Natalia Linichuk

Natalia Linichuk
Natalia Linichuk
Personal information
Full name Natalia Vladimirovna Linichuk
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born February 6, 1956 (1956-02-06) (age 55)
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Former partner Gennadi Karponosov
Former coach Elena Tchaikovskaia
Olympic medal record
Figure Skating
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Ice dancing

Natalia Vladimirovna Linichuk (Russian: About this sound Наталья Владимировна Линичук​ ; born February 6, 1956 in Moscow) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer and current ice dancing coach. With partner Gennadi Karponosov, she was the 1980 ice dancing Olympic champion and two-time World champion. They skated for the Soviet Union throughout their competitive careers.


Competitive career

Linichuk and Karponosov were coached by Elena Tchaikovskaia at Dynamo in Moscow. They won the World Universiade in 1972, and were bronze medalists at the 1974 and 1977 World Championships. They also finished 4th at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport.

Linichuk and Karponosov became World champions in 1978 and 1979. They won the European Championships in 1979 and 1980, after winning a silver medal in 1978, and bronze medals from 1974 through 1977.

Linichuk and Karponosov won the 1980 Olympics, but failed to defend their World title, making them the only team ever to unsuccessfully defend a World title after winning the Olympics.[1] In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov retired from competition.

Coaching career

Linichuk (far right) in the kiss & cry with Karponosov and students Domnina & Shabalin

After coaching in Moscow, Linichuk and Karponosov moved to the U.S. in the early '90s and coached at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.[2] In September 2007, they moved to the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.[2]

Their current and former senior-level students include:

Their current and former junior-level students include:

  • Lauri Bonacorsi / Travis Mager (from May 2010)[7] 2011 U.S. Junior silver medalists
  • Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro (coached from mid-2010 to present).[8] 2011 World Junior silver medalists for Russia.

Personal life

Linichuk and Karponosov were married on 31 July 1981. Their daughter, Anastasiya Karponosova, was born in February 1985. The couple initially lived in Moscow and then moved to the United States in the early '90s.[2]

Competitive highlights

Event 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81
Olympic Winter Games 4th 1st
World Championships 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd
European Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Soviet Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Skate Canada International 1st 1st
Prize of Moscow News 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st


External links


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