Two-time Olympic champion in pair skating Soviet skater Lyudmila Belousova, speaking in a duet with Oleg Protopopov, has died on 82-m to year of life, RIA Novosti reported.
Belousova and Protopopov won gold at the Olympic games in 1964 in Innsbruck and the Olympic games of 1968 in Grenoble. On their account four victories at the world Championships and four gold medals at the European Championships.
After retiring from the sport, the athletes he worked at the Leningrad ballet on ice. September 24, 1979, Belousova and Protopopov, being together with the Leningrad ballet on ice on tour in Switzerland, has asked the leadership of this country for political asylum and refused to return to the USSR. Athletes deprived of the title of honored masters of sports, their names struck out of all Soviet reference books, which tell about the Olympic achievements of the Soviet Union.
Belousova and Protopopov step explained that in his native country, the pair were not allowed to develop further, they did not want to leave the sport and believe that their talent will be appreciated more. Lived in Grindelwald. In 1995 he received Swiss citizenship, and then were able to speak at the opening of the European championship in Sofia (1995).
In September 2015, a 79-year-old Lyudmila Belousova and 83-year-old Oleg Protopopov last time out on the ice in the United States, during the show «Evening with Champions».
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