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Irina Rodnina

Full name: Irina Konstantinovna Rodnina (-Zaytseva, -Minkovskaya)
Original name: Ирина Константиновна Роднина (-Зайцева, -Миньковская)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
Weight: 90 lbs (41 kg)
Born: September 12, 1949 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Figure Skating

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Aleksandr Zaytsev.

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Soviet Irina Rodnina is the most successful pair skater in history. Her three Olympic victories in 1972 with Aleksey Ulanov and in 1976 and 1980 with Aleksandr Zaytsev are a record for a pairs skater. Her record at the World Championships was even more impressive. She won the title for ten successive years (1969-78), the first four with Ulanov and the next six with Zaytsev. Rodnina and Ulanov split up as a pairs team after the 1972 Olympics, when Ulanov became romantically involved with Lyudmila Smirnova, another pairs skater who won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics behind Rodnina and Ulanov. After Rodnina and Ulanov split up as skaters, she began to skate with Zaytsev and their successes in the latter part of their partnership were as husband and wife, as they married in 1976. Rodnina won eleven European pairs championships, in 1969-78 and 1980, the first four with Ulanov, and the last seven with her husband. She also won six Soviet titles (1970, 1971, 1973-75 and 1977). After her sporting career Rodnina worked as a children’s coach in Moscow and also coached Dynamo Moskva. From 1990-2002 Rodnina worked as a figure skating coach in the United States, mainly in Los Angeles. Her most famous pupils were the 1995 World Champions in pairs Radka Kovaříková and René Novotný from the Czech Republic and she also helped Michelle Kwan and Angela Nikodinov. After returning to Russia, Rodnina was a board member with Sportivnaya Rossiya. She also has worked as an advisor to the Russian President on sports questions and has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. Since 2005 Rodnina has had her own show named Stadion on Russian National Radio and she published a book Uneven Ice (Негладкий лед) in 1978.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-1 URS 1 Gold
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-1 URS 1 Gold
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Soviet Union-1 URS 1 Gold

Mixed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #1 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #2 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #3 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #4 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #5 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #6 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #7 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #8 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Final Standings Judge #9 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #1 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #2 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #3 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #4 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #5 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #6 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #7 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #8 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Short Program Judge #9 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #1 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #2 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #3 1T
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #4 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #5 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #6 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #7 1
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #8 2T
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksey Ulanov Free Skating Judge #9 2
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #1 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #2 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #3 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #4 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #5 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #6 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #7 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #8 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #9 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #1 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #2 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #3 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #4 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #5 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #6 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #7 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #8 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #9 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #1 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #2 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #3 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #4 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #5 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #6 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #7 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #8 1
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #9 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #1 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #2 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #3 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #4 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #5 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #6 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #7 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #8 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Final Standings Judge #9 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #1 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #2 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #3 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #4 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #5 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #6 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #7 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #8 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Short Program Judge #9 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #1 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #2 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #3 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #4 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #5 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #6 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #7 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #8 1
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Figure Skating Soviet Union-1 URS Aleksandr Zaytsev Free Skating Judge #9 1