Can anyone underestimate how popular figure skating has been in Russia since the first skating rink opened in St. Petersburg around 1865? The first World Figure Skating Championships, in fact, were held in the city in 1896. Although only male skaters were allowed to participate, female figures skaters, especially Russian ones, were soon competing and winning medals for their countries in all types of figure skating events, including the Olympics. And as far as Olympic medals go, Russia has one of the highest medal counts in the sport for the category.
Of course, Russian female figure skaters aren’t known and celebrated only in Russia. Most fans of figure skating across the world are familiar with some of the greatest ladies in Russian figure skating history. From Irina Slutskaya, who has medaled at the Olympics, World Figure Skating Championships, and Russian Figure Skating Championships, to Viktoria Volchkova, who medaled at the Russian Figure Skating Championships seven times, these amazing Russian women have had a worldwide impact on the sport and made Russia proud.
This list contains all of the greats in Russian ladies’ single skating history. Although many have left the sport, their greatest performances will be watched and studied by aspiring skaters and sports fans for years to come. These women have left a lasting legacy, giving them the honor of being known as the greatest female figure skaters from Russia.
Elena Radionova won the gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy competition in 2013.
Age: age 16
Birthplace: Moscow, Russiasee more on Elena Radionova
Julia Lipnitskaia placed first at the European Figure Skating Championships in 2014.
Irina Slutskaya competed (and medaled) at both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Birthplace: Moscow, Russiasee more on Irina Slutskaya
Anna Pogorilaya earned a gold medal at the Cup of China in 2013.
Age: age 17
Birthplace: Moscow, Russiasee more on Anna Pogorilaya
Along with winning the Russian Figure Skating Championships seven times, Viktoria Volchkova competed in the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.
Age: age 33
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russiasee more on Viktoria Volchkova
Adelina Sotnikova counts among her medals two silvers, both gained at the European Figure Skating Championships (2013 and 2014).
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is a medalist many times over; she won, for example, the gold medal at the Trophée Eric Bompard in 2011.
Age: age 19
Birthplace: Glazov, Russiasee more on Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Ekaterina Kozireva, in 2006, took the bronze medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix.
Age: age 22
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