Where are Steven and Elena these days?

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  1. emadden

    emadden New Member

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    Does any one know where the Cousin's family is these days?

    I noticed Steven's name as a coach at Mariposa and wondered if the family is now stationed in Canada!?
  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I believe the couple has split up and Elena Berezhnaya is living in Russia with their two children.
  3. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

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    Yes, there was an article in a British paper a few weeks ago (or last week maybe) that referenced them as divorcing, Elena back in Russia with the children and Steven selling their house in Canada (I would imagine that Steven will continue to have some base in Canada as so much of his work is there). Having been through a divorce with young children myself - sad news for everyone involved, it's just not going to be a picnic for any one of them. I wish them all well, especially the kids.
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  4. danafan

    danafan Canadian ladies ├╝ber

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  5. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

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    Did he leave his first wife for her? They were always an interesting match to me. I assume there was some sort of a language barrier there... Elena can speak English, but she always seemed pretty limited in what she could say. Can't be easy in a marriage.
  6. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    As far as I know, he has been married only to Elena. He previously had a long term relationship with Shae-Lynn Bourne, but they never married.

    Steven and Elena seemed rather an unlikely couple to me, but I'm sorry they've separated.
  7. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    i thought he was married to kristina lenko first?
  8. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    Yes, you're quite right, now that I think about it. Apologies.
  9. pixie cut

    pixie cut Well-Known Member

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    Yes, he was, but I think they split a while before he started his relationship with Berezhnaya.
  10. Sabrine Tornston

    Sabrine Tornston New Member

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    I saw them at a couple of events and they seemed very much in love. It was a few years ago, maybe before their daughter was born. It can't be easy to make a marriage work while trying to live & work in two different countries. Elena's career was in Russia and Steve's in the UK/Canada. Bummer.
  11. Perky Shae Lynn

    Perky Shae Lynn Well-Known Member

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    Strangely enough, Anton Sikharulidze has recently ended his marriage as well. Allegedly. Russian media can't be trusted. But it had been reported that Anton & Yana divorced in July of this year.
  12. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    This takes me back to my old shipper days... maybe Elena and Anton will start skating together again and get married! :lol:
  13. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

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    I thought Anton and Elena were an off-ice couple at one time but split.
  14. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    Yes.
  15. Perky Shae Lynn

    Perky Shae Lynn Well-Known Member

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    I remember a Russian article about Elena from a few years ago (my student was kind enough to translate, LOL) that said something like "Anton always said Steven and I will split up and Anton will end up raising our kids with me"... Odd, so odd. I highly doubt Anton & Elena will ever be a couple again - their relationship was very sibling-like at the end of their careers. Total devotion yet completely separate interests and lives.
  16. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Things change :)
  17. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Skating together may not be totally out of question (in shows only) but I doubt that they will get married. They had a long relationship that was on and off. From what I read, after the 2002 Olympics they took a significant amount of time to evaluate their relationship and decided that they would not marry each other. I remember one interview by Tamara after that in which she said that (paraphrasing) their married lives will be with other people.
  18. jenniferlyon

    jenniferlyon Well-Known Member

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    Isn't Anton the children's godfather? I remember some pics a few years ago where one (or maybe both) of Elena's kids were being baptized in Russia.
  19. lulu

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    According to Wiki, Anton is the godfather of Elena & Steven's son.
  20. aliceanne

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    Elena is very lucky to have Anton in her life. I remember that awful partner who stuck his blade in her head in the side-by-side camels and then complained when she didn't come back to training soon enough to suit him. Then when she did come back and struggled with her first competition he stalked out of the Kiss and Cry in a rage leaving her in tears. I believe Anton was her next partner and he stuck by her when it wasn't at all clear that she could regain her competitive form. Amazingly she went on to win the Olympics.
  21. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    That's not how it happened. After her accident Elena never skated with Oleg Shliakov. She said at that point (from a fluff piece during the 1998 Oly) that her partnership with Oleg was over at that point. She would rather not skate at all, than skate with him. The incident you mention about Oleg stomping out of the K&C happened before the accident. After Elena recovered somewhat (enough to travel) Anton brought her back to Russia (from Riga, Latvia where the skate blade accident happened). Initially they started skating as therapy for Elena. They didn't know (Anton and Tamara) what she would be capable of. However, she recovered enough to start skating pairs with Anton. She really wanted to skate with Anton, based on her interview in a fluff piece during the 1998 Olympics. You are right that Elena was very lucky to have Anton in her life at that point. Without him, I am not sure that she would have progressed as much as she did, physically and mentally.
  22. aliceanne

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    I remember the incident in the K&C, and I remember the fluff piece you are talking about but I don't remember the sequence. I do remember some fluff piece where after Oleg's accident with Elena he felt he was the injured party. I guess that's why I thought the K&C incident came after the accident. In any event Oleg was a scary guy. I hope he never got married or skated with another partner!
  23. Sedge

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    Interestingly enough Anton bailed on the kiss and cry at their first Worlds together.
    They were 2nd or 3rd after the SP and had a catastrophic FP and fell to 9th in the standings.
    Here Elena is alone in the kiss'n'cry

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVBF7cyHCmw
  24. Vash01

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    I remember that one. I still have the tape. They were 3rd in the SP. Elena looked incredibly happy in that program. I have never seen her that happy at any other time. In the LP they had a total meltdown. He fell on both sbs jumps. She fell on both throws. Anton didn't wait in the K&C to watch the scores. Elena bravely sat there to face it.:) However, there is a big difference between Anton walking out of the K&C and Oleg not even accompanying Elena to the medal podium at one time; Elena had to be escorted by another skater (I forget who). Anton was just upset in general, but Oleg took out his anger and frustrations on Elena. He used to even hit her. Anton treated her like a "crystal vase" (Tamara's words)
  25. Sedge

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    It was Kris Wirtz at Skate Canada in Red Deer in 1995.

    There was a big difference between the 2 occasions..I would say Anton's was shock and disappointment ..while Oleg's was blame and anger.
  26. Vash01

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    It was in the same fluff piece. Yes, Oleg talked as if he was the injured guy. He was in Chicago at that time (I am guessing close to the 1998 Olympics, since the fluff aired during the 98 Olys), looking for his 9th pairs partner. I don't know if he ever found her and/or if he ever skated pairs after that.
  27. sequins

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    So based on your comments I thought I'd google him. In 5 minutes of searching I still see what an ass he is. He did skate with another partener according to wikipedia Elena Sirokhvatova and placed 20th at the 97 Worlds. Also an interview/video posted in 2009. He's put on weight and I hardly recognize him. It's translated and he basically rambles on about Anton trying to steal Elena, Elena being in love with Anton, not focusing on him or caring about their partenership(gee I wonder why:rolleyes:) etc. Then he really lost me when it mentions the day he put his skate blade in her head and he says something to the tune of maybe we both weren't concentrating and Elena maybe was thinking about seeing her lover in 6 days(WTF!) and I was wondering if I'd make it to Worlds. Again what a complete ass. Here's the link if anyone is interested http://ptichkafs.livejournal.com/44587.html
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    Vasiliev talks about the Latvian federation and a season coaching Shilakov in a couple of his recent interviews.

    It looks like Anton is having a difficult time politically and his divorce does not help matters.
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    My favorite pair ever. I'm unabashedly romantic. I'm putting it out into the universe, hope they get another chance together. :swoon:
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  30. Willowway

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    Also referencing another thread, in her recent interview Moskvina mentions Elena's students so clearly she is doing some teaching which is great - she has so much beautiful technique to pass on to her students.
  31. Vash01

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    When they were skating together as pros, I was thinking that Anton would make a good coach. I had not thought of Elena as a coach, but apparently she is doing well with it. I hope Anton has success in whatever he decides to do.
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    He was married to Kristina Lenko for about three years. They separated in 2006. Elene's first child was born in 2007.
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    He was a pretty great skater and performer, but he hasn't the temperament to be a coach. It would be a disaster.
  35. leapfrogonice

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    Steven Cousins does a fair amount of work choreographing for shows. He is listed quite frequently with Disson productions, which is at least a still-reliable producer of shows in the US involving skating and cross-over entertainment (teen bands, gymnasts, etc).