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Irina Rodnina – legend of figure skating

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SELECT DISTINCT wp_posts.ID FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND MATCH (post_title,post_content) AGAINST ('Irina Rodnina - legend of figure skating Irina Rodnina became the most successful figure skater in the history of pair skating: three-time Olympic champion, ten-time world champion, eleven-time European champion and six-time champion of the USSR. She is the first pair skater to win the Olympic title with two different partners. Her brilliant career began in 1969, and then - fame, glory! Ira was born on September 12, 1949. As a child she was a little sickly girl. Her parents decided to enroll her in an activity and in 1954 brought her to the skating rink. Irina\'s coach became Stanislav Zhuk, who paired her with Alexei Ulanov. During the practice there was an accident: Ulanov dropped Irina on the ice. As a result –concussion and an intracranial hematoma. Ira survived, though it was very hard. For a month she had been lying in bed motionless with a terrible headache, reading Pushkin and listening to the «Beatles». But in about a month after the accident her coach called and calm as nothing, had happened, said: \"I\'ve found a boy for you. Come and look at!” Ira came, and the world was pleased to see the favorite skater again on a roll, or better, on skates! Her new partner Alexander Zaitsev was stronger than Ulanov. In addition, he was just in love with Irina, became her shadow, but a quite reliable shadow. At the World Figure Skating Championships in Bratislava during the Rodnina-Zaitsev\'s performance the music was broken off. They didn\'t stop but finished the program in the silence. It was a heroic act that everyone was talking about. And again world champions! Not in the sky - on the ground Irina and Alexander got married on February 23, 1979, gave birth to a son - Alexander Zaitsev - Junior. A year later, in 1980, they won another Olympic gold. It seems «happy end», but life is not a fairy tale, which always has a good end. It was a moment when Irina left the big sport. The books were written about her, her records were entered into the Guinness Book. Rodnina tried herself as a coach, taught at the Institute of Physical Education. It was too hard to fall down from the pedestal. And that time she had problems with her husband. The time has come - she\'s in love ... And suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, Rodnina met a man ... and fell in love. New marriage, new husband - a cool businessman, who adored Irina. Daughter Alena was a child of great love. After a while, the famous skater received an invitation to work at the American International Center of figure skating. New husband persuaded to accept the invitation, promising that it would open another world. It became the world of a new betrayal. Like a phoenix from the ashes Her second husband not only cheated on her, but tried to take away their daughter. Sasha Zaitsev – Junior once said: \"All her men were not worthy of her\". Ira was a strong and&hellip;') AND wp_posts.post_date < '2016-12-10 16:54:41' AND wp_posts.post_date >= '2013-12-11 16:54:41' AND wp_posts.post_status = 'publish' AND wp_posts.ID != 11033 AND wp_posts.ID NOT IN (1738,1739,1740,1741) AND wp_posts.post_type IN ('post', 'page') LIMIT 0, 6

Irina Rodnina
Irina Rodnina became the most successful figure skater in the history of pair skating: three-time Olympic champion, ten-time world champion, eleven-time European champion and six-time champion of the USSR. She is the first pair skater to win the Olympic title with two different partners.

Her brilliant career began in 1969, and then – fame, glory!
Ira was born on September 12, 1949. As a child she was a little sickly girl. Her parents decided to enroll her in an activity and in 1954 brought her to the skating rink. Irina’s coach became Stanislav Zhuk, who paired her with Alexei Ulanov. During the practice there was an accident: Ulanov dropped Irina on the ice. As a result –concussion and an intracranial hematoma. Ira survived, though it was very hard. For a month she had been lying in bed motionless with a terrible headache, reading Pushkin and listening to the «Beatles».

Rodnina Alexei Ulanov

Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov

But in about a month after the accident her coach called and calm as nothing, had happened, said: “I’ve found a boy for you. Come and look at!”
Ira came, and the world was pleased to see the favorite skater again on a roll, or better, on skates!
Her new partner Alexander Zaitsev was stronger than Ulanov. In addition, he was just in love with Irina, became her shadow, but a quite reliable shadow.

Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev

Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev

At the World Figure Skating Championships in Bratislava during the Rodnina-Zaitsev’s performance the music was broken off. They didn’t stop but finished the program in the silence. It was a heroic act that everyone was talking about. And again world champions!
Not in the sky – on the ground
Irina and Alexander got married on February 23, 1979, gave birth to a son – Alexander Zaitsev – Junior.
A year later, in 1980, they won another Olympic gold. It seems «happy end», but life is not a fairy tale, which always has a good end.
It was a moment when Irina left the big sport. The books were written about her, her records were entered into the Guinness Book.
Rodnina tried herself as a coach, taught at the Institute of Physical Education. It was too hard to fall down from the pedestal. And that time she had problems with her husband.

The time has come – she’s in love
And suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, Rodnina met a man … and fell in love. New marriage, new husband – a cool businessman, who adored Irina. Daughter Alena was a child of great love. After a while, the famous skater received an invitation to work at the American International Center of figure skating.
New husband persuaded to accept the invitation, promising that it would open another world. It became the world of a new betrayal.

Like a phoenix from the ashes

Her second husband not only cheated on her, but tried to take away their daughter.
Sasha Zaitsev – Junior once said: “All her men were not worthy of her”.
Ira was a strong and talented person and men avenged her for they were known only as Rodnina’s husbands.

Now Irina is OK. She had brought up a couple of world champions Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny in 1995 and was awarded a personal diploma from Czech President Vaclav Havel.

Rodnina was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame (1988) and into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (1989).

Since 2005, Rodnina is a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.
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Irina Rodnina – legend of figure skating