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Oleg Protopopov

Full name: Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov
Original name: Олег Алексеевич Протопопов
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: July 16, 1932 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliations: Lokomotiv St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Figure Skating

Related Olympians: Husband of Lyudmila Belousova.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

The husband-and-wife team of Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov were the first Soviet/Russian pair skaters to achieve international acclaim and they provided the stimulus which ultimately led to many successes by future Soviet pairs skaters. Oleg Protopopov first skated pairs with Margarita Bogoyavlenskaya and won two bronzes at the Soviet Championships in 1953 and 1954 with her, before he began skating with Lyudmila Belousova in 1954, the couple marrying in 1957. They won a bronze (1955) and four silvers (1957-59, 1961) behind Nina and Stanislav Zhuk, before winning six titles (1962-64, 1966-68) at the Soviet Championships. After finishing second three times at both the World and European Championships in 1962-64, behind the German pair of Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler, they upset them to win the gold medal at Innsbruck in 1964, repeating their gold medal in 1968 at Grenoble. In addition to their two Olympic gold medals they were World and European Champions four times (1965-68). After finishing second at the Soviet and European Championships and third at the World Championships in 1969, each time losing to Irina Rodnina and Aleksey Ulanov, the Soviet skating authorities “eased” them out of competition, claiming they were too old to continue at the top-levels of international skating. They won their last medals (bronze) at the Soviet Championships in 1972, before finally retiring from competition. In 1979 they eventually defected to Switzerland and settled to live in Grindenwald, obtaining Swiss citizenship in 1995. They have since spent many years competing in professional ice shows.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-2 URS 9
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-1 URS 1 Gold
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-1 URS 1 Gold

Mixed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings 9
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #1 6
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #2 9
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #3 9T
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #4 10
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #5 11
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #6 8
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Soviet Union-2 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #7 7
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings 1
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #1 2
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #2 2
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #3 2
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #4 1
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #5 2
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #6 1
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #7 1
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #8 1
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #9 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #1 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #2 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #3 2
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #4 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #5 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #6 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #7 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #8 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Final Standings Judge #9 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #1 2
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #2 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #3 2
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #4 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #5 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #6 2
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #7 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #8 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Short Program Judge #9 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #1 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #2 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #3 1T
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #4 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #5 1T
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #6 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #7 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #8 1
1968 Winter 35 Grenoble Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Lyudmila Belousova Free Skating Judge #9 1