Her last name is spelled with a double "s", as opposed to the literal translation "Anisina", to facilitate correct pronunciation outside Slavic language areas.
Marina Anissina's mother, Irina Cherniaeva, is a former pair skater who participated in the 1972 Winter Olympics and finished in sixth place with her partner Vasili Blagov. She is now a pairs figure skating coach. She followed her daughter to France and worked as a coach in Paris but moved later with her daughter to Lyon.
Marina Anissina's father is Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Anissin (born July 11 1951). He was World and European champion in ice hockey and works as an ice hockey coach in Moscow in Russia. He was also a member of the Soviet team that participated in the 1972 Summit Series against Canada.
Before her partnership with Gwendal Peizerat, Marina Anissina teamed up with other skating partners, first with Sergei Sakhnovski and later with Ilia Averbukh
Anissina's partnership with Sergei Sakhnovski did not last long. He left her to skate with Ekaterina Svirina, and later Galit Chait while competing for Israel.
The pair of Marina Anissina & Ilia Averbukh, representing Russia, became Junior World Champions in 1990 and 1992. Ilia Averbukh fell in love with Irina Lobacheva and left Marina Anissina to skate with Lobacheva.
Marina Anissina wrote several letters to find a new skating partner. She searched internationally. Finally, she teamed up with Gwendal Peizerat from France in 1993. Since then, her coach has been Muriel Boucher-Zazoui. They skated for the club Lyon TSC and also represented France at the Olympic Winter Games. Marina Anissina has taken French citizenship. Anissina and Peizerat won the 2000 World Ice Dance title, 3 world silver medals, the 1998 Olympic Bronze medal, and 2 European titles in ice dance. In 2002 Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat became France's first Olympic Champions in ice dancing. After winning the Olympic gold medal they finished their amateur skating career, turned pro and now appear in shows, such as Champions on Ice.
Their signature move is a "reverse lift", wherein Anissina lifts Peizerat off the ice, rather than vice versa. This set the two apart from other dance couples, as most lifts in ice dance involve the man lifting the woman.
On February 23, 2008, Anissina married Russian actor Nikita Dzhigurda in Moscow after the two met when they were partnered on a celebrity ice dancing television show. On January 7, 2009 the couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy.
|Winter Olympic Games||3rd||1st|
|Grand Prix Final||3rd||3rd||2nd||1st||2nd|
|Ondrej Nepela Memorial||1st|
|World Junior Championships||1st||4th||1st|
- http://www.peoples.ru/sport/fskating/anisina/ (in Russian)
- http://home.snafu.de/figureskating/anissina-peizerat/ (official website)
- Care to Ice Dance? - Anissina & Peizerat
- http://mgforever.free.fr (in french)
- http://figureskating.online.fr/anissina-peizerat.htm (English)
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