Irina Slutskaya, figure skater
Irina Slutskaya is a Russian figure skater, Honored Master of Sports. Now she is a presenter of sports news on Channel One. She is a two-time World Champion (2002, 2005), two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 2002, bronze in 2006), seven-time European Champion (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (2000–2002, 2005) and a four-time Russian National Champion (2000–2002, 2005).
Irina was born on February 9, 1979 in Moscow, Soviet Union.
She is known for her trademark double Biellmann spin with a foot change, which she also invented. She is generally considered to be the most successful ladies’ singles skater in Russian history.
During her career, Slutskaya won a total of 40 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals.
In 1996, Slutskaya became the first Russian woman to win the European title.
She was the first woman to land triple Lutz, triple loop combination in competition (2000 Grand Prix Final).
Irina is the first woman to land a triple Salchow, triple loop, double toe-loop combination (2001 World Championships).
Slutskaya is the first (and only) woman ever to win seven European titles (2006).
In 2007 she began her career in show business. She presented figure skating reality shows Stars on Ice with co-host Yevgeni Plushenko and Ice Age with actor Marat Basharov on First Russian Channel. In 2008, she took part in Russian TV soap opera about figure skating – Hot Ice. She also toured as the lead skater in the Russian version of the show Winx on Ice.
In November 2008, Slutskaya performed in the show Skate from the Heart.
In August 1999, Slutskaya married her boyfriend, Sergei Mikheev. She gave birth to a son, named Artem, in November 2007, and a daughter named Varvara in October 2010.