Two-time Olympic champion, famous Soviet skater Lyudmila Belousova, who with partner Oleg Protopopov, has died at the age of 81 years.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
As RIA “Novosti”, this was reported in his microblog producer 6ABC Kristen Beatty. The demise of the illustrious sportswomen also confirmed the news Agency TASS Russian coach Alexei Mishin.
“I was told about her death is a big loss, for me especially, – said Mishin. – Because I’m a half of his sporting life spent with her and Oleg in one locker room” – he said.
Recall that Belousova started skating with partner Oleg Protopopov in 1954. They trained under the guidance of Igor Moskvin, and Peter Orlov.
In December 1957, the skaters got married. At first their results were not outstanding. But then, significantly enriching the technical Arsenal for the first time and performing a death spiral on the inner edge they won in the 1962 USSR championship. And in 1964 and in 1968 they won the gold at the Olympics in Innsbruck and Grenoble. On their account four victories at the world Championships and four gold medals at the European Championships.
After retiring from the sport, the athletes went to work in the Leningrad ballet on ice in September 1979, while on tour in Switzerland, they asked for political asylum and refused to return to the USSR. After that they were deprived of many titles in the USSR.
For the first time they came Home in 2003 at the invitation of Vyacheslav Fetisov. Also held many meetings, gave interviews during the winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
Read the story: “Hour of love: the life and death of figure skater Lyudmila Belousova”
Watch the performance of Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov at the Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964.
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