Otar Japaridze

Otar Japaridze

Georgian figure skater
Date of Birth: 23.12.1987
Country: Georgia

  1. Biography of Otar Japaridze
  2. Partnerships and Achievements
  3. Later Career and Coaching

Biography of Otar Japaridze

Otar Japaridze is a Georgian figure skater who was born in 1984. He began figure skating at the age of 7 and initially focused on singles skating. At the age of 15, he transitioned to ice dancing and started competing internationally.

Partnerships and Achievements

Japaridze's first notable partnership was with Marina Sheltcina. They became the Georgian national champions in 2004 and placed 21st at the Junior World Championships. From 2005 to 2007, Japaridze competed with Russian skater Ekaterina Zaikina and trained in Moscow under Alexei and Ludmila Gorshkov. Their highest achievement was finishing in 16th place at the Junior World Championships in 2007.

In 2007, Japaridze moved to the United States and joined Nikolai Morozov's group. He teamed up with American skater Isabella Tobias for one season. In 2009, he partnered with Allison Lynn Reed and they trained under the guidance of Evgeny Platov. They quickly made an impact, securing a spot for Georgia in ice dancing at the 2010 Winter Olympics after placing 12th at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Reed obtained Georgian citizenship in January 2010, allowing the pair to represent the country at the Olympics, where they finished 22nd. They also placed 21st at the subsequent World Championships in Turin.

Later Career and Coaching

In the 2010/2011 season, Japaridze and Reed won silver at the Ice Challenge tournament, but their performance at major international competitions such as the European and World Championships did not significantly improve. After the season, Reed switched coaches and joined Galit Chait's group, while Japaridze decided to retire from amateur competition.

Currently, Japaridze is actively involved in coaching in the United States. His father, Irakli Japaridze, serves as the president of the Georgian Figure Skating Federation.