Best in pair skating
Russia in pairs skating for titles, regalia and world famous athletes is much more lucky than in single.
Even those who are very far from the world of sports know Russian pair skaters by their last names and faces.
Our pair Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova won the first Olympic “gold” back in 1964, again in 1968. They are the authors of many elements, which to this day are included in the mandatory program of performances around the world. At that time, this couple was the only one who rode like no one else could.
The next couple who conquered the Olympics were Alexey Ulanov and Irina Rodnina – in 1972. The next gold Irina Rodnina won already paired with Alexander Zaitsev in 1976 and 1980.
The most famous skaters of Russia – Olympic champions in pair skating are:
– Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaya;
– Maxim Marinin and Tatyana Totmyanina;
– Roman Kostomarov and Tatyana Navka.
The leaders of pair skating today are Russian skaters Maxim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar, who already have 2 Olympic golds (in pair skating and team competitions) and they are not going to stop there. Russian skaters men
The best couples in ice dancing
Ice dancing as a separate discipline was included in the program of international competitions only in 1950.
In this program, Russia (then the Soviet Union) was represented by the famous couple Alexander Gorshkov and Lyudmila Pakhomova, who set the tone for dancing around the world and became world champions 6 times and won gold at the 1976 Olympics.
The first, already Russian, famous dance couple Oksana Grischuk and Evgenia Platova twice became gold medalists of the 1994 and 1998 Olympics, which made them champions in this sport.
A couple of Maxim Shabalin and Oksana Domnina is known, among the achievements of which are the bronze of the 2010 Olympics, double gold of the European championships and world champions in 2009.
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Some of the most famous young dancers, Nikita Katsalapov and Elena Ilinykh, brought the Olympic gold, silver and bronze European and Russian championships to the medal piggy bank of Russia. The couple broke up after the Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
To date, the best, strongest and most famous skaters of Russia in ice dancing – Dmitry Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova – champions of Europe and Russia.
Famous Russian single women
Unfortunately, women’s single skating in Russia cannot boast a long history of performances and awards in this sport.
The history of victories began only in 1976 with the advent of figure skater Elena Vodorezova. It was she who won the first awards at the European Championship, and subsequently became the third at the World Championships.
The first Olympic medal – “bronze” – was won by the loner Kira Ivanova in 1983.
Success came to skaters only when, for the first time in the history of Russia, Irina Slutskaya won the European Championship in 1996. And already in 1999, also at the European Championships, Maria Butyrskaya, Soldatova and Volchkova won all the awards. In the same year, Butyrskaya brought the “gold” of the World Cup.
Despite the fact that the best skaters of Russia Maria Butyrskaya and Irina Slutskaya no longer perform, they are the most famous and legendary skaters of Russia to this day.
The leaders of Russian women’s single skating are currently Yulia Lipnitskaya and Adelina Sotnikova.
Sotnikova, the first and so far the only one, won the Olympic gold medal in women’s singles. In addition, she became the winner of the Russian championships 4 times, twice won silver at the European championships. Russian figure skaters Olympic champions
Connoisseurs of figure skating call Adeline a child prodigy, because already at the age of 13 she performed the most complex elements of figure skating.
Yulia Lipnitskaya is also an Olympic gold medalist in team competitions. In addition, she has various awards at world and European championships, including junior ones.
Julia is now 17 years old, Adeline is 19, and behind them is the future of women’s singles in Russia.