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Totmianina in 2005.
||160 cm (5.2 ft)
||Oleg Vasiliev, Natalia
||Yubileiny Sport Club
Tatiana Totmianina (Russian: Татьяна Тотьмянина) (born November 2, 1981 in
Perm, Russia) is a retired pairs
With partner Maxim
Marinin, she is the 2006 Olympic
Tatiana Totmianina and her skating partner Maxim Marinin began
skating together in 1997. Both began their careers as singles
skaters, and they were always noted for their superb single
elements. Coached by 1984 Olympic Pairs Champion Oleg
Vasiliev, Totmianina and Marinin made consistent progress on
the world scene through the late 90's. They won their first major
title at the 2002 European
Championships, and went on to finish 4th at the 2002
Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Despite their success and obvious technical ability, Totmianina
and Marinin were often criticized for lacking a specific identity
or style in their skating. As a result, they were overshadowed
throughout much of their career by more elegant and crowd-appealing
pairs, particularly Yelena Berezhnaya
Sikharulidze, as well as Chinese icons Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo. Twice in a row they finished
second at the World Championships
to their Chinese rivals, then finally won gold over Shen and Zhao
in 2004. Ironically, Totmianina and Marinin garnered the most
attention and won the most fans due to an incident that nearly
ended their career.
In November 2004, during the free skate of Skate America in
Pittsburgh, Marinin lost his balance while attempting a difficult
lasso lift and Tatiana slammed to the ice head first. She suffered
a severe concussion and spent the night in a local hospital.
Totmianina recovered from her injuries rapidly and was able to
return to the ice within days. She often stated that she has no
memory of the incident and this made it easy for her to return to
the ice. Marinin, however, had to start seeing a sport psychologist
to overcome his fears. Both admitted that Marinin's fears were so
great that it was nearly impossible for them to continue
Four months later, they returned to the World Championships,
held in Moscow, Russia. They won the short program, posting the
highest total score ever under Code of Points. They then conquered
their fears and skated the same free program flawlessly, with the
same dreaded lift. Their total score was well over 200 points, and
they won their second consecutive World title easily.
Totmianina and Marinin dominated World competition from that
point onward. They won their fifth consecutive European
Championship in 2006. With their rivals Shen and Zhao recovering
from a debilitating injury, Totmianina and Marinin were the clear
favorites for Olympic gold in Turin, Italy. They won the gold and retired from
the amateur ranks soon after.
Totmianina and Marinin later toured with the Champions on
Ice show, with other notable skaters including Michelle Kwan, Evgeny Plushenko, and Viktor
Petrenko, among others.
Tragedy struck Tatiana in January 2009, when her mother, to whom
she was very close, died in a car accident.
On November 20, 2009 she had her first child, a daughter named
Liza. The father is fiance Alexei Yagudin.