Rimma Zhukova competed for the Soviet Union and after having become Soviet Allround Champion three times and having won the prestigious Kirov prize four times, she became World Allround Champion in 1955. Zhukova was one of the Soviet women who dominated skating for almost 20 years starting in 1948. Since all three medals at every one of the twelve World Championships between 1953 and 1964 were won by Soviet women, the strongest competition Zhukova experienced came from other Soviet skaters.
An overview of medals won by Zhukova at important championships she participated in, listing the years in which she won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
Over the course of her career, Zhukova skated eight world records:
|1500 m||2:36.7||17 March 1950||Kirov|
|5000 m||9:22.3||17 March 1950||Kirov|
|3000 m||5:21.3||8 January 1952||Medeo|
|1000 m||1:36.6||22 January 1952||Medeo|
|Old combination||208.750||22 January 1952||Medeo|
|3000 m||5:13.8||23 January 1953||Medeo|
|5000 m||9:01.6||24 January 1953||Medeo|
|Old combination||204.010||24 January 1953||Medeo|
To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Zhukova skated her personal records.
|500 m||46.6||24 January 1952||Medeo||46.4|
|1000 m||1:34.4||12 January 1955||Medeo||1:36.4|
|1500 m||2:27.7||11 January 1955||Medeo||2:25.5|
|3000 m||5:13.8||23 January 1953||Medeo||5:21.3|
|5000 m||9:01.6||24 January 1953||Medeo||9:10.7|
Note that Zhukova's personal record on the 1000 m was not a world record because Tamara Rylova skated 1:33.4 at the same tournament.
Zukova has an Adelskalender score of 193.050 points.
- Rimma Zhukova at SkateResults.com
- Rimma Zhukova. Deutsche Eisschnelllauf Gemeinschaft e.V. (German Skating Association).
- Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages
- Results of Soviet Championships at SpeedSkating.ru
- Historical World Records. International Skating Union.