Olimpic Medalist in Figure Skating
Irina Slutskaya was born on February 9, 1979 in Moscow. She is a Russian figure skater. The only child of a Russian mother and Jewish father. Her mother was a former cross-country skier for the Soviet Union. In August 1999, Slutskaya married her on-and-off boyfriend of three years, Sergei Mikheev. They had met each other at a summer camp near Moscow, where Mikheev was a physical education instructor. She gave birth to a son, named Artem, in November 2007 in Moscow. Regretting not having siblings herself, she said she would like another child. In October 2010, she gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Varvara.
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She is a two-time World Champion, two-time Olympic medalist seven-time European Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion and a four-time Russian National Champion.
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Slutskaya, known for her athletic ability, was the first female skater to land a triple lutz-triple loop combination. She is also known for her trademark double Biellmann spin with a foot change, which she also invented. She is generally considered to be the most successful ladies' singles skater in Russian history.