Former Olympic Gold Winning Figure Skating Couple Still Astounds In Old Age

People who enjoyed their youthful years in the 1960s are probably not as bubbly today. As for one legendary skating couple, Oleg Alekeyevich Protopopov and Lyudmila Yevgeniyevna Belousova, they had the chance to show off their moves from their youthful years at 83 and 79 years respectively. Unbelievable right?

The story of this Gold medal-winning couple traces back to 1954 when Oleg met Lyudmila in the spring of 1954 in Moscow. This would be the germination of a meaningful and long partnership of two love birds who were both passionate about professional skating. Oleg Protopopov began skating rather late at 15 years of age while Lyudmila Belousova jumpstarted her interests in skating at the age of 16.

As fate would have it, they both formed a friendship and partnership as professional skaters that would eventually lead them into marriage three years after meeting. The two times Olympic Gold Medalists would then search for greater challenges and more technical difficulties. After a series of changing coaches and tactics, Protopopov and Belousova debuted in their first-ever World Championships in 1958, securing the 13th spot. In 1960, the pair featured in their first Olympics, finishing 9th.