Karina Uzurova

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Karina Uzurova (born 25 January 1997) is a Kazakhstani former ice dancer. With Ilias Ali, she competed in the final segment at two ISU Championships.

Personal life

Uzurova was born on 25 January 1997 in Almaty. She is the daughter of ice dancing coach Kuralay Uzurova.[1]


Uzurova began learning to skate in 2003.[1] She teamed up with Ilias Ali in November 2009.[2] The two made their international debut in September 2010, competing at 2010–11 ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Braşov, Romania, and Karuizawa, Japan. In March, they competed at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. Ranked 7th in the preliminary round and 17th in the short dance, they qualified to the final segment and went on to finish 17th overall. During the season, they trained in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Odintsovo, Russia, coached by Kuralay Uzurova and Alexei Gorshkov.[2]

In the 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix season, Uzurova/Ali placed 7th in Riga, Latvia, and 15th in Gdańsk, Poland. In January, they competed at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria; they ranked fifth in the short dance, sixth in the free dance, and sixth overall. The following month, at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk (Belarus), they placed 11th in the preliminary round and 22nd in the short dance, which meant that they did not qualify to the free dance. They were coached by Uzurova and Gorshkov until the end of the season.[3]

Competing in the 2012–13 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, Uzurova/Ali placed 10th in Bled, Slovenia, and 7th in Zagreb, Croatia. Kuralay Uzurova and Maia Usova served as their coaches.[4] The skaters made no international appearances the following season due to Ali's injury.[1]

In 2014, Uzurova/Ali began training in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, coached by Anjelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, and Natalia Deller.[1] Making their senior international debut, the duo finished 7th at the 2014 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb in December. In February, they placed 5th in the short dance, 8th in the free dance, and 6th overall at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. A week later, they competed at their final event together, the 2015 Four Continents Championships in Seoul, South Korea, where they finished 12th.[5]

The following season, Uzurova briefly competed with Canada's Aaron Chapplain, placing 11th at the 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy in November. The two were coached by Krylova, Camerlengo, and Deller in Michigan.[6]


With Chapplain

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Waltz: Julia's Theme
    (from Julie & Julia)
    by Alexandre Desplat
  • Foxtrot: For Me Formidable
    by Charles Aznavour
  • Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption)
    by Muse

With Ali

Season Short dance Free dance
  • Paso doble
  • It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    by James Brown
  • Swing
  • I Got You (I Feel Good)
    by James Brown
  • Blues: Only You
  • Swing
    choreo. by Maia Usova
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
    by Riccardo Cocciante
    • Live for the One I Have
    • The Age of the Cathedrals
    • The Refugees
      choreo. by Maia Usova
  • Cha-cha
  • Rhumba: Historia de un Amor
    choreo. by Sergei Petukhov
  • Arabica
  • East Echo
  • Arabica
    choreo. by Sergei Petukhov
  • Waltz: My Sweet and Tender Beast
    by Eugen Doga
    choreo. by Sergei Petukhov
  • Blues for Klook
    by Eddy Louiss
    choreo. by Sergei Petukhov

Competitive highlights

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Chapplain

Event 2015–16
CS Tallinn Trophy 11th

With Ali

Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
Four Continents 12th
CS Golden Spin 7th
Universiade 6th
International: Junior[5]
Junior Worlds 17th 22nd
Youth Olympics 6th
JGP Croatia 7th
JGP Japan 12th
JGP Latvia 7th
JGP Poland 15th
JGP Romania 11th
JGP Slovenia 10th
Ice Challenge 5th
Istanbul Cup 6th
Mont Blanc Trophy 6th
NRW Trophy 12th 10th
Santa Claus Cup 3rd 7th
Trophy of Lyon 4th
Kazakhstan 3rd 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e "Karina UZUROVA / Ilias ALI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Karina UZUROVA / Ilias ALI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Karina UZUROVA / Ilias ALI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Karina UZUROVA / Ilias ALI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Karina UZUROVA / Ilias ALI". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Karina UZUROVA / Aaron CHAPPLAIN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Competition Results: Karina UZUROVA / Aaron CHAPPLAIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016.

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