Saturday, March 26, 2011
Vintage Video: Pakhomova and Gorshkov
Pakhomova began figure skating at age seven, when her grandmother brought her to Children and Youth Sports School by the Young Pioneers Stadium. Since 1966 she and her partner, Alexandr Gorshkov competed for Dynamo. A personal relationship between Pakhomova and Gorshkov developed, which led to their marriage in 1970. They were world champions from 1970 to 1974 and again in 1976, when they won their sixth world championship. At the 1976 Winter Olympics, Pakhomova and Gorshkov won the first gold medal awarded for ice dancing.
Pakhomova died of Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1986 and was interred in the Donskoie Cemetery in Moscow. Pakhomova was posthumously inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1988, along with Gorshkov.
A minor planet 3231 Mila, discovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Zhuravlyova in 1972 is named after her.
Gorshkov trained at Dynamo. His skating partner was his wife, Lyudmila Pakhomova. They began skating competitively in 1967 and married in 1970. They were World champions from 1970 to 1974 and won their sixth world title in 1976. At the 1976 Winter Olympics, they won the first Olympic gold medal awarded for ice dancing. Their daughter, Yulia Aleksandrovna Pakhomova-Gorshkova, was born in 1977. His wife died of Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1986. He is president of a Regional Public Charitable Foundation for the Arts and Sports named in Pakhomova's honor.
Gorshkov later served as the chairman of the International Skating Union's ice dance technical committee. Gorshkov was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1988, along with Pakhomova, who was inducted posthumously as she died of cancer in 1986.
He is married to Irina Ivanovna Gorshkova and has a stepson from her previous marriage, Stanislav Belyaev.