Larisa Selezneva

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Larisa Selezneva
Personal information
Full name Larisa Yurievna Selezneva
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1963-09-12) September 12, 1963 (age 53)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Partner Oleg Makarov
Coach Igor Moskvin
Skating club Zenit St. Petersburg
Retired 1990

Larisa Yurievna Selezneva (Russian: Лариса Юрьевна Селезнёва; born September 12, 1963 in Leningrad) is a Russian former pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With partner Oleg Makarov, she is the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, 1985 World silver medalist, 1988 World bronze medalist, and two-time European champion (1987, 1989). They were coached by Igor Moskvin.


Selezneva trained in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). She was partnered with Oleg Vasiliev early in her pairs career but they split after three months.[1]

Selezneva and Makarov were paired together by their coaches in 1978.[2] They won the World Junior Championships in 1980 and 1981.[3] They then rapidly progressed in the senior ranks. In 1984, they won the bronze medal at the Sarajevo Olympics, which was the first major international competition for the pair. Selezneva, along with Makarov, was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Labor (1984).[4]

Armed with strong pairs skills and difficult side-by-side triple jumps, they won the silver medal at the 1985 World Championships in Tokyo, almost defeating the then-reigning World and Olympic champion team, Elena Valova / Oleg Vasiliev, also from the Soviet Union. Makarov broke his knee before the 1988 Winter Olympics and competed at the event with his knee in a cast and four pain-killing shots.[2] They finished fourth at the event and won the bronze medal at the 1988 World Championships. They also won two European titles, in 1987 and 1989. They retired from competition in 1990.

Selezneva / Makarov were one of the first pairs to regularly include side-by-side triple jumps in their programs.[5] They were coached by Igor Moskvin.[2][5]

Personal life[edit]

Selezneva and Makarov married in 1987.[2] The family moved from Saint Petersburg, Russia to New York in 2001,[6] having been recommended as coaches by Tamara Moskvina and Igor Moskvin.[2] The pair coach at various rinks in New York and New Jersey.[2]

They have two children, a daughter, Ksenia (born December 20, 1992 in Saint Petersburg),[7] and a son, Aleksey, who was born nine years later in the United States.[2][6] Their daughter became a competitive figure skater like her parents; she is the 2010 Russian national champion and represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[8] The pair and their daughter became naturalized U.S. citizens on August 16, 2013.[6][9]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs with Oleg Makarov

Event 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83 83–84 84–85 85–86 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90
Olympics 3rd 4th
Worlds 4th 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 4th
Europeans 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
NHK Trophy 1st 2nd
Moscow News 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Ennia Challenge 2nd 1st 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st 1st
Soviet 5th 4th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Soviet Junior 1st 1st 1st

Other results[edit]


  • World Professional Championships – 3rd
  • World Challenge of Champions – 3rd


  • World Challenge of Champions – 2nd


  1. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (July 5, 2013). Олег Васильев: каждый мой шаг в жизни - против движения [Oleg Vasiliev: I was always going against the flow]. (in Russian). 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mcmillan, Ken (February 16, 2010). "Olympics: Newburgh couple pass the torch". Times Herald-Record. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Pairs" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1985. p. 37. 
  5. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (September 13, 2010). "Makarova takes gold at Mid-Atlantic Championships". Ice Network. 
  6. ^ a b c Richinick, Michele (August 16, 2013). "Ahead of Sochi, Former Russian Olympians become US citizens". MSNBC. 
  7. ^ "Ksenia MAKAROVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. 
  8. ^ Flade, Tatjana (January 8, 2010). "Breakthrough season for Makarova". Golden Skate. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mai, Andy; Adams Otis, Ginger (August 16, 2013). "Famous figure skating family from Russia become American citizens". New York Daily News. 

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