Andrew Torgashev was born to former competitive skaters and current coaches Ilona Melnichenko and Artem Torgashev on May 29, 2001 in Coral Springs, Florida. Andrews' skating career began at the young age of 4. He expressed his desire to begin skating to his parents after taking a family Christmas picture in ice skates. From that moment on it's been history. He started a learn to skate program and excelled very quickly. His parents then became his coaches and choreographers. In 2006 Andrew skated and won his first competition, the South Florida Challenge. He has currently won 66 medals over the years including his most recent accomplishments of winning the gold medal at two very important competitions, the 2012 South Atlantic Regionals and the 2012 US Junior Nationals for juvenile boys. As a result of his stellar performance at the US Junior Nationals he was featured in Skating magazines' February 2012 issue.
Andrew is an aspiring Olympic figure skater who looks up to figure skating greats such as Evgeni Plushenko, Patrick Chen and Evan Lysachek. He spends over 25 hours weekly both on and off ice perfecting his moves and techniques so that one day he can fulfill his dream. Andrew loves doing jumps and spins. His favorite parts of being a competitive figure skater are traveling, meeting new friends and the challenge of doing better than his expectations. His dedication and passion for figure skating drive him to work hard and exceed at all the goals he sets for himself.
Andrew is an A & B student in sixth grade and attends North Broward Prep School. His favorite subject is Social Studies and he plays the violin for the school orchestra. He also played soccer and tennis for 5 years. His one sibling, a younger sister named Deana, she is only five, but is hoping to follow in her brothers footsteps. She is currently on a dance team, plays the violin and she just started skating. Andrew is fluent in both English and Russian and he is also learning chinese at school.When he is not figure skating he enjoys doing regular kid activities like reading, playing baseketball, video games and watching Phineas and Pherb TV Show.