Irina Slutskaya

Olimpic Medalist in Figure Skating

Irina Slutskaya  (Olimpic Medalist in Figure Skating)
Irina Slutskaya  (Olimpic Medalist in Figure Skating)
Irina Slutskaya  (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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Achievements:

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.

Other interesting facts:

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.