Karponosov with Linichuk in 2010
|Full name||Gennadi Mikhailovich Karponosov|
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
21 November 1950 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Former partner||Natalia Linichuk
|Former coach||Elena Tchaikovskaia
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Soviet Union|
|Gold||1980 Lake Placid||Ice dancing|
Gennadi Mikhailovich Karponosov (Russian: Геннадий Михайлович Карпоносов (help·info); born 21 November 1950 in Moscow, Russian SFSR) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer and current ice dancing coach. Along with his partner, Natalia Linichuk, he was the 1980 Olympic gold medalist and a two-time World Champion.
Competitive career 
Gennadi Karponosov began skating because Alexei Ulanov was his neighbor. He initially competed with Yelena Zharkova under coach Tatiana Tarasova but had greater success with his second partner, Natalia Linichuk.
Linichuk and Karponosov were coached by Elena Tchaikovskaia at Dynamo in Moscow. They won the World Universiade in 1972, and were bronze medalists at the 1974 and 1977 World Championships. They also finished 4th at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport.
Linichuk and Karponosov won the 1980 Olympics, but failed to defend their World title, making them the only team ever to unsuccessfully defend a World title after winning the Olympics. In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov retired from competition.
Coaching career 
After coaching in Moscow, Linichuk and Karponosov accepted an offer to coach in the U.S. They moved with their students in June 1994 and coached at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In September 2007, they moved to the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.
Their current and former senior-level students include:
- Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto (coached from mid-2008 to 2010). 2009 World silver medalists for the U.S.
- Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovsky (World bronze medalists)
- Albena Denkova / Maxim Staviski (coached from mid-2005 to 2007). 2006, 2007 World Champions for Bulgaria.
- Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin (coached from mid-2008 to 2010). 2010 Olympic bronze medalists for Russia.
- Oksana Grishuk / Evgeni Platov (Olympic and World champions)
- Natalia Gudina / Alexei Beletski
- Anjelika Krylova / Vladimir Fedorov (World bronze medalists)
- Anjelika Krylova / Oleg Ovsyannikov (World champions, Olympic silver medalists)
- Irina Lobacheva / Ilia Averbukh (World champions, Olympic silver medalists)
Their current and former junior-level students include:
- Lauri Bonacorsi / Travis Mager (from May 2010) 2011 U.S. Junior silver medalists
- Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro (coached from mid-2010 to present). 2011 World Junior silver medalists for Russia.
Personal life 
Gennadi Karponosov studied international relations at the Public Institute Moscow. Linichuk accepted Karponosov's proposal after they retired from competition. They were married on 31 July 1981. Their very talented daughter, Anastasiya Karponosova, was born in February 1985. The couple initially lived in Moscow and then moved to the United States in the early '90s. In 2001, Karponosov was admitted to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Competitive highlights 
With Linichuk 
With Zharkova 
|Prize of Moscow News||2nd||3rd||3rd|
See also 
- Raush, Vladimir (April 2, 2012). "Ее конек". Itogi (in Russian). Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- Natalia Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov, accessed July 5, 2006.
- Reiter, Susan (1995-03-01). "Ice dancing: a dance form frozen in place by hostile rules". Dance Magazine (The Free Library). (FindArticles)
- Fitzpatrick, Frank (February 9, 2010). "No skating past it: They'll settle only for gold". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Macur, Juliet (February 16, 2010). "New Muscles and Pounds Boost an American Ice Dancer’s Outlook". New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- Motchane, Asli (2006). "Albena Denkova: "Now we enjoy every single practice!"". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- Hinckley, Todd (June 20, 2008). "Domnina, Shabalin Team with Linichuk". Icenetwork.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
- Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh at the International Skating Union
- "U.S. Figure Skaters Announce Off-season Changes". U.S. Figure Skating. May 7, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- Flade, Tatiana (April 14, 2011). "New kids on the block". Golden Skate. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Elfman, Lois (October 25, 2006). "Young Israelis to compete at Skate America". Jewish Ledger. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
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