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Tamara Moskvina - Figure Skating Pair Skating Coaching Legend


Tamara Moskvina

Tamara Moskvina

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Pair Skating Coaching Legend:

Tamara Moskvina is considered to be the most outstanding pair skating coach in figure skating history.

Date and Place of Birth:

Tamara Moskvina was born on June 26, 1941 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Early Life and Skating:

During World War 2, Moskvina and her family fled to a small village in the Ural Mountains. In 1948, the family returned home. She began skating when she was ten years old.

Competitive Skating Highlights:

Moskvina won the ladies title at the Soviet National Figure Skating Championships in 1962, 1963, 1964 1965, and 1966. In 1969, she and Alexei Mishin won the 1969 USSR Figure Skating Championships and the silver medal at the 1969 World Figure Skating Championships.

Coach of Pair Skating Champions:

Moskvina's pair skating students and champions include:

  • Irina Vorobieva and Igor Lisovsky – 1981 World Pair Skating Champions
  • Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev – 1984 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
  • Natalia Mishkutenok and Artur Dmitriev – 1992 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
  • Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev – 1998 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
  • Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze – 2002 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
  • Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman – Three-time U.S. Pair Skating Champions
  • Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov – 2010 European Pair Skating Champions

Honors and Awards:

In 1984, Moskvina was awarded, by the Soviet Union, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, which was an award given for accomplishments in labor and civil service. In 2005, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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