Russian husband and wife figure skating champions, Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, said goodbye to professional skating in a colourful ceremony in Moscow on Monday, December 15.
GV ZOOM IN SV Children presenting Rodnina and Zaitsev with flowers
GV AND SV Crowd applauding and still photographers (2 shots)
GV AND SV Rodnina and Zaitsev performing on ice (exhibition)
SV Tatiana Tarasova and Stanislav Zhuk coaches of Rodnina and Zaitsev standing with flowers at the entrance
GV ZOOM IN SV Soviet National Team of figure skaters (Igor Bobrin presenting flowers)
GV ZOOM IN SV Team members giving flowers and kissing the two skaters Rodnina and Zaitsev
GV Of crowd
GV ZOOM IN SV Rodnina and Zaitsev waving as they go round skating rink and then followed off by other skaters (2 shots)
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Background: Russian husband and wife figure skating champions, Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, said goodbye to professional skating in a colourful ceremony in Moscow on Monday, December 15.
SYNOPSIS: Children who were among the large crowd at the Sports Palace presented flowers to them in a touching farewell. Skating together since 1973, Rodnina who is 31 and Zaitsev 28, were married in 1975. Rodnina in her glittering career has won 24 gold medals and Zaitsev 15.
Although Rodnina was the star of the pair, Zaitsev eventually emerged as the domination member of the team. A farewell dance by the two skating champions was watched by their coaches Tatiana Tarasova and Stanislav Zhuk and other colleagues of the Soviet National Team of Figure Skaters.
Flowers from Igor Bobrin, first prize winner of the International figure Skating Tournament.
Three times an Olympic Champion in 1972, 1976 and 1980, Irina Rodnina has been world champion ten times. She has also been honoured for her skating prowess with the highest Soviet award for outstanding achievement-- the Order of Lenin.