February 18, 2014 by staff
Marina Zoueva, The biggest winner of Monday night’s ice dancing competition never even laced up her skates for the event. But viewers may recognize her face. She was the brunette with bangs who greeted America’s first gold medal winners in the event, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the moment they stepped off the ice. She sat with them as they awaited their scores, alternatively squeezing their hands and waving at the camera.
She did the same with Canadian silver medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and again with 9th place American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.
It’s not just that she’s friendly. Marina Zoueva coaches them all.
The 57-year-old, who runs an elite Michigan skating school, could bask in the triumphs of each medal winner of the night — even those of Russian ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapo, who clinched the bronze.
Born in St. Petersburg, Zoueva once competed on the Soviet ice dancing team before eventually relocating to Canada and later the U.S. In preparation for her homecoming of sorts, Zoueva planned each routine with Russia in mind.
“It was important for me to do a special programme for my mother land country,” Zoueva said, according to Reuters.”I chose a Russian story for each programme. I wanted to touch the heart of the people.”
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