Alexei Ulanov

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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold 1972 Sapporo Pairs
Alexei Ulanov
Personal information
Full name Alexei Nikolaevich Ulanov
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1947-11-04) November 4, 1947 (age 66)
Former partner Liudmila Smirnova
Irina Rodnina
Former coach Tatiana Tarasova
Stanislav Zhuk
Retired 1980

Alexei Nikolaevich Ulanov (Russian: Алексе́й Никола́евич Ула́нов) (born November 4, 1947 in Moscow[1]) is a retired pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With Irina Rodnina, he is the 1972 Olympic champion and a four-time (1969-1972) World champion. With later partner Lyudmila Smirnova, he is a two-time World silver medalist.


Ulanov began figure skating in 1954 and became a member of the USSR National Team in 1964.[1] Rodnina / Ulanov began skating together in the 1960s and won several World and European Championships. They were coached by Stanislav Zhuk and trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Moscow.[2] The culmination of their career was their 1972 Olympics win. By this point Ulanov had fallen in love with fellow skater Lyudmila Smirnova. Rodnina / Ulanov separated, and Ulanov began skating with Smirnova.

Smirnova / Ulanov competed for two seasons. They won silver medals at the 1973 World and European Championships. The next season, they won European bronze and World silver medals.

Ulanov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1972.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ulanov and Smirnova married and later divorced after having two children, Nikolai Ulanov and Irina Ulanova.[3] Their daughter, Irina Ulanova, is a former pair skater who skated with Alexander Smirnov,[4] and Maxim Trankov for about three years.[5]

Ulanov moved to the United States in 1995 and is currently living in South Florida.


With Rodnina[edit]

Event 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72
Winter Olympics 1st
World Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 5th 1st 1st 1st 1st
Soviet Championships 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Prize of Moscow News 1st 2nd 1st

With Smirnova[edit]

Event 1972–1973 1973–1974
World Championships 2nd 2nd
European Championships 2nd 3rd
Soviet Championships 3rd
Prize of Moscow News 1st


  1. ^ a b Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. p. 45. 
  2. ^ a b Khavin, Boris (1979). All about the Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 585. 
  3. ^ Deryagin, Nikolai (17 December 2010). "Алексей Уланов: "Талантливый человек в любой момент может предать"" [Alexei Ulanov interview]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Ice Dinasty Family
  5. ^ Izotov, Ilya (29 April 2011). "Первый лед Транькова" [Trankov's early years on the ice]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. 

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