Edouard Pliner, Russian figure skating coach, Died at 80


Edouard Georgievich Pliner was born on June 13, 1936, and died on October 25, 2016.

He was a Russian figure skating coach.

Pliner started skating at 14 years old.

Pliner won the Kirov Cup and was a member of the USSR national team, receiving the title of a Master of Sport (USSR).

Pliner graduated from the State Central Institute of Physical Culture (GTSOLIFK) in 1959, earning a Masters degree of Sports Science.

As a coach, his most notable students were Natalia Bestemianova – 1988 Olympic champion, Kira Ivanova – 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, Anna Kondrashova – 1984 World silver medalist, Natalia Lebedeva – 1989 and 1990 European silver medalist, Yuri Bureiko – 1981 World Junior silver medalist, and Konstantin Kostin – 1992 World Junior silver medalist.

He worked as a visiting skating coach in Austria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Germany, and other countries, from 1991 to 1992.

During 1993, Edouard began working at the Colonial Figure Skating Club (CFSC) in Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA.

He was awarded the Gold Pin from the IPSU (International Professional Skating Union).

Pliner lived in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Edouard Pliner passed away at 80 years old.