Figure skaters Alexander Gallyamov and Anastasia Mishina, Alexandra Boykova and Dmitry Kozlovsky, and their coaches Arthur Minchuk, and Tamara Moskvina, a legend of Leningrad, Soviet and Russian figure skating, entered the stadium field to a standing ovation before the Zenit - Khimki match. Anatoly Tymoshchuk, representative of Zenit's coaching staff, presented them with soccer t-shirts with autographs of the players.
Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov won for Russia the first gold in pair skating in the last eight years, Alexandra Boykova and Dmitry Kozlovsky won bronze. All of them train at the "Tamara Moskvina Sports Club of Figure Skating". Thus, for the first time in national history, the medals of the World Championship were brought to the country by pupils of a non-state figure skating school.
"The Tamara Moskvina Figure Skating Sports Club" was opened four years ago, in 2017, with the participation of Gazprom on the basis of a sports complex built under the program "Gazprom for Children". The idea of creating the club belongs to Tamara Moskvina's student, Olympic champion Anton Sikharulidze.
Gazprom actively supports the development of the sports movement in Russia. The company has built 32 modern figure skating complexes throughout the country. Two of them are in St. Petersburg. The company plans to build another four sports complexes with ice rinks here. They will be a wonderful gift for the residents of the city.
The day before, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, met with the figure skaters and Tamara Moskvina.
“You have given the fans great joy and pride for the country. And you confirmed that our St. Petersburg school of figure skating is one of the strongest in the world. Our city is the birthplace of national figure skating. The merits of our - Leningrad, St. Petersburg - skaters are internationally recognized.
Thank you for the bright emotions that millions of people have experienced with you. I am sure you have inspired many young people to practice this wonderful sport,” he said.