Oleg and Ludmilla Protopopov

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  1. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know if there are any pics of them from way back when they first got Paired up and began skating together?
     
  2. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Unlikely. Photography was very expensive in the 50s, especially in post-WWII Russia. The earliest you might find would be photos from 1958 Worlds or 1960 Olys.
     
  3. FSWer

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    Is that as far back as pics go? BTW. how was Photograthy expensive?
     
  4. Sasha'sSpins

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    Pics of the Propopovs or pics in general? Photography goes back much farther than the 1950's:
    http://photo.net/history/timeline

    I think the process of developing photos with the use of plates/negatives, etc. was what was so expensive and could only be done by professionals considering the chemicals/equipment they used. It is possible such items were hard to come by therefore quite expensive in Communist Eastern Europe in the 1950's.
     
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  5. FSWer

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    yes. Pics of them as far back as they go in genual
     
  6. Vagabond

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    The earliest I have found after doing a little searching is from 1959. (It should be on the second page here.) http://visualrian.ru/en/site/search/?startfrom=0&q=protopopov
     
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  7. FSWer

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    I couldn't access the videos. Are there any actual pics of them that far back? BTW. did any color pics survive? Or would there not have been any color?
     
  8. overedge

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    They aren't videos, they're photographs. The older ones are on the second page (click on the "2" at the top of the photographs on the first page).

    Color photography was really rare in the late 1950s and early 1960s because it was expensive and it was difficult to reproduce the colors correctly in print. It was very rare for color photos to be taken for a newspaper or magazine.
     
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  9. Casey2

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    Thank you for the photo links. I always wished that I could have seen them compete and was happy when they left the Soviet Union and were able to skate in the "west".
     
  10. FSWer

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    I clicked on the link and found the pics. But when I click on a pic. for a larger version (if your surposed to),it just gives me a blank page.
     
  11. Ozzisk8tr

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  13. Ozzisk8tr

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    Are there any of Fumie from back then, she must have been what, 13, 14?
     
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  14. Jammers

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    :lol:
     
  15. overedge

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    It worked for me, but it was quite slow to download the larger picture (which isn't that much larger than the thumbnail pictures on the main page).
     
  16. maureenfarone

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    Thanks for the link to the Protopopovs pictures. I remember them from the late 1960's and the Winter Olympics in 1968. They had such beautiful flow, edges and unison. They were a delight to watch.
     
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  18. maureenfarone

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    No, that is an old photograph from about 1915 showing a Mr. and Mrs. Hobson on ice skates. He was a Congressman from Alabama for a few years.
    I think it just an example of an "old" photograph.
     
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  19. Sylvia

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    I'm posting the links to these 2 post-event articles here instead of in the earlier thread I started: Protopopovs to be honored in Sept. 3rd Lake Placid show by Selezneva/Makarov, Button

    Adirondack Daily Enterprise article (Sept. 6, 2011) - includes a photo of them on the ice: A fitting tribute: Lake Placid honors two-time gold medalists Oleg and Ludmila Protopopov
    Adirondack Almanack article (Sept. 6, 2011): Button, Protopov Reunite at Tribute
     
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  20. FSWer

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    Say,I saw some of their younger perfominces on U=Tube. But what I was able to find was all in another langage. Does anyone knnow of any of their younger performinces that are in english? Thanks.
     
  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Bumping up this thread to add a video of their "Evening with Champions" performance from this past weekend:
     
  22. leapfrogonice

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    I would love it if someone who attending Evening with Champions had even a photo of them bowing. Bet they got a well deserved standing ovation for just being there, out on the ice. Legends.
     
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  23. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Here's a black and white video of the Protopopovs' 1968 Worlds long program (ABC Sports with Jim McKay and Dick Button): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy6Bp3NB-js

    I hope you can now watch YouTube videos on your new computer, FSWer?
     
  24. jiejie

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    They are so enjoyable to watch, whatever era they are skating in. I was still a kid then but have vague memories of seeing this on our old B/W television. Ludmila's posture and back is so perfect that she could probably balance a tea set on her head, even in the lifts, and never spill a drop. :) Love their edges, too.
     
  25. Susan M

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    They used to participate in the Harvard Evening With Champions (AKA the Jimmy Fund) shows for years. Back in 1998, the required spiral in the pairs SP was an outside edge, and few of the current ladies had a very good position in their BODS, and your eventual OGM Kazakova could barely get down into this position at all. (I think Jenny Meno, Berezhnaya, and Abitbol had some of the better ones and Shen/Zhao dodged the problem by doing the riskier FODS.)

    After watching that sorry display, I happened to watch the Protopopovs program from that year and even in her 60s, she easily got into a much lower and much prettier position than any (and I do mean *any*) of the then active pairs. Folks used to say she had ankles of steel.

    She was actually his second partner. He had already medalled at USSR nationals with another partner before switching.
     
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  26. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    In their Ave Maria pro routine they did 3 DS's in a row, and each was done with perfection.

    G&G had a very good BODS also.
     
  27. Minou

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    Please don't forget that a photo taken mid-20th century may not be available as a digital object. Images of high profile events/people are more likely to have been reformatted digitally. However, most are not. The quantity of images online is a fraction of what is extant in repositories and private collections. (For example, Corbis, possiblly the largest photography collection in the world, has digitized about 10%.) Check out some sports repositories online catalogs and I am sure you will find something...
     
  28. Sylvia

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    Protopopovs not letting age slow them down: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/10/10/62784856
    Excerpt from the beginning of the article: