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Oksana (Pasha) Grishuk (born March 17, 1972 in Odessa, USSR) is a Russian figure skater. She began training in skating at the age of four. Grishuk moved to Moscow in 1986, and studied at the Sport University of Moscow from 1988 to 1992.

She won two Olympic gold medals and four World Championships in ice dancing with Evgeny Platov. The pair won 22 consecutive competitions during this time. They combined speed and difficult elements, and displayed their mastery of numerous styles of dance. In late 1996, she bleached her hair platinum and began to identify herself as "Pasha" to help avoid confusion with the Ukrainian ice skater Oksana Baiul, who had recently been arrested for drunk driving.

Grishuk and Platov stopped skating together after winning the second of their Olympic titles in 1998. Grishuk skated professionally with Alexander Zhulin, while Platov teamed with Zhulin's former partner Maya Usova. However, Grishuk's partnership with Zhulin did not last long, as Zhulin soon retired to concentrate on coaching. Grishuk and Platov reunited in February 2008 in Nagano, Japan for their ten-year anniversary of winning the 1998 Olympic gold medal.[1]


In April 2008 it was reported that Grishuk was drugged with the date rape drug GHB at a hotel in Orange County, California. While dining at the hotel, Grishuk noticed the remnants of a dissolved pill at the bottom of her drink. In June 2008, a judge, at the request of prosecutors citing a lack of evidence, dismissed charges against a man who had been accused of putting the substance into the drink.[2]


Competitive highlightsEdit

  • World Championships: first in 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997
  • Olympics: first in 1994 and 1998
  • frame: first place in 1996, 1997, and 1998

ReferencesEdit

  1. Lifeskate.com, January 2, 2009
  2. Charge dismissed in alleged drugging of Olympian, Associated Press, June 9, 2008

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