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Elena Berezhnaya

Pair Skater
Female
Born Oct 11, 1977
Age 38
Hometown Nevinnomyssk

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

1994 16 Years Old The next season they won a pair of silver medals at the 1994 Skate Canada International and 1994 Trophée de France and finished 7th at the 1995 World Championships. … Read More
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 At the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships in March, they had a strong short program which placed them provisionally in third, with two judges giving them first-place votes. However, the pair had a disastrous long program, placing 12th in the segment and dropping to 9th overall. The next season, they won the European Championship, defeating 1992 Olympic champion Artur Dmitriev with his new partner Oksana Kazakova, and the reigning World Champions Mandy Wötzel and Ingo Steuer.

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.
2000 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 24 Years Old At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, both pairs skated strong short programs, after which Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze were in 1st and Sale and Pelletier, who had a fall at the end of their program, 2nd. … Read More
2003 25 Years Old In May 2003, Berezhnaya and 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).
2007 29 Years Old …  Berezhnaya gave birth to their son Tristan on 6 October 2007 in London, England. … Read More

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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