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Tatiana Tarasova

Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a famous Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser.

Tatiana Tarasova was born February 13, 1947 in Moscow in the family of a famous hockey coach, Anatoly Tarasov, and a school PE teacher Nina Tarasova.

In 1964 she was admitted and in 1969 she graduated from the Central Institute of Physical Culture

Beginning from 1967, Tatiana Tarasova is working as a coach. Since that time she cultivated 11 Olympic Champions; her pupils won in aggregate 38 gold, 15 silver and 5 bronze medals at the highest level competitions, including 7 Olympic Gold medals.

Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev; Irina Moiseeva and Andrey Minnenkov; Natalia Bestemianova and Andrey Bukin;Marina Klimova and Sergey Ponomarenko; Oxana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov; Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergey Grinkov; Ilja Kulik and Alexey Yagudin are among her famous students.

She set a record not only in the number of medals won by her pupils, but also she was able to create her own style in a very conservative sport like figure skating, where ice dances consist of only seven elements. Her style is followed by most of the ice dancers in the world.

In the middle of the 80s, Tatiana Tarasova together with Elena Tchaikovskya created an ice theater "All Stars", the cast of which consisted on many famous figure skaters. The theater stayed open for 14 years. Tarasova was a coach, a choreographer and a director in this theater. They traveled the whole world with their performances.

Tarasova worked with skaters from all over the world. Among her pupils were Barbara Fusar-Poli and Mauricio Morgalio from Italy; Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz from Canada; Galit Khait and Sergey Sakhnovsky from Israel; Nakako Tsuzuki and Rinat Farhutdinov from Japan; Alissa DiCarbonel and Alexandr Malkov from Belarus.

Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World championships. As of 2006, her students have won a combined total of 9 Olympic gold medals in three of the four Olympic figure skating disciplines. Thus, she is popularly called the "Champion maker"

In 2005, Tatiana Tarasova was appointed a coach-consultant for the Russian Figure Skating Federation.

She was awarded the titles of the Distinguished Coach of the Russian Federation in 1972 and of the USSR in 1975. She was awarded a variety of orders and medals of Russia.

Husband of Tatiana Tarasova is a famous pianist Vladimir Krajnev, professors at the Hanover Conservatory of Music

Tatiana Tarasova is going to be inducted in the International Figure Skaters Hall of Fame, located in the American City of Colorado Springs.

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