Natalia Vladimirovna Linichuk (born February 6, 1956 in Moscow) is a Russian ice dancer and coach. With partner Gennadi Karponossov, she was the 1980 Olympic champion and two-time World champion. They skated for the Soviet Union throughout their competitive careers.


Linichuk and Karponossov were coached by Elena Tchaikovskaia at Dynamo (sports society) in Moscow. They won their first medal at the senior level in 1974. They placed 4th at the 1976 Winter Olympics--the year ice dancing was introduced as an Olympic sport. Their success continued, and they were World champions in 1978 and 1979. They 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.

In 1981, Linichuk and Karponossov retired from amateur competition. They were married on July 31, 1981. In February 1985, their daughter Anastasiya Karponossova was born. The couple lived in Moscow when they were first married and later moved to Delaware in the United States.

Linichuk and Karponossov have become successful ice dance coaches. They have coached many notable teams, including the Russian teams of Oksana Grishuk/Evgeny Platov, Angelika Krylova/Vladimir Fedorov, Angelika Krylova/Oleg Ovsyannikov and Irina Lobacheva/Ilia Averbukh, the Israeli teams Galit Chait/Sergei Sakhnovsky and Natalia Gudina/Alexei Belezki, and Bulgarian World champions Albena Denkova/Maxim Staviski. After the 2007/2008 season, they took on two of the top ice dancing teams in the world as their students: the American team of Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto and the Russian team of Oksana Domnina/Maxim Shabalin.

Linichuk also works as a choreographer. She and Karponossov coached for a number of years at the University of Delaware but now work out of the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Competitive highlights Edit

Event 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Olympic Winter Games 4th 1st
World 3rd 4th 5th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd
European Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd

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