Two people, aged 79 and 83, went back to the ice and gave a stunning performance.
Ludmilla Belousova and Oleg Protopopov were a Russian pair of figure skaters who won the gold medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, and again at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. They were known for their innovative lifts and artistic interpretations of music, which set them apart from other pairs at the time.
In 2015, Belousova and Protopopov were invited to perform at “An Evening with Champions,” a charity event that raises funds for the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The event has been held annually since 1970 and is hosted by the Harvard Figure Skating Club.
Despite being in their late 70s and early 80s, respectively, Belousova and Protopopov wowed the audience with a stunning performance that showcased their incredible skill and artistry on the ice. The duo performed to the song “Once Upon a December” from the animated movie Anastasia, and their emotional interpretation left the audience members in awe.
Belousova and Protopopov’s performance at “An Evening with Champions” was a testament to their enduring legacy as one of the greatest pairs in figure skating history, and their ability to captivate and inspire audiences even after decades of retirement from competitive skating.