Oleg Vladimirovich Ovsyannikov (Russian: Олег Владимирович Овсянников; born 23 January 1970) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. With partner Anjelika Krylova, he is the 1998 Olympic silver medalist and two-time (1998, 1999) World champion.
|Full name||Oleg Vladimirovich Ovysannikov|
|Former country(ies) represented||Soviet Union|
|Born||23 January 1970|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Former partner||Anjelika Krylova|
|Former coach||Natalia Linichuk |
|Former choreographer||Sergei Fokin|
As a four-year-old, Ovsyannikov fell ill with pneumonia. After he recovered, doctors recommended to his parents that he enroll in some kind of sport, preferably in a fresh air environment. Initially a singles skater, he switched to ice dance at the age of 10.
With Maria Orlova, he won the bronze medal at the 1988 World Junior Championships. He later formed a partnership with Elena Kustarova and won bronze medals at the 1992 Grand Prix International de Paris and the 1993 Nations Cup, as well as two medals at the Russian Nationals.
In mid-1994 he teamed up with Anjelika Krylova. They were coached by Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov in Newark, Delaware. Krylova injured her back in training shortly before they were set to leave for 1994 Skate America. Aggravated by intense training, the injury would plague her throughout their career.
During the 1995–96 season, Krylova and Ovsyannikov won silver at Skate America and gold at Nations Cup to qualify for the Champions Series Final (later renamed the Grand Prix Final) where they took silver. They also won silver at the Russian, European and World Championships. They were second at these events to Oksana Grishuk and Evgeni Platov.
During the 1996–97 season, Krylova and Ovsyannikov won three gold medals on the Champions Series at Skate America, Nations Cup and Cup of Russia. They qualified for the Champions Series Final in Canada where they were placed second to Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz. Krylova and Ovsyannikov won the silver medal at the European and World Championships, second at both events to Grishuk and Platov.
During the 1997–98 season, Krylova and Ovsyannikov won gold medals at Nations Cup and Cup of Russia but did not compete at the Champions Series Final. They won silver at the European Championships and followed it up with silver at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. They were second at both events to Grishuk and Platov who retired after the Olympics. At the 1998 World Championships, they won their first World title ahead of Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat.
During the 1998–99 season, Krylova and Ovsyannikov won gold at Sparkassen Cup (formerly Nations Cup) and Cup of Russia to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. They won the title ahead of Anissina and Peizerat. They won their first European title and then capped off their career with their second World title.
Krylova and Ovsyannikov were planning to compete the following season and had prepared programs and costumes, however, doctors advised her to retire due to a risk of paralysis stemming from her back problem. She suggested that he team up with another skater but he declined. After a year, she felt more confident and they began performing in the less demanding world of professional skating. They won the 2001 World Professional title.
Ovsyannikov formerly coached in Newark, Delaware with his wife Angelika Kirchmayr, an ice dancer from Russia who won the 1989 World Junior Championships. Their daughter Michelle Ovsyannikov was born in 2006 in Austria. In 2007, Ovsyannikov was appointed the chief coach of the Russian national synchronized skating team and moved back to Moscow. He coaches at the KPRF Sport Club in Moscow.
Eligible career with Krylova:
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
Show/professional career with Krylova:
|Champions Series/Grand Prix Final||2nd||2nd||1st|
|GP Cup of Russia||1st||1st||1st|
|GP Nations Cup/Sparkassen Cup||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|GP Skate America||2nd||1st|
|Centennial On Ice||2nd|
|GP = Part of Champions Series from 1995; renamed Grand Prix in 1998|
|International de Paris||3rd|
|Golden Spin of Zagreb||1st|
|World Junior Championships||3rd|
- СПИСОК кандидатов в спортивные сборные команды Российской Федерации по фигурному катанию на коньках на 2011-2012 гг. [2011–2012 list] (PDF). Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Russian Sports Ministry. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2012.
- Yermolina, Olga (December 6, 2010). Анжелика Крылова: Работать тренером безумно интересно [Anjelika Krylova: Working as a coach is very interesting] (in Russian). vremya.ru. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012.
- Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (November 30, 2011). "Anjelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo: A Magnetic Attraction". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.
- "A sampler of 2005 graduates: Angelika Kirchmayr, Russia". University of Delaware: English Language Institute. 2005. Archived from the original on February 14, 2008.
- Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (October 22, 2007). "Олег ОВСЯННИКОВ: "ПРОДЛЕВАТЬ С НАМИ КОНТРАКТ В STARS ON ICE ПОСЧИТАЛИ ОПАСНЫМ"" [Oleg Ovsyannikov]. sport-express.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on December 24, 2011.
- Олег Овсянников стал главным тренером сборной России по синхронному катанию [Oleg Ovsyannikov became head coach Russia Synchronized Skating] (in Russian). sovsport.ru. May 30, 2007. Archived from the original on November 8, 2009.
- Олег Овсянников:"Клуб набирает популярность" [Oleg Ovsyannikov: "The club is gaining popularity"]. KPRF Sport Club (in Russian). February 1, 2012.
- Олег Овсянников: "Очень рад, что КПРФ так здорово отреагировала на наш вид спорта" [Oleg Ovsyannikov: I'm very pleased that KPRF has responded so well to our sport]. KPRF Sport Club (in Russian). June 17, 2011.
- "Krylova & Ovsyannikov: Official website". ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.