Born: Warsaw, Poland
Residing: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Nationalities: Polish, Canadian
Languages: English, Polish, French
Olivia Rybicka Oliver is an international figure skater, model, coach, charity founder, national senior team member, 2x national junior champion, world junior finalist, world record holder and community hero.
Olivia began skating at the age of 5 and by the age of 11 she was the Provincial and Atlantic Canada Juvenile Free Skate Champion. On January 19, 2015, a few weeks before her 12th birthday, Olivia broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest spin on ice at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Olivia’s record speed was timed at 342 RPM, breaking the previous world record set in 2006 by 34 RPM and, to this day, Olivia’s record remains unbeaten!
Using the world record challenge as a platform, Olivia raised over $30,000 towards making the wishes come true for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses or life-limiting conditions in Poland. Olivia also granted the wish of a 9 year-old girl with spina bifida by donating her Guinness World Record figure skate and Guinness Certificate.
Olivia was subsequently awarded the Scotiabank Young Community Hero Award for her achievements and Olivia received personal recognition in the House of Commons from the speaker of the House and Parliamentary Members.
Olivia is listed in the Polish Consul`s “History of Notable Polish Canadians in Nova Scotia”, the province where she first resided after moving to Canada.
In 2017 Olivia made the switch from free-skate to ice-dance. Olivia began training full time at the Mariposa International Training Center in Barrie, Ontario, and partnered with Petr Paleev, who moved from Moscow, Russia, to skate with her. In their first season in ice-dance Olivia & Petr qualified for the ISU World Junior Ice Dance Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Olivia was one of only 30 Canadian recipients of the Dairy Farmers of Canada “Champions Fund Grant” awarded to deserving female athletes for the 2017/18 season.
Olivia was chosen as a City Youth Ambassador travelling to Japan in the summer of 2018.
In May, 2019 Olivia formed a new ice-dance partnership with Joshua Andari. Olivia & Josh were chosen to represent Poland at two Junior Grand Prix international events and, within a short period of time, they won the silver medal at the Polish National Junior Championships and attained the qualifying scores for the World Junior Championships.
After the Grand Prix event in Gdansk, Poland, Olivia launched the charitable cause “Skating for Young Heroes”. Working in conjunction with the Polish children’s charity Fundacja Dziecięca Fantazja, “Skating for Young Heroes” brings joy and love to children, aged 3 – 18, who have life-threatening illnesses or life-limiting conditions. Olivia & Josh visited the homes of 9 terminally-ill kids in Poland to spend time with the children and to make their dreams come true by presenting them with their material wish gifts including: laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles, bedroom furniture, autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia, toys and games.
In December, 2019, through “Skating for Young Heroes”, Olivia & Josh were guests of honor at a Gala Christmas Party in Warsaw, Poland, for over 300 sick kids and handed out presents to all the children. The event is the largest of its kind in Europe.
At the same time, Olivia was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the new social cause platform, Wishsurfing, which highlights and promotes the wishes and dreams of less fortunate children and provides them with a window to the world.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Olivia & Josh remained fully focused, training harder than ever, and Olivia also qualified as a professional coach. Their efforts were rewarded when in December 2020 Olivia & Josh won the Polish National Junior Championships and qualified for the World Junior Championships in China (which were unfortunately cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic).
In June 2021, Olivia graduated from High School with a 90.5%.
In December 2021, Olivia & Josh were invited to be guest performers at the Polish Figure Skating Association’s 100th Anniversary Gala Celebrations – a televised event held at Torwar Central Sports Centre in Warsaw. Olivia was able to promote the occasion to raise funds towards Christmas gifts for 500 Sick Kids in Poland on behalf of her cause “Skating for Young Heroes”.
Strong results during 2021 at the ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Courchevel, France, & Gdansk, Poland, and at the International Open d’Andorra, culminated in January 2022 with Olivia & Josh winning the Polish National Junior Championships for a second consecutive year with a career best performance.
In April, 2022, Olivia & Josh represented Poland at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The Polish team achieved their best result at a Junior World Championships since 2007.
In May, 2022, Olivia announced that she is going to represent Poland in Senior Ice Dance on the International Circuit with a new partner, Elliott Graham. Elliott is a former National Junior Ice Dance Silver Medalist, who achieved a top 12 finish in the World Junior Championships.
Olivia combines her full time training and competition schedule with her modeling, coaching and ambassadorial assignments.