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Olympic champions who married Olympic champions

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Vash01, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I am excluding pairs that married each other (like Gordeeva-Grinkov or ice dance couples like Drobiazko-Vanagas).

    Some Olympic champions married other Olympic champions. Here is a list that I came up with:

    Carol Heiss and one of the Jenkins brothers (David? Hays?)

    Ekaterina Gordeeva and Ilia Kulik

    Tatiana Totmianina and Alexei Yagudin

    That's all I can think of. There must be more.
  2. luCN

    luCN New Member

    my first thought-Soviet and then Russia have so many Olympic champions!:D

    btw,I think Yagudin hasn't got married yet,although I hope he did:lol:
  3. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I know they are not married, but they are a couple with a child now.
  4. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    If you're going by Olympic medalists, then Lu Chen and Denis Petrov count. They're married with two children.
  5. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    If you count in-laws by marriage, Annett Poetzch married Katarina Witt's brother. (I believe she is now married to someone else, though.)
  6. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    For this thread I was only looking at Olympic Champions who married each other; not Olympic medallists.
  7. FiveRinger

    FiveRinger Well-Known Member

    The only couple that I thought of was Christopher Dean and Isabelle Duschenay. But I don't guess they count because she won a medal, wasn't a champion and they are no longer married.
  8. vivika1982

    vivika1982 Well-Known Member

    David Pelletier and Jamie Salé co-won 2002 Olympics in pairs and got married in 2005.
    Nathalia Linichuk and Genady Karponosov got married after they won in 1980.
    Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitcev got married in 1979 which is 3 years after they won their first Olympic gold medal in 1976 and one year before their second medal in 1980.

    Also Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo but i guess it doesn't count since they were already married.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010
  9. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I am not counting husband/wife teams in pairs and ice dance. That's too obvious (both winning OGM)
  10. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

    Well, no offence, but you're being very picky. There aren't going to be very many if you insist on being that specific. Christopher Dean also married world champion Jill Trenary, though they have now split. Yagudin and Totmianina aren't married.
  11. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    He also married Isabel Duchesnay, World Champion and Olympic *silver* medalist. (I guess this is the flip side of Zhulin-Navka silver-gold).

    I don't know that our collective memories go back far enough to do this question justice.
  12. Perky Shae Lynn

    Perky Shae Lynn Well-Known Member

    Well, it's her question - she can be as specific as she wants :p; besides, listing marries pairs/dancers kind of defeats the purpose of the thread.
  13. Bronxfan

    Bronxfan Active Member

    I am visiting my sister and last night we were watching Savchenko and Szolkowy perform. I always like to show off how much I know about skating, so I said to her, "He used to skate with Katarina Witt's niece, Claudia Rauschenbach." Anett Poetzsch married Katarina's brother, Axel. They had Claudia and then divorced. Anett then married pairs skater Axel Rauschenbach and he legally adopted Claudia - that is why her last name is Rauschenbach and not Witt.

    This also leads to one of those unique circles in figure skating:

    Robin Szolkowy used to skate with Claudia Rauschenbach.

    Claudia Rauschenbach is the step-daughter of Axel Rauschenbach.

    Axel Rauschenbach used to skate pairs with Mandy Woetzel.

    Mandy Woetzel then skated pairs with Ingo Steuer.

    Ingo Steuer coaches Robin Szolkowy.

    It's like being back in Logic class!!
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  14. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I wanted to be picky and specific when I started this thread. I am not interested in how many pairs and ice dance teams married each other (we have had those threads before), or how many Olympic medallists/world medallists married each other. An Olympic champion marrying another Olympic champion is such a rare occurrence when they are not paired together, that I felt it was worth exploring. As expected, the list is very short. I only know starting from Heiss/Jenkins. May be there were more in the past?

    Afterall this was my question, and this is what interested me. You can always start a thread that interests you.
  15. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member


    Wow, pretty cool. :cool: I did know that Robin skated with Claudia before he partnered with Aliona, but I didn't know about any of the other connections, except of course, that Mandy skated with Ingo who now coaches Robin and Aliona.

    Perhaps another question might be, "What Olympic champions or medalists went on to do great things in their lives, or was it all down hill after the podium high?"
  16. googooeyes

    googooeyes Active Member

    Carol Heiss & David Jenkins from the U.S.
  17. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    There have also been some in other sports - Nadia Comacheche and Bart Conner (gymnastics), Hal Connolly and Olga Fikatova (track and field), Florence Griffith and Al Joiner (track & field) come immediately to mind.

    (I noticed the question is not actually limited to figure skating Olympic champions.)
  18. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Susan M, you are correct. Although I was only thinking of FS, the way the question was stated, it should be OK to look at OGM winners in any discipline. Earlier I was wondering if there was an Olympic champion in FS who married an Olympic champion in a different discipline (summer Olympics included), but can't think of any.
  19. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    Carol Heiss is married to Hayes Alan Jenkins (older brother of David Jenkins).
  20. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Vasiliev and Valova
  21. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    You'd think there might be some, since famous people seem to have lots of opportunities to meet and mingle. Kristi's husband played on two Olympic hockey teams, but neither medaled.

    I forgot Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi in tennis.
  22. Bronxfan

    Bronxfan Active Member

    I got one - Lyudmila Turischeva, 1972 all-around gold medalist in gymnastics married Valeri Borzov, the 1972 100 meter dash Olympic gold medalist - that's gymnastics and track and field.

    Inter-gymnastics - Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci.
  23. Domshabfan

    Domshabfan A proud P/C fan

    Yuri Sedykh (1976 and 1980 Hammer olympic champion and World record holder) was married to Lyudmila Kondratyeva (1980 Olympics 100 mts champion), they later divorced. Their daughter is Oksana Kondratyeva, Russian No.2 Hammer Thrower. Mama Kondratyeva is the coach.

    Yuri Sedykh later married Natalya Lisovskaya (1988 Olympic Shot put champion & current World record holder), they have a daughter named Alexia Sedykh (2010 youth olympic champion in, surprise, surprise in Hammer for France). Papa Sedykh is the coach.

    If Oksana and Alexia can compete at London games:drama:
  24. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    PML, Domshabfan. Now that would be drama of the highest order. :drama: :rofl: