At one time she was nicknamed Madame, for her success. Laughing, she believes that only a mad tutor can bring up a real champion. Without such an attitude to the ward, nothing will come of it. She managed to achieve stunning performance in her entire career, but she did not intend to stop at that. She is Elena Chaikovskaya, legendary figure skating coach. And not only.
German upbringing never went away
Osipova Elena Anatolyevna was born back in 1939. In those days, her family lived in the capital, in Sokolniki. Parents of the future coach selflessly served Melpomene. They worked as actors in the famous Mossovet Theater and shared a stage with such leading actors as Lubov Orlova, Faina Ranevskaya, Rostislav Plyatt and many others.
Tchaikovsky’s father, Anatoly Osipov, is a native Muscovite, and his mother, Tatyana Golman, was descended from an ancient German family. Her ancestors settled on the territory of Russia in the XVI century. Before the October Revolution, they owned porcelain factories, factories, and a number of family estates. According to Tchaikovsky, the German upbringing never left the family. Even in the era of the USSR. And therefore, to dump their problems on others, blaming others for their sins is a taboo for Tchaikovsky. Actually, it requires the same from its students now.
Old gold coins saved from hunger
Since Tatyana Golman is an ethnic German, she and her little daughter were expelled from the capital as soon as the war began. And they took her from the dacha unexpectedly, without warning. She could not even collect things. As a result, mother and Lena were in Shymkent. No one even thought that this link will last almost seven years!
In this city a lot of suffering fell to their lot. So, an ordinary tobacco pouch saved them from hunger. It was there that the old gold coins were located, which Tatiana managed to pick up from Moscow. She managed to exchange them for bread.
All this time, until 1947, the mother and daughter were separated from the head of the family, Anatoly Osipov. And it is not known how much this unpleasant situation could continue, if not Yuri Zavadsky, the director of the Mossovet. He raised all possible connections at the top and petitioned until Tatiana and little Lena returned to the Soviet capital.
Friends predicted a brilliant career
Like many children of artists, little Lena practically “lived” in the theater. If possible, she attended all theatrical rehearsals. She really knew all the roles perfectly. And even somehow she starred in the film "Brandenburg Gate". And in another picture - “Machine 22-12” - she was involved already with her father.
Of course, after such roles, the young actress began to pursue a brilliant career. By the way, the inimitable actress Faina Ranevskaya was very happy for Lena. However, fate, as always, was completely different.
From Kazakhstan, Tchaikovsky returned with tuberculosis
The fact is that from Chimkent Lena returned with a diagnosis of "tuberculosis". Doctors recommended her to walk as much as possible, especially in winter. Thus, the father decided to give the young Lena to the section of figure skating. Actually, this disease turned out to be a ticket to a big sport.
From then on, Tchaikovskaya began to train hard. These classes were held every day, twice. Thus, from the disease in a short time there was no trace, but figure skating became the main matter in her life.
The coach of the new athlete was Tatiana Tolmacheva. She was one of the founders of the figure skating school in the USSR. She began to study tightly with her student. As a result, the young figure skater began to take part in competitions. At the age of fifteen she already became a master of sports, repeatedly won the championships in solo dances, and in 1957 she won a gold medal at the Championship of the Soviet Union. However, after this victory, Elena decided to leave her career as an athlete.
At the crossroads
When it came time to think about what university she wanted to enroll in, Elena could not immediately decide. She was at a crossroads. There was a conversation about the fact that she gave the documents to one of the technical faculties. Moreover, she said, she always liked the exact sciences. However, it helped, as always, the case. In the capital, toured American ballet on ice. According to the memoirs of Tchaikovsky, she was just in awe of what he saw. By the way, it was then that she began to dream of creating her own show in the country. True, there were no such specialists who could organize such a ballet at the moment. That is why Tchaikovskaya decided to enter GITIS at the ballet master's department.
Studying at a famous university demanded sheer dedication. So the idea of becoming a titled athlete had to finally break up. But now she was interested in a new role - figure skating coach.
First experience and first students
When Elena became a graduate, she, of course, did not immediately manage to realize her dream of an ice ballet. Since 1964, she began to bring up these champions. The first serious experience in this area began almost immediately after the institute. Elena coached figure skaters Tatiana Tarasova and George Proskurina. According to the memoirs of Tarasova, the mentor taught them completely unfamiliar movements for her at that time. She herself began to put them a program.
As a result, in 1965, Tarasova and Proskurin took part in the European championship for the first time. Yes, then they did not become winners, but they began to work even harder. Later, the coach had other students who brought her medals, but she still remembers her first debut in Europe.
... And then the irreparable happened. Tatyana Tarasova was injured and therefore could no longer claim to high performance.
Russian ice dance
In 1967, Chaikovskaya Elena Anatolievna began to study with new students - with Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov. Together with the coach, this couple was able to create a unique style of the national ice dance. By and large, it is precisely because of this that such dances began to be considered an Olympic sport.
Of course, the process of creating a new program was very difficult. However, the first successes appeared. So, in 1969, the pair Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov won the deserved silver at the World Championships. In fact, it was a real breakthrough. A year later, the Tchaikovsky wards had already become winners in Europe and in the world, and a few years later the couple were celebrating victory in the Olympics.
The triumph of the Soviet skaters was obvious. It was for these victories that Tchaikovsky was awarded the title of Honored Coach of the USSR.
After that, Elena Chaykovskaya, whose biography knew both ups and downs, began to train Natalya Linichuk and Gennady Karponosova. This pair managed to win the World and European Championships twice. In addition, these skaters became winners of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
As you know, in the 90s, when the Soviet sports system began to crumble, a number of famous coaches went to the West. But Tchaikovsky remained. According to her, she tried to preserve the existing canons, the traditions of the national school of figure skating.
The most difficult period for her was the 91st. It was then that she was notified that her skating rink no longer existed. She recalled that it was a complete fiasco, a collapse. She ran through the offices of high-ranking officials to save at least some of what was left. But sport and culture turned out, as it turns out, no one needs them at all.
Two years later she was offered to lead the Russian team. Despite the unfortunate consequences of the collapse of the figure skating system, in the 94th Tchaikovsky wards were able to defend their positions. At the Olympics, Russian athletes received three gold medals. By and large, none of the national teams achieved such indicators. For Tchaikovsky, this victory gave the opportunity to rethink what is happening.
So, she began to practice her own ice ballet.
Tchaikovskaya began to lead the children's ballet "Geeks of Russia" for several years. She managed to put amazing programs. Wards acted not only on Russian, but also on the European platforms. They often toured and “infected” their genuine enthusiasm of juniors.
According to her, such a creative activity could help her to look differently at figure skating in Russia. She wanted these best children to begin to seriously engage and be ready for the upcoming serious competition. In this regard, the experience helped her when she worked as the head coach of the national team.
The coach managed to find the unique style of the champion
In the second half of the 90s, Maria Butyrskaya turned to Tchaikovsky with a request to become her coach. The fact is that before that the figure skater had worked with Vladimir Kovalev, a student of Tchaikovsky, then with Viktor Kudryavtsev. But none of them could put her a number of "ballet" elements, which she, in fact, strongly lacked. Anyway, Elena Tchaikovskaya agreed to help the athlete. She was able not only to deliver these elements, but also to find her own style.
As a result, in just two years, Tchaikovskaya managed to grow the first in Russia world champion in single skating in the post-Soviet period of Russia.
In 2001, Elena Tchaikovsky's cherished dream came true. She managed to open her own school of figure skating, which is called “Tchaikovsky Skate”. This event, she waited as much as 12 years. Before that, the building was under construction, and the relevant documentation was carefully drawn up.
Now real champions are coming out of this school. This, for example, Julia Soldatova, Kristina Oblasova, Povilas Vanagas, Margarita Drobyazko.
Tchaikovsky has a clear understanding of what the school is for. Each of its co-workers brings his ward to the real championship.
In addition, according to her, thanks to the work of the school, a “bench” finally emerged. For only in conditions of tough competition can talents of figure skaters unfold.
In general, about five hundred children are engaged in Tchaikovsky Skate. By the way, there is also a free group for disabled children.
Today, her school has international status. So how exactly do skaters from CIS countries, Poland, and Lithuania train there.
Theorist and writer
In addition to coaching and school work, Elena Tchaikovskaya wrote a number of books that are dedicated to the education of young figure skaters. She also published her own textbook on this sport, which has already passed through three editions. But the book of confession called "Six Points" is considered a real bibliographic rarity. In this work, the coach tells of the invaluable experience gained over the years by skaters. The book begins with the story of the first national champion Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin.
Elena Chaykovskaya: children, personal life
Not much is known about the personal life of coach Tchaikovsky. She was married twice. The first husband, Andrei Novikov, was familiar from his youthful years. They got married when Tchaikovsky was studying at GITIS. The young couple had an heir - son Igor. He subsequently graduated from MGIMO. He has two children, the grandsons of Tchaikovsky - Igor and Victoria. Igor Novikov (son of Elena Tchaikovsky) did not quite live up to his mother’s hopes, as he was implicated in not entirely “clean” affairs and was suspected of extortion.
The second husband, Anatoly Tchaikovsky, was known in the sports field. He worked as a journalist in Kiev. For two decades, he was listed as the chief editor of the Physical Culture and Sports publication.
By the way, they met through the first spouse. After another championship, he introduced Anatoly to Elena. The purpose of the journalist - an interview with a coach. And in 1965, the couple has already officially signed.
By the way, their marriage was repeatedly on the verge of collapse. The spouse was not deprived of temperament, he was quick-tempered and believed that he was forced to stay in Russia, and not at home.
Besides the fact that Elena Tchaikovsky’s personal life was not well developed, she also went through a terrible ordeal. It's about oncology. She carefully hid the diagnosis from her relatives and friends. She found strength and agreed to the most complicated operation. As a result, she managed to defeat the deadly disease.
Instead of conclusion
Coach Elena Chaikovskaya and now remains the same gushing new ideas and approaches in the works. Also today she continues to be called Madame Success. In the end, in terms of the number of gold medals won by her students at world championships, Tchaikovskaya ranks second in the world coaching rankings. Note that each of her wards clearly traced their own original manner of performance. And this is probably the most important thing.