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Irina Rodnina – the Legend of Figure Skating


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Irina Rodnina – the Legend of Figure Skating

  1. 1. Irina Konstantinovna Rodnina (born September 12, 1949, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.) Soviet figure skater who, with her partners, first Alexei Ulanov and later Alexander Zaitsev, won 10 successive world championships (1969–78) and three successive Olympic gold medals. Childhood and the start of the sport career In her pre-school years, Irina Rodnina suffered from pneumonia eleven times. In 1954 her parents decided to enroll her in an activity and brought her to her first skating rink, in the Pryamikov Children Park in Moscow. Since the sixth form of secondary school (age 13) she trained at Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA on Leningradsky Prospekt.