Russian figure skating exists in conditions of incredible competition. Often, top-notch athletes change sports citizenship to compete in world championships and Olympic games. One of these skaters - Anastasia Grebenkina. Biography girls abounds twisting turns. She skated brilliantly in tandem with Vazgen Azroyan, first representing Russia. Then, due to increased rivalry within the team, the partners began to stand up for Armenia.

Sports career

Anastasia Grebenkina was born in the Latvian SSR in 1979 and began skating at five years in this country. With twelve years she began to skate in group N. Dubrovina. Under her leadership, the athlete began to achieve initial success. On account of its victory in the championship of Latvia in 1993 and 1994.Anastasia Grebenkina: famous Russian figure skater

Then came the move to Russia. In 1996, Anastasia Grebenkina begins to ride in a pair with Vazgen Azroyan. Athletes achieve some success. At the championships of Russia, they are consistently among the top ten.

Soon the duet falls apart. Vazgen Azroyan finds a new partner - an American Tiffany Hayden. With her, he begins to represent Armenia. Anastasia Grebenkina remains in Russia and continues her career with Vitaly Novikov.

In the end, the old partners overcome old disagreements, and the couple reunites again in 2003. Together with Vazgen, Anastasia begins performing under the Armenian flag. Three times in a row they become champions of Armenia, performing at the Olympic Games in Turin. True, they did not achieve much success there, taking only 20th place. The bronze medal at the stage of the Grand Prix, mined in 2005, becomes the greatest achievement of the pair. This award was the first for Armenia in such major tournaments.

Speaking at the European championship 2008, Anastasia Grebenkina falls on the ice and gets hurt. After that, the athletes decide to finish with big-time sports.

TV star

Not only thanks to sporting achievements, Grebenkina Anastasia became known. Figure skating was her pass on television screens. In 2006, she and her partner Vazgen Azroyan participate in the “Dancing on Ice” television project. Riding along with Sergey Lazarev, Anastasia even reached the final stage of a television show.

However, this caused anger in the Federation of figure skating. After all, at that time Grebenkina and Azroyan still participated in international sports competitions. And the participation of athletes in the show with elements of refereeing was equal to professional performances, which went against the policy of the ISU.

In 2008, after with sports Anastasia Grebenkina again involved in ice shows. After shooting the project, she has even released her own line of designer skates.

But not only as a figure skater proved to Anastasia. Bright, charismatic athlete made a strong impression on the TV crew, and invited her to star in the TV series "Star Empire." In this film she got the showy role of the Empress Maria Feodorovna.

Personal life

After his sports career Anastasia Grebenkina is thinking about creating a family. Chosen athletes became a restaurant business owner Yury Goncharov, whom she married in 2009. Soon they had a son, Ivan.

Grebenkina finished with a great sport, but did not leave a favorite thing. She organized a school of figure skating, where qualified mentors teach the basics of skill to everyone.