Irina Slutskaya
Figure skater
Irina Slutskaya
Irina Eduardovna Slutskaya is a Russian figure skater. She is a two-time World Champion, two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 2002, bronze in 2006), seven-time European Champion (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (2000–2002, 2005) and a four-time Russian National Champion (2000–2002, 2005). Slutskaya, known for her athletic ability, was the first female skater to land a triple lutz-triple loop combination.
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Skater Kim Yu-na to Miss Grand Prix Series for 2nd Year - The Chosun Ilbo
Google News - over 5 years
Since the iconic Irina Slutskaya retired in 2007, Russia has struggled to produce a top-level female skater. Slutskaya dominated the sport for stretches of her decorated career, which included two world titles, seven European titles and a silver and a
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Countrywide Events - The Slovak Spectator
Google News - almost 6 years
SHOW ON ICE: Hviezdny ľad / Starry Ice – A troupe of former world champions in figure skating and current professionals, including Alexei Yagudin, Ilya Averbuch, Irina Slutskaya and other familiar names, comes to offer a spectacular show
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; For Hughes, Gold Medal Never Trumped Family Life
NYTimes - about 7 years
Sarah Hughes rarely looks at the video of her marvelous four minutes. She does not have to. It was implanted in her mind, a permanent chip that contains the crowd's reaction to her near perfection. Hughes is not living in the past. As a recent Yale graduate, she sometimes has to confront what she accomplished that night in 2002. No matter what
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FIGURE SKATING; South Korean Turns In Record Short Program
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Even a bad back could not slow Kim Yu-Na, the 16-year-old South Korean competing in her first senior-level world figure skating championships. Fresh off acupuncture treatment, Kim received the highest score ever recorded in the women's short program. With 71.95 points Friday, she took a commanding lead over Miki Ando of Japan, who received 67.98,
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JOURNEYS: RED SQUARE, MOSCOW; Party Time Where the Soviet Army Strutted
NYTimes - about 10 years
WHAT do Lenin, Paul McCartney, Chanel and St. Basil the Blessed have in common? They're all part of the phantasmagoric cultural pageant associated these days with Red Square, the cobbled, iconic heart of Moscow and, indeed, all of Russia. In the past year alone, the square, which is adjacent to the Kremlin, and Vasilyevsky Spusk, the square's
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NYTimes - about 10 years
7 P.M. (ABC) THE SOUND OF MUSIC -- (1965). Who needs Mary Poppins when they can have Maria? Julie Andrews still resonates as the warm-hearted nanny who melts a baron's (Christopher Plummer) regimental reserve in prewar Austria with the help of his musical brood. Don't be shy: singing along is practically required. 4 P.M. (NBC) GRETCHEN WILSON'S
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Sports Briefing
NYTimes - over 10 years
FIGURE SKATING SLUTSKAYA RETIRES FROM COMPETITION -- The former world and European champion Irina Slutskaya has announced her retirement from competitive figure skating, saying she ''has had enough.'' ''I'm not sure what I'm going to do in the next five minutes, but one thing is certain -- I'm done with competitive skating,'' Slutskaya, a
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES: THE TV WATCH; 'Idol' Is What the Televised Olympics Try to Be, and There's No Curling
NYTimes - almost 11 years
The Olympian ideal is simple: Amateurs from all walks of life gather in one place to compete for greatness. Many dreams are shattered, but at least one nonentity is turned into an overnight star. In other words, ''American Idol'' comes closer than ''Torino 2006.'' It's not just that viewers preferred to watch ''Idol,'' the Fox singing contest,
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- FIGURE SKATING: WOMEN; A Night of Nerves Is Settled on a Turn of Elegance
NYTimes - about 11 years
The biggest prize of the Olympics went to the figure skater who carried her burden lightest of all. The American Sasha Cohen could not manage her demons, fell on her first jump and ended up stunned to take home even a silver medal. Irina Slutskaya of Russia, crushed to have fallen and ruined her opportunity, threw her bronze medal in a locker. It
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- NIGHTLIFE; In Parties as Well as Podiums, Russia Is Red-Hot
NYTimes - about 11 years
Outside the Russia House, headquarters for the Russian delegation in Turin, a horde of people gathered at the entryway, looking frozen and distraught. ''Please, I am Russian,'' one woman in heavy mascara and skintight jeans pleaded to a security guard late Tuesday night. But the guard, in his red Russian team jacket, did not budge. The red rope
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- FIGURE SKATING: WOMEN; Small Still, and Fierce, Cohen Has Nerves of Steel Now, Too
NYTimes - about 11 years
Sasha Cohen's former coach said she knew the instant she saw Cohen strike a sassy, confident pose to start her Olympic short program Tuesday night that Cohen would fare well. Her current coach insists that despite Cohen's diminutive stature, she is more than tough enough mentally to win Thursday's long program and walk away a gold medalist. For
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Sports of The Times; Cohen Ends a Long Night By Edging Ahead of Slutskaya
NYTimes - about 11 years
THE bubble gum crew of Olympic talent was tucked in when the 21-year-old Sasha Cohen stepped onto the ice last night with flirtatious winks between seductive spins meant to wrap the audience and judges around the crook of her finger. Young competitors in sequined skirts, making their Olympic debuts and experiencing first-boy crushes, were swept
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Irina Slutskaya
  • 2014
    Age 35
    She was an ambassador for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Slutskaya was born in 1979 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, the only child of a Russian mother and Jewish father. Slutskaya was raised in the Russian Orthodox faith and was known to cross herself in most of her competitions. Her mother was a former cross-country skier for the Soviet Union.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    In October 2012, Slutskaya competed in the first Medal Winner's Open, an event for Olympic and World medalists.
    More Details Hide Details She placed third in the ladies' field.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, Slutskaya also participated in 2010 Winter Olympic champion Kim Yuna ice show All That Skate Summer.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    In October 2010, she gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Varvara.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    In 2009, she was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • 2008
    Age 29
    In November 2008, Slutskaya performed in the "Skate from the Heart" show.
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    In 2008, she took part in a Russian TV soap opera about figure skating "Hot Ice".
    More Details Hide Details She also toured as the lead skater in the Russian version of the show "Winx on Ice".
  • 2007
    Age 28
    She gave birth to a son, Artem, in November 2007 in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details An only child who longed for siblings, she said she would like another baby.
    On 10 April 2007, Slutskaya announced she was returning to Russia from the United States and would not participate on the 2007 Champions on Ice tour since she and her husband, Sergei, were expecting a child.
    More Details Hide Details Slutskaya stated that she enjoyed motherhood and had no plans to return to competitive skating. "I don’t see the target," she said. "I don’t know why I have to go there. I have almost all the titles." She began a career in showbusiness. She presented figure skating reality shows on Russia Channel 1 "Stars on Ice" with co-host Evgeni Plushenko and "Ice Age" with actor Marat Basharov. She has also released a CD.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    In November 2006, she denied reports that claimed she was retiring from competitive figure skating, saying the reports were completely false.
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    Slutskaya did not compete at the 2006 World Championships the following month.
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    At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Slutskaya was considered the odds on favorite to win the gold medal — 15-year-old Mao Asada, who had upset her at that season's Grand Prix Final, was barred from the event due to age regulations.
    More Details Hide Details She was in second place after the short program by only .03, behind Sasha Cohen of the United States. In the free skating, Slutskaya doubled a triple flip and then fell on a triple loop jump. She won the bronze medal, behind gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa of Japan and silver medalist Cohen.
    On 19 January 2006, Slutskaya won the European Championships for the seventh time, breaking the record she had shared with Sonja Henie and Katarina Witt to become the most successful ladies' skater at the event.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    At the 2005 World Championships, Slutskaya was first after the short program and skated last in the free skating, in which she performed seven triples, including a 3Lz-3Lo combination, to win her second World title.
    More Details Hide Details She said the free skating was "the skate of her life" because "she was in front of her friends and family, and she was skating at home." She also said: This is the question they ask: how could you get up after your fall last year? That's not right at all. You can't talk that way. When a person is ill, it's not a fall, it's a misfortune. And no one, unfortunately, is safe from that. I only want to say to those who don't believe in their capacity for recovery: believe, fight... I got up — you can too.
    In winning the 2005 European Championships, she matched the record for the most European titles in ladies' singles.
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    In 2005, Slutskaya made a comeback after a long stay at a hospital.
    More Details Hide Details The season would be her most dominant ever — for the only time in her career she went undefeated, winning every competition she entered. She thrived under the new scoring system which heavily rewarded her jumps, spins (particularly Biellman spins), difficult footwork, and speed and power.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Although doctors told her that she should stay away from the cold, she elected to compete at the 2004 World Championships and finished ninth.
    More Details Hide Details She was diagnosed ultimately with vasculitis.
  • 2003
    Age 24
    She missed most of the 2003–04 season.
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    Slutskaya decided not to compete at the 2003 World Championships after receiving news that her mother had fallen seriously ill, requiring a kidney transplant.
    More Details Hide Details The initial transplant was rejected and another one had to be performed. Soon after her mother's condition began improving, however, Slutskaya experienced severe fatigue and swelling in the legs, which several hospitals struggled to correctly diagnose.
    In January 2003, she defeated Sokolova to win her fifth European title in Malmö.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, she took silver at the Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg after placing first in one segment and second to Sasha Cohen in the other two.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    In the 2002–03 season, Slutskaya took silver at the 2002 NHK Trophy and bronze at the 2002 Cup of Russia before losing her national title to Elena Sokolova at the Russian Championships in December 2002.
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    The next month, Slutskaya won the 2002 World title in Nagano.
    More Details Hide Details Ranked first in both the qualifying round and the short program, followed by Fumie Suguri and Michelle Kwan, in theory Slutskaya could place second to Kwan in the free skating and still win the title but she won a majority of the judges' votes in the segment. It was her first World title.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In the 2001–02 season, Slutskaya won all five of her meetings with Kwan, however, she also saw a new challenge from the 2001 World bronze medalist, Sarah Hughes.
    More Details Hide Details After winning her first Goodwill Games title, she finished second to Hughes at Skate Canada International and then took gold at Cup of Russia. At the Grand Prix Final, Slutskaya performed well to win the first two segments of the event, but her second free skating contained only three clean triples. Three judges placed her third behind Kwan and Hughes but four others placed her first, giving Slutskaya her third GPF title. She then took her third straight Russian national title but lost her European title to Maria Butyrskaya. Third in the short program after a fall, she placed first in the free skating but it was not enough to overcome her deficit. Slutskaya's next event was the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Kwan and Slutskaya were ranked first and second in the short program, with Cohen and Hughes placing third and fourth, respectively. After Kwan finished below Hughes in the overall standings, Slutskaya had to place first in the free skating in order to win gold but Hughes won the free skating in a 5–4 decision. Hughes performed seven triples and two triple-triple combinations, while Slutskaya did not attempt any triple-triples and had rough landings on two jumps. Russia, still somewhat aggrieved about the outcome of an earlier dispute over the pairs competition, filed a complaint against the result but it was rejected shortly. Slutskaya's silver was the second medal for a Russian competitor in an Olympic ladies' figure skating event (Kira Ivanova took bronze at the 1984 Olympics).
    After winning the short program at the 2001 World Championships, in the free skating, she became the first woman to land a 3S-3Lo-2T combination.
    More Details Hide Details She two-footed her 3Lz-3Lo-2T combination and had problems on two other landings. The judges voted 7–2 to award the gold medal to Kwan while silver went to Slutskaya.
    After defeating Kwan to win Skate Canada International, she took her fourth European title, in January 2001 in Bratislava, and then defended her Grand Prix Final title, in February in Tokyo.
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  • 2000
    Age 21
    Slutskaya began the 2000–01 season in dominant fashion.
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    At the 2000 World Championships in Nice, France, Slutskaya won her qualifying pool over Kwan and placed second to Butyrskaya in the short program.
    More Details Hide Details She completed six triples in the free skating, with a 2S instead of her planned 3S-3Lo, and finished second overall behind Kwan.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Slutskaya married her boyfriend, Sergei Mikheev, in August 1999.
    More Details Hide Details They met each other three years earlier at a summer camp near Moscow, where Mikheev was a physical education instructor.
    In December 1999, she defeated Butyrskaya, the reigning World champion, to win her first Russian national title.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, she won the Grand Prix Final, defeating both Butyrskaya and Kwan. In second place behind Kwan ahead of the two-women "super final," Slutskaya landed seven triples in the final segment, including two triple-triple combinations, and became the first woman to perform a 3Lz-3Lo combination in competition. In February, she won her third European title, in Vienna, Austria.
    Slutskaya made a successful comeback in the 1999–2000 season.
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    She took bronze behind Tatiana Malinina and Butyrskaya at the Grand Prix Final, held in Saint Petersburg in March 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Slutskaya then considered leaving competition but decided to continue.
    In January 1999, she placed fourth at the 1999 Russian Championships, leading to her omission from the Russian teams to the European and World Championships.
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  • 1998
    Age 19
    During the 1998–99 season, Slutskaya won a silver and two bronze medals on the Grand Prix series to qualify for her fourth Final.
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    The next month, she won silver at the 1998 World Championships, coming back from a fall in the short program and successfully landing two triple-triple combinations in the free skating.
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    In December, she finished off the podium at the Russian Championships and at the Champions Series Final in Munich before winning the silver medal in January 1998 at the European Championships in Milan.
    More Details Hide Details In February, she competed at her first Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Ranked fifth in the short program after her planned combination became a 2Lz-2T, Slutskaya performed five triples in the free skating and received two third-place votes (from the U.S. and Hungary) but placed fifth in the segment and overall.
  • 1997
    Age 18
    In the 1997–98 season, Slutskaya took silver at the 1997 Nations Cup and gold at the 1997 Cup of Russia.
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    At the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, a missed combination left her in 6th place in the short program.
    More Details Hide Details She then incurred a back injury from a hard fall in practice the day of the free skating. In the free skating, she completed six triples, including a 3S-3Lo combination, and received three first-place votes for the segment. Due to the short program, she finished fourth overall.
    By the Champions Series Final, held in late February and early March 1997, Slutskaya was struggling with jumps and finished third behind Lipinski, the new U.S champion, and Kwan.
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    In January 1997, she repeated as the European champion, landing seven triples (one with a slightly flawed landing).
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  • 1996
    Age 17
    She went on to win two more CS events, the 1996 Nations Cup and 1996 Cup of Russia.
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    In 1996–97, Slutskaya began her season by winning her first Champions Series title at the 1996 Skate Canada International, beating rising star Tara Lipinski.
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    In March, she competed at the 1996 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Third in the short program, she held onto her position in the next segment after recovering from an early fall to complete six triples. She was awarded the bronze medal and stepped onto her first World podium, alongside Kwan (gold medalist) and Chen (silver).
    At the Champions Series Final, held in Paris in late February 1996, she finished ahead of reigning World champion Chen Lu (4th) and took the silver medal behind Michelle Kwan.
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    In January 1996, at the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, she became the first Russian woman to win the European title, performing six triples in the free skating to dethrone the five-time defending champion Surya Bonaly.
    More Details Hide Details Slutskaya also won the Centennial on Ice, combining with Butyrskaya to hand Kwan her only defeat of the season.
  • 1995
    Age 16
    In the 1995–96 season, Slutskaya competed in the inaugural edition of the Champions Series (later renamed the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating), taking bronze at the 1995 Skate America and placing fourth at the 1995 Trophée de France.
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    At the 1995 World Championships, Slutskaya again fell in the short program but performed six triples in the next segment, resulting in a rank of 5th in the free skating and 7th overall.
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    At the 1995 European Championships, she came back from a fall in the short program to skate the third best free skating and rose to fifth overall.
    More Details Hide Details She qualified for Worlds along with silver medalist Olga Markova, by finishing ahead of Russian champion Maria Butyrskaya (7th).
    After winning the 1995 World Junior title in November 1994 in Budapest, she took bronze at 1995 Russian Championships to qualify for her first senior ISU Championship.
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  • 1994
    Age 15
    In the 1994–95 season, Slutskaya continued her rise towards the elite of the sport.
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    Slutskaya started skating at the age of four, encouraged by her mother. Coached by Zhanna Gromova from the age of six, she first made her mark as a promising junior skater by winning the bronze medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships, held in December 1993 in Colorado Springs.
    More Details Hide Details This would be the beginning of a twelve-year rivalry with American legend Michelle Kwan, who won gold at this same event.
  • 1979
    Age 0
    Born on February 9, 1979.
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