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Aleksandr Zaytsev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAleksandr Gennadyevich•Zaytsev
Used nameAleksandr•Zaytsev
Original nameАлександр Геннадьевич•Зайцев
Born16 June 1952 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Measurements178 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsCSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Aleksandr Zaytsev is best known as the second partner and husband of Irina Rodnina. They began to skate together after the 1972 Olympics, when Rondina’s first partner Aleksey Ulanov became romantically involved with Lyudmila Smirnova, another pairs skater who won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics behind Rodnina and Ulanov. Zaytsev and Rodnina married in 1975, and together they won every competition they entered. Besides their two Olympic victories, Rodnina and Zaytsev won six World titles (1973-78) and seven European titles (1973-78, 1980). They also won four Soviet titles (1973-75, 1977). After his sporting career Zaytsev worked as a figure skating coach.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1976 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) URS RUS Aleksandr Zaytsev
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Irina Rodnina 1 Gold
1980 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) URS RUS Aleksandr Zaytsev
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Irina Rodnina 1 Gold

Olympic family relations

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