They were coached by Nina Mozer during their first two seasons together. After the 2006–2007 season, they switched coaches to Natalia Pavlova. They won the bronze medal at the 2008 Russian Nationals and were sent to the 2008 European Championships where they finished 5th. In the long program, they had a fall on a lift but were not injured. They split at the end of the season. Ushakova retired from competition and began coaching in Moscow.