Irina Slutskaya (born Irina Eduardovna Slutskaya on February 9, 1979 in Russia) is a former Russian figure skater.
She is a two-time World champion (2002 & 2005), two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 2002, bronze in 2006), seven-time European champion (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 & 2006), a four-time Grand Prix Final champion (2000–2002 & 2005) and a four-time Russian national champion (2000–2002 & 2005).
She is known for her athletic ability and was the first female skater to land a triple lutz-triple loop combination.
Irina is also known for her trademark double Biellmann spin with a foot change, which she also invented. With her women's record seven European titles she is generally considered to be the most successful ladies' singles skaters in Russian history.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|Cup of China||1st||1st|
|Cup of Russia||1st||1st||3rd||1st||1st||1st||3rd||1st||1st|
|WD = Withdrew|
Records & AchievementsEdit
- Invented the double Biellmann spin with foot change
- First Russian woman to win European title (1996)
- First woman to land triple lutz-triple loop combination in competition (2000 Grand Prix Final)
- First woman to land a triple salchow-triple loop-double toe loop combination (2001 World Championships)
- First Russian woman skater to win a silver medal at the Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City)
- Four-time Russian Nationals champion
- Record holder for most Grand Prix Final titles won by a woman (record later tied by Mao Asada)
- First (and only) woman ever to win seven European titles (2006)