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Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov - 1976 Olympic Ice Dance Champions
Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov - 1976 Olympic Ice Dance Champions

Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov - 1976 Olympic Ice Dance Champions

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Take a journey through Olympic figure skating history and learn a bit about the ice dancers who have won gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games.

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On February 9, 1976, Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov of Russia won gold and made history by winning the first Olympic ice dancing title. The husband and wife Soviet ice dance team won the world ice dancing title six times.

Pakhomova was known for showing emotion in her skating and Gorshkov was known for being reserved, but also elegant. They were honored whenever they skated. Together they created a unique style of ice dancing based on Russian ballet and folk dancing. They were married in 1970 and won their first world ice dancing title during the same year.

Gorshkov continues to be involved in figure skating and serves as the president of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia and served on the ISU International Skating Union's ice dance technical committee. Pakhomova was diagnosed with leukeumia in 1976 and died in May of 1986.

Lyudmila Pakhomova and Aleksandr Gorshkov were inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1988.

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