Natalya Vladimirovna Linichuk (Russian: About this soundНаталья Владимировна Линичук​ ; born 6 February 1956) is a Russian ice dancing coach and former competitive ice dancer for the Soviet Union. With partner and husband Gennadi Karponosov, she is the 1980 Olympic champion and a two-time World champion.

Natalya Linichuk
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Personal information
Full nameNatalya Vladimirovna Linichuk
Country representedSoviet Union
Born (1956-02-06) 6 February 1956 (age 63)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
PartnerGennadi Karponosov
CoachElena Tchaikovskaia

Competitive careerEdit

Linichuk began skating due to her mother who enjoyed figure skating.[1] She had a dozen coaches before ending up in the group of Elena Tchaikovskaia, who Linichuk soon sensed was the right coach for her.[1]

Linichuk and Karponosov trained at Dynamo in Moscow. They won the World Universiade in 1972, and were bronze medalists at the 1974 and 1977 World Championships. They also finished 4th at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport.

Linichuk and Karponosov became World champions in 1978 and 1979. They won the European Championships in 1979 and 1980, after winning a silver medal in 1978, and bronze medals from 1974 through 1977.

Linichuk and Karponosov won the 1980 Olympics, but failed to defend their World title, making them the only team ever to unsuccessfully defend a World title after winning the Olympics.[2] In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov retired from competition.

Coaching careerEdit

Linichuk (far right) in the Kiss and cry with Karponosov and students Domnina / Shabalin

After coaching in Moscow, Linichuk and Karponosov accepted an offer to coach in the U.S.[1] They moved with their students in June 1994 and coached at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.[3][4] In September 2007, they moved to the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.[4]

Their current and former senior-level students include:

Their current and former junior-level students include:

Personal lifeEdit

Linichuk accepted Karponosov's proposal after they retired from competition.[1] She had one prior marriage.[1] Linichuk and Karponosov were married on 31 July 1981. Their daughter, Anastasiya Karponosova, was born in February 1985. The couple initially lived in Moscow and then moved to the United States in the early '90s.[4]

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event 72–73 73–74 74–75 75–76 76–77 77–78 78–79 79–80 80–81
Olympics 4th 1st
Worlds 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd
Europeans 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Skate Canada 1st 1st
Moscow News 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Soviet Champ. 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Raush, Vladimir (April 2, 2012). Ее конек. Itogi (in Russian). Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Natalia Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 5, 2006.
  3. ^ Reiter, Susan (1995-03-01). "Ice dancing: a dance form frozen in place by hostile rules". Dance Magazine. The Free Library. (FindArticles)
  4. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Frank (February 9, 2010). "No skating past it: They'll settle only for gold". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Macur, Juliet (February 16, 2010). "New Muscles and Pounds Boost an American Ice Dancer's Outlook". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Motchane, Asli (2006). "Albena Denkova: "Now we enjoy every single practice!"". Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Hinckley, Todd (June 20, 2008). "Domnina, Shabalin Team with Linichuk". Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  8. ^ Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh at the International Skating Union
  9. ^ "U.S. Figure Skaters Announce Off-season Changes". U.S. Figure Skating. May 7, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  10. ^ Flade, Tatiana (April 14, 2011). "New kids on the block". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.

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