Photo © J.Barry
- Date of
August 30th, 1975
- Place of
birth: Moscow (RUS)
- Height: 1.62 m
- Hometown: Lyon
partners: Tolja Gorelik, Sergei
Sakhnovsky, Ilia Averbukh
- Date of
April 21st, 1972
- Place of
birth: Bron (FRA)
- Height: 1.73 m
- Hobbies:music, skiing
- Coach: Murielle Boucher-Zazoui
- Coreographers: Alla Dukhova, Shanti
Rushpaul, Elena Matveeva, Jayne Torvill &
- Train in: Lyon, Villars de
- Teamed up in: 1993
- Career highlights: European & World
Marina's models in ice dance are Bestemianova & Bukin,
Klimova & Ponomarenko. Her favorite routine is Klimova
& Ponomarenko's Bach routine from the 1992 Olympics.
Gwendal's models are the Duchesnays, and his favorite ice
dance routines are "Missing" by the Duchesnay and "Bolero"
by Torvill & Dean.
Marina has a dog, a sharpei named Maroussia. She loves
painting, fashion, jewels. She likes to go to Paris to see
the fashion shows, and she especially likes a Russian
designer, Valentin Youdachkin. She collects religious icons,
although she's not sure she believes in God.
Gwendal has some fishes, a cat, and... a snake! He won it in
a lottery in his business college! He loves to play the
piano and he enjoys music in general, and he is also good at
skiing. He loves to go to the Caribeans for holidays. He
still attends college. He has diplomas of Chemistry and also
of Sports management.
Marina's friends in the skating world are mainly Russian:
Tatiana Navka, Angelika Krylova, and her best friend is
Marya Butyrskaya. Gwendal's friends are Stephane Bernadis
and Laurent Tobel.
Marina decided to dye her hair in red in 1994, at the
airport before taking the plane to go to a competition!
No, Marina & Gwendal are not romantically involved with
each other! Actually, they hardly see each other off the
ice. Marina said: "we are always together at competitions
and at training, I think it's enough. But Gwendal is a good
friend and I know I can rely on him." And Gwendal said: "We
have two totally different ways of life."
Marina said about Gwendal:
"He is very clever, and very kind. He is very reasonable,
but he has changed since we teamed up. He used to be calm
all the time and now that things are getting more important
he is a bit more nervous. He doesn't talk enough in my
opinion. He keeps everything in himself, whereas I always
want to say what I think. And, well, he is a bit
Gwendal said about Marina:
"She is very ambitious, persistent, her will to do well
enables her to go over any difficulties. But on the other
side of it, she is very impatient, and it makes her nervous
at training sometimes because she wants everything to be