My 2019-2020 season programs are…

Hi All,

It is time to announce my programs for the 2019-2020 season! For my short program this year, I will be skating to “Bloodstream” by Tokio Myers. I have been watching America’s Got Talent and I saw Tokio Myers perform his composition and it was amazing. It mixes a classic “Clair de Lune” with a very strong hip-hop beat. I thought this was different than what anyone has ever seen or done and I wanted to challenge myself and do something very original.

For my free skate, I will be skating to Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca performed by Luciano Pavarotti. I’ve been wanting to skate to Tosca for a very long time, but I’ve been waiting until my skating has matured enough to capture the strength of the music. I believe that I can match the strength of the music with the quality and maturity of my skating.

So this season, I decided to challenge myself and put my soul and energy into creating these programs and I felt that the best way to capture these programs and my emotions was to choreograph them myself.

So I’m very excited to be able to show my creation with these programs to you guys.




Some big changes!

June 27, 2018

Hi All!

coachesI wanted to write a journal to update you all on the big changes I have made this off-season. First off, I moved from Coral Springs, Florida to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I’m training full-time with Christy Krall. Of course, my parents (Artem Torgashev and Ilona Melnichenko)  are both great coaches and we’ve built a great relationship together over my skating career, but it was time for a change in training and coaching to take my potential and turn it into a reality. The motivation in Colorado Springs is never ending and training along side my competitors allows for more intense training, in addition to being supportive of one another, both on and off the ice. My parents agreed to the change and supported my decision. So far it’s been producing great results in training.

Another big change Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 10.34.58 PMis that I took on the role of choreographer this season. I worked with Evgeni Platov and Scott Brown to choreograph my short program, which is “Open Arms” by Journey. I have a bit of story for my short program. Evgeni and I finished the choreography for the program the day of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Since the school is right across the street from where I live in Florida and the fact that I am friends with many of the students at that school, I have decided to dedicate the program to the victims of the school shooting. A lot of my friends were in the school during the shooting. Luckily, they are all okay, but I wanted to do this program as tribute to the victims and to show that tragic events like these damage communities, but also cause them to come together and become stronger.

In terms of my free skate, I’m keeping my program from the 2017-2018 season, which is “Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge film soundtrack, which was choreographed by Scott Brown.

FvMPXqxxI recently competed at the Broadmoor Open and took part in the Peggy Fleming Trophy, the inaugural artistic competition. [Editor’s Note: Andrew finished third overall in his season debut with a total score of 194.94.  He placed fourth in the Peggy Fleming Trophy.] Next up, I’ll compete in the Philadelphia Summer Championships, July 31-August 6.

Looking forward to the new season!



Photos: Andrew with coach Christy Krall and choreographer Scott Brown
Andrew at a March for Our Lives event in Colorado Springs
Andrew competing at the Broadmoor Open
(All photos courtesy Andrew Torgashev)



I’m back!

June 20, 2016

After being sidelined by injury last season, I’m happy to say I’m back! I’m planning on starting my 2016-2017 by competing senior at the Philadelphia Summer Championships in July. My short program is “Le Temps Des Cathedrales” from Notre-Dame de Paris and my free skate is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Both programs were choreographed by Ilona Melnichenko and Scott Brown.

Since last season, I started trying to get more involved in school. Right now, I’m actually organizing a 5K for a local children’s hospital. Also, I started a clothing company, Classique de Champion, with my friend, Parker. Ten percent of all our profits go to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

I’m really looking forward to this season!


A letter from Andrew

Hi Everyone,

In early June, while training on the ice, I broke my ankle. My doctor, Dr. San Giovanni, suggested that surgery would be the fastest way to heal. Since the surgery, I’ve been working on my ankle to make it stronger. I am currently training on the ice, but my ankle has not healed 100% yet.

Although it was a tough decision to make, my coaching team and I have decided to withdraw from the Eastern Sectional Championships. Our goal is to get my ankle 100% healed before returning to the competitive season.

Thank you to all my fans, family and friends for the support throughout this hard time. I hope to see you all soon.

—Andrew Torgashev

Local skater earns second national title

Article-Andrew-Torgashev-2-3-13(2/3/2013) Andrew Torgashev is a true warrior on the ice, so it’s no surprise the 11-year-old would not let a fall affect his determination to succeed at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb.

Despite tripping during his footwork sequence in the finale of his long program routine on the last day of the competition, the sixth-grader at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek got right back up and received a solid score from the judges. That gave him all the momentum he needed to go on and become the Intermediate Division champion after two days of grueling competition.

The Coral Springs resident, who was among 12 sectional winners at the Omaha showcase, won with a 10-point cushion over his nearest opponent. His technical and skill set was so solid, judges indicated, that the fall could not alter his final standing since he was so far ahead in points.

The title was the second in as many years for Torgashev, who turned in a top overall showing in the Juvenile Division of the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.

“This would only happen in my dreams,” said Torgashev, who executed three triple jumps, including a Salchow-double toe combination, in the long program to clinch his Intermediate Division title. “I just went out and did the best I could.”

The standout effort was all the more impressive considering that Torgashev had a stomach flu earlier in the month and did not feel up to par until one week before nationals.

Torgashev’s performance, set to the music of Elvis Presley, earned him 68.07 points and brought him to a remarkable 107.92 points for the event that included a short program Jan. 25 before the long program Jan. 27. It was his best point total of the figure skating season.

After lacing up his first pair of skates at age 5, the American-born Torgashev grew more and more fond of the sport and two years later convinced his Russian parents to allow him to compete in his first regional tournament. Within a year, he was a finalist at that level and now has three regional titles under his belt.

He worked hard to excel in sectional events, which feature regional winners and catapult the top skaters in various divisions into the national spotlight.

Mission accomplished, as he not only made his first appearance at nationals last year but also won his juvenile division.

by Rick Menning, Sports Coordinator
(Sun Sentinel)

Gliding through quality ice time

(6/18/2012, Sun  Sentinel) Andrew Torgashev doesn’t feel pressure having former competitive skaters as his parents and coaches.Article-Andrew-Torgashev-6-26-13

Torgashev, who recently turned 11, is excelling in the sport, having won more than 60 medals in nearly six years of figure skating, including gold as a Juvenile Boys Division performer in the 2012 South Atlantic Regionals and the 2012 U.S. Junior Nationals.

The Coral Springs resident also had first-place finishes at the South Florida Challenge, the Florida Open and, most recently, the Sunshine State Games Figure Skating competition at the Iceplex in his hometown. The latter event featured nearly 400 skaters, a record field, from around the state.

Torgashev, who recently completed the fifth grade at North Broward Preparatory School, topped the scoring charts in the Intermediate Men’s Freestyle (Unrestricted) Division and the Intermediate Men’s Short Program.

Training under the watchful eyes of his mother, Ilona Melnichenko, and father, Artem Torgashev, the rising star got his start at age 4, when he saw other children skating and wanted to give it a try.

Torgashev, who trains twice a day Monday through Friday, is grateful for his parents’ help.

“They took me skating one day for fun and I liked it,” Andrew said. “I really don’t care what place I get. If I don’t get first, it is OK as long as I tried my best and did what I could.”

His sister, 5-year-old Deana, also is a competitive skater and came home with runner-up recognition in the Beginner 5 Girls Free Skate Group at the Sunshine State Games.

June 18, 2012|By Gary Curreri, Special Correspondent

Panthers skaters produce top national efforts

Article-Andrew-Torgashev-3(01-23-12, Sun Sentinel) For some members of the Panthers Figure Skating Club, their first time competing on a national stage catapulted their careers to greater heights.

Competing at tournaments in East Lansing, Mich. (U.S. Junior National Figure Skating Championships), and Jamestown, N.Y. (Eastern Section Figure Skating Championships), skaters made their mark in their respective divisions.

In the Junior National competition, …

Andrew Torgashev, 10, of Coral Springs, was looking to medal higher after placing third in his prior Junior National appearance.

Torgashev outdid himself this time by earning a gold medal in the Juvenile Boys Division. His “secret weapon” was adding a double axel with high difficulty and including better footwork.

“Always listen to your coaches,” said Torgashev, who has a rigorous weekly training regimen. “If you make a mistake, you work even harder.”

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Coral Springs’ Torgashev gets bronze medal in first trip to Figure Skating Junior Nationals

His anxiety was evident as he warmed up for Saturday’s finals of the juvenile boys division. He kept falling.

“He couldn’t land his jumps in warmups. You could see he was very nervous,” said Ilona Melnichenko, Torgashev’s mother and Panthers Figure Skating Club coach. “He’s just 9 years old, and he’s telling me it’s so much pressure. I just told him to go skate like in practice.”

Torgashev overcame the jitters and skated like a seasoned veteran to earn the bronze medal in competition with skaters as much as three years older. His score of 49.85 was a personal best. He didn’t attempt a double axel, which some of the older skaters featured, but his jumps were flawless and his spins superlative.

“I was really nervous; I had so much pressure on myself. My mom calmed me down,”  Torgashev said. “I’m really proud of myself. All the boys a lot older than me did what they can do, and I did what I can do.

“My dream is to get 50 points next year.”

Torgashev’s medal was another step in the PFSC’s emergence as an elite program.

“They all did a big improvement from regionals and from the whole season,” Melnichenko said of the PFSC group. “We look at it as another competition for them, a learning experience. It’s like they’re climbing stairs. I want to say thank you to the parents. They all believe in what we’re doing.”

Melnichenko and husband Artem Torgashev, Andrew’s dad, are former Soviet National Team skaters and part of an impressive coaching staff at the PFSC, based at Saveology Iceplex.

Meanwhile, Andrew Torgashev had some more business to attend to in Utah. He was planning to celebrate his medal with a trip to the mountains Sunday for his first attempt at snowboarding.

“I think it’s really fun seeing snow for first time, and tomorrow I’m going to play around with it,” he said.

Complete results from Junior Nationals are at

Torgashev turns juvenile boys bronze to gold

osmqfetn(12/14/2011, – Andrew Torgashev was the 2011 juvenile bronze medalist but knew, in spite of that success, that he would be skating another year at the same level. He did, at the U.S. Junior Championships. “I medaled last year without a double Axel,” he said. “That is something you need if you want to be really successful at the juvenile level and move on to intermediate. “In addition to meeting his goal of having a double Axel in his repertoire, he also added a gold medal to his trophy case. With 54.02 points, the 10-year-old from the Panthers SC won the juvenile boys division.

The Paganini free skate included two double Axels, one done in combination with a double loop, and two Level 4 spins.

“As his mom and coach, I am happy to see he gets what he deserves this year,” Ilona Melnichenko said. “He worked hard, and I’m so proud.”

Coral Springs’ Torgashev, 9, skates to bronze in first trip to Junior Nationals

Young figure skater overcomes jitters to finish third in juvenile boys

Article-Andrew-Torgashev-12-18-12(12/18/2010, Sun Sentinel) Andrew Torgashev, of Coral Springs, won a bronze medal in his first national competition Saturday at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City.

Torgashev, 9, overcame nervousness to skate a clean program in the finals of the juvenile boys division and record a personal-best score of 49.85.

Torgashev was one of four members of the Panthers Figure Skating Club competing at junior nationals.

“I was really nervous; I had so much pressure on myself,” said Torgashev, the son of coaches Ilona Melnichenko and Artem Torgashev, former skaters on the Soviet National Team. “I’m really proud of myself. All the boys a lot older than me did what they can do, and I did what I can do.”

Competing against skaters as much as three years older, Torgashev landed all of his jumps and excelled at his spins to compensate for not attempting a double axel.

Andrew Torgashev, who experienced snow for the first time this week, planned to celebrate his medal with a snowboarding trip to the nearby mountains.

December 18, 2010|By Craig Davis, Sun Sentinel