Elena Vodorezova

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Elena Vodorezova (Buianova)
2011 Rostelecom Cup - Vodorezova.jpg
Personal information
Full name Elena Germanovna Vodorezova
Alternative names Elena Germanovna Buianova / Buyanova
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1963-05-21) 21 May 1963 (age 51)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Coach Stanislav Zhuk
Former coach Galina Vasilkevich
Skating club CSKA Moscow
Retired 1984

Elena Germanovna Vodorezova (Russian: Елена Германовна Водорезова; married name: Buianova Russian: Буянова; born May 21, 1963), is a Russian figure skating coach and retired competitive skater who represented the Soviet Union. She is the 1983 World bronze medalist and three-time European medalist.

Career[edit]

Vodorezova-Buianova with Adelina Sotnikova and Irina Tagaeva

Elena Vodorezova was coached by Stanislav Zhuk at the Armed Forces sports society in Moscow. A gifted free-skater, she represented her country at the 1976 Winter Olympics aged just 12. She was the first skater to complete a double flip, triple toe loop combination. She was noted for a spectacularly high double axel and fast spins. She won the bronze medal at the 1978 European Championships; it was the first time a Soviet ladies' single skater had won a medal at the event. She missed the 1979–1981 seasons completely due to severe juvenile arthritis, which prevented her from even walking for months in 1979.

She won a second bronze medal at the 1982 Europeans and silver at the 1983 event. She also won bronze at the 1983 World Championships – the first World medal for a Soviet female single skater. Vodorezova placed 8th at the 1984 Winter Olympics.[1] She retired from competition in 1984. She married a former skater and in 1987 gave birth to a son, Ivan.

She began coaching at the CSKK Club in Moscow. Irina Tagaeva often choreographs for her students.[2] Her former pupils include:

Buianova's Current students include:

Competitive highlights[edit]

International
Event 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1979–80 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
Olympics 12th 8th
Worlds 11th 7th 6th WD 5th 3rd
Europeans 8th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd WD
Moscow News 1st 1st
National
Soviet Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

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