Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Lake Placid 1980 1980
Games Results Sport Event
Lake Placid 1980 1980
#1
Figure Skating Pairs
Innsbruck 1976 1976
Games Results Sport Event
Innsbruck 1976 1976
#1
Figure Skating Pairs
Sapporo 1972 1972
Games Results Sport Event
Sapporo 1972 1972
#1
Figure Skating Pairs

Irina RODNINA

Soviet Union
Height
152 cm / 5'0''
Weight
41 kg / 90 pounds
Birth date
12 Sep 1949 Moscow, Russian Federation (1989-)
Gender
Female

Number of medals

3 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Irina RODNINA biography

Soviet Irina Rodnina is the most successful pair skater in history. Her three Olympic victories in 1972 with Aleksey Ulanov and in 1976 and 1980 with Aleksandr Zaytsev are a record for a pairs skater. Her record at the World Championships was even more impressive. She won the title for ten successive years (1969-78), the first four with Ulanov and the next six with Zaytsev. Rodnina and Ulanov split up as a pairs team after the 1972 Olympics, when Ulanov became romantically involved with Lyudmila Smirnova, another pairs skater who won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics behind Rodnina and Ulanov. After Rodnina and Ulanov split up as skaters, she began to skate with Zaytsev and their successes in the latter part of their partnership were as husband and wife, as they married in 1976. Rodnina won eleven European pairs championships, in 1969-78 and 1980, the first four with Ulanov, and the last seven with her husband. She also won six Soviet titles (1970, 1971, 1973-75 and 1977). After her sporting career Rodnina worked as a children’s coach in Moscow and also coached Dynamo Moskva. From 1990-2002 Rodnina worked as a figure skating coach in the United States, mainly in Los Angeles. Her most famous pupils were the 1995 World Champions in pairs Radka Kovaříková and René Novotný from the Czech Republic and she also helped Michelle Kwan and Angela Nikodinov. After returning to Russia, Rodnina was a board member with Sportivnaya Rossiya. She also has worked as an advisor to the Russian President on sports questions and has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. Since 2005 Rodnina has had her own show named Stadion on Russian National Radio and she published a book Uneven Ice (Негладкий лед) in 1978.

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