Irina Rodnina

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Rodnina, Irina Konstantinovna


Born Sept. 12, 1949, in Moscow. Soviet figure skater. Honored Master of Sport (1969) and teacher. Member of the CPSU since 1975.

In 1974, Rodnina graduated from the Central Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow. She has won many championships in pairs competition, including the USSR (1970–77) and European and world championships (1969–77). She won a gold medal in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. During the period 1968–1972, she skated with A. N. Ulanov; since 1973 her partner has been A. G. Zaitsev. Rodnina has been coached by S. A. Zhuk and, since 1974, by T. A. Tarasova. She has been awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and various medals.

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That made him the first man to win pairs medals with different partners, the second skater to win gold medals with different partners (Russia's Irina Rodnina was the other) and one of four skaters to win pairs medals in three Olympics.
Her background has been primarily with pairs (including Irina Rodnina and Alexander Seitsev) and ice dance (1988 Olympic gold medalists Bestemianova and Bukhin); she is also the director and choreographer of the Russian All-Stars, a skating ensemble that appeared with Torvill and Dean several years ago and that recently performed for several weeks in Atlantic City.
The Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan held a meeting with deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia, member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council of Russia for Physical Culture and Sport Irina Rodnina.