Natalia Vladimirovna Linichuk (Russian: Наталья Владимировна Линичук (help·info); born February 6, 1956 in Moscow) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer and current ice dancing coach. With partner Gennadi Karponosov, she was the 1980 ice dancing Olympic champion and two-time World champion. They skated for the Soviet Union throughout their competitive careers.
Competitive career 
Linichuk began skating due to her mother who enjoyed figure skating. She had a dozen coaches before ending up in the group of Elena Tchaikovskaia, who Linichuk soon sensed was the right coach for her.
Linichuk and Karponosov trained at Dynamo in Moscow. They won the World Universiade in 1972, and were bronze medalists at the 1974 and 1977 World Championships. They also finished 4th at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport.
Linichuk and Karponosov became World champions in 1978 and 1979. They won the European Championships in 1979 and 1980, after winning a silver medal in 1978, and bronze medals from 1974 through 1977.
Linichuk and Karponosov won the 1980 Olympics, but failed to defend their World title, making them the only team ever to unsuccessfully defend a World title after winning the Olympics. In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov retired from competition.
Coaching career 
After coaching in Moscow, Linichuk and Karponosov accepted an offer to coach in the U.S. They moved with their students in June 1994 and coached at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In September 2007, they moved to the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.
Their current and former senior-level students include:
Their current and former junior-level students include:
Personal life 
Linichuk accepted Karponosov's proposal after they retired from competition. She had one prior marriage. Linichuk and Karponosov were married on 31 July 1981. Their very talented daughter, Anastasiya Karponosova, was born in February 1985. The couple initially lived in Moscow and then moved to the United States in the early '90s.
Competitive highlights 
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- ^ Natalia Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov, accessed July 5, 2006.
- ^ Reiter, Susan (1995-03-01). "Ice dancing: a dance form frozen in place by hostile rules". Dance Magazine (The Free Library). (FindArticles)
- ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Frank (February 9, 2010). "No skating past it: They'll settle only for gold". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- ^ Macur, Juliet (February 16, 2010). "New Muscles and Pounds Boost an American Ice Dancer’s Outlook". New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- ^ Motchane, Asli (2006). "Albena Denkova: "Now we enjoy every single practice!"". AbsoluteSkating.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- ^ Hinckley, Todd (June 20, 2008). "Domnina, Shabalin Team with Linichuk". Icenetwork.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
- ^ Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh at the International Skating Union
- ^ "U.S. Figure Skaters Announce Off-season Changes". U.S. Figure Skating. May 7, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- ^ Flade, Tatiana (April 14, 2011). "New kids on the block". Golden Skate. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
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