Irina Moiseeva

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Irina Moiseeva
Minenkov and Moiseeva 1976.jpg
Minenkov and Moiseeva in 1976
Personal information
Full name Irina Valentinovna Moiseeva
Alternative names Moiseyeva
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1955-07-03) 3 July 1955 (age 59)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Partner Andrei Minenkov
Former coach Tatiana Tarasova
Natalia Dubova
Lyudmila Pakhomova
Skating club VSS Trud (Moscow)
Retired 1983

Irina Valentinovna Moiseeva (Russian: Ирина Валентиновна Моисеева; born 3 July 1955) is a Russian retired ice dancer who represented the Soviet Union. With partner and husband Andrei Minenkov, she is the 1976 Olympic silver medalist, 1980 Olympic bronze medalist, and two-time World champion (1975, 1977).

Career[edit]

Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov met at the rink when they were six years old and began skating together in 1967.[1][2] They had their breakthrough during the 1974–1975 season. They were third at the Soviet Championships, behind Lyudmila Pakhomova / Aleksandr Gorshkov and Natalia Linichuk / Gennadi Karponosov, and placed just off the podium at the 1975 European Championships. However, they then went on to capture their first World title at the World Championships, in the absence of Pakhomova/Gorshkov but moving ahead of a few teams ranked higher than them earlier in the season, including Linichuk/Karpanosov.

The next season, Moiseeva and Minenkov were again ranked behind Linichuk/Karponosov at the Soviet Championships but edged past them in international competition to be second only to Pakhomova/Gorshkov. They won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, the first Games to include ice dancing. They also won silver at the World and European Championships.

The 1976–1977 season was the most successful for Moiseeva and Minenkov. They won World, European and national titles. Their dominance began to wane over the following years, however, they won a total of eight consecutive World medals and seven European medals (including another gold in 1978). They also won the bronze at the 1980 Olympics.

The couple trained at VSS Trud in Moscow. They were coached by Tatiana Tarasova, Lyudmila Pakhomova, and Natalia Dubova. Tarasova coached them for ten years, beginning in 1969. They retired in 1983 because Moiseeva was expecting their daughter.[2]

Olympic champions Torvill and Dean considered them one of their greatest influences.

Personal life[edit]

Moiseeva and Minenkov married in 1977 and had a daughter in 1983.[2]

Results[edit]

with Minenkov

International
Event 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82
Olympics 2nd 3rd
Worlds 7th 4th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd
Europeans 7th 5th 4th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd
Skate Canada 3rd 1st
NHK Trophy 1st
Moscow News 6th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
National
Soviet Champ. 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irina Moiseyeva". sports-reference.com. 
  2. ^ a b c Badina, Marina (January 18, 2005). "Среда обитания – холод" [Habitat – cold]. business-magazine.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. 

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