1981 World pairs champion Irina Vorobieva has passed away

Sylvia

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According to this post by the World Arena Ice Hall (where she coached) today: https://www.instagram.com/p/CcS_d12uMLj/

We are devastated to learn that Resident Coach Irina Vorobieva has passed away [at the age of 63].

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina was selected out of hundreds for training as a future Olympian. Before becoming a Pairs skater, Irina enjoyed success as a Freestyle skater, making the Russian National team at the age of 12. After starting her career as a Pairs skater, Irina became the first World Pairs Champion of the legendary Pairs coach Tamara Moskvina [with Igor Lisovsky]. With her partners [first Aleksandr Vlasov then Lisovsky], Irina won the Russian National Championship in 1976 and 1980, the European Championship in 1981 and the World Championship 1981. She also placed 4th in the 1976 Olympic Games.

Irina held a Master’s Degree in Physical Culture and Sports Science from Lesgaft University of St. Petersburg. She was trained in Ballet and Choreography by masters of the famous Kirov Ballet at the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg. After her amateur career, Irina competed in Professional competitions and performed with Russian All-Stars, Bolshoi on Ice and Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice.

Irina started coaching World-level skaters with Moskvina, and Irina’s experience in competition, preparation and conditioning of athletes allowed her students to grow in confidence and skating ability from the beginning of their skating to their highest levels in the sport.

In 1993, Irina was invited to coach at the World Arena, and she had remained here since. Two years after her arrival in Colorado Springs, she successfully guided her first American pairs team [Shelby Lyons & Brian Wells] to win International competitions and place 10th at the World Championships [L/W in 1996 and 1998].

Rest in Peace, Irina.


Video uploaded by JoAnn Schneider-Farris - "This is part of a Russian documentary about Soviet pair skating training. It shows Tamara Moskvina create her first top pair skating team.
Although the language is in Russian, it is easy to see how and why the Soviet pair skaters became champions after viewing this film. Irina Vorobieva gave me this film and asked that I get it online." Irina Vorobieva, Alexandr Vlasov, and Tamara Moskvina (7 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1Nz9vNKOI

Vorobieva's wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irina_Vorobieva
 
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1981 Worlds LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kTfh1VxF5Q

1981 Worlds EX (thanks @SkateGuard!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MprZCyDGKhk

1979 NHK Trophy SP (Japanese commentary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9KAkD1nLcA

1979 Worlds LP (thanks @floskate!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt7R1q7c8Ng
"Having skated with a different partner up until the 1977 World Championships, Irina Vorobieva re-emerged here with Igor Lisovsky. Two years away from their one and only World title, this performance is natable for side by side triple salchows. Rare now, they were unheard of in 1979!!"

ETA an exhibition program from 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXfiC3D8vaw
 

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Vorobieva's first elite (at least) partner, with whom she won Worlds Silver (1977) and Euros Bronze (1976) and Silver (1977), was Alexander Vlasov, who coached his daughter, Julia, and Drew Meekins when they competed in Pairs. He's her partner in the video.
 

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Vorobieva's first elite (at least) partner, with whom she won Worlds Silver (1977) and Euros Bronze (1976) and Silver (1977), was Alexander Vlasov, who coached his daughter, Julia, and Drew Meekins when they competed in Pairs. He's her partner in the video.
According to Tamara Moskvina, the partnership with Vlasov ended when Vorobieva was sidelined with a serious illness and Vlasov did not want to wait for her to recover. When she was healthy again Moskvina found her a better partner.
 

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According to Tamara Moskvina, the partnership with Vlasov ended when Vorobieva was sidelined with a serious illness and Vlasov did not want to wait for her to recover. When she was healthy again Moskvina found her a better partner.
I always wondered why they split up.
 

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I think Vorobieva / Lisovski's last Worlds appearance was 1982 where they finished 4th after a sloppy LP. I didn't see them again after that.
 

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1979 Worlds LP (thanks @floskate!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt7R1q7c8Ng
"Having skated with a different partner up until the 1977 World Championships, Irina Vorobieva re-emerged here with Igor Lisovsky. Two years away from their one and only World title, this performance is natable for side by side triple salchows. Rare now, they were unheard of in 1979!!"

Somehow I missed this sad news when it was first posted :(.

Valova and Vasiliev are usually credited with the first side-by-side triple jumps in pairs skating. It looked to me like Vorobieva two-footed hers here. Does anyone know if they ever landed them cleanly?
 

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According to this post by the World Arena Ice Hall (where she coached) today: https://www.instagram.com/p/CcS_d12uMLj/

We are devastated to learn that Resident Coach Irina Vorobieva has passed away [at the age of 63].

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina was selected out of hundreds for training as a future Olympian. Before becoming a Pairs skater, Irina enjoyed success as a Freestyle skater, making the Russian National team at the age of 12. After starting her career as a Pairs skater, Irina became the first World Pairs Champion of the legendary Pairs coach Tamara Moskvina [with Igor Lisovsky]. With her partners [first Aleksandr Vlasov then Lisovsky], Irina won the Russian National Championship in 1976 and 1980, the European Championship in 1981 and the World Championship 1981. She also placed 4th in the 1976 Olympic Games.

Irina held a Master’s Degree in Physical Culture and Sports Science from Lesgaft University of St. Petersburg. She was trained in Ballet and Choreography by masters of the famous Kirov Ballet at the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg. After her amateur career, Irina competed in Professional competitions and performed with Russian All-Stars, Bolshoi on Ice and Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice.

Irina started coaching World-level skaters with Moskvina, and Irina’s experience in competition, preparation and conditioning of athletes allowed her students to grow in confidence and skating ability from the beginning of their skating to their highest levels in the sport.

In 1993, Irina was invited to coach at the World Arena, and she had remained here since. Two years after her arrival in Colorado Springs, she successfully guided her first American pairs team [Shelby Lyons & Brian Wells] to win International competitions and place 10th at the World Championships [L/W in 1996 and 1998].

Rest in Peace, Irina.


Video uploaded by JoAnn Schneider-Farris - "This is part of a Russian documentary about Soviet pair skating training. It shows Tamara Moskvina create her first top pair skating team.
Although the language is in Russian, it is easy to see how and why the Soviet pair skaters became champions after viewing this film. Irina Vorobieva gave me this film and asked that I get it online." Irina Vorobieva, Alexandr Vlasov, and Tamara Moskvina (7 mins.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1Nz9vNKOI

Vorobieva's wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irina_Vorobieva

OMG!!!!!

First, I have been away from the boards for quite some time. Will stop in occasionanlly for now.

IRINA gave me lessons in 2004 at World Arena. My partner took me to Co Springs as we thought about moving there. We went to the Museum, and went though the archives (after they gave us permission.)

She gave me lessons on the ice. Held her hand, she taught me crossovers and how to do a scratch spin (I got 2 revolutions). Even though I towered over her she was patient with me

Thank you for posting @Sylvia
 

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