Alexei Ulanov

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Alexei Ulanov
Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov in 1970.jpg
Ulanov and Rodnina in 1970
Personal information
Full nameAlexei Nikolaevich Ulanov
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1947-11-04) 4 November 1947 (age 71)
Moscow, Russia
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Former partnerLiudmila Smirnova
Irina Rodnina
Former coachTatiana Tarasova
Stanislav Zhuk
Skating clubSoviet Army Moscow

Alexei Nikolaevich Ulanov (Russian: Алексей Николаевич Уланов; born 4 November 1947[1]) is a retired pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With Irina Rodnina, he is the 1972 Olympic champion and a four-time (1969–1972) world champion. With later partner Lyudmila Smirnova, he is a two-time world silver medalist.[2]


Ulanov began figure skating in 1954 and became a member of the USSR National Team in 1964.[1] Rodnina / Ulanov began skating together in the 1960s and won several World and European Championships. They were coached by Stanislav Zhuk and trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Moscow.[3] The culmination of their career was their 1972 Olympics win. By this point Ulanov had fallen in love with fellow skater Lyudmila Smirnova. Rodnina and Ulanov separated, and Ulanov began skating with Smirnova.

Smirnova and Ulanov competed together for two seasons. They won silver medals at the 1973 World and European Championships. The next season, they won European bronze and world silver medals.

Ulanov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1972.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ulanov and Smirnova married and later divorced after having two children, Nikolai Ulanov and Irina Ulanova.[4] Irina became a pair skater, who skated with Alexander Smirnov[5] and Maxim Trankov for about three years.[6] Ulanov moved to the United States in 1995 and currently lives in South Florida.


With Rodnina[edit]

Ulanov and Rodnina c. 1973
Event 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72
Winter Olympics 1st
World Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 5th 1st 1st 1st 1st
Soviet Championships 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Prize of Moscow News 1st 2nd 1st

With Smirnova[edit]

Event 1972–1973 1973–1974
World Championships 2nd 2nd
European Championships 2nd 3rd
Soviet Championships 3rd
Prize of Moscow News 1st


  1. ^ a b Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. p. 45.
  2. ^ Aleksey Ulanov.
  3. ^ a b Khavin, Boris (1979). All about the Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 585.
  4. ^ Deryagin, Nikolai (17 December 2010). Алексей Уланов: "Талантливый человек в любой момент может предать" [Alexei Ulanov interview]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ Ice Dinasty Family.
  6. ^ Izotov, Ilya (29 April 2011). Первый лед Транькова [Trankov's early years on the ice]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.

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