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Elena Berezhnaya

Pair Skater
Female
Born Oct 11, 1977

Elena Viktorovna Berezhnaya is a Russian pair skater. With partner Anton Sikharulidze, she is the 1998 and 1999 World champion, 1998 Olympic silver medalist and 2002 Olympic champion. Berezhnaya first competed with Oleg Shliakhov for Latvia and won gold at the 1995 Trophée de France. While training together in January 1996, she suffered a serious injury, leaving her partly paralyzed and unable to speak.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1977 Birth Born on October 11, 1977.

TEENAGE

1992 - 1994 2 More Events
1995 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Berezhnaya first competed with Oleg Shliakhov for Latvia and won gold at the 1995 Trophée de France.
While training together in January 1996, she suffered a serious injury, leaving her partly paralyzed and unable to speak.
1997 19 Years Old In January 1997 in Paris, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze made the podium at their first Europeans together, obtaining the bronze medal. At the 1997 World Championships in March, their short program placed them provisionally in third, with two judges giving them first-place votes. … Read More

TWENTIES

…  With partner Anton Sikharulidze, she is the 1998 and 1999 World champion, 1998 Olympic silver medalist and 2002 Olympic champion.
1999 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1999, they had to withdraw from the European Championships after the short program due to Berezhnaya having the flu. They won their second world title at the 1999 World Championships in March 1999. … Read More
2000 22 Years Old In February 2000, the pair won gold at the 2000 Europeans but were stripped of their medals after Berezhnaya tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a substance whose ban was lifted temporarily between 2004 and 2010 before being banned again. … Read More
2001 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze developed a rivalry with Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. The 2001 World Championships were held in Salé/Pelletier's home country of Canada. … Read More
2002 24 Years Old At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, both pairs skated strong short programs, after which Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze were in first and Salé/Pelletier, who had a fall at the end of their program, second.
2003 25 Years Old In May 2003, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze confirmed they had retired from competitive skating. … Read More
2006 28 Years Old In 2006, Berezhnaya teamed with the actor Aleksandr Nosik for the Channel One (Russia) ice show Stars on Ice (Russian: Звёзды на льду).

THIRTIES

2008 30 Years Old In 2008, she was paired with the pop star Dima Bilan for the Russia 1 series Star Ice (Звёздный лёд).
2009 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, she skated with the comedian Mikhail Galustian in the Channel One series Ice Age 3 (Russian: Ледниковый период-3).
In 2010, she joined another edition of Ice Age, teaming up with Igor Ugolnikov.
2011 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In autumn 2011, Berezhnaya participated in the third season of the Canadian reality program Battle of the Blades, partnered with former NHL player Curtis Leschyshyn.
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