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Anton Sikharulidze

Full name: Anton Tarielyevich Sikharulidze
Original name: Антон Тариэльевич Сихарулидзе
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: October 25, 1976 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliations: Yubileiny Sport Club
Country: RUS Russia
Sport: Figure Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) to a Georgian family, Anton Sikharulidze took up skating at the age of 5 and took up pairs skating at the age of 15. His first partner was Mariya Petrova and together they became World Junior Champions in 1994 and 1995. Sikharulidze and Petrova last competed together at the 1996 European Championships, but then parted ways due to coaching disagreements.

In early 1996, Yelena Berezhnaya, with whom Sikharulidze had became romantically involved a year before, had a serious training accident, that left her partially paralyzed, so Sikharulidze moved to Riga, Latvia, where Berezhnaya was hospitalized. Berezhnaya made an unusually quick recovery, and they started training together in November 1996 and soon rose to be one of the top pairs in the World. They won Olympic gold in 2002 and silver in 1998. They were also World Champions in 1998 and 1999, taking silver in 2001. They also won European titles in 1998 and 2001 and a European Championships bronze in 1997. The pair initially won the 2000 European Championships, but were later stripped of their medals after Berezhnaya tested positive for pseudoephedrine. She had taken cold medication approved by a doctor but had failed to inform the ISU as required and as a result they were disqualified from sports for three months from the date of the test. The pair also missed the World Championships that year as a result of the disqualification.

After 2002 Olympics, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze retired from competition and from 2002-06 toured together with Stars on Ice. In 2007, Sikharulidze entered politics, although he later made occasional appearances at some Russian ice TV shows like Ice Age. A member of the United Russia political party, Sikharulidze was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg in 2007. On 2 December 2007, he was also elected to the Russian State Duma (parliament), and became chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for Physical Culture and Sport. In 2010, Sikharulidze ran for the presidency of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, but withdrew after the constitution was altered, stating that the changes left the president as nothing more than a figurehead. In 2011, Sikharulidze married Yana Lebedeva, the daughter of Russian billionaire Leonid Lebedev.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Russia-2 RUS 2 Silver
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Russia-1 RUS 1T Gold

Mixed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Final Standings 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #1 4
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #2 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #3 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #4 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #5 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #6 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #7 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #8 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #9 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #1 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #2 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #3 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #4 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #5 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #6 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #7 4
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #8 2
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Figure Skating Russia-2 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #9 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Final Standings 1T
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #1 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #2 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #3 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #4 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #5 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #6 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #7 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #8 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Short Program Judge #9 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating 1T
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #1 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #2 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #3 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #4 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #5 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #6 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #7 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #8 2
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Russia-1 RUS Yelena Berezhnaya Free Skating Judge #9 2