In the words of Ottavio Cinquanta, President of ISU, "Oksana without doubt is the best female skater ever."
Born 17 March 1972 in Odessa/ Ukraine, Oksana Grishuk was the only child of parents who divorced when she was 6 months old. At that time Oksana's father was a football player and her mother was an University student. At age four Oksana started her skating. She has always been someone who does everything with all her heart - with passion, intelligence and a love of perfection. This kind of dedication has been rewarded with a vast array of international prizes.
From 1988 to 1998, Oksana had never lost any competition. She received a record number in history of 6.0 in the period from 1994 to 1998 - and setting new standards for artistic beauty and technical in ice dancing. Oksana has won a record of Gold Medals (total 26), and is the only Lady in sport history to win back to back Olympic Gold Medals (1994 and 1998).
Olympic and World Figure Skating Results with Evgeny Platov
For many years, Oksana has had more impact on the sport of ice dancing than any other individual. Skating with her partner Evgeny, Oksana revolutionized ice dancing in the 90s with her innovative choreography, speed, amazing edges, and culminating with a series of gold medals. Staying undefeated from 1994 Olympics until 1998 Olympics, Oksana and her partner won 22 consecutive gold medals including Olympics, World, and a series of Grand Prix competition.
Oksana began skating when she was only 4 years old in Odessa under coach Walentina Kasianova.
At ten years of age, Oksana was invited to skate at Brejnev’s (the leader of the USSR) Jubilee, and was selected by him to continue skating at the Moscow – the Cultural, Political, and Sport Center of the USSR (Now Russia). She began to train at Sport Club Dynamo under coach Elena Alexandrowa. At age 12 Oksana changed her discipline from single to ice-dancing. Her coach was Natalia Linichuk, the Europe, World and Olympic Gold Medallists herself in ice-dance.
Oksana's first partner was Alexander Chichkov, together they became Silver and Gold World Junior Medallists. Due to health problems of Alexander Chichkov, Oksana changed partners in 1989 and began to skate with Evgeny Platov.
After a historical winning of a second Olympic Gold Medal in 1998, Oksana and Platov parted.