Protopopov, Oleg; and Belousova, Lyudmila

Protopopov, Oleg; and Belousova, Lyudmila

▪ Russian figure skaters
also called  the Protopopovs , Oleg Protopopov in full  Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov;  Lyudmila Belousova in full  Lyudmila Yevgeniyevna Belousova 
Respectively,
 
born July 16, 1932, Leningrad [now St. Petersburg], Russia, U.S.S.R.
 
born Nov. 22, 1935, Ulyanovsk [now Simbirsk], Russia, U.S.S.R.

      Russian-born figure skaters (figure skating) who twice won gold medals in pairs at the Olympic Winter Games (1964, in Innsbruck, Austria, and 1968, in Grenoble, France).

      Protopopov and Belousova began skating at age 15 and 16, respectively, rather late for serious skaters. They met in 1954 (when he had completed his service in the Soviet navy), began to skate together, and married in 1957. They entered their first world championships in 1958, in which they placed 13th; by 1962 they had placed 2nd. It was not until 1965 that they finally won the world championship, and they placed first for the next three years. They placed ninth at their first Olympics, in Squaw Valley, California, in 1960, but they won in both 1964 and 1968 and began a long period of Soviet dominance in the Olympic pairs event. They turned professional after the 1968 Olympics and skated with a Leningrad ice show. In 1979 the pair defected and requested political asylum in Switzerland. They joined the American ice show Ice Capades. They skated in professional competitions and exhibitions well into their 60s.

      The Protopopovs introduced a new era of pairs skating. They created a romantic style that resembled Russian ballet, characterized by slow movements.

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