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Elena Tcherkasskaia passed away

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Elena Tcherkesskaia, who danced with the Bolshoi Ballet for over twenty years, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64.

Elena, at the urging of her friend (and well known skating coach), Irina Rodnina, came to the US in 1991 and had been working with skaters, teaching ballet and doing cheoreogaphy. She was based on the west coast, and until her illness was coaching Angela Nikodinov (4th at 2001 Worlds). Elena also worked with skaters like Michelle Kwan, Nicole Bobek, world champions Kovarikova & Novotny, Bourne & Kraatz and Timothy Goebel.

She had been diagnosed shortly after the Goodwill Games, and returned to Moscow shortly thereafter. She is survived by her husband.


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