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Elena Berezhnaya

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Elena Berezhnaya

  1. 1. Olga Mityaeva, GBOU school № 411 «Harmony», Saint-Petersburg
  2. 2.  Elena is a famous Russian pair skater.  Together with her partner Anton Sikharulidze, she won the 1998 and 1999 World Championship, the silver Olympic medal in 1998 and became the Olympic Champion in 2002.
  3. 3. Elena was born on October, 20th, 1977, in a small town of Nevinnomisk, in the south of Russia. She began skating at the age of 4, when her mum brought her to the ice-skating ring. Form a very early age she showed everyone that she was very talented. At the age of 13 Elena moved to Moscow where Oleg Shlyakhov became her partner. They were a very promising young pair but the relations were difficult as Oleg tempered and savage. was bad-
  4. 4. It was a very difficult period for Elena as her partner was really rude with her. If she made a mistake he began shouting and even could hit her. Elena’s friends tried to protect her. Oleg made up a decision to leave Russia and move to Riga, Latvia. They continued to train together and to participate in different competitions. And once Tamara Moskvina, one of the greatest coaches ever, noticed them and invited to work in Saint-Petersburg. So in 1995 Elena and Oleg moved to the Northern Capital.
  5. 5. In Saint-Petersburg Elena met Anton Sikharulidze, the 1994 and 1995 World Junior champion with Maria Petrova. Quite soon they became good friends. On January 9, 1996, Berezhnaya was seriously injured when Shliakhov's blade sliced into her skull while the pair were practicing in Riga. Two surgical operations were performed to remove bone fragments from her brain. Doctors were unsure if she would walk again. Anton immediately left everything and came to Riga. After the operation he brought Elena back to Saint-Petersburg and surrounded her with love. After the injury Elena couldn’t speak or walk. But Berezhnaya wished to return to the ice and doctors agreed and three months later she came to the ice skating ring. She began skating carefully with Anton's help. When Elena recovered, they started skating as a pair. They asked Tamara Moskvina to be their coach.
  6. 6. Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were brilliant skaters, they were real champions. Together Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won 27 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze medals, all in all 41 medals. 1997 - silver medal at the Russian Nationals 1997-bronze medal at the European Championship. 1998 - silver medal at the Russian Nationals 1998 - gold medal at the European Championship 1998 - gold medal at the World Championship 1998 - gold medal at the Good Will Games 1998 – silver medal at the Olympic Games 1999 - gold medal at the Russian Nationals 1999 - gold medal at the European Championship 1999 - gold medal at the World Championship 2000 - gold medal at the Russian Nationals 2000 - gold medal at the European Championship 2001 - gold medal at the Russian Nationals 2001 - gold medal at the European Championship 2001 - silver medal at the World Championship 2001 - gold medal at the Good Will Games 2002 - gold medal at the Russian Nationals 2002 – gold medal at the Olympic Games.
  7. 7. In May 2003, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze left competitive skating. From 2002– 2006, they toured with Stars on Ice. In 2006, Berezhnaya took part in ice show Stars on Ice,then In 2008, she participated in Star Ice and in many other shows. In late 2010 and early 2011, Berezhnaya played the White Queen in an Alice in Wonderland ice show in St. Petersburg and Moscow, alongside Alexei Yagudin and Tatiana Totmianinaand Maxim Marinin. Today Elena is married. Her husband is an English skater Steven Cousins. They have two children, a son Tristan and a daughter Sofia Diana. Elena Berezhnaya is a great skater our city is proud of and she has proved that a person is much stronger that he or she looks like.

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