Ilya Averbukh, figure skater: biography, personal life, sporting achievements
Ilya Averbukh is a famous Soviet and Russian athlete. Multiple winner of the figure skating competition in the ice dancing discipline. After completing his professional career he took up entrepreneurship. Now he has his own ice show, in which he works as a producer.
Ilya Averbukh was born in Moscow in 1973. He studied at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education. Sport began to get involved in childhood. His first mentor was the honored trainer of Russia Zhanna Gromova.
When he decided on his specialization in figure skating, two-time winners of the world championship in figure skating Natalya Lynchuk and Gennady Karponosov began working with him.
His first partner was Marina Anisina, who later began to play for the French team.
Paired with her, Ilya Averbukh went to the first serious competition in his career - the world championship among juniors in 1990. They were held in American Colorado Springs.
Soviet figure skaters dominated ice dancing, taking the top two steps of the podium. Canadian couple Marie-France Dubbel and Bruno Ivars won the bronze. Second place with Elena Kustarova and Sergey Romashkin, Ilya Averbukh and Marina Anisina became the winners.
In 1991, at the Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Averbukh and Anisina played poorly, taking only fourth place. They were bypassed by the Soviet couples Kustarova and Romashkin (this time they have bronze), the French, Marina Morel and her partner Gwendal Peyzer, who won silver. The victory was won by another pair of figure skaters from the USSR Aliki Stergiad and Yuri Razgulyaev.
But in 1992, at the Junior World Championships in the Canadian Halle Averbukh and Anisina were again on top of Olympus. In the ice dancing they had no equal. The second again was the Soviet pair of figure skaters - this time Yaroslav Nechaev and Yuri Chesnichenko, bronze from the owners - Amelie Dion and Alexander Elaine.
Love and sport
In 1992, there were dramatic changes in Averbukh’s career. He fell in love with Irina Lobacheva, with whom he worked in the same group, but she skated with another partner. They began to meet, and soon to perform together.
The decisive factor in the life of the newlyweds was 1995, when they got married and moved to the USA. In America, they trained for 7 years.
First performance at the Olympics
In 1998, the couple debuted at the Olympic Games in ice dancing. Competitions were held in Japanese Nagano.
Figure skater Ilya Averbukh and Irina Lobacheva after the compulsory program took 5th place. The same results were shown in the original and free dance. As a result, the pair finished fifth.
Winning the World Cup
In 2002, Irina Lobacheva and Ilya Averbukh again went to conquer the Olympic summit. By this time, they had already won the Russian championship 4 times.
But the season before the Olympics, they had to miss. Lobacheva suffered a knee injury, because of which they did not speak at any stage of the world Grand Prix. Despite this, they were able to properly prepare for the 2002 season.
In March, the world championship in Japanese Nagano took place.Lobacheva and Averbukh left no chance to competitors. In all programs, the judges always gave them the first places. As a result, for the first time in their careers, they became the winners of the championship of the planet in ice dancing.
It should be noted that there were only two Russian couples in this kind of program. Tatiana Navka together with Roman Kostomarov took only 8th place. The second were Canadians She-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, the Israelis in bronze - Galit Haight and Sergei Sakhnovsky.
Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
At the Olympics in the United States a couple came in the rank of one of the favorites. Averbukh Ilya Izyaslavich seriously counted on a medal of the highest dignity in ice dancing. But the competition this time was much higher.
According to the results of the mandatory program, the couple became the second, losing to former partner Averbukh Anissina and Peizere, who played for the French team. It was not possible to play the lag in the original and free dance.
The Russians were second, won the Olympics won by the French. Bronze from the Italians Barbara Fuzar-Pauly and her partner Maurizio Margallo.
In amateur sports, Averbukh and Lobacheva spent another year.During this time, they won gold medals at the European Championships and finished second in the world championship, losing to Canadian pair She-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz.
Personal life skater
Ilya Averbukh, whose personal life interested his fans and fans, was married for many years to Irina Lobacheva.
It is worth noting that his parents played a large role in shaping the fate of the skater. Izyaslav Averbukh worked as an entrepreneur, and his mother, Julia Markovna Burdo, taught at the school. In their family is not the only son Ilya Averbukh. The personal life of the parents of the famous skater has developed successfully. Ilya has a brother Daniel, who also became an athlete. He is now 27 years old, he is engaged in fencing. His highest achievement is a victory at the European Fencing Championship with a cadet rapier.
Together with Irina Lobacheva until 2007, Ilya Averbukh was. Children have a couple appeared in 2004. Famous skaters had a son. He was named Martin. In 2007, the couple broke up, having been married for 12 years. Only Ilya Averbukh remained. Children suffered minimal divorce from their parents. Martin stayed with his mother, but regularly sees his father.
Ice show Ilya Averbukh
Having finished his career in big-time sports, Averbukh and his partner decided not to remain in America to perform in professional shows, but to return to Russia.
Already in 2004, Averbukh founded his own show on the ice, which he called the Ice Symphony. The best figure skaters took part in theatrical performances, among whom were the champions of Europe, the world and the Olympic Games.
The participants of the "Ice Symphony" traveled throughout the country with special tours. For example, one of the holiday programs was devoted to the 60th anniversary of Tatiana Tarasova, who brought up more than one generation of figure skaters champions.
Ice show Ilya Averbukh with Channel One released a number of popular television shows. Among them are "Stars on Ice", "Ice Age", "Ice and Fire", "Bolero". After each TV show, the project participants went on a tour of the cities of Russia with tours. During which Averbukh acted as a leading show program.
In the 2010s, he put his own musical on the ice, which was called the "Lights of the Big City". The first performance took place in the state concert hall "Russia" in Moscow.
Averbukh himself was not limited to the role of producer and host of ice shows. He tries himself in the film industry. As a producer, he appeared in the sports melodrama "Hot Ice", dedicated to the fate of people whose life is somehow connected with figure skating. The film was attended by figure skaters Roman Kostomarov, Alexei Yagudin and famous artists - Anna Bolshova, Lyudmila Artemyeva. Averbukh himself played in the "Hot Ice" as a cameo, that is, as himself.
As an actor, Averbukh first appeared on screen in 2004 in a detective film by Vsevolod Plotkin and Alexander Stefanovich, Time of the Cruel. He played a journalist Ilya Gavrilov.
The film itself is based on the novel by the writer Eduard Khrutsky entitled Silent Death. The events of the film unfold in the early 90s, when many law enforcement officers left the profession because of a beggarly salary. Some remained in the service in the organs, others - in gangster groups. There comes a time cruel, in which everyone survives as best he can.
In 2005, Averbukh played in the musical Felix Mikhailov and Egor Druzhinin "Night in the style of Disco". The skater got the role of a young man on the ice.
In 2012, he took part in the multi-part musical film "After School", playing the role of driver Ilya Averbukh.
Now the former figure skater 43 years old, he continues his showman career.