|Full name||Larisa Yurievna Selezneva|
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
September 12, 1963 |
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Skating club||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|Olympic medal record|
Larisa Yurievna Selezneva (Russian: Лариса Юрьевна Селезнёва; born September 12, 1963 in Leningrad) is a Russian former pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With partner Oleg Makarov, she is the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, 1985 World silver medalist, 1988 World bronze medalist, and two-time European champion (1987, 1989). They were coached by Igor Moskvin.
Selezneva and Makarov were paired together by their coaches in 1978. They won the World Junior Championships in 1980 and 1981. They then rapidly progressed in the senior ranks. In 1984, they won the bronze medal at the Sarajevo Olympics, which was the first major international competition for the pair. Selezneva, along with Makarov, was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Labor (1984).
Armed with strong pairs skills and difficult side-by-side triple jumps, they won the silver medal at the 1985 World Championships in Tokyo, almost defeating the then-reigning World and Olympic champion team, Elena Valova / Oleg Vasiliev, also from the Soviet Union. Makarov broke his knee before the 1988 Winter Olympics and competed at the event with his knee in a cast and four pain-killing shots. They finished fourth at the event and won the bronze medal at the 1988 World Championships. They also won two European titles, in 1987 and 1989. They retired from competition in 1990.
Selezneva and Makarov married in 1987. The family moved from Saint Petersburg, Russia to New York in 2001, having been recommended as coaches by Tamara Moskvina and Igor Moskvin. The pair coach at various rinks in New York and New Jersey.
They have two children, a daughter, Ksenia (born December 20, 1992 in Saint Petersburg), and a son, Alexei, who was born nine years later in the United States. Their daughter became a competitive figure skater like her parents; she is the 2010 Russian national champion and represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The pair and their daughter became naturalized U.S. citizens on August 16, 2013.
Pairs with Oleg Makarov
- World Professional Championships - 3rd
- World Challenge of Champions - 3rd
- World Challenge of Champions - 2nd
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