Mishin & Tamara Moskvina in amateur sport
They began to skate together in 1965 at the ages of 24 and 23 under the
direction of Igor Moskvin. Despite the unusually late start, the pair turned
out to be a success. Skating in pairs, Tamara Moskvina and Alexei Mishin
became the National Champions in 1969, European silver medalists in 1968
and bronze medalists in 1969. In 1968, they finished fifth at the
Olympic Games in Grenoble. Their major achievement, however, was
the second place at the World championships a year later.
spent our practices laughing, being very friendly and understanding each
other's problems," Moskvina recalls.
Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov (who were known for the beauty of
their classical style) as the main competitors, Moskvina and Mishin took
a different approach to their skating.
music opens unlimited possibilities, but in our time it just didn't make
sense to try competing with Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov by using
the same classical style, beautiful lines, exact movements and poses. That
niche clearly belonged to them. That's why our coach, Igor Moskvin, suggested
a program that made us look much better. It suited our skating perfectly
and gave us a unique look. Back then it was taken by many as bit avant
garde but it would look quite normal now," says Mishin.
and I weren't tall and with our build we wouldn't have made a very nice
classical pair, so we did modern style. We skated to French and folk music,
those kinds of programs," adds Tamara Moskvina.
Tamara Moskvina and Alexei Mishin split to start coaching careers and both
have reached an extraordinary level of success.
articles, Sport Express