Ilia Averbukh

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Ilia Averbukh
Averbukh in 2004
Personal information
Country representedRussia
Born (1973-12-18) 18 December 1973 (age 46)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partnerIrina Lobacheva
Marina Anissina
Former coachNatalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karponosov
Natalia Dybinskaya
Oleg Epstein
Skating clubDynamo Moscow
Former training locationsNewark, Delaware
Began skating1979

Ilia Izyaslavovich Averbukh (Russian: Илья Изяславович Авербух, correctly spelled "Ilya"; born 18 December 1973) is a Russian ice dancer. With former wife Irina Lobacheva, he is the 2002 Olympic silver medalist,[1][2] the 2002 World champion and the 2003 European champion.

With Marina Anissina, he is the 1990 and 1992 World Junior champion.[3]

Early life[edit]

Averbukh is Jewish, and was born in Moscow.[4][5][6]


Averbukh started skating at the age of 5. He initially competed with Marina Anissina. They won two World Junior Championships (1990 and 1992).[3] Averbukh teamed up with Irina Lobacheva in 1992.[7] After the Goodwill Games in the summer of 1994 their coaches moved with many of their students to the United States to train at the University of Delaware. Lobacheva and Averbukh joined them the next year.[7]

In September 2001, Lobacheva injured her knee in training, causing them to miss the Grand Prix season.[7] They won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympics behind Marina Anissina / Gwendal Peizerat.

Lobacheva / Averbukh won gold at the 2002 World Championships and at the 2003 European Championships. They retired from competition at the end of the 2002–2003 season.

Post-competitive career[edit]

Following his retirement from competitive skating, Averbukh became a producer of skating shows and tours.[8] Among his projects are Ice Symphony/Ice Age; City Lights; Bolero (a television show pairing skaters with prima ballerinas);[9][10] and Small Stories of a Big City, an ice show during the 2012 Olympics in London.[11] In January 2013, Averbukh was named an ambassador for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[12]

Averbukh works as a choreographer. His past and current clients include:


(with Lobacheva)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Tanguera
    by M. Mores
  • Bulerias Magna Mafa
    by Thomas Espanner
  • Foxtrot: Come into my house
  • Quickstep: Dancing Fool

  • Ritmo de Bom Bom
    by Vimi
  • Rhumba de le more

  • Diablo
  • Argentine Tango:
  • This Business of Love
    (from The Mask)
    by Domino
  • Malagueña


With Lobacheva[edit]

Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Olympics 5th 2nd
Worlds 13th 15th 6th 7th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 1st 2nd
Europeans 9th 5th 5th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Int. Paris/Lalique 1st 2nd
GP Nations Cup 3rd 4th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Skate America 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 4th 3rd
Goodwill Games 2nd 2nd
Russian Champ. 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96, Grand Prix from 1998–99

With Anissina[edit]

Event 1989–1990 1990–1991 1991–1992
World Junior Championships 1st 4th 1st

Hall of Fame[edit]

Averbukh was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame's induction class of 2015.[17]

Other sports[edit]

Averbukh will play a role in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Bandy World Championship.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Lobacheva and Averbukh married in 1995.[7] Their son, Martin, was born in 2004. They divorced in 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Jewish athletes in the Olympics — then and now". Jweekly. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-30.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Jewish Olympic Medalists (1896–Present) – Jewish Virtual Library".
  6. ^ "Day by Day in Jewish Sports History".
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 July 2003.
  8. ^ Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (4 April 2008). "Ilya Averbukh hopes to bring show to U.S." Icenetwork.
  9. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (6 June 2008). "Averbukh attributes success to persistence". Icenetwork.
  10. ^ Golinsky, Reut (2010). "Ice festival in Moscow". Absolute Skating.
  11. ^ Flade, Tatjana (17 August 2012). "Small Stories of a Big City". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Ilya Averbukh Named Sochi 2014 Ambassador". Digital Journal. 16 January 2013.
  13. ^ Biography
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Lobacheva and Averbukh: Program Information". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 February 2002.
  16. ^ a b "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001.
  17. ^ "Late S.F. boxing champ to be enshrined".

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