Alexander Svinin

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Alexander Svinin
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Personal information
Full nameAlexander Vasilyevich Svinin
Country representedSoviet Union
Born (1958-07-07) 7 July 1958 (age 60)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partnerOlga Volozhinskaya

Alexander Vasilyevich Svinin (Russian: Александр Васильевич Свинин; born 7 July 1958) is a Russian ice dancing coach and former competitor for the Soviet Union. With Olga Volozhinskaya, he is the 1983 European silver medalist, 1985 Skate Canada International champion, and competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Vasilyevich Svinin was born on 7 July 1958 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[1][2] He is married to former Soviet ice dancer Irina Zhuk.[3]


As a skater[edit]

Svinin competed with Olga Volozhinskaya for the Soviet Union. Winners of the 1980 Grand Prix International St. Gervais, they made their senior ISU Championship debut later that season at the 1981 World Championships, placing fifth. Volozhinskaya/Svinin were fourth at the 1982 European Championships and sixth at the 1982 World Championships. Their best international results came the next year — silver at the 1983 European Championships and fourth at the 1983 World Championships.

Volozhinskaya/Svinin placed fifth at the 1984 European Championships and were assigned to the 1984 Winter Olympics where they placed seventh. Although no longer sent to ISU Championships, they competed for two more seasons, winning gold at the 1984 Skate Canada International, bronze at the 1984 Prize of Moscow News, and silver at the 1985 Skate Canada International. After retiring from competition, they performed in ice shows in England and the United States.[4][3]

As a coach[edit]

In collaboration with Irina Zhuk, Svinin began working as a coach and choreographer at Moscow's Sokolniki ice rink.[3] In 2010, they accepted an offer to move to a new rink, Mechta in the Bibirevo District of Moscow.[5]

Svinin and Zhuk's current students include:

Their former students include:


with Volozhinskaya

Event 77–78 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83 83–84 84–85 85–86
Olympics 7th
Worlds 5th 6th 4th
Europeans 4th 2nd 5th
Skate Canada 1st 2nd
Moscow News 6th 3rd 3rd
St. Gervais 1st
Soviet Champ. 6th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th


  1. ^ "Alexander Svinin". Sports Reference.
  2. ^ "Александр Васильевич Свинин" [Alexander Vasilyevich Svinin] (in Russian).
  3. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (24 May 2008). "Dancing on Bald Mountain". Retrieved 14 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (17 October 1989). "Review/Ice Dancing; Torville And Dean And Russian All-Stars". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Verezemskaya, Olga (6 November 2012). Выйти из тени: Старейшая школа «Сокольники» решила начать заново [Emerging from the shadow: Old school "Sokolniki" decides to start anew]. Moskovskiy Figurist (in Russian). Federation of Figure Skating in Moscow.
  6. ^ Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN at the International Skating Union
  7. ^ Rebeka KIM / Kirill MINOV at the International Skating Union
  8. ^ "Anastasia SHPILEVAYA / Grigory SMIRNOV". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Sofia SHEVCHENKO / Igor EREMENKO". International Skating Union. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  10. ^ Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI at the International Skating Union
  11. ^ Daria MOROZOVA / Mikhail ZHIRNOV at the International Skating Union
  12. ^ Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER at the International Skating Union
  13. ^ Ekaterina PUSHKASH / Jonathan GUERREIRO at the International Skating Union
  14. ^ Valeria STARYGINA / Ivan VOLOBUIEV at the International Skating Union
  15. ^ Valeria LOSEVA / Denis LUNIN at the International Skating Union

External links[edit]

Media related to Alexander Svinin at Wikimedia Commons