|Full name||Maria Viktorovna Butyrskaya|
28 June 1972 |
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Former coach||Elena Tchaikovskaya
|Former choreographer||Elena Tchaikovskaya|
Maria Viktorovna Butyrskaya (Russian: Мария Викторовна Бутырская, born 28 June 1972) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 1999 World champion and a three-time European champion – becoming the oldest skater and the first Russian to win the World ladies' title and the oldest skater to win the European ladies' title (2002 at age 29). Butyrskaya placed fourth at the 1998 Winter Olympics and sixth at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She won the Russian national title six times.
As a child, Butyrskaya was coached by Irina Nifontova for eight years. After she decided to retire, Butyrskaya had a couple of coaches, one of whom told her she had no talent, and then contacted Vladimir Korolov. He improved her compulsory figures but they were then dropped from competitions. After Korolov moved to Greece, Butyrskaya was coached by Viktor Kudriavtsev for several years until he told her that she was strong technically but he could not help her mentally. Her coach then became Elena Tchaikovskaya.
Butyrskaya originally competed for the Soviet Union. After its dissolution, she began representing Russia. Her result at the 1993 World Championships failed to qualify Russia for a spot in the ladies' event at the 1994 Olympics.
Butyrskaya won her first European title at the 1998 European Championships. She qualified for the 1998 Olympics, where she finished 4th. She went on to take her first World medal, bronze, at the 1998 World Championships.
In the 1998–1999 season, Butyrskaya repeated as European champion. She then won gold at the 1999 World Championships, finishing ahead of defending World champion Michelle Kwan. She received all first place ordinals in both the short and the long programs at the event.
Butyrskaya's car exploded outside her Moscow apartment on 23 December 1999. She said, "I don't see any other reason for it than jealousy, pure human jealousy." Tchaikovskaya stated "In my 40 years of coaching I have never seen anything like it. I guess it's this crime wave that has taken over our cities and lives lately." Entering the Russian Championships as the five-time defending champion, Butyrskaya won the silver medal behind Irina Slutskaya. At the 2000 World Championships, she was first in the short program and finished third overall, winning her third World medal.
Butyrskaya won her third European title at the 2002 European Championships. She finished 6th at her second Olympics and ended her amateur career at the 2002 World Championships, withdrawing from the competition after skating poorly in the qualifying round.
Butyrskaya performed a combination spin that involved clasping her arms and hands behind her back while transitioning to back camel, sit and scratch spins. She often participated in choreographing her programs and in designing her costumes.
In 2000, the New York Times described her short program (Sarah Brightman's Scene d'Amour) as "flowing, lyrical skating...a performance of rare elegance and beauty."
Butyrskaya's parents divorced after the birth of her younger brother.
In summer 2006, Butyrskaya married a hockey player, Vadim Khomitski. As of 2010, he plays in Russia for Khimik's successor team Atlant Moscow Oblast. He is 10 years younger than her.  Their first child, a son name Vladislav, was born on 16 April 2007. At his birth, he weighed-in at 7.7 pounds and was 20 inches long. On 3 June 2009, their second child, a daughter, was born.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|Grand Prix Final||7th||4th||3rd||2nd||3rd||4th||4th|
|GP NHK Trophy||5th||5th||1st||2nd||1st||2nd|
|GP Skate America||10th||1st|
|GP Skate Canada||1st||2nd|
|GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew|
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- "Champion figure skater's car blown up in Moscow". Reuters (CBS Sportsline). 24 December 1999. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008.
- Nidetz, Stephen (25 December 1999). "Car Explosion Fails To Rattle Russian Champ Butyrskaya". Chicago Tribune.
- "'Pure human jealousy'; Car bomb derailed Russian skater's preparations". Reuters (Sports Illustrated). 29 December 1999.
- "Interview with Maria Butyrskaia: European Championships in Helsinki, January 2009". FigureSkating-Online. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- Titov, Boris (3 July 2007). "Бутырская снова вышла на лед" [Butyrskaya back on the ice]. Izvestia (in Russian).
- Mikhailina, Elena (April 2012). "Мария Бутырская: «Женщины уходили от Башарова сами»" [Maria Butyrskaya]. Zhurnal "Karavan Istorii" / 7days.ru (in Russian).
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- "Maria BUTYRSKAYA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 August 2002.
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- Maria Butyrskaya at the International Skating Union
- Maria Butyrskaya: Official site
- Sports-reference profile