Irina Lobacheva

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.

Irina Lobacheva
Lobacheva in 2003.
Personal information
Country representedRussia
Born (1973-02-18) 18 February 1973 (age 48)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Former partnerIlia Averbukh
Alexei Pospelov
Former coachNatalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karponosov
Natalia Dybinskaya
Oleg Epstein
Skating clubESHUSM Moskvich
Former training locationsNewark, Delaware
Began skating1979


Lobacheva and Averbukh teamed up in 1992 after falling in love while skating in the same group but with different partners.[1]

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.[1]

In September 2001, Lobacheva injured her left knee in training, causing them to miss the Grand Prix season.[1] They won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympics behind Marina Anissina / Gwendal Peizerat.

Lobacheva / Averbukh won gold at the 2002 World Championships and at the 2003 European Championships. They retired from competition at the end of the 2002–2003 season.

Personal lifeEdit

Lobacheva and Averbukh married in 1995.[1] Their son, Martin, was born in 2004. They divorced in 2007.


(with Averbukh)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Tanguera
    by Sexteto Mayor
  • Bulerias Magna Mafa
    by Thomas Espanner
  • Foxtrot: Come into my house
  • Quickstep: Dancing Fool

  • Ritmo de Bom Bom
    by Vimi
  • Rhumba de le more

  • Diablo
  • Argentine Tango:
  • This Business of Love
    (from The Mask)
    by Domino
  • Malagueña


With AverbukhEdit

Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Olympics 5th 2nd
Worlds 13th 15th 6th 7th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 1st 2nd
Europeans 9th 5th 5th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 1st
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
Goodwill Games 2nd 2nd
Russian Champ. 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96, Grand Prix from 1998 to 1999

With PospelovEdit

Event 1991–1992
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 July 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Lobacheva and Averbukh: Program Information". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 February 2002.
  4. ^ a b "Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001.

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