In which sport did Irina Rodnina
win 23 World, Olympic and European gold medals?
The world sport legend, triple Olympic champion, eleven-time world champion and ten-time European champion Irina Rodnina
met with young Turkmen figure skaters at the Winter Sports Complex in Ashgabat, reports Turkmenistan.
The athlete who lit the Olympic flame, Irina Rodnina
, also known as the Russian Olympic legend tweeted a picture of President Obama staring at a banana back in September.
President Vladimir Putin declared the Games officially open after Maria Sharapova, Russia's equivalent of David Beckham, carried the flame into the Fisht Stadium before it was lit by triple gold medallists Irina Rodnina
and Vladislav Tretiak.
, 65, posted an offensive picture of someone holding a banana in front of the US president and wife Michelle.
On Saturday, Russia's Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko was questioned about the choice of triple Olympic figure skating champion Irina Rodnina
to light the Olympic flame -- a huge honour in the sporting world.
After much rumors and speculations of who would finally light the Olympic flame, it was revealed that the honors were for Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina
Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina
were given the honor of sparking the cauldron that will burn throughout Russia's first Winter Olympics.
Besides slogans such as "Stop Lying," participants carried pictures of lawmakers Alina Kabayeva, a former gymnast, and Irina Rodnina
, Russia's Olympic gold figure skating champion, along with others who voted for the measure.
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