Let's talk about the legend that is Artur Dmitriev Sr.
Every Tom Dick and Harry knows about Rodnina and her 3 Olympic Gold medals with two different partners, but hardly anyone knows that Artur Dmitriev almost matched Rodnina's record with 2 Olympic Gold medals in 1992 with Natalia Mishkutenok and in 1998 with Oksana Kazakova and 1 Olympic Silver medal in 1994, which arguable should have been Gold.
Artur has been described as the "perfect partner". Strong and passionate - on the ice he looked wild and untameable. Natalia Mishkutenok said he was "a man without flaws" and Oksana Kazakova liked having a partner like Artur with winning the lottery. He was Tamara Moskvina's favourite pupil and my favourite pairs skater.
I love, love, love Artur and it breaks my heart that he aged so terribly. His Olympic performances with Mishkutenok in 1992 and especially in 1994 are my favourite Olympic performances by a pair ever.
Here is the King of Ice in his prime...