Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov. Two-time Olympic champions, four-time world and European champions, six-time USSR champions.
It was Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov who became the founders of the wonderful school of Soviet figure skating. In 1964, they won the first gold medal in the history of Soviet figure skating.
The Soviet sports leadership did not differ in favor of this duet, despite this, Belousova and Protopopov continued to shine on the ice until 1969, when in 1979 an event occurred that changed their life. During a tour in Switzerland, Belousova and Protopopov decided to stay there. Their names were deleted from all Soviet directories telling about the Olympic achievements. Continue reading