Elena Berezhnaya

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Elena Viktorovna Berezhnaya (Russian: Елена Викторовна Бережная, born October 11, 1977 in Nevinnomyssk, Russian SFSR) is a Russian pair skater. With partner Anton Sikharulidze, she is the 1998 and 1999 World champion, 1998 Olympic silver medalist and 2002 Olympic champion.

Berezhnaya first competed with Oleg Shliakhov for Latvia and won gold at the 1995 Trophée Lalique. While training together in January 1996, she suffered a serious injury, leaving her partly paralyzed and unable to speak. She recovered rapidly and began competing again in November 1996 with new partner, Anton Sikharulidze.

Within two years of the accident, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze had established themselves as one of the best pair teams in the world.[1] They were noted for their lyrical, flowing and elegant style, which they combined with strong athleticism, including outstanding speed, unison, and big elements.[2][3][4][5][6][7] During their career together, they were coached by Tamara Moskvina at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. Their Olympic gold medals are shared with Canadian pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.

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