Oleg Vasiliev (figure skater)

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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold medal – first place 1984 Sarajevo Pairs
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary Pairs
Oleg Vasiliev
Vasiliev (far left) in 2004.
Personal information
Country represented  Soviet Union/ Russia
Born (1959-11-22) November 22, 1959 (age 58)
Height 5'7" (170 cm)
Former partner Elena Valova
Former coach Tamara Moskvina
Retired 1988

Oleg Kimovich Vasiliev (Russian: Олег Кимович Васильев; born November 22, 1959) is a Russian pair skater who competed internationally for the Soviet Union. With partner Elena Valova, he is the 1984 Olympic Champion, 1988 Olympic silver medalist, and three-time World Champion (1983, 1985, 1988). Their coach throughout their career was Tamara Moskvina. After the pair ended their career, Vasiliev became a pair skating coach, leading the team of Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin to the 2006 Olympic title.


Elena Valova and Oleg Kimovich Vasiliev in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1983

Vasiliev was born in Leningrad, Russia, to parents Ludmila Konstantinovna Vasilieva, a nurse, and Kim Mihailovich Vasiliev. He was a sickly child, and his doctor recommended he get exercise and fresh air. Thus he began skating at age five, and his health improved greatly.

As a single skater, Vasiliev won a Junior Nationals title. Later he became interested in pair skating. Coach Tamara Moskvina paired him with Elena Valova. Vasiliev was 18 years old, Valova just 15. He represented Armed Forces sports society.

Valova and Vasiliev enjoyed success throughout their career, winning gold at the 1984 Olympics and silver in 1988, as well as the 1983, 1985 and 1988 world championship titles. They competed in the amateur ranks from 1979 to 1988, and as professionals until 1998. They were the first Soviet skaters to skate in professional events after retiring from eligible competition. Oleg Vasiliev was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples.[1]

Valova and Vasiliev were married from 1984-1992. He later married a woman named Valentina and had a daughter, Katia (or Katenka in the familiar form), but they have since divorced.[2]

Vasiliev moved to the United States in December 1997 and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He coached the team of Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, 2006 Olympic and two-time World champions (2004, 2005), and the team of Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov (2008 European silver medalists), until the pair decided to split after the 2010 World championships.

Competitive highlights

Event 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88
Winter Olympics 1st 2nd
World Championships 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
European Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Soviet Championships 3rd 2nd 1st
Skate America 3rd 1st
NHK Trophy 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Prize of Moscow News 6th 3rd 3rd 1st

Other events


  • Coup des Alpes - 1st


  • Grand Prix de Gervais - 2nd
  • USSR National Championships - 5th


  • World Professional Championships - 2nd
  • World Challenge of Champions - 2nd


  • World Professional Championships - 4th
  • World Challenge of Champions - 5th


  • World Professional Championships - 4th
  • World Challenge of Champions - 4th


  • US Open - 5th
  • World Professional Championships - 4th
  • World Challenge of Champions - 2nd


  • Masters Miko - 3rd
  • US Open - 2nd
  • World Professional Championships - 3rd
  • World Challenge of Champions - 3rd


  • Canadian Professional Championships - 4th


  • Legends - 2nd
  • US Open - 5th


  1. ^ Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1985. p. 37.
  2. ^ Язева, Елена (25 November 2009). "Я тренировал психически больного человека!" (in Russian). mk-piter.ru. Retrieved 3 September 2010.

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