Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin


My cat jumps better Axels than me.
Feb 2, 2019
Tatiana Ivanovna Totmianina (Russian: Татьяна Ивановна Тотьмянина) and Maxim Viktorovich Marinin (Russian: Максим Викторович Маринин) are Russian former competitive pair skaters. Tatiana was born on 2 November 1981 in Perm, Russia and Maxim was born on 23 March 1977 in Volgograd, Russia. The pair began skating together in 1996 and retired from competition in 2006. Together they are the 2006 Olympic champions, two-time World champions, five-time European champions, and three-time Russian national champions.
Early in their career together, they were coached by Natalia Pavlova in Saint Petersburg. Totmianina/Marinin left Pavlova just prior to the 2001 European Championships and moved to Chicago in the United States to train under 1984 Olympic pairs champion Oleg Vasiliev at the Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, Illinois.
On 23 October 2004, during the free skate at 2004 GP Skate America in Pittsburgh, Marinin lost his balance while attempting an axel lasso lift and Totmianina slammed into the ice head first. She had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher, sustained a concussion and spent the night in a local hospital. On 25 October, Totmianina said that, although she felt pain, she had no memory of the accident and was not afraid to return to the ice. She recovered from her injuries rapidly and was able to resume training within days. Although Totmianina did not blame him, the accident weighed heavily on Marinin and when the pair returned to training, he was unable to lift her due to panic attacks. He began seeing a sport psychologist who helped him overcome the issue. At their first competition after the accident, Russian Nationals 2004/05, they placed first.

After retirement, Totmianina/Marinin have appeared in several seasons and incarnations of the Russian show “Ice Age”, as skaters or judges. They also participate regularly together in Russian ice shows, most of them productions by Ilya Averbukh.
Marinin tried his hand as a choreographer with the 2014–15 short program of Russian pair skaters Vera Bazarova/Andrei Deputat. He also works as a figure skating coach in Ilya Averbukh’s school Путь к успеху (Path to Success).

Tatiana and Maxim pronounce their names here:

ISU biography: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00002439.htm

Stats on Ice bio: https://www.statsonice.com/skaterteam/tatianatotmaximmarin/

Tatiana’s Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatiana_Totmianina
Maxim’s Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxim_Marinin

Social media:
Tatiana: https://www.instagram.com/tatianatotmyanina/
Maxim: https://www.instagram.com/marininmax/

Competitive Programs:

SP - Phantom on Ice
FS - Pas De Deux

SP - Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
FS - Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Ex - Ameno

SP - The Feeling Begins/Passion by Peter Gabriel
FS - Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Ex - Ameno

SP - Liebestraum by Franz Liszt
FS - West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Ex - Ameno

SP - Star & Death of Joakin Murietta by Alexei Rybnikov, Pavel Grushko
FS - West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Ex - A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins

SP - Per Gynt by Edvard Grieg
FS - Cotton Club by John Barry
Ex1 - Et Si Tu N'existais Pas
Ex2 - Your Song

SP - Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov
FS1 - Cotton Club by John Barry
FS2 - Art On Ice by Edvin Marton
Ex1 - Et Si Tu N'existais Pas
Ex2 - Your Song

SP - Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
FS - Sheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Ex1 - Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
Ex2 - Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

SP - Snow Storm by Georgy Sviridov
FS - Romeo & Juliet by Nino Rota
Ex - Melodramma

Competitive highlights:

World Championships​
European Championships​
GP Final​
GP Cup of Russia​
GP Lalique/Bompard​
GP Skate America​
GP Skate Canada​
GP Sparkassen​
Schäfer Memorial​
Skate Israel​
Russian National Championships​


My cat jumps better Axels than me.
Feb 2, 2019
While doing the videos for Tatiana and Maxim, I noticed (and was a bit shocked) that they didn't have their own fan fest yet. So I thought to myself, better late than never, and here we are. It is my first fan fest, so I hope I've done an acceptable job. I can add some links to their competitive performances later, in the meantime, you should be able to find them in the media archive once it goes live.
Fortunately for their fans, Tatiana and Maxim are still very active on the show circuit, so if you need some entertainment during these dark times of quarantine and lock-downs, maybe check out some of their performances. For starters, I've chosen two shows where high-quality recordings are available:

Tatiana and Maxim in Ilya Averbukh's show "Romeo and Juliet", live from Verona, 6 October 2018
Tatiana and Maxim in Ilya Averbukh's show "Ice and Flames", 24 December 2020 (requires Russian VPN)

Enjoy! :)


My cat jumps better Axels than me.
Feb 2, 2019
Tatiana and Maxim have been quite busy after returning from Sochi.
Tatiana + family went to Dubai for a much deserved holiday, where they enjoyed trips in hot-air balloons and on camel-back.
Meanwhile Max accompanied some of his students to a competition. Judging from the pictures, all the Axel training has already paid off! 🥇