Moskvina in 2009
|Full name||Tamara Nikolayevna Moskvina|
|Alternative names||Tamara Nikolayevna Bratus|
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
June 26, 1941 |
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Residence||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Former partner||Alexei Mishin
|Former coach||Igor Moskvin
Tamara Nikolayevna Moskvina, née Bratus, (Russian: Тама́ра Никола́евна Москвина́ (help·info); earlier Братусь) is a Russian pair skating coach and former competitive skater. Competing in pairs with Alexei Mishin, she became the 1969 World silver medalist and Soviet national champion. As a singles skater, she was a five-time (1962–1966) Soviet national champion. She later became a successful coach, leading at least one pair to an Olympic medal in six consecutive Winter Olympics from 1984 to 2002 and twice coaching the gold and silver medal-winning pairs, in 1992 and 1998. Married to Igor Moskvin, Moskvina is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia at the Yubileyny Sports Palace.
Tamara Nikolayevna Bratus was born 26 June 1941 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), the daughter of Serafima and Nikolay Bratus. She had two sisters. During the Siege of Leningrad in World War II, the family evacuated to a small village in the Ural Mountains where her mother had relatives. Moskvina is only 4'10" due to childhood malnutrition during the war years. The family returned to Leningrad in 1948. Her father died suddenly at the age of 47, though he had never been ill before. His side of the family was from Kiev.
As a skater
Moskinva began skating in Leningrad at the age of 10, after her father obtained used skates for his daughters. Ivan Bogoyavlensky was her first coach. She practiced at the Iskra and Dinamo rinks, the latter of which was on a tennis court.
Moskvina became the Soviet national ladies' champion for the first time in 1962 and would win the title four more times. Her best finish at an international competition in singles was 14th at the 1965 European Championships. Moskvina may have been the first to perform what is now called a Biellmann spin. She was inspired after seeing a gymnastics competition and began attempting it on the ice. She included the spin at the 1960 European Championships.
At Moskvin's suggestion, she decided to try pair skating. As he later explained, the leading women's coach in those years was Tatiana Granatkina-Tolmacheva, who worked in Moscow and led a group of girls of the same age as Moskvina. Her husband Alexander Tolmachev headed the Figure Skating Federation of Moscow, so Mosvkina, who did not train under Tatiana Tolmacheva, had little chance to stay in the team. Her first partner was Alexander Gavrilov, with whom she won the 1965 Soviet national title. He retired at the end of the season.
Later in 1965, Moskvina teamed up with Alexei Mishin, whom she had trained alongside when they were both singles skaters. They won bronze at the 1966 Winter Universiade and were sent to their first European and World Championships in 1967. Yubileyny Sports Palace became their training site after its opening in 1967.
Moskvina/Mishin won silver at the 1968 European Championships. The following season, they defeated both the two-time Olympic gold medallists, Ludmila Belousova / Oleg Protopopov, and the future champions, Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov, to win the Soviet national title. Moskina/Mishin took bronze at the 1969 European Championships and then silver at the 1969 World Championships. Moskvina decided to retire from competition in 1969 in order to start a family.
As a coach
Moskvina has coached at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for almost her entire career. She was one of the first Soviet coaches to collaborate with the skating world outside the Soviet Union and its satellites. She contributed a report on the 1970 European Championships to the American publication Skating magazine, which at that time required clearance through the central news agency in the Soviet Union. She co-authored the International Skating Union's judging handbook for pair skating in 1984. During the 1990s, Yubileyny suffered from poor-quality ice and other problems, resulting in limited training time even for top skaters. In 1998, Moskvina and her students spent some time at the Stamford Twin Rinks in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1999, Moskvina moved to Hackensack, New Jersey's Ice House and spent several years coaching there. In 2001-2002, she returned to Yubileyny where she continues to coach.
Moskvina coached the following pairs:
- Irina Vorobieva / Igor Lisovsky – 1981 World and European champions. She coached Vorobieva from age ten.
- Elena Valova / Oleg Vasiliev – 1984 Olympic champions, 1988 Olympic silver medalists, and 1983, 1985, & 1988 World champions. She first worked with Vasiliev when he was twelve.
- Natalia Mishkutenok / Artur Dmitriev – 1992 Olympic champions, 1994 Olympic silver medalists, and 1991 & 1992 World champions.
- Elena Bechke / Denis Petrov – 1992 Olympic silver medalists.
- Oksana Kazakova / Artur Dmitriev – 1998 Olympic champions and 1996 European champions.
- Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze – 2002 Olympic champions, 1998 Olympic silver medalists, and 1998 & 1999 World champions.
- Kyoko Ina / John Zimmerman – Three-time U.S. champions and 2002 World bronze medalists.
- Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Smirnov – 2009 & 2010 World bronze medalists, 2010 European champions, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Russian national champions.
- Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Markuntsov who became the first pair to medal for Japan at an ISU Championship when they won silver at the 2001 World Junior Championships.
Moskvina coached some pairs in collaboration with her husband, Igor Moskvin (Kyoko Ina / John Zimmerman), and some with former students Artur Dmitriev and Oksana Kazakova. Her pairs have worked with various choreographers, including Alexander Matveev, Tatiana Druchinina (until 2011), Valeri Pecherski, Igor Bobrin, and Peter Tchernyshev. Former student Oleg Vasiliev coached Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin to an Olympic gold medal after Moskvina sent them to him.
During her own skating career, both in singles and in pairs, Moskvina was known for including unusual flexibility moves in her programs. She has passed this on in the choreography for the various pair teams she has coached, inventing many unique pair skating elements in which the man and woman, although performing different movements, still work together as a unit. This style of choreography is sometimes referred to as "opposition choreography," as opposed to shadow or mirror skating, when the two partners perform similar movements in unison together.
In 2011, Moskvina said she planned to retire after the 2014 Olympics but would continue to advise pairs in addition to writing a book on her coaching experiences.
Tamara Moskvina married Igor Moskvin in 1964. They have two daughters, Olga Igorevna Moskvina (born 12 April 1970), a linguist who graduated from a Saint Petersburg university, and Anna Igorevna Moskvina (born 14 June 1974), an economist who graduated from Columbia University, NYC, United States.
Pair skating with Mishin
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Pair skating with Gavrilov
Moskvina was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd class (27 February 1998) - for outstanding athletic achievement at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1984)
- Order of Friendship of Peoples (1988)
- Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (22 April 1994) - for services in the development of physical culture and sports and the great personal contribution to the preparation and conduct of XVII Winter Olympic Games in 1994
- Honoured Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation (2002)
- Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR (1969)
- Honoured coach of the USSR
- Honoured Coach of Russia
- Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (May 5, 2003) - for the successful preparation of athletes and high achievements in sports at the Games XIX Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
- Honorary citizen of St. Petersburg
- Best in sports in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Government, 2 February 2010)
- Honorary Diploma of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg (2002)
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- Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (June 26, 2011). "Маленькая великая женщина" [The tiny great lady] (in Russian). Sport Express. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011.
- Ermolina, Olga (23 October 2013). "Тамара МОСКВИНА: «Всегда хотела быть тренером» (Часть 2)" [Tamara Moskvina: "I always wanted to be a coach" (Part 2)]. Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Archived from the original on 27 February 2014.
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- Katz, Rachel (March 1995). "Local stars attack lack of facilities". St. Petersburg Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 1999.
- Mariani, Dominic (1 November 1998). "Russian Champions on the Stamford Ice". The New York Times.
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- Simonenko, Andrei (July 8, 2011). "Тамара Москвина: после Олимпиады в Сочи начну писать книгу" [Tamara Moskvina: After the Sochi Olympics I'll concentrate on writing a book] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011.
- Janofsky, Michael (February 12, 1992). "ALBERTVILLE; No Longer Soviet Skaters, But They Are Still the Best". The New York Times.
- Simonenko, Andrei (June 30, 2011). "Тамара Москвина: создаю удовольствие под названием "фигурное катание"" [Tamara Moskvina: Creating a pleasure called figure skating] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011.
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