|Native name||Наталья Евгеньевна Мишкутёнок|
|Full name||Natalia Yevgenievna Mishkutionok|
|Former country(ies) represented||Soviet Union|
July 14, 1970 |
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.59 m (5 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Former partner||Artur Dmitriev|
|Former coach||Tamara Moskvina|
|Former choreographer||Alexander Matveev
|Former skating club||Yubileyny Sport Club|
Natalia Yevgenievna Mishkutionok (Russian: Наталья Евгеньевна Мишкутёнок, born July 14, 1970) is a Russian former pair skater. With Artur Dmitriev, she is the 1992 Olympic champion, the 1994 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time World champion (1991, 1992), and a two-time European champion (1991, 1992).
Natalia Mishkutionok was born on July 14, 1970 to a Polish mother and a Belarusian father in the Byelorussian SSR. In 1995, she settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Texas in 2001. She was formerly married to American hockey player Craig Shepherd, with whom she skated professionally on occasion during the late 1990s. She divorced Shepherd and married Alan Hainline. Their daughter, Natasha Alena Mishkutionok-Hainline, was born on January 16, 2006.
Mishkutionok began skating in 1976. She teamed up with Artur Dmitriev around 1986. They were coached by Tamara Moskvina in Saint Petersburg and their choreographers were Alexander Matveev with Moskvina. Together, Mishkutionok/Dmitriev won the 1991 and 1992 World and European Championships, and Olympic gold in 1992. They performed to Franz Liszt's Liebesträume (Dream of Love), which became one of the most noted programs of their career and earned them four perfect 6.0 marks at the 1992 World Championships in Oakland, California. They turned professional shortly after that championship.
Mishkutionok/Dmitriev chose to reinstate as amateurs after the ban against such actions was lifted. They attempted to defend their Olympic title in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where they delivered two strong programs. Their free skate to Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto earned a standing ovation and is considered one of their finest performances. The judges awarded the gold medal to Mishkutionok and Dmitriev's friends and countrymen Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov ("G & G"). Mishkutionok decided to retire from competition in 1994.
One hallmark of Mishkutionok/Dmitriev's style was their creative spins, especially one in which Mishkutionok would do a split and point her head down, with an arm around Dmitriev's calf so that they were both vertical and aligned; this signature move, called "Natasha's spin" was incorporated into most of their programs. Another signature move was a backwards inside death spiral in which Mishkutionok bent backwards, holding her foot behind and above her head while Dmitriev also held her raised skate blade and her free hand. Mishkutionok/Dmitriev competed before, during, and after the breakup of the Soviet Union, thus, they competed for the Soviet Union, the Unified Team, and Russia, all within a four-year period.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
||"The Symphony of Emotions":
(with Artur Dmitriev)
|GPI de Paris||1st||1st|
|World Pro. Championships||3rd|
|World Challenge of Champions||3rd|
|US Open Pro.||1st|
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