Legends of Russian figure skating
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.
Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov are the first Olympic champions in ice dancing, the Olympic champions in ice dancing in 1976. World Champions 1970-1974, 1976. European champions 1970-1971, 1973-1976. Champions of the USSR 1969-1971, 1973-1975. Pakhomova – USSR champion 1964-1966.
They left the world with dances that are impossible to forget. Dances, which are destined for a long life, as real works of art.
Irina Moiseeva and Andrey Minenkov are champions of the Soviet Union (1977), two-time world and European champions. For ten years, the couple performed under the guidance of novice trainer Tatyana Tarasova, in 1976 they became the second at the Olympics in Innsbruck, losing to the famous Pakhomova-Gorshkov.
In 1979, Moiseeva and Minenkov change their coach, Lyudmila Pakhomova becomes the new mentor of the couple. However, soon, no more than six months later, and this community fell apart. In recent years, Elena Matveeva, a former ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, worked with them.
November 27, 1983, in a festive atmosphere at the Sports Palace in Luzhniki at the Moscow News tournament, Moiseeva and Minenkov said goodbye to the sport.
Olympic champion Irina Rodnina, who was included in the Guinness Book of Records as an athlete who has not lost a single competition in her sports career.
Three-time Olympic champion: in 1972 won Olympic gold in Sapporo paired with Alexei Ulanov, in 1976 in Innsbruck and in 1980 in Lake Placid paired with Alexander Zaitsev.
The eleven-time European champion (1969 – 72), paired with Ulanov and 1973-78, 80, paired with Zaitsev.
Ten-time (!) World champion (1969–72 paired with Ulanov and 1973–78 paired with Zaitsev). Multiple champion of the Soviet Union.
She was awarded the Order of Lenin. He has 2 Orders of the “Red Banner of Labor”, Order of Merit to the Fatherland “3 degrees.
Igor Bobrin’s sporting fate was not very successful: he won four champion medals of the All-Union rank, took 6th place at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and the American public was unhappy with the judges ’ratings.
He became the champion of Europe in 1981, but then left the sport.
Igor was a favorite of the public for his talent as a real artist on the ice, he is one of the most original and artistic skaters. His demonstrations with the programs Sleeping Cowboy, Garcon, Musketeer, Man of a Thousand Masks, Pair Skating, etc., have gone down in history.
February 2, 1986 created the Theater of Ice Miniatures; He is his artistic director and director, was the choreographer of the programs of a number of skaters.
Natalia Linichuk and Gennady Karponosov. Olympic champions (1980), two-time world and European champions. They received their first medal at an adult level in 1974, became world champions in 1978 and 1979, and Olympic champions in 1980. In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov finished their sports career.
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergey Grinkov won their first “gold” at the World Championships in Geneva on March 19, 1986, where Ekaterina became the youngest world champion.
They were the first to perform the “four-turn twist” element. Then they won the European Championship and in 1988 became Olympic champions.
In 1990, the couple left amateur sports to Tatyana Tarasova at the All Stars Ice Theater; in 1991-92, Gordeeva and Grinkov successfully performed at professional world championships.
In 1991, Catherine and Sergei got married, in 1992 they had a daughter, Daria. In 1993, the International Skating Union and the International Olympic Committee changed the rules and decided to allow professional skaters to regain amateur status and take part in the Olympic Games. Using the new rules, Gordeeva and Grinkov return to amateur sports and win the championship of Russia, Europe and the Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Then they returned to professional sports.
November 20, 1995 Sergei Grinkov during a speech in Lake Placid received an extensive heart attack and died in the hospital.
Natalya Bestemyanova and Andrei Bukin – Champions of the Olympics-88, vice-champions of the Games-84, five-time winners of the world championships, four-time – Europe.