Oksana Grishuk – Russian ice dancer
Oksana Grishuk is a Russian former competitive ice dancer, best known for her partnership with Evgeni Platov. They are two-time Olympic champion (1994, 1998), four-time World champion (1994–1997), and three-time European champion (1996–1998).
With previous partner Alexandr Chichkov, she is the 1988 World Junior champion.
Grishuk studied at the Sports University of Moscow from 1988 to 1992. In 1994 she moved to Delaware and in 1996 to Massachusetts.
She was born on March 17, 1972 in the Soviet Union. Her father left the family when the girl was only one. In 1980 Oksana and her mother moved to Moscow.
Grishuk began skating at the age of four. First, she was trained as a single skater by Elena Alexandrova and in 1984 Natalia Linichuk and Gennady Karponosov became her coaches.
Grishuk and Alexander Chichkov competed for the Soviet Union. In 1987 they won the silver medal at the World Junior Championships and the following year, they won gold. In 1989 the couple broke up due to partner’s injury.
Oksana was invited to Natalia Dubova’s group where she was paired with Evgeny Platov. Already in December 1989, just 3 months skating together, the couple won the bronze medal at the Soviet Championships and in 1991 they won the National Championship.
In autumn 1992, Oksana returned to her former coaches – Linichuk and Karponosov.
During the 1992–93 season, Grishuk and Platov won European and World silver medals. In 1993–94, they won silver at the European Championships. They won their first Olympic title at the 1994 Olympics. In 1998 in Nagano they became the first ice dancers to repeat as gold medalists.
Grishuk and Platov won 20 consecutive competitions from 1994 to 1998. They were entered in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998 for becoming the only team in the history of ice dancing to win Olympic gold twice.
After the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Platov decided to skate with another partner. Grischuk was invited to work together with Alexander Zhulin. In a year Oksana was left alone and performed solo.
In 2001 she opened her own Academy of figure skating
In 2006 Oksana took part in the TV show “Dancing on Ice” with an actor Peter Krassilov, where they became the first.
Because of Grischuk Platov forgot about the wedding. He was going to marry Masha Anikanova, a skater who later became an actress.
That time Oksana was head over heels in love with another skater Alexander Zhulin. She fell in love so much that could fulfill any Zhulin’s wish. Alas Alexander was married to Maya Usova.
Once, during a foreign tour Zhulin presented Oksana with a wedding ring, but… asked not to put it on, as he was not divorced yet.
“Now you know how I love you”, said Zhulin. “Can you prove your love to me?”
– What should I do? – Oksana asked quietly.
– You should quit skating. For me. For us.
– But why?
– We’ll have a family, you know. My wife is a skater. I do not want this. At work and at home, we have the same problems. I need another family. Well, do you agree?
Oksana almost cried. At the beginning of the career. But if because of love… So, she agreed.
Grischuk didn’t want to be with Platov and refused him. The man was offended. And Platov said to their coach Dubova that Grischuk wanted to take him and returned to Natalia Linichuk, who was Oksana’s ex-coach.
Dubova was shocked! She and her husband couldn’t cope with their nerves and broke Oksana’s rib and nearly knocked out a tooth.
As a result, Grischuk packed up and flew to Moscow.
Platov found a new partner – Tatiana Navka.
Platov was still together with Masha Anikanova, but their marriage was short-lived.
Grischuk came to Moscow, hung her skates and began waiting for her prince – Zhulin.
One night Maya Usova phoned Oksana and told her about her husband’s love affair with Tatiana Navka. Grischuk could not sleep.
A day later Zhulin called her: “Well, dear, are you waiting for me?”
Oksana said that she knew everything about his affair with Navka and asked not call.
The duo Platov-Navka broke up and he came to Linichuk and Karponosov.
To get over the depression Grischuk also came to Linichuk. So the couple Platov- Grischuk was reunited and in 1994 they became Olympic champions. Then, in 1994 Oksana could not even imagine that just four years later she would skate paired with Zhulin, with a man, whom she thought she would never forgive.