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Natalia Gudina (Ukrainian: Наталія Гудина, born 11 November 1977) is an Israeli former competitive ice dancer. Representing Israel with husband Alexei Beletski, she placed as high as 14th at the World Championships, as high as 9th at the European Championships, and competed at the Winter Olympics. She represented Ukraine with her previous partner, Vitali Kurkudym, and won the 1996 World Junior bronze medal.

Career

Gudina began skating at the age of four. Early in her career, she competed with partner Vitali Kurkudym for Ukraine. They were coached by Alexandr Tumanovsky and Olga Markush.[1] Gudina/Kurkudym won the bronze medal at the 1996 World Junior Championships.[2] Their partnership ended in 1998.

Later in 1998, Gudina teamed up with Alexei Beletski. They competed together for Ukraine until the end of 1998/1999 season, after which they switched to competing for Israel. Gudina and Beletski are the 2000–2005 Israeli national silver medalists and placed 19th at the 2002 Winter Olympics. They were coached by Gennadi Karponosov and Natalia Linichuk.

Personal life

Gudina and Beletski married in 1999.[3]

Programs

With Beletski

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2004–2005
[4]
  • Charleston
  • Slow Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
2003–2004
[5]
  • Boogie Woogie
  • Blues
  • Rock'n'Roll
2002–2003
[6][3]
2001–2002
[7]
2000–2001
[8]
  • Charleston from Cabaret
    by John Kander
  • Foxtrot from Cabaret
    by John Kander
  • Quickstep: Money Makes the World Go Round
    (from Cabaret)
    by John Kander

With Kurkudym

Season Original dance Free dance
1996–1997
[1]
  • Sway
  • Besame Mucho

Competitive highlights

With Beletski

Results[8][7][6][5][4]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Olympics 19th
Worlds 25th 14th 15th 18th
Europeans 17th 15th 11th 9th 13th
GP Bofrost Cup 5th
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Cup of Russia 6th
GP Lalique 5th
GP NHK Trophy 6th
GP Skate America 7th
Golden Spin 3rd 6th 7th
Karl Schäfer 3rd
Helena Pajovic 1st
Skate Israel 6th 5th 5th 2nd
National
Israeli Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Ukrainian Champ. 4th
GP = Grand Prix

With Kurkudym

Results[1][2]
International
Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
European Champ. 18th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th
PFSA Trophy 2nd
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 12th 3rd 4th
Blue Swords 4th J. 3rd J.
EYOF 5th J.
Ukrainian Souvenir 6th J. 1st J.
National
Ukrainian Champ. 2nd 3rd
J. = Junior level

References

  1. ^ a b c "GUDINA Natalia / KURKUDYM Vitali". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (1 January 2003). "Gudina and Beletsky Give Israel 1-2 Punch". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 October 2005. 
  5. ^ a b "Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  6. ^ a b "Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2003. 
  7. ^ a b "Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  8. ^ a b "Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001.