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It was Elena's grandmother
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Elena Ilinykh in pair figure skating.
In 2005 she danced with Nikita Katsalapov. Very soon they had to part. Ilianykh explained that they were too young at the time to understand the partnership. "We didn't understand at all that you need to talk to each other, to find a compromise. Ilianych moved to Canton, Michigan where she trained in Marina Zueva and Igor Shpilband's group for two years without a partner.
Ilinykh having returned to Russia, Ilinykh/Katsalapov decided to give their partnership another chance in spring 2008.They began training again with Alexander Zhulin in Moscow. During the 2009–10 season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov competed for the first time on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. At their first event, the event in Budapest, Hungary, they won the gold medal. At their second event, in Torun, Poland, they won a second gold medal and qualified for the JGP Final. They were named Discovery of the Year at the 2010 Crystal Ice Awards held in October 2010 in Moscow.
At their next event, 2010 Cup of Russia, they won the bronze medal, their first medal on the senior Grand Prix series. At the 2011 Russian Nationals, they were the second.
At the 2011 Europeans, Ilinykh/Katsalapov set new personal bests in the short dance (60.93), free dance (92.55) and combined total (153.48) to finish fourth in their debut at the event. Following the end of the season, they ended their collaboration with Alexander Zhulin and Oleg Volkov to begin working with a new coach Nikolai Morozov in May 2011. During the off-season, they spent some time in the U.S. preparing for the 2011–12 season.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov started their season with gold at the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania. They won silver at their first 2012–13 Grand Prix event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. At the 2012 NHK Trophy, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were third after the short dance. Ilinykh fell ill before the free dance due to food poisoning but went on to compete. They placed second in the segment and won the silver medal. They qualified for the 2012 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, and finished sixth at the event. At the 2013 Russian Championships, Ilinykh/Katsalapov won the silver medal. At the 2013 European Championships, they placed second in the short dance and first in the free dance.
For the 2011–12 Grand Prix season, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to 2011 NHK Trophy and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. At NHK Trophy, they placed first in the short dance but in the warm-up before the free dance Ilinykh crashed into the boards and injured her knee. The couple finished the competition, winning the bronze medal, but withdrew from the exhibitions. They won the silver medal at the 2012 Russian Championships. They won the bronze medal at the event and then performed with Art on Ice. Ilinykh/Katsalapov finished 5th—the highest of the three Russian teams—at the 2012 World Championships. Their final event of the season was the 2012 World Team Trophy.
It was Elena's grandmother who first brought her to the skating rink. Her first coach was Ekaterina Volkova,but as she progressed, she was transferred to the team of "Sokolniki" to Lyubov Molavoi. But her coaches felt she would be perfect to ace dancing.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov won their third national silver medal at the 2014 Russian Championships behind Bobrova/Soloviev and then won silver at the 2014 European Championships with an overall score 1.1 points less than gold medalists Cappellini/Lanotte. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Ilinykh/Katsalapov were assigned to the free dance in the inaugural team event where they placed third scoring 103.48 points with Team Russian winning the gold medal overall. Ilinykh/Katsalapov then won the bronze medal in the ice dancing event. They received a personal best score in short and free dance with an overall of 183.48 points.
Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov performance at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.