Kira Ivanova at the 1978 Prize of Moscow News
|Country represented||Soviet Union|
|Born||Kira Valentinovna Ivanova
10 January 1963
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Died||18 December 2001
|Height||1.59 m (5 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Skating club||Dynamo Moskva|
While she had won numerous medals at international events, such as World Junior Championships, Enia Challenge Cup, and Moscow News Trophy, her true breakthrough on the international skating scene came with a bronze medal at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Ivanova shone at the 1985 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo, where she won the silver medal, finishing second to Katarina Witt.
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She was not sent to the 1980 World Championships, however, she received more assignments after Elena Vodorezova, a Soviet champion who had placed 6th at 1978 Worlds, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. At the 1981 World Championships, Ivanova placed 13th in the compulsory figures, 4th in the short program, and 13th in the free skate, and finished 12th overall. She won the Moscow News Trophy in the fall of 1982, completing a clean triple-triple jump combination.
The Soviet skating federation allegedly banned Ivanova from competing outside the Soviet Union for two years, beginning in the fall of 1981, for public conflicts with her coach that interfered with her training. She returned to international competition in time for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where she won bronze. She was the only ladies' single skater to win an Olympic medal for the USSR or Russia until Irina Slutskaya won silver in 2002.
At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Ivanova finished first in the compulsory figures ahead of the defending Olympic champion Katarina Witt, but placed 10th and 9th in the short and free programs and finished 7th overall. After ending her amateur career, she skated in Igor Bobrin's Theater of Ice Miniatures. In 1991, Ivanova began coaching children at Moscow's Dynamo arena but quit in August 2001.
Personal life and death
After her death, the chairman of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, Valentin Piseev, told the press that Ivanova had been suffering from alcoholism, stating "Ivanova became addicted to alcohol in recent years and underwent several treatments, but with no visible results."
|Soviet Champ.||2nd (J)||1st||1st||DSQ||2nd||2nd||2nd||1st|
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