Elena Berezhanaya

Elena Bereshanaya is a famous figure skater. She was born on October 11, 1977 in Nevinnomyssk, Stavropolski krai, Russia. Her mom's name is Tatiana and two brothers. She won the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics with her partner Anton Sikharulidze. What's really amazing is that she's been skating since she was three years old. Elena began skating with Anton in 1996 after she was seriously injured by a former partner. It took her two months to recover.

They have won the 1998 and 1999 World Championships, Silver at 1998 Nagano Olympics, Silver at 2001 World Championships, Gold at 2001 Goodwill Games, Gold at 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.

Elena and Anton train in Hackensack, New Jersey. They have skated with Champions on Ice. In her free time Elena likes to shop, listen to music and paint.

image courtesy of http://www.elena-anton.com 

By Marlayna, fourth grade, 2002