Marat Akbarov

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Marat Akbarov
Personal information
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1961-02-03) February 3, 1961 (age 56)
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Veronica Pershina
Former coach Irina Rodnina, Stanislav Zhuk, Alexander Rogin
Former training locations Moscow
Began skating 1968
Retired 1986

Marat Akbarov (Russian: Марат Фагимович Акбаров, born February 3, 1961)[1] is a former competitive pair skater for the Soviet Union. With Veronica Pershina, he is the 1985 European bronze medalist and 1979 World Junior champion.


Akbarov began skating in 1968 at the Lokomotiv Skating Club in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) with coach Alexander Rogin.[1] He teamed up with Veronica Pershina in 1975.[1] The pair moved to Moscow in 1978 to train with Stanislav Zhuk.[1] They won the World Junior title in 1979 ahead of Larisa Selezneva / Oleg Makarov.[2]

In 1980, Pershina/Akbarov made their senior World Championship debut, placing 6th. The following season, they won the Soviet national title ahead of Irina Vorobieva / Igor Lisovski. The pair changed coaches to Irina Rodnina in 1982.[1]

Pershina/Akbarov were gold medalists at the 1982 Prize of Moscow News and 1983 NHK Trophy. In 1985, they were sent to their fourth European Championships and won the bronze medal.[3] They took silver at the Skate Canada International in their final season.

After retiring from competition, Akbarov performed with the Russian All Stars under the direction of Tatiana Tarasova, before becoming a coach. He coaches at the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy in Wheaton, Maryland.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Akbarov married fellow pair skater Marina Pestova, with whom he has a daughter, Angela.


(with Akbarov)

Event 1977-78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
Worlds 6th 6th 6th 5th 8th 6th
Europeans 5th 4th 4th 3rd
Skate Canada 2nd
NHK Trophy 4th 1st 2nd
Moscow News 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st
Soviet Champ. 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd
Spartakiada 2nd (Jrs.)
USSR Cup 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Marat Akbarov". Wheaton Ice Skating Academy. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Pairs" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Russians Retain Pairs Skate Title". UPI. The New York Times. February 6, 1985. 
  4. ^ Акбаров Марат [Marat Akbarov] (in Russian). 
  5. ^ Акбаров Марат [Marat Akbarov] (in Russian). 
  6. ^ "Pershina & Akbarov". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007.