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Lyudmila Belousova & Oleg Protopopov

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Olympic and World medals

1964 Olympic Medal1968 Olympic Medal1965 World Championship Medal1966 World Championship Medal1967 World Championship Medal1968 World Championship Medal1962 World Championship Medal1963 World Championship Medal
1964 World Championship Medal1969 World Championship Medal

Country
Soviet Union

Partnership
1957-present

Coach
Igor Moskvin

Choreography

Location
Leningrad
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Lyudmila
 
Oleg

Birthdate

November 22, 1935 

 

Birthdate

July 16, 1932 

Hometown

Ulyanovsk 

 

Hometown

Leningrad 

Oleg served in the Soviet navy from 1951-1953 and placed third at the 1953 Russian pairs championships with partner Margarita Bogoyavlenskaya. Until 1957, Lyudmila's partner was Yuri Nevski. They became partners that year while Oleg was coaching in a training camp and Lyudmila demonstrated the movements. Both were considered too old for pairs skating at the time, but they formed a pair both on and off the ice. The Protopopovs brought artistic innovation to pairs skating, performing simple programs skating to classical music. While they are known for their artistic revolution, they left a strong technical legacy as well by inventing three additional death spirals: the forward-inside, forward-outside, and backward-inside. After winning their second Olympic gold medal in 1968, the continued competing only to drop to third place at the 1969 Worlds behind two athletic and powerful Soviet teams. They reluctantly turned professional and joined the Ice Capades. Lyudmila and Oleg became citizens of Switzerland during the 1980's and still live there today.

 
Competition
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Final
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1987 World Professional Championships

 

 

4

silver

1986 Challenge of Champions

 

 

2

bronze

1986 World Professional Championships

 

 

3

bronze

1985 Challenge of Champions

 

 

3

gold

1985 World Professional Championships

 

 

1

silver

1984 World Professional Championships

 

 

2

gold

1983 World Professional Championships

 

 

1

gold

1973 World Professional Championships

 

 

1

bronze

1969 World Championships

 

 

3

silver

1969 European Championships

 

 

2

gold

1968 World Championships

 

 

1

gold

1968 Olympic Games

 

 

1

gold

1968 European Championships

 

 

1

gold

1967 World Championships

 

 

1

gold

1966 World Championships

 

 

1

gold

1965 World Championships

 

 

1

silver

1964 World Championships

 

 

2

gold

1964 Olympic Games

 

 

1

silver

1963 World Championships

 

 

2

silver

1962 World Championships

 

 

2

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1960 World Championships

 

 

8

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1958 World Championships

 

 

13

 
Medal Cabinet


10 gold
6 silver
3 bronze
19 total medals

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More Info About Belousova and Protopopov

Results
Their Competition Record

Photos
1968 Olympic Games
1964 Olympic Games

Lyudmila's Partners
Oleg Protopopov

Oleg's Partners
Lyudmila Belousova

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