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The beautiful Russian started in single skating, but later found that ice dancing is more suitable for her. Today Elena Ilinykh is partnering with Nikita Katsalapov.
Prior to 2014, the couple is a three-time European medalist, a three-time Russian national silver medalist, and most importantly – a two-time Olympic medalist (gold and bronze) from 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Sochi 2014 were the first Olympic Games for the young Elena Ilinykh. There, in the new Olympics discipline – the figure skating’s Team competition, Elena participated for Team Russia and took the gold.