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Peter Tchernyshev

Peter Tchernyshev

Ice dancer
Peter Tchernyshev
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Quick Facts

Intro Ice dancer
A.K.A. Pyotr Andreyevich Chernyshyov
Is Dancer Ballet dancer Choreographer
From Russia United States of America
Type Dancing
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1971, Saint Petersburg
Age 49 years
Spouse: Anastasia Zavorotnyuk
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Peter Tchernyshev (Russian: Пётр Андреевич Чернышёв; also romanized as Pyotr Andreyevich Chernyshev; born February 6, 1971) is a Russian-American ice dancer. With skating partner Naomi Lang, he is a two-time (2000 and 2002) Four Continents champion, a five-time (1999–2003) U.S. national champion, and competed at the Winter Olympics in 2002.


Early career

Tchernyshev began skating at the age of six because his parents felt it would be good for his health. He also studied ballet from the age of eight. He was originally a singles skater but injured his landing ankle at the age of 18 and it did not heal fully. He spent the next three years touring with the Russian All Stars in England and Turkey before returning to competition as an ice dancer.

Tchernyshev skated with Maria Anikanova in the late 1980s. He later competed with Olga Pershankova for Russia and the Soviet Union but he and his partner had problems and split up. After a girl arrived in Russia looking for a partner, he decided to move to the United States.

Tchernyshev competed with Sophie Eliazova for three years until they split in the summer of 1996.

Partnership with Naomi Lang

Having noticed Naomi Lang at U.S. Nationals, Tchernyshev wrote her a letter in mid-1996 asking for a tryout. They had a successful tryout in Lake Placid, New York and trained there for nine months with Natalia Dubova; then, due to Lang's homesickness, they moved to Detroit and began training with Igor Shpilband and Elizabeth Coates.

Lang/Tchernyshev first won the U.S. national title in 1999. The following season, they took gold at the 2000 Four Continents Championships and placed 8th at the 2000 World Championships. They also performed with Champions on Ice.

In 2000, Lang/Tchernyshev moved to Hackensack, New Jersey to train with Alexander Zhulin, who coached them until the end of the 2001–02 season. They missed their 2001 Grand Prix events because Tchernyshev had shin splits. Returning to competition, they won their fourth national title at the 2002 U.S. Championships and then won their second Four Continents title. They placed eleventh at the 2002 Winter Olympics and ninth at the 2002 World Championships.

In 2002–03, Lang/Tchernyshev were coached by Nikolai Morozov. After missing their 2002 Grand Prix events due to an injury to Lang, the duo won their fifth national title at the 2003 U.S. Championships, took bronze at the 2003 Four Continents, and placed 8th at the 2003 World Championships.

Lang/Tchernyshev did not appear internationally in the 2003–04 season. They intended to compete at the 2004 U.S. Championships but withdrew after Lang re-injured her Achilles tendon. They announced their competitive retirement in February 2004. The duo continued to skate together professionally and appeared in several U.S. ice shows, including many of the Disson skating shows televised on NBC and the Hallmark Channel. They also toured extensively in Europe and Russia.

Other work

Tchernyshev has done choreography for competitive skaters. He choreographed for Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov (2011-2016 short and free program), Sinead Kerr / John Kerr (2010–2011 free dance), and Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (2014-2015 exhibition and 2015-2016 free dance).

Personal life

Peter Tchernyshev's grandfather, Pyotr Chernyshev, was a four-time Soviet champion in singles skating in the late 1930s.

Tchernyshev became a U.S. citizen in January 2001. He lived in the United States for about 15 years and currently lives in Russia. He was formerly married to Natalia Annenko. In October 2008, Tchernyshev married Russian actress Anastasia Zavorotnyuk. The wedding ceremony took place in the Foros Church, Crimea, Ukraine.


(with Lang)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Waltz
    by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Polka
    by Bedřich Smetana
  • Still Loving You
    by Scorpions
by Georges Bizet:
  • March of the Toreadors
  • Habanera
  • March of the Toreadors
  • Parisian Walkways
    by Gary Moore
  • Fallin'
    by Alicia Keys
  • Fly Me to the Moon
    by Frank Sinatra
  • One Minute Tramp
    by C. Basie
  • Air on a G String
    by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Storm
    (from The Four Seasons)
    by Antonio Vivaldi
    performed by Vanessa-Mae
  • Parisian Walkways
  • Still Got the Blues
    by Gary Moore
  • Oye Como Va
    by Carlos Santana
  • Anytime, Anywhere
    by Sarah Brightman
  • All I Ask of You
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Masquerade Waltz
    by Aram Khachaturian

  • Waltz of the Flowers
    by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Adiós Nonino
    by Ástor Piazzolla
  • Falling into You
    by Celine Dion
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
    by Little Richard
  • Sobre El Arco Iris
    by Perez Prado
  • Ran Kan Kan
    by Tito Puente
  • Sempre Nel Mio Cuor
    by Perez Prado
  • Mambo Caliente
    by Arturo Sandoval
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
    by Little Richard


With Naomi Lang

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Olympics 11th
Worlds 10th 8th 9th 9th 8th
Four Continents 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP Lalique 5th
GP Skate America 6th 5th 3rd 5th
GP Skate Canada 9th
Lysiane Lauret 2nd
U.S. Champ. 5th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st WD
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

Earlier partnerships

(with Sophia Eliazova)

Event 1995–96
U.S. Championships 13th

(with Olga Pershankova)

Event 1992–93
Vienna Cup 2nd


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