Irina Viktorovna Lobacheva (Russian: Ирина Викторовна Лобачёва; born 18 February 1973) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. With partner and former husband Ilia Averbukh, she is the 2002 Olympic silver medalist, the 2002 World champion and the 2003 European champion.
|Born||18 February 1973|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Former partner||Ilia Averbukh |
|Former coach||Natalia Linichuk |
|Skating club||ESHUSM Moskvich|
|Former training locations||Newark, Delaware |
Lobacheva and Averbukh teamed up in 1992 after falling in love while skating in the same group but with different partners.
After the Goodwill Games in the summer of 1994 their coaches moved to Delaware, USA, with many of their students to train at the University of Delaware. A year later, Lobacheva / Averbukh joined them.
In September 2001, Lobacheva injured her left knee in training, causing them to miss the Grand Prix season. They won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympics behind Marina Anissina / Gwendal Peizerat.
Lobacheva and Averbukh married in 1995. Their son, Martin, was born in 2004. They divorced in 2007.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|Grand Prix Final||5th||4th||3rd||4th||2nd||1st|
|GP Cup of Russia||2nd||2nd||2nd||2nd||1st|
|GP Int. Paris/Lalique||1st||2nd|
|GP Nations Cup||3rd||4th|
|GP NHK Trophy||8th||2nd||2nd||1st|
|GP Skate America||2nd||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||4th||3rd|
|GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96, Grand Prix from 1998 to 1999|
- "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 July 2003.
- "Lobacheva and Averbukh: Program Information". ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011.
- "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 February 2002.
- "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001.
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