Tatiana Tarasova

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Tatiana Tarasova
File:Tatiana Tarasova.jpg
Tarasova in 2007
Personal information
Full name Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1947-02-13) 13 February 1947 (age 75)
Former partner Georgi Proskurin
Aleksandr Tikhomirov
Retired 1966

Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova (Russian: About this sound Татья́на Анато́льевна Тара́сова​ , born 13 February 1947) is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser.[1] Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. Her students have won a total of seven Olympic gold medals in three of the four Olympic figure skating disciplines, in addition to 41 gold medals at the European and World championships.

Personal life

Tatiana Tarasova is the daughter of Anatoli Tarasov, a famed ice hockey coach, who introduced her to figure skating at the age of five. She lived for more than a decade in Simsbury, Connecticut before moving back to Russia in 2006. She is the widow of Vladimir Krainev, who died in April 2011.

Competitive career

Tarasova competed in pair skating with Aleksandr Tikhomirov[2] and Georgi Proskurin. With Proskurin, she was a two-time Soviet national medalist. They finished 7th at the 1965 World Championships and 4th at the 1966 European Championships.[3] At 18 years of age, Tarasova sustained a career-ending injury.

(with Proskurin)

Event 1963–1964 1964–1965 1965–1966
World Championships 7th
European Championships 6th 4th
Winter Universiade 1st
Soviet Championships 3rd 2nd

Later career

Tarasova started coaching at age 19, at her father's insistence. Her most notable students have been Alexei Yagudin, Ilia Kulik, Natalia Bestemianova / Andrei Bukin, Oksana Grishuk / Evgeni Platov, Ekaterina Gordeeva / Sergei Grinkov, Marina Klimova / Sergey Ponomarenko, and Irina Rodnina / Alexander Zaitsev.

In the mid-1990s, Tarasova launched the Russian All-Stars, an ice ballet. She coached for ten years at Simsbury, Connecticut's International Skating Center before announcing her retirement from full-time coaching and moving back to Russia in 2006.

Her students have included:

Tarasova is assisted by choreographer Jeanetta Folle.

Honours and awards

Tarasova was awarded Order of Friendship of Peoples (1984).[6] In March 2008, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.


  1. http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/205225
  2. Tarasova, Tatiana (1985). Chetyrie Vremeni Goda (in русский). Moskva: Sov. Rossia. p. 176.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Skatabase
  4. "No tears, but Nagasu still must get past fears". Chicago Tribune. March 27, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating
  6. Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Physical Culture and Sports publisher. 1985. p. 38.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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