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    Pairs & Ice dancers that won senior world/Oly medals with different partners

    It's rare to see a pairs skater or ice dancer win senior world or Olympic medals with different partners.

    The most famous examples are:

    Pairs:

    Irina Rodnina - Ulanov and Zaitsev
    Ulanov- Rodnina and his second partner (I can't remember her name)
    Artur Dmitriev- Mishkutionok and Kazakova

    Ice dance:

    Anjelika Krylova - Fedorov and Ovssianikov

    Any other examples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    It's rare to see a pairs skater or ice dancer win senior world or Olympic medals with different partners.

    The most famous examples are:

    Pairs:

    Irina Rodnina - Ulanov and Zaitsev
    Ulanov- Rodnina and his second partner (I can't remember her name)
    Artur Dmitriev- Mishkutionok and Kazakova

    Ice dance:

    Anjelika Krylova - Fedorov and Ovssianikov

    Any other examples?
    Krylova & Fedorov placed 3rd at World Championships, although that still is an impressive accomplishment.

    Courtney Jones back in the early 60s won World Championships in ice dance with two different partners (two titles with each partner) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtney_Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    Krylova & Fedorov placed 3rd at World Championships, although that still is an impressive accomplishment.

    Courtney Jones back in the early 60s won World Championship medal in ice dance with two different partners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtney_Jones
    I am only looking at world/Olympic medals, not necessarily wins.

    Thanks for the info on C. Jones. I had never heard of her.

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    Todd Sand won bronze with Natasha Kuchiki in 1991 before going on to win multiple medals with Jenni Meno.

    Similarly, Lloyd Eisler won bronze with Kathy Matousek in 1985, then won several medals with Isabelle Brasseur from 1990-1994.

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    Irina Vorobieva won world pairs gold in 1981 with Igor Lisovsky.

    She also placed 3rd in 1976 and 2nd in 1977 at the world level with Aleksandr Vlasov.

    Vlasov is also the father and coach of Julia Vlassov, who competed with Drew Meekins to win the 2006 World Junior Championships for the USA.


    It may not qualify, but Elena Bechke won European bronze with Valery Kornienko before teaming with Denis Petrov to win world bronze in 1989 and Olympic silver in 1992.

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    Marika Kilius won Silver and Bronze with Franz Ningel in Pairs back in the 50s. She went on to win Gold with Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. I think Ningel won another medal with his next partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I am only looking at world/Olympic medals, not necessarily wins.

    Thanks for the info on C. Jones. I had never heard of her.
    Courtney Jones is a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I am only looking at world/Olympic medals, not necessarily wins.

    Thanks for the info on C. Jones. I had never heard of her.
    Ah, my bad, I misread the thread's title.

    About Courtney Jones, according to Wiki, he created the Starlight Waltz CD and the Silver Samba CD. His partner, Doreen Denny ended up coaching the American Ice dance team of Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wustfan View Post
    Marika Kilius won Silver and Bronze with Franz Ningel in Pairs back in the 50s. She went on to win Gold with Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. I think Ningel won another medal with his next partner.
    You are right.
    With Kilius, Ningel won Pairs bronze at 1956 Worlds and silver in 57.

    In 1962, he won Pairs bronze with Margaret Gobl (the o has an umlaut but my keyboard doesn't).

    The ISU has disappointingly little information about championships before 1998, but they have at least posted lists of medalists from "major" championships here:
    http://www.isu.org/vsite/vnavsite/pa...v-list,00.html

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    William McLachlan of Canada won 5 World medals in ice dance with 2 different partners. Silvers in 57, 58, and a bronze in 59 with Geraldine Fenton, and a bronze in 60 and silver in 62 with Virginia Thompson. Probably would have had 6 straight World medals without the tragic U.S team plane crash and subsequent cancellation of the 61 Worlds.

    He went on to be a prominent judge for Canada for the next 4 decades, although had a moment of shame at the 97 Worlds when he placed Bourne & Kraatz 1st in every single one of the 4 dances (and was their only 1st place ordinal in any dance, and even in the 2nd compulsory and original dance where they had no other ordinal higher than 3rd, and several as low as 5th). Remember this was an event that included both Gritschuk & Platov and Krylova & Ovsianikov at their peak, and an up and coming Anissina & Peizerat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    It's rare to see a pairs skater or ice dancer win senior world or Olympic medals with different partners.

    The most famous examples are:

    Pairs:

    Irina Rodnina - Ulanov and Zaitsev
    Ulanov- Rodnina and his second partner (I can't remember her name)
    Artur Dmitriev- Mishkutionok and Kazakova

    Ice dance:

    Anjelika Krylova - Fedorov and Ovssianikov

    Any other examples?
    I think Ulanov's second partner was Ludmila Smirnova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I think Ulanov's second partner was Ludmila Smirnova.
    I remember seeing a performance of theirs once online and it was lovely. I also prefer the clips of Ulanov-Rodnina I have seen to Zaitsev- Rodnina. I think he was a more elegant and stylish skater than Alexander Zaitsev although Zaitsev was a technical machine who skated with bloodthirsty attack and speed and agression just like Rodnina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    I think Ulanov's second partner was Ludmila Smirnova.
    Right! I just could not remember her name. I think they won world silver behind R&Z.

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    Smirnova & Ulanov: http://youtu.be/Fvi02I9R9eI

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    Smirnova & Ulanov: http://youtu.be/Fvi02I9R9eI
    Thanks for the link. Smirnova won a world silver with her first partner Andrei Suraikin, so she too won a world medal with two different partners.

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    Smirnov won Olympic silver with Suraikan behind R&Ulanov at Olympics too. I think they lost on a split decision too so she almost became Olympic Champion, then won World silvers with the old partner of Rodnina and her new husband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    Smirnova & Ulanov: http://youtu.be/Fvi02I9R9eI
    Their height difference is not as drastic as R&Z's. Ulanov looks very good. Had he not split with Irina, they would have definitely won the next Olympics (76) and possibly the 1980 Olys too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Their height difference is not as drastic as R&Z's. Ulanov looks very good. Had he not split with Irina, they would have definitely won the next Olympics (76) and possibly the 1980 Olys too.
    I wish there were more Rodnina & Ulanov programs on youtube. There are a pretty fair amount of R&Z, but in comparison, very few of R&U. The ones I found were mostly highlights and not even full skates.

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    Rodnina & Ulanov are more enjoyable to watch than Rodnina & Zaitsev. Rodnina & Zaitsev are oustanding, and deserved all their titles, however they werent that nice to watch. They were like machines, they went out to destroy and win, but there was not much softness, elegance, personality, or even chemistry between them and towards the music when they skated.

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    Here is just one minute from R&U's 1972 worlds. ITA with Judgejudy that R&U skated much softer and had better chemistry between them than R&Z.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsYmI...6AFC31296D00CF

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