Marina Anissina (Cyrillic Марина Анисина) (born August 30 1975 in Moscow, Russia) is a French-Russian figure skater and the 2002 Olympic champion in Ice dancing.

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.

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Peizerat)

Event 1993–1994 1994–1995 1995–1996 1996–1997 1997–1998 1998–1999 1999–2000 2000–2001 2001–2002
Winter Olympic Games 3rd 1st
World Championships 10th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
European Championships 12th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
French Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
Trophée Lalique 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
NHK Trophy 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate Canada 2nd 2nd 1st
Skate America 2nd 1st
Sparkassen Cup 1st 2nd
Ondrej Nepela Memorial 1st
Pirouetten 5th

(with Averbukh)

Event 1989–1990 1990–1991 1991–1992
World Junior Championships 1st 4th 1st


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