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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Tatiana Tarasova is going to be inducted in the International Figure Skaters Hall of Fame.

Translation of an article printed in the Russian language publication on March 12, 2008.

Famous Russian figure skating coach will be inducted into the International Figure Skating Hall of Fame located in the American City of Colorado Springs.

The official ceremony dedicated to that event will take place in Goetheborg, Sweden, on March 20, where the World Figure Skating Championship will take place.

The list of her famous pupils includes Olympic Champions single skaters - Alexey Yagudin and Ilja Kulik, pairs – Irina Rodniba and Alexander Zaitsev and dancers – Marina Klimova and Sergey Ponomarenko.

During Turin Olympics in 2006, Tarasova assisted Japanese skater Shizuka Arakawa and American Skater Sasha Cohen who became Gold and Silver medalists correspondingly.

Biography of Tatiana Tarasova.

Tatiana Tarasova was born February 13, 1947 in Moscow in the family of a famous hockey coach, Anatoly Tarasov, and a school PE teacher Nina Tarasova.

Tarasova started skating when she was 5 years old. She was in a group together with Ludmila Pachomova who later became a famous figure skater. In pair with Gregory Proskurov, she won the World Students Games Competition. At 18 years old she got a trauma that precluded her from figure skating.

In 1964 she was admitted and in 1969 she graduated from the Central Institute of Physical Culture.

Beginning from 1967, Tatiana Tarasova is working as a coach. Since that time she cultivated 11 Olympic Champions; her pupils won in aggregate 38 gold, 15 silver and 5 bronze medals at the highest level competitions, including 7 Olympic Gold medals.

Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev; Irina Moiseeva and Andrey Minnenkov; Natalia Bestemianova and Andrey Bukin;Marina Klimova and Sergey Ponomarenko; Oxana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov; Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergey Grinkov; Ilja Kulik and Alexey Yagudin are among her famous students.

She set a record not only in the number of medals won by her pupils, but also she was able to create her own style in a very conservative sport like figure skating, where ice dances consist of only seven elements. Her style is followed by most of the ice dancers in the world.

In the middle of the 80s, Tatiana Tarasova together with Elena Tchaikovskya created an ice theater “All Stars”, the cast of which consisted on many famous figure skaters. The theater stayed open for 14 years. Tarasova was a coach, a choreographer and a director in this theater. They traveled the whole world with their performances.

Tarasova worked with skaters from all over the world. Among her pupils were Barbara Fusar-Poli and Mauricio Morgalio from Italy; Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz from Canada; Galit Khait and Sergey Sakhnovsky from Israel; Nakako Tsuzuki and Rinat Farhutdinov from Japan; Alissa DiCarbonel and Alexandr Malkov from Belarus.

In 2005, Tatiana Tarasova was appointed a coach-consultant for the Russian Figure Skating Federation.

She was awarded the titles of the Distinguished Coach of the Russian Federation in 1972 and of the USSR in 1975. She was awarded a variety of orders and medals of Russia.

Husband of Tatiana Tarasova is a famous pianist Vladimir Krajnev, professors at the Hanover Conservatory of Music.


  • At March 20, 2008 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It seems to me that the article paints a picture that is little too rosy. While Tarasova is a great coach whose achievements are undisputable, it leaves the impression that all of the Olympic champions mentioned won their medals when she coached them. To my knowledge, while Sasha Cohen and Shizuka Arakawa worked with Tarasova, she did not coach either of them during the Olympics. Also, Gardeeva and Grinkov worked with her for one season after they turned professionals. I don't think they ever worked with her as amateur skaters.


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