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Irina Lobacheva, ice dancer

Irina Lobacheva, ice dancer

Irina Lobacheva, ice dancer


Irina Lobacheva is a Russian ice dancer, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. Together with her partner Ilia Averbukh, she is the 2002 Olympic silver medalist, the 2002 World Champion and the 2003 European Champion.
Pretty girl was born on February 18, 1973 in Moscow. Ira became engaged in skating in 1979. At the age of 12 Irina took part in her first international competitions in Prague. When Irina came to pair dancing, Oleg Onischenko became her partner. Their duet lasted about one and a half year and then the young man quit the sport and went into business. The next partner was Alexei Pospelov, but he immigrated to Switzerland, and then completed his sports career.
Averbukh and Lobacheva teamed up in 1992 after falling in love while skating in the same group but with different partners. Marina Anisina was Averbukh’s partner. In 1994, together with the coaches Natalia Linichuk and Gennady Karponosov Lobacheva moved to Delaware, USA.

By the way, Irina’s favourite Compulsory Dance is Golden Waltz.
Moreover, Lobacheva participated in the TV project Stars on Ice paired with Valery Syutkin, Ice Age where her partner was actor Dmitry Maryanov and Ice Age 2 together with actor Vladimir Shevelkov.
In 2010, she took part in the project Ice and Fire paired with actor Denis Matrosov.
Currently Lobacheva tries herself as a coach. She worked, in particular, with the dance pair Ksenia Shmyrina and Yegor Maistrov.
For her great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high sport achievements at the Games of the XIX Olympiad 2002 in Salt Lake City Lobacheva was awarded the Order of Friendship in 2003.

Personal life
On March 10, 1995 Lobacheva married her partner Ilya Averbukh. Their son, Martin, was born on March 3, 2004. In November 2007, Irina and Ilya announced their divorce.
Actor Dmitry Marianov and Irina lived in an unofficial marriage from 2009 to 2011.
Then she met a young businessman who was seven years younger than her. Their relationship lasted a year and a half, but one day the man suddenly died of heart failure.
Alexander Shumakov became her boyfriend in 2015. On December 18, Shumakov decided to commit suicide. He threw himself out off the bedroom window and died in intensive care. Shocked figure skater was supported not only by friends and relatives, but also by ex-husband Ilya Averbukh.

Irina Lobacheva, ice dancer