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Marina Viatcheslavovna Anissina (Russian:
Марина Вячеславовна Анисина,
born August 30, 1975 in Moscow, Russian SSR) is a
French-Russian ice dancer. With partner Gwendal
Peizerat, she is the 2002 Olympic champion.
Marina Anissina's mother, Irina Cherniaeva, is a former pair skater who
competed at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Marina
Anissina's father is Vyacheslav Anisin, a World and
European champion in ice hockey.
On February 23, 2008, Anissina married Russian actor Nikita Djigurda
in Moscow after the two met
when they were partnered on a celebrity ice dancing television
show. On January 7, 2009 the couple welcomed a son, Mik-Angel Krist
(in Russian: Мик-Анжель Крист). In May
2009, Dzhigurda confirmed that they are expecting a second
Early in her career, Marina Anissina competed with Sergei
Sakhnovski, representing the Soviet Union.
Following that partnership, she teamed up with Ilia Averbukh. They
represented the Soviet Union and, after that country's dissolution,
Russia. They were the 1990 and 1992 World Junior
When that partnership ended, Marina Anissina wrote several
letters to find a new skating partner. She searched
internationally. Finally, she teamed up with Gwendal
Peizerat from France in 1993. They were coached by Muriel
Boucher-Zazoui. They skated for the club Lyon TSC. Anissina
received expedited French citizenship.
Anissina and Peizerat were the 2000 World Champions and
have won three other world medals. They are the 1998 Olympic
bronze medalists and 2002 Olympic Champions. At the 2002
Olympics, they became the first team representing France to win
Olympic gold in ice dancing.
They retired from competitive skating in 2002 and skate
professionally in shows, including Champions on Ice.
Their signature move is a "reverse lift", wherein Anissina lifts
Peizerat off the ice, rather than vice versa. This set the two
apart from other dance couples, as most lifts in ice dance involve
the man lifting the woman.
Results for Russia and
the Soviet Union