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US figure skaters congratulate famous Russian coach Tarasova on her 70th birthday

February 13, 19:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Born on February 13, 1947, head coach Tatiana Tarasova brought up more Olympic, world and European champions in figure skating than any other coach in the world’s history of this sport

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The US Embassy in Moscow posted on Tuesday a short video on Russia-based social network VKontakte with famous American figure skaters extending congratulations on the 70th birthday of world’s legendary figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova, who used to be their mentor as well.

A two-minute video was in the Russian language and featured congratulatory messages from famous US figure skaters, including Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir.

"We wish all the best to the real sports legend, who brought up the biggest number of champions, not only among the Soviet and Russian, but American figure skaters as well," the video message said. "She is a living symbol of the sports ability of uniting people."

Tarasova’s US student Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, was quoted as saying that he was lucky to be part of the magic of Tatiana (Tarasova) and she had a great impact on his life and career of a figure skater.

Three-time US figure skater Johnny Weir, who is also is a student of Tarasova, said speaking in Russian that "it was the best moment in his sports career, when he started working with her."

Born on February 13, 1947, head coach Tatiana Tarasova brought up more Olympic, world and European champions in figure skating than any other coach in the world’s history of this sport.

Besides having won a total of 41 gold medals of World and European championships, her students grabbed gold medals of seven different Olympic Games, proving to be best in three of four Olympic figure skating disciplines beginning from 1976 and up to the present moment.

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