Minenkov and Moiseeva in 1976
|Full name||Irina Valentinovna Moiseeva|
|Former country(ies) represented||Soviet Union|
3 July 1955 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Former coach||Tatiana Tarasova
|Skating club||VSS Trud (Moscow)|
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).
Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov met at the rink when they were six years old and began skating together in 1967. 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.
Olympic champions Torvill and Dean considered them one of their greatest influences.
Moiseeva and Minenkov married in 1977 and had a daughter in 1983.
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