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Gregory and Pethukov, Ice Dance
Melissa Gregory was born May 22, 1981 near Chicago;
Denis Petukhov, October 6, 1978 in Kirov, Russia.
Amazingly, this talented
ice dancing team, who married
only six months after meeting each other, met through
email correspondence when looking for compatible ice dance partners.
Denis Petukhov flew to the U.S. from Russia to meet Melissa and try out a skating partnership, and
didn't return to Russia.
According to Melissa, "Our first trial was
quite interesting, since he didn't
speak English and I didn't speak Russian. But we managed to
do our little sign language. I can't tell you the feeling
when we first skated together. This was it."
In August 2000, Gregory and Pethukov officially became
ice dance partners, and six months later, in February 2001,
they married. By 2003, they had won a bronze medal at the
U.S. Nationals Figure Skating Championships, followed by silver in
2004, 2005, and 2006. In February 2006, the year after Denis
became a U.S. citizen, they represented
the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, where they placed 14th
in ice dance.
Gregory and Pethukov continue to compete, and
also to appear in figures skating shows, especially in the northeastern
For several years, they trained in Newington, Connecticut
and were coached by Nikolai Morozov and Shae Lynn Bourne. However, as of spring 2006, they
are training at the University of Delaware, with coaches
Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karpnosov. Melissa is also once again a brunette ...no longer the blonde
photographed here in late 2004.
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