Igor Bobrin

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Igor Bobrin
Igor Bobrin in 2019 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameIgor Anatolyevich Bobrin
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1953-11-14) 14 November 1953 (age 68)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Former coachIgor Moskvin, Yuri Ovchinnikov

Igor Anatolyevich Bobrin (Russian: Игорь Анатольевич Бобрин) (born 14 November 1953[1] in Leningrad) is a Russian former competitive figure skater who represented the Soviet Union. He is the 1981 European champion, the 1981 World bronze medalist, and a four-time (1978, 1980–1982) Soviet national champion. Bobrin placed 6th at the 1980 Winter Olympics.


During his competitive career, Bobrin was known for being a particularly creative free skater. He invented an unusual horizontal-twisting jump sometimes called a "log jump" or "Bobrinover". At one of his first international competitions, the 1972 Winter Universiade, a contemporary review noted that even the pros were puzzled by the jump, which was described as "somewhat like an Arabian cartwheel, only performed going straight ahead".[2] He was coached by Igor Moskvin and since 1980 by Yuri Ovchinnikov.[3]

Following his competitive career, Bobrin created his own ice theater. He currently skates with Moscow Stars On Ice and works as a coach and choreographer.[4] He choreographed Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze's competitive Chaplin program.[4]

In 2011–2012, Bobrin appeared on the panel of judges for the television show "Cup of Professionals"[5] on Russian television Channel One.

Personal life[edit]

Bobrin was first married to Natalia Ovchinnikova, with whom he has a son, Maxim, born in 1977. In 1983 he married the future Olympic champion in ice dancing, Natalia Bestemianova.


Event 71–72 72–73 73–74 74–75 75–76 76–77 77–78 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83
Olympics 6th
Worlds 8th 5th 10th 7th 3rd 7th
Europeans 4th 5th 4th 1st 3rd
Moscow News 4th 3rd 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
Prague Skate 8th
Universiade 10th
Soviet Champ. 3rd 4th 4th 6th 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd


  1. ^ СПИСОК кандидатов в спортивные сборные команды Российской Федерации по фигурному катанию на коньках на 2011–2012 гг. [2011–2012 list] (PDF). Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Russian Sports Ministry. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ "FISU", Skating magazine, Apr 1972
  3. ^ Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (August 25, 2009). "Igor Moskvin: I have never thought that my wife and I are rivals" (in Russian). Sport Express. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b Torchio, Chiara (November 25, 2007). "Bestemianova, Bukin & Bobrin land in Italy". ArtOnIce.it. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Cup of Professionals" Archived 2012-03-02 at the Wayback Machine