Oleg Kimovich Vasiliev


Oleg Kimovich Vasiliev

Infobox Figure skater
title= Oleg Vasiliev


caption= Vasiliev (far left) in 2004.
country= URS/RUS
dateofbirth= birth date and age|1959|11|22
residence=
height=
formerpartner= Elena Valova
formercoach= Tamara Moskvina
choreographer=
formerchoreographer=
skating club=
retired= 1988

Oleg Kimovich Vasiliev ( _ru. Олег Кимович Васильев; born November 22, 1959) is a Russian pair skater who competed internationally for the Soviet Union. With partner Elena Valova, he is the 1984 Olympic Champion.

Biography

Vasiliev was born in Leningrad, Russia, to parents Ludmila Konstantinovna Vasilieva and Kim Mihailovich Vasiliev. He was a sickly child, and his doctor recommended he get exercise and fresh air. Thus he began skating at age five, and his health improved greatly.

As a single skater, Vasiliev won a Junior Nationals title. Later he became interested in pair skating. Coach Tamara Moskvina paired him with Elena Valova. Vasiliev was 18 years old, Valova just 15. He represented Armed Forces sports society.

Valova and Vasiliev enjoyed success throughout their career, winning gold at the 1984 Olympics and silver in 1988, as well as the 1983, 1985 and 1988 world championship titles. They competed in the amateur ranks from 1979 to 1988, and as professionals until 1995. Oleg Vasiliev was awarded Order of Friendship of Peoples. [cite book|title=Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year|year=1985|pages=p. 37|publisher=Fizkultura i sport|location=Moscow|language=Russian]

Valova and Vasiliev were married from 1984-1992. He later married a woman named Valentina and had a daughter, Katia (Or Katenka in the familiar form), but they have since divorced.

He currently coaches the team of Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, 2006 Olympic and two-time world champions (2004, 2005).

Vasiliev moved to America in December 1997 and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Trivia

Valova and Vasiliev were the first Soviet skaters to turn professional.

Their single coach throughout their amateur and professional careers was Tamara Moskvina.

Competitive Results by Season

1980- 1981
*Coup des Alpes - 1st
*Moscow News Cup - 3rd
1981-1982
*Grand Prix de Gervais - 2nd
*Skate America - 3rd
*Nebelhorn Trophy - 1st
*USSR National Championships - 5th
1982-1983
*Skate America - 1st
*Moscow News Cup - 3rd
*European Championships - 2nd
*World Championships - 1st
1983-1984
*Moscow News Cup - 1st
*European Championships - 1st
*Olympics - 1st
*World Championships - 2nd
1984-1985
*USSR National Championships - 2nd
*European Championships - 1st
*World Championships - 1st
1985-1986
*USSR National Championships - 1st
*European Championships - 1st
*World Championships - 2nd
1986-1987
*NHK Trophy - 1st
*European Championships - 2nd
*World Championships - 2nd
1987-1988
*Moscow News Cup - 2nd
*Olympics - 2nd
*World Championships - 1st
1989-1990
*World Professional Championships - 2nd
*World Challenge of Champions - 2nd
1990-1991
*World Professional Championships - 4th
*World Challenge of Champions - 5th
1991-1992
*World Professional Championships - 4th
*World Challenge of Champions - 4th
1992-1993
*US Open - 5th
*World Professional Championships - 4th
*World Challenge of Champions - 2nd
1993-1994
*Masters Miko - 3rd
*US Open - 2nd
*World Professional Championships - 3rd
*World Challenge of Champions - 3rd
1994-1995
*Canadian Professional Championships - 4th
1997-1998
*Legends - 2nd
* US Open - 5th

References

External links

* [http://www.valova-vasiliev.com Poetry in Motion]
* [http://www.pairsonice.net/profileview.php?pid=72 Pairs on Ice profile]

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