A legend whose name is linked with a certain discipline graces the stage of performance, any performance, elevates the evening to a higher level of significance.
Consider the possibility of Michael Jordan visiting a youth basketball game. These individuals have devoted their lives to the profession in which they have excelled, and there is no doubt that they have earned their stripes by unwavering commitment and effort.
The Protopopovs are Russian figure skaters that compete in the Winter Olympics. We were, in fact. They won gold medals at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics for the Soviet Union, and they were champions of the World Figure Skating Championships every year from 1965 to 1968.
When this husband and wife combination was on tour in 1979, they fled to Switzerland and applied for political asylum in the country. They were naturalized as Swiss citizens in 1995.
Oleg Protopopov and Lyudmila Belousova were instrumental in ushering in a new age of pair skating that was more romantic in nature and evocative of Russian ballet. Their movement style is characterized by slow, delicate motions.
The Protopopovs honored the audience at An Evening with Champions with their presence, demonstrating that age is nothing more than a number when it comes to doing what you like.
In this video, Oleg is 83 years old and Lyudmila is 79 years old. Those silvery-white hair tints aren’t deceiving at all. Neither do their actions, for that matter. The husband and wife combo, which was exquisite and elegant, smooth but shockingly powerful, performed to the joy of the audience despite their advancing years.
They are not the parents of any children. We are fortunate that nobody will be left to carry on the family name and history. Like figure skaters, it was a personal decision for both of them, as they wanted to continue their training.
This video demonstrates the culmination of decades of dedication to this sport.
They are just outstanding. It is captivating to see a couple in their golden years dance about as if they had some type of magical energy coursing through their blood.
The song is Liberace’s “Fascination,” and for some reason, it becomes even more entrancing when performed by Oleg and Lyudmila’s talents. Among the many comments in Russian, the English-speaking viewers get unanimous acclaim.
One of the most beautiful and touching things I’ve ever seen!” says the author.
The desire of many young lovers is to have spent all those years together, to have practiced and traveled as a pair, and to have accomplished all of these things. This romantic way of skating suddenly makes a lot more sense to me now.
During Oleg’s duty in the Soviet navy in 1954, he met Lyudmila, with whom he started skating together. The couple married in 1957. Whether by chance or design, they are destined to be together.
We are in the midst of a love-filled dancing performance.
Watch how they glide across the ice with such grace. This is quite stunning, with arms spread, bodies extended and moving as one.
The applause from the crowd is uncontrollable. Compared to other types of applause, this one is more deliberate.
Awe and astonishment at the magnificent performance they have been given the privilege of seeing are evident in their reactions. That was the type of night it turned out to be!
See Oleg and Lyudmila’s age-defying routine for yourself by clicking on the video below.
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