Alexander Svinin

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Alexander Svinin
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Personal information
Full name Alexander Vasilyevich Svinin
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1958-07-07) 7 July 1958 (age 56)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Olga Volozhinskaya

Alexander Vasilyevich Svinin (Russian: Александр Васильевич Свинин; born 7 July 1958) is a Russian ice dancing coach and former competitor for the Soviet Union. With Olga Volozhinskaya, he is the 1983 European silver medalist, 1985 Skate Canada International champion, and competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Svinin is married to former Soviet ice dancer Irina Zhuk.[1]


Svinin competed with Olga Volozhinskaya for the Soviet Union. Winners of the 1980 Grand Prix International St. Gervais, they made their senior ISU Championship debut later that season at the 1981 World Championships, placing fifth. Volozhinskaya/Svinin were fourth at the 1982 European Championships and sixth at the 1982 World Championships. Their best international results came the next year — silver at the 1983 European Championships and fourth at the 1983 World Championships.

Volozhinskaya/Svinin placed fifth at the 1984 European Championships and were assigned to the 1984 Winter Olympics where they placed seventh. Although no longer sent to ISU Championships, they competed for two more seasons, winning gold at the 1984 Skate Canada International, bronze at the 1984 Prize of Moscow News, and silver at the 1985 Skate Canada International. After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows in England and the United States.[2][1]

In collaboration with Irina Zhuk, Svinin began working as a coach and choreographer at Moscow's Sokolniki ice rink.[1] In 2010, they accepted an offer to move to a new rink, Mechta in the Bibirevo District of Moscow.[3]

Svinin and Zhuk's current students include:

Their former students include:


with Volozhinskaya

Event 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
Olympics 7th
Worlds 5th 6th 4th
Europeans 4th 2nd 5th
Skate Canada 1st 2nd
Moscow News 6th 3rd 3rd
St. Gervais 1st
Soviet Champ. 6th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th


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