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Great Russian women - Tamara Moskvina, a pair skating coach and former competitive skater

Tamara Moskvina

Tamara Nikolayevna Moskvina is a Russian pair skating coach and former competitive skater. She is one of most successful coaches in Russia. In her own skating career she was five-time (1962-1966) Soviet national champion in ladies singles and 1969 World silver medalist in pair skating with her partner Alexei Mishin.

Moskvina was born in Leningrad (now St.Petersburg) during World War II (on June 26, 1941) and had to be evacuated when Leningrad was besieged. A few years after the war, when she was 10, her father bought skates for Tamara and her two sisters and Tamara started training.

She was first coached by Ivan Bogoyavlensky. In her late teens, Igor Moskvin, a former Soviet pairs champion, began coaching singles at Tamara's sports club, teaching both Moskvina and Alexei Mishin. Under his direction, she won the USSR ladies championship five straight years from 1962 through 1966 and competed at Europeans in singles, but never at Worlds. She even performed a Biellmann spin.

In 1964, Tamara and Igor were married. A year later, he suggested that she try pairs. Tamara paired with Alexander Gavrilov, finishing fourth at the Nationals in their first year. But Gavrilov retired, so Igor paired Tamara with Mishin. Together the duo claimed silver at the World Championships and bronze at Europeans in 1969. Both retired shortly thereafter and both turned to coaching. She received her PhD in 1970 from the Academy of Physical Education and Sport and decided to concentrate on a coaching career.

Over the decades Moskvina has become one of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport.
She is specialized in coaching mostly Russian pairs leading pair teams to the following titles:

Irina Vorobieva & Igor Lisovsky - 1981 World and European champions
Elena Valova & Oleg Vasiliev - 1984 Olympic champions, 1988 Olympic silver medalists, and 1983, 1985, & 1988 World champions
Natalia Mishkutenok & Artur Dmitriev - 1992 Olympic champions, 1994 Olympic silver medalists, and 1991 & 1992 World champions
Elena Bechke & Denis Petrov - 1992 Olympic silver medalists
Oksana Kazakova & Artur Dmitriev - 1998 Olympic champions
Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze - 2002 Olympic champions, 1998 Olympic silver medalists, and 1998 & 1999 World champions
Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman - Three-time U.S. champions
Yuko Kawaguchi & Alexander Smirnov - 2009 & 2010 World Bronze Medalists, 2010 European Champions, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Russian National Champions

She was one of the first Soviet coaches to collaborate with the skating world outside the Soviet Union and its satellites.

Moskvina is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia at the Yubileyny Sports Palace, and has also coached at Hackensack, New Jersey's Ice House. She is 70 yet still skates every day and takes to the ice to work on elements with her top pairs team, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov. She often skates alongside her students as they practice sections of their programs.


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