Maxim Marinin


Maxim Marinin
Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold 2006 Turin Pairs
Maxim Marinin

Marinin with Totmianina at the 2004 Worlds
Personal information
Country represented  Russia
Born March 23, 1977 (1977-03-23) (age 34)
Volgograd, Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Partner Tatiana Totmianina
Former coach Oleg Vasiliev, Natalia Pavlova
Skating club Yubileiny Sport Club
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 204.48
2006 Olympics
Short program 70.12
2005 Worlds
Free skate 135.84
2006 Olympics

Maxim Viktorovich Marinin (Russian: Максим Викторович Маринин, born March 23, 1977 in Volgograd, Russia) is a retired Russian pair skater. With partner Tatiana Totmianina, he is the 2006 Olympic Champion, two-time World Champion, and five-time European Champion.

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Career

Marinin was born in Volgograd, Russia, and began skating at age four. After losing to the much younger Evgeni Plushenko, Marinin realized he would not be competitive in singles skating and elected to switch to pairs in 1993.[1] He met Tatiana Totmianina in 1995 at the Russian Nationals which he attended without a partner.[1] They began skating together in 1996, trained by Natalia Pavlova in Saint Petersburg.

Totmianina and Marinin made consistent progress on the world scene through the late 90's. After dating for a while, they ended their relationship but remained friends.[2] They left Pavlova just prior to the 2001 European Championships and moved to Chicago in the United States to train under 1984 Olympic pairs champion Oleg Vasiliev.[3][1][2]

Totmianina and Marinin 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. Twice in a row, they finished second at the World Championships to their Chinese rivals Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, before finally winning gold in 2004. The day after winning their first World title, Totmianina suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice.[4] They were unable to perform in the exhibition.

Accident

In November 2004, during the free skate at the 2004 Skate America in Pittsburgh, Marinin lost his balance while attempting a difficult lasso lift and Totmianina slammed to the ice head first.[5][6] 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. Although Totmianina did not blame him, the accident weighed heavily on Marinin and when the pair returned to training, he was unable to lift her due to panic.[2] He began seeing a sport psychologist who helped him overcome it.[7]

Continued career

Totmianina and Marinin in January 2005
Totmianina and Marinin perform a twist lift in January 2005

They returned to competition two months later in January 2005, winning gold at the Russian Nationals and then the European Championships.[8] In March, they competed at the World Championships, held in Moscow, Russia. They won their second consecutive World title easily, with a total score 10 points higher than the second place finishers.

Totmianina and Marinin dominated world competition from that point onward. In December 2005, Totmianina was hospitalized with a gall bladder problem.[9] They won their fifth consecutive European Championship the following month in January 2006. With their rivals Shen and Zhao recovering from an achilles injury, Totmianina and Marinin were the clear favorites for Olympic gold in Turin, Italy. They won the short program on February 11 and then the long program on February 13, capturing the 2006 Olympic pair skating title.

Totmianina and Marinin did not compete at the World Championships in March 2006. They later announced their retirement from competition. The pair toured with the Champions on Ice show, with other notable skaters including Michelle Kwan, Evgeny Plushenko, and Viktor Petrenko, among others.

Personal life

With his girlfriend, Natalia Somova, a ballerina at the Stanislavski Moscow Theatre, he has a son, Artem,[10] who was born on September 29, 2007 in Krasnodar, Russia. The family lives in Moscow.

Programs

Totmianina and Marinin with their coach Oleg Vasiliev
Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2005–2006 Romance from The Snowstorm
by Georgy Sviridov
Romeo and Juliet
by Nino Rota
performed and arranged by Edvin Marton
Color of the Night
2004–2005 Ave Maria
by Franz Schubert
Scheherazade
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Have you ever really loved a Woman?
by Bryan Adams
2003–2004 Variations on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Art on Ice
by Edvin Marton
Your Song
2002–2003 Morning Suite
Hall of the Mountain King
by Edvard Grieg
The Cotton Club
by John Barry
2001–2002 The Star and Death of Joaquin Murrieta
( Звезда и смерть Хоакина Мурьеты )
by Alexei Rybnikov and Pavel Grushko
West Side Story
by Leonard Bernstein
A Girl Like You
by Edwyn Collins
2000–2001 Liebestraum
by Franz Liszt
West Side Story
by Leonard Bernstein
1999–2000 Passion
by Peter Gabriel
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
1998–1999 Grand Canyon Suite
by Grofe
Violin Concerto
by Mendelssohn
The Swan Lake
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Results

(with Totmianina)

Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Winter Olympics 4th 1st
World Championships 7th 6th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
European Championships 5th 5th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Russian Championships 6th 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st WD
Grand Prix Final 1st 2nd 1st
Skate America 7th 3rd 3rd 1st WD
Skate Canada International 2nd 1st 1st
Sparkassen Cup 3rd
Trophée Eric Bompard 5th 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 1st
Cup of Russia 5th 6th 3rd 6th 1st 1st
Karl Schäfer Memorial 5th
Skate Israel 2nd

References

  1. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (November 17, 2002). "Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin: Russian Pair Edges Closer to the Top". GoldenSkate.com. http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2002/111702.shtml. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Ushakova, Yulia (August 22, 2010). "Татьяна Тотьмянина: "Я не знала, как пережить предательство Ягудина" [Tatiana Totmianina interview]" (in Russian). КАРАВАН ИСТОРИЙ. http://prosestars.ru/?p=114. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin at the International Skating Union
  4. ^ Terry Gannon commentating during ESPN2 broadcast of pairs long program at 2004 Skate America. November 2004.
  5. ^ Yates, Jennifer C. (October 24, 2004). "Scary fall mars Skate America ; Totmianina taken to hospital after". Associated Press (FindArticles). http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/columbian-vancouver-wash/mi_8100/is_20041024/scary-fall-mars-skate-america/ai_n51299547/. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Klimovich Harrop, JoAnne (October 24, 2004). "Skater injured at Skate America". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_265308.html. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ Shablinskaya, Olga (December 8, 2010). "Максим Маринин: "Мы с женой о работе не говорим" [Maxim Marinin: My wife and I never discuss work]" (in Russian). aif.ru. http://www.aif.ru/culture/article/39581. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Russian pair defends skating title". Associated Press (USA Today.com). January 26, 2005. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2005-01-26-roundup_x.htm. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ Zanca, Salvatore (January 17, 2006). "Russians lead pairs, trail in ice dance". Associated Press (USA Today.com). http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/winter/2006-01-17-euro-figure-skating_x.htm. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ Naborshchikova, Svetlana (December 15, 2008). "Балерина Наталья Сомова и фигурист Максим Маринин: "Шоу "Балет со звездами" вряд ли появится" [Ballerina Natalia Somova and skater Maxim Marinin : A show "Ballet with the Stars " is unlikely]" (in Russian). izvestia.ru. http://www.izvestia.ru/culture/article3123603/. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 

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