Successful Russian Figure Skating Coaches


It has even been said by some that to “make it” in figure skating that ice skaters “need a Russian.”

This is a list of some of the most famous and successful Russian and Soviet figure skating coaches. Some of these coaches were Russian and Soviet skating competitors, and then became successful figure skating coaches in the United States. Some of the coaches listed below stayed in Russia and coached in Russia. Others lived in the U.S. for a while, but have returned to Russia.

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In 2012, it was announced that the Olympic coaching team of Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband were going their separate ways, but as a coaching team, the two made history when their ice-dance swept the podium at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships. Together they coached Olympic and World ice-dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and they also coached US and World ice-dance champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Nikolai Morozov

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For many years, Nikolai Morozov worked as Tatiana Tarasova’s coaching assistant, and did the choreography for many of her skating students. Eventually, he branched out on his own. He now lives and coaches in Moscow, but continues to come to the USA to coach skating during the summer.

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