Marina Pestova

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Marina Pestova
Personal information
Full name Marina Nikolayevna Pestova
Alternative names Marina Akbarov
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1964-12-20) December 20, 1964 (age 51)
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Stanislav Leonovich
Former coach Stanislav Zhuk, Igor Ksenofontov
Former training locations Moscow
Began skating 1968
Retired 1983

Marina Nikolayevna Pestova, married surname: Akbarov,[1] (Russian: Марина Николаевна Пестова, born December 20, 1964) is a former competitive pair skater who competed for the Soviet Union. With Stanislav Leonovich, she is the 1982 World and European silver medalist, 1980 World and European bronze medalist, and a three-time Soviet national champion. The pair competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics, placing fourth.


Pestova began skating in 1968 at the Spartak Skating Club in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) with coach Igor Ksenofontov.[1] She teamed up with Stanislav Leonovich in 1974.[1] The pair moved to Moscow in 1976 to train with Stanislav Zhuk.[1]

In the 1977–78 season, Pestova/Leonovich won silver at the Soviet Championships and were granted their European and World Championship debuts, placing 7th at both competitions. They began the next season by winning gold at the Prize of Moscow News. They placed fourth at Europeans and 5th at Worlds in 1979.

In the 1979–80 season, Pestova/Leonovich won their first national title and went on to win bronze at the 1980 European Championships. The pair was sent to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and finished fourth. They were bronze medalists at their final event of the season, the 1980 World Championships.

The following season, Pestova/Leonovich placed fourth at the Soviet Championships and did not receive any assignments. They rebounded in 1981–82, taking their second national title and then winning silver at both the 1982 European Championships and 1982 World Championships.

In their final competitive season, Pestova/Leonovich won their third national title and placed sixth at the 1983 World Championships.

After retiring from competition, Pestova performed with the Russian All Stars under the direction of Tatiana Tarasova. She now coaches at the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy in Wheaton, Maryland.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pestova married fellow pair skater Marat Akbarov, with whom she has a daughter, Angela.

Competitive highlights[edit]

(pair skating with Leonovich)

Event 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83
Winter Olympics 4th
World Championships 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 6th
European Championships 7th 4th 3rd 2nd
Prize of Moscow News 1st
Soviet Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e "Marina Akbarov". Wheaton Ice Skating Academy. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Пестова Марина [Marina Pestova] (in Russian). 
  3. ^ Пестова Марина [Marina Pestova] (in Russian). 
  4. ^ "Marina Pestova & Stanislav Leonovich". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007.