Michel Tsiba / Daria Danilova
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Tsiba & Danilova

Michel Tsiba, born on 12/21/1997 and Daria Danilova, born on 08-09-2002, decided in May of 2018 to team up and represent the Netherlands in pair skating.

Michel came in contact with the sport because his sister skated and as a little boy he always had to come to the rink. After some time Michel also wanted to start skating, but in ice hockey. The ice hockey team could not take Michel into their team as he was not able to skate at that point of time, they advised him to join the figure skating club, learn the basics and come back after that to join the Ice hockey team. Michel definitely learned how to skate, but a return to ice hockey never happened. Michel turns into one of the best figure skaters in The Netherlands. In 2018 he decides to change discipline, he starts pair skating with Daria Danilova, their long term goal is to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Daria Danilova started her career at the age of 3 in Moscow, this happened because a ice rink opened near her house. She immediately fell in love with the sport. As a young talent, she made a lot of progress, she was scouted in 2017 by the successful coaching team of Nina Mozer, making the switch to pair skating in 2017. Unfortunately not everything went to plan with her first partner, after that she received an offer for a try out training with Michel. After the try out they were determined, this is our future, we are going to bring The Netherlands back to the top of figure skating!


Michel & Daria train 6 times a week, 50-6 hours a day, of which 2 ice session, 2 off ice session and 1 off ice practice such as hiphop, ballet, fitness, athletics or yoga.





Highlights so far: Michel Tsiba is a 6-time Dutch National Champion in singles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018) and 2-time Dutch National Champion in pairs (2019 and 2020). After Tsiba & Danilova formed a team in the summer of 2018, they quickly got positive results. They participated in their first ISU competition, the Golden Spin in Zagreb, which they managed to win immediately, after that they also captured the Dutch National title in 2019. In the 2019-2020 season, they made their debut in the senior category, where they managed to qualify for the European Championship and even managed to reach a final place there. Not long after that they managed to qualify for the World Championships, they would write history by being the first Dutch pair to represent the Netherlands at a World Figure Skating Championship, unfortunately this event was canceled due to the Corona virus. Besides that, they also won the Dutch national title among seniors in 2020.


The most important goal for Michel & Daria is to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games, with sight on the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. in the season of 2019-2020 they achieved all of their goals and this confidence they take into the upcoming season. In the season of 2020-2021 Michel & Daria want to reach a top 10 placement in the European Championships, and enforce an Olympic spot at the 2021 World Championships.




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