Maxim Trankov – figure skater
Maxim Trankov is a Russian figure skater, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, two-time 2014 Olympic champion, 2013 World Champion, three-time European champion, two-time champion of Russia (with Tatiana Volosozhar), European Championships silver and two-time bronze medalist, Champion of Russia, World Junior Champion (with Maria Mukhortova).
Maxim was born on October 7, 1983 in Perm, Russia.
Trankov’s father was professionally engaged in horseback riding (a Master of Sports of international class).
In autumn 1987 Maxim came to the skating rink. At first he didn’t want to skate, but his parents insisted on a sports career. Children were skating and Maxim was sitting on the bench. In his school years he even wanted to give up skating.
11-year-old boy’s first partner became Alesya Korchagina. After two years of co-skating the couple broke up. Maxim began to skate with Ksenia Vasilieva. They became seventh in the Junior Championship. Two years later Trankov skated with Irina Bogomolova.
In summer 1999, Maxim received an invitation from Lyudmila Smirnova to move to St. Petersburg and skate with her daughter Irina Ulanova. They skated three years and won the fifth place at the National Junior Championship. In 2002 Trankov moved to Velikova’s group and skated with Natalia Shestakova.
In 2003, Maxim started skating with Maria Mukhortova, and in 2005 the couple won the World Junior Championships.
In 2007 they won the Championship of Russia. In 2009 the pair took Skate America bronze and was second at the Trophee Eric Bompard.
His next partner became Tatiana Volosozhar.
In October 2010 Trankov – Volosozhar won the Russian Cup in Perm and in 2011 they became winners in the Championship of Russia. At the 2011 World Cup Tatiana and Maxim were the second.
In 2011-2012 the pair managed to win two international tournaments – Nebelhorn Trophy and Ondrej Nepela Memorial.
The season 2012-13 was very successful for the couple. On the way to the European Championship in 2013 Trankov received news of his father’s death, but found the strength to win the competition.
At the World Championships in 2013 he became the world champion for the first time.
On December 18, 2013 Tatiana and Maxim were awarded “Silver Doe” as the best athletes of the year.
In 2014, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Tatiana and Maxim became champions in the team competition and won the gold medal in the individual competition.
Tatiana and Maxim Love Story
Max and Tanya hid their relationships for a long time.
Maxim skated with Maria Mukhortova, they performed at the previous Olympics in Vancouver, but weren’t successful. Maybe it happened because Max was in a love triangle. Couple’s coach Olympic champion Oleg Vasiliev had love affair with Maria and he knew that Max was her first love. But Trankov had a girlfriend Alexandra with whom he lived for many years. The couple Trankov – Mukhortova broke up because of misunderstandings.
Maxim began skating with Tatiana Volosozhar. Tatiana was together with her former partner and coach Stanislav Morozov.
Everything was great. Maxim had a girl, Tatiana had a partner too.
But… Love. Love at first sight.
Only at the Olympics in Sochi Maxim decided to tell about their love.