Stanislav Leonovich

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Stanislav Leonovich
Personal information
Native name Станислав Викторович Леонович
Full name Stanislav Viktorovich Leonovich
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1958-07-22) 22 July 1958 (age 58)
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Former partner Marina Pestova
Former coach Stanislav Zhuk
Igor Ksenofontov
Retired 1983

Stanislav Viktorovich Leonovich (Russian: Станислав Викторович Леонович; born 22 July 1958) is a Russian figure skating coach and former pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With his skating partner, Marina Pestova, he became a two-time World medalist (silver in 1982, bronze in 1980), a two-time European medalist (silver in 1982, bronze in 1980), and a three-time Soviet national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Leonovich was born on 22 July 1958 in in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[1] He married ice dancer Olga Makarova, who competed in partnership with Genrikh Sretenski. They have two daughters.


Partnership with Pestova[edit]

Leonovich teamed up with Marina Pestova in 1977. In the 1977–78 season, they 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. The pair retired from competition in 1983.

Coaching career[edit]

Leonovich started his coaching career in Moscow. His students included Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov, Anna Kondrashova, and Alexandre Fadeev. In the early 1990s, he relocated to France. He has worked in Grenoble, Paris, and Amnéville.[2] He coached Sarah Abitbol / Stephane Bernadis and Vanessa Gusmeroli.

Competitive highlights[edit]

with Pestova
Event 77–78 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83
Winter Olympics 4th
World Champ. 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 6th
European Champ. 7th 4th 3rd 2nd
Prize of Moscow News 1st
Soviet Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 1st 1st


  1. ^ "Stanislav Leonovich". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Interview" (in Russian). Sport Express. 24 January 2000. 
  3. ^ a b Леонович Станислав Викторович [Stanislav Viktorovich Leonovich] (in Russian). 
  4. ^ a b Леонович Станислав Викторович [Stanislav Viktorovich Leonovich] (in Russian). 
  5. ^ "Marina Pestova & Stanislav Leonovich". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on 9 December 2007.