Klimova & Ponomarenko in 1989
|Full name||Marina Vladimirovna Klimova|
|Country represented|| Soviet Union
28 July 1966 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Former partner||Sergei Ponomarenko
|Competitor for the Soviet Union|
|Silver||1988 Calgary||Ice dancing|
|Bronze||1984 Sarajevo||Ice dancing|
|Competitor for the Unified Team|
|Gold||1992 Albertville||Ice dancing|
Marina Vladimirovna Klimova (Russian: Марина Владимировна Климова; born 28 July 1966 in Sverdlovsk, RSFSR) is an ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union and the Unified team. With skating partner and husband Sergei Ponomarenko, she is the 1992 Olympic champion, 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, three-time World champion, and four-time European champion.
Klimova and Ponomarenko were fourth in their European Championships debut in 1983. Their breakthrough came the following season when they won the bronze medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and 1984 European Championships. In 1985, they won their first World medal, silver. They were four-time consecutive World silver medalists from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, they also won the Olympic silver medal, behind Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin.
At the 1991 World Championships, they had a setback when they placed second to Isabelle Duchesnay & Paul Duchesnay. Four months before the Olympics, they decided to leave coach Natalia Dubova. They re-established themselves as the top ice dancers in the world by winning another 1992 European title and then capturing the 1992 Olympic title. They ended their season with their third World title. They retired from eligible skating after the World Championships and turned to professional and show skating.
In addition to winning three World Championships and four European Championships, Klimova and Ponomarenko are the only figure skaters in any discipline to have won Olympic medals in three different colors. They won the bronze medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics, the silver medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics for the Soviet Union and the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics for the Unified Team.
Klimova and Ponomarenko married in September 1984 and have two sons, Tim Ponomarenko born in 1998 and Anthony Ponomarenko in 2001. Anthony is also an ice dancer. They now reside in the United States in Morgan Hill, California.
|Season||Original set pattern
/ Original dance
(ice dance with Sergei Ponomarenko)
|Int. St. Gervais||1st||1st|
|World Pro. Championships||2nd||2nd|
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