Nicole Della Monica

Nicole Della Monica (born 3 June 1989) is an Italian pair skater. With her current partner Matteo Guarise, she is a four-time Italian national champion (2016-2019) and has represented Italy at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Nicole Della Monica
Della Monica and Guarise at the 2012 World Championships
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989
Trescore Balneario, Bergamo
Home townAlbano
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
PartnerMatteo Guarise
Former partnerYannick Kocon
CoachCristina Mauri, Nina Mozer
Former coachCristina Pelli, Silvia Martina, Lucia Civardi, Knut Schubert, Angela Puelisi, Oleg Vasiliev
ChoreographerRaffaella Cazzaniga, Giuseppe Arena
Former choreographerCorrado Giordani, Luca Mantovani, Paola Mezzadri, Valter Rizzo
Skating clubIcelab Bergamo
Former skating clubForum SSDRL Assago
Training locationsBergamo, Baselga di Pinè, Sesto San Giovanni
Former training locationsSaint Petersburg
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total205.14
2019 European
Short program73.70
2019 European
Free skate131.51
2018 Rostelecom Cup

With her previous partner Yannick Kocon, she was a two-time Italian national champion (2009, 2010) and competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Della Monica competed as a single skater through the 2006–07 season and is the 2005 Italian national bronze medalist.

Partnership with Kocon

Della Monica started skating pairs in 2007 when she teamed up with Yannick Kocon, who was also a single skater until then.[1] They are the 2009 and 2010 Italian national champions. They represented Italy at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Their partnership ended in January 2011 — Della Monica had a chronic inflammation in her left knee and her recovery time was uncertain.[2]

Partnership with Guarise

2011–12 season

Della Monica teamed up with former World champion roller skater Matteo Guarise in late November 2011.[3][4][5] They train mainly in Zanica.[6] They withdrew after the short program from the 2012 Italian Championships. Della Monica/Guarise made their international debut at the 2012 Bavarian Open where they won the bronze medal. They were assigned to compete at the 2012 World Championships and finished fifteenth.

2012–13 season

Della Monica/Guarise placed ninth at the 2013 European Championships and then fourteenth at the 2013 World Championships, where Italy secured two berths for the 2014 Olympic pairs event. They also won bronze at the 2013 Winter Universiade.

2013–14 season

After taking silver at the 2014 Italian Championships, they placed eighth at the 2014 European Championships. Della Monica/Guarise were named along with Italian champions Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek as Italy's pairs entries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Just before the event, Guarise tore the medial meniscus in his right knee.[7][8] The pair finished sixteenth at the Olympics. He then underwent a knee operation and resumed training at the start of March.[8]

2014–15 season

In the 2014–15 season, Della Monica/Guarise competed at two Grand Prix events, placing fifth at the 2014 Cup of China and sixth at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. After finishing second to Valentina Marchei / Ondřej Hotárek at the Italian Championships, they came in sixth at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and fourteenth at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

2015–16 season

In the 2015–16 season, Della Monica/Guarise took the bronze medal at the 2015 Ice Challenge, their first ISU Challenger Series (CS) event. After finishing fifth at their sole GP event, the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard, they appeared at two more CS events, winning silver at the Warsaw Cup and placing sixth at the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb. In December 2015, they won their first national title together, edging out Marchei/Hotárek. They placed sixth at the 2016 European Championships, and then placed eleventh at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, United States.

2016–17 season

The 2016–17 season saw the duo win two Challenger events, the 2016 Lombardia Trophy and 2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb. They placed sixth at the Skate Canada International and fifth at the Cup of China. After their second national title, they placed eighth at the 2017 European Championships, and then placed thirteenth at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

2017–18 season

Della Monica and her partner began the 2017–18 season with silver medals at Lombardia Trophy and Finlandia Trophy. Competing again at the Cup of China, they placed fourth. At the Internationaux de France, they placed third, winning their first Grand Prix bronze medal. Della Monica pronounced herself "really happy with our performance."[9] Della Monica/Guarise won their third straight national title, followed by a sixth-place finish at Europeans. Competing at their second Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they placed tenth. The season concluded at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, where they placed fifth overall.

2018–19 season

Their 2018–19 season began again at Lombardia Trophy, where they own the bronze medal. Turning to the Grand Prix series, they won silver at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. Della Monica commented that "this is our first silver medal on the Grand Prix. Last year we won our first medal, a bronze, so we are happy that we improved. Next time it maybe will be gold, who knows. It shows that we are on the right track."[10] They won a second silver medal at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, becoming the first Italian pair team to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, a goal they had set for themselves at the beginning of the year.[11] They placed fifth at the Final, after multiple falls and popped jumps.[12]

After winning their fourth consecutive national title, Della Monica/Guarise competed at the 2019 European Championships. They placed third in the short program, 0.12 points ahead of Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia, and were awarded a small bronze medal for the result.[13] In the free skate both teams made errors, with Della Monica putting a hand down on their three-jump combination, and a result finished fourth in the free skate and fourth overall, 0.14 points behind Boikova/Kozlovskii. Guarise said they were "a little bit disappointed actually, because we gave everything we had. It maybe wasn’t 100 percent, but I think it was very good."[14]

At the 2019 World Championships, Guarise collided with French skater Vanessa James in the warmup for the short program, which shook up both skaters. He then doubled his jump attempt, causing them to place eighth in the short.[15] In the free skate the team had multiple errors, finishing seventh there, and eighth overall. Guarise reported that the aftereffects of the collision had been more of a problem than he initially believed.[16] Della Monica/Guarise concluded the season at the 2019 World Team Trophy as part of Team Italy, which finished sixth out of sixth teams.[17]

2019–20 season

Della Monica dislocated her shoulder during the summer, delaying the team's training significantly. They returned to competetion at the 2019 Icelab International in Italy, taking the silver medal, a week before their first Grand Prix.[18] At the 2019 Cup of China, they placed fourth.[19] At the 2019 NHK Trophy, Della Monica/Guarise placed eighth.[20]


With Guarise

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Magnificat
    performed by Mina
Cosmic Journey:

With Kocon

Season Short program Free skating
  • The Mission
    by Ennio Morricone

Singles career

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pairs with Guarise

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
GP Final5th
GP Bompard8th6th5th3rd
GP Cup of China5th5th4th4th
GP Finland2nd
GP NHK Trophy7th8th
GP Rostel. Cup7th2nd
GP Skate Canada6th
CS Finlandia Trophy2nd
CS Golden Spin6th1st
CS Ice Challenge3rd
CS Lombardia1st2nd3rd
CS Warsaw Cup2nd
Bavarian Open3rd
Cup of Nice3rd7th1st
Lombardia Trophy5th
MNNT Cup1st
Nepela Memorial3rd
Icelab International Cup2nd
Italian Champ.WD2nd2nd2nd1st1st1st1st
Team events
Team Challenge
2nd T
5th P
World Team Trophy6th T
3rd P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Pairs with Kocon

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
GP Cup of China6th
GP Cup of Russia5th
Cup of Nice2nd
Golden Spin2ndWD
NRW Trophy1st1st
International: Junior[39]
Junior Worlds14th
Italian Champ.1st J.1st1stWD
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Singles career

Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Merano Cup2nd
International: Junior
JGP Canada12th
JGP Czech Republic6th
JGP Poland11th
JGP Serbia16th
Dragon Trophy2nd J
Italian Champ.3rd6th
J = Junior level


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