Gennadi Mikhailovich Karponosov (Russian: About this sound Геннадий Михайлович Карпоносов​ ; born 21 November 1950) is an ice dancing coach and a former competitive ice dancer for the Soviet Union. With Natalia Linichuk, he is the 1980 Olympic champion and a two-time World champion.

Competitive career

Gennadi Karponosov began skating because Alexei Ulanov was his neighbor.[1] He initially competed with Yelena Zharkova under coach Tatiana Tarasova but had greater success with his second partner, Natalia Linichuk.

Linichuk and Karponosov were coached by Elena Tchaikovskaia at Dynamo in Moscow. They won the World Universiade in 1972, and won the bronze medal at the 1974 and 1977 World Championships. They were fourth at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport.

They won the bronze medals at the European Figure Skating Championships from 1974 through 1977 and a silver medal in 1978. Linichuk and Karponosov won the world championship in 1978 and 1979 and the European Championships in 1979 and 1980.

Linichuk and Karponosov won the 1980 Olympics, but failed to defend their World title, making them the only team ever to unsuccessfully defend a World title after winning the Olympics.[2] In 1981, Linichuk and Karponosov retired from competition.

Coaching career

Karponosov and Linichuk in the Kiss and cry with students Domnina / Shabalin

After coaching in Moscow, Linichuk and Karponosov accepted an offer to coach in the U.S.[1] They moved with their students in June 1994 and coached at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.[3][4] In September 2007, they moved to the Ice Works Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.[4]

Their current and former senior-level students include:

Their current and former junior-level students include:

Personal life

Gennadi Karponosov studied international relations at the Public Institute Moscow. Linichuk accepted Karponosov's proposal after they retired from competition.[1] They were married on 31 July 1981. Their very talented daughter, Anastasiya Karponosova, was born in February 1985. The couple initially lived in Moscow and then moved to the United States in the early '90s.[4] In 2001, Karponosov was admitted to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[11]

Competitive highlights

With Linichuk

Event 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81
Olympics 4th 1st
Worlds 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd
Europeans 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Skate Canada 1st 1st
Moscow News 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Soviet Champ. 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st

With Zharkova

Event 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72
World Championships 8th 8th 8th
European Championships 11th 6th 6th 6th
Prize of Moscow News 2nd 3rd 3rd
Soviet Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd


  1. ^ a b c Raush, Vladimir (April 2, 2012). Ее конек. Itogi (in Russian). Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Natalia Linichuk & Gennadi Karponosov, accessed July 5, 2006.
  3. ^ Reiter, Susan (1995-03-01). "Ice dancing: a dance form frozen in place by hostile rules". Dance Magazine (The Free Library).  (FindArticles)
  4. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Frank (February 9, 2010). "No skating past it: They'll settle only for gold". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Macur, Juliet (February 16, 2010). "New Muscles and Pounds Boost an American Ice Dancer’s Outlook". New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Motchane, Asli (2006). "Albena Denkova: "Now we enjoy every single practice!"". Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hinckley, Todd (June 20, 2008). "Domnina, Shabalin Team with Linichuk". Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ Irina Lobacheva & Ilia Averbukh at the International Skating Union
  9. ^ "U.S. Figure Skaters Announce Off-season Changes". U.S. Figure Skating. May 7, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ Flade, Tatiana (April 14, 2011). "New kids on the block". Golden Skate. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Elfman, Lois (October 25, 2006). "Young Israelis to compete at Skate America". Jewish Ledger. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 

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