Maria Butyrskaya


Maria Butyrskaya
Maria Butyrskaya
Personal information
Full name Maria Viktorovna Butyrskaya
Country represented  Russia
Born 28 June 1972 (1972-06-28) (age 39)
Moscow
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Former coach Elena Tchaikovskaya
Vladimir Kotin

Maria Viktorovna Butyrskaya (Russian: Мария Викторовна Бутырская') (born 28 June 1972 in Moscow) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 1999 World champion, becoming the oldest woman to win that title and the first Russian woman to become a World champion. She is a three-time European champion and in 2002, at age 29, became the oldest woman to win that title. She is a six-time Russian national champion. She placed fourth at the 1998 Winter Olympics and sixth at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Career

Butyrskaya originally competed for the Soviet Union. After its dissolution, she began representing Russia.

As a teen, she was replaced by the Soviet Figure Skating Federation, and then lost coach after coach while struggling to finance her skating following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Her World Championship result in 1993 failed to qualify Russia for a spot in the 1994 Olympics. She came in 4th at the 1998 Olympics. Her persistence paid off when she defeated defending world champion Michelle Kwan at the 1999 World Championships. She received all first place ordinals in both the short and the long programs at the 1999 worlds, dominating the competition in an upset victory. She was never able to win a second world title, or an olympic medal, although she did win the short program at the 2000 Worlds, and captured her second bronze medal. She ended her amateur career at the 2002 World Championships, withdrawing from the competition after skating poorly in the qualifying round.

Butyrskaya was known for the beauty of her triple loop and true, outside-edge triple lutz. She was also known for a combination spin that involved clasping her arms and hands behind her back while transitioning to back camel, sit and scratch spins. She often participated in choreographing her programs and in designing her costumes. She often skated better in practice sessions than in competitive events, however, as she frequently succumbed to nervous tension when competing. In particular, Butyrskaya's car was blown up by the Russian mafia in December 1999, and speculation followed that the ensuing emotional distress caused her to lose the 1999 Russian Championships.

Besides the technical elements of figure skating, Butyrskaya won adulation for her artistry and ubridled femininity, which, especially toward the end of her professional career, was often in stark contrast to competitors half her age. She herself described her skating style as "a Woman on the ice". In 2000, the New York Times described her short program (Sarah Brightman's Scene d'Amour) as "flowing, lyrical skating...a performance of rare elegance and beauty."

Personal life

In 1998, Butyrskaya posed for the Russian edition of Playboy magazine. In summer 2006, she married a hockey player, Vadim Khomitski.[1] As of 2010, he plays in Russia for Khimik's successor team Atlant Moscow Oblast. He is 10 years younger than her. [1] On 16 April 2007, Butyrskaya and Khomitski welcomed their first child, a son named Vladislav (Vlad for short.) At his birth, he weighed-in at 7.7 pounds and was 20 inches long. On 3 June 2009, their second child, a daughter, was born.[2] After ending her career, Butyrskaya began coaching, working primarily with young skaters.[1] She is based at the Olympic Reserve Skating School in Moscow.[2]

Results

Event 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02
Winter Olympics 4th 6th
World Championships 29th 4th 5th 3rd 1st 3rd 4th WD
European Championships 5th 4th 7th 3rd 4th 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
Russian Championships 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd
Soviet Championships 3rd
Grand Prix Final 7th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 4th
Skate America 10th 1st
Skate Canada International 1st 2nd
Sparkassen Cup 7th 6th 8th 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Trophée Lalique 5th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
NHK Trophy 5th 5th 1st 2nd 1st
Finlandia Trophy 4th 1st
Karl Schäfer Memorial 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd 3rd
Piruetten 8th

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