Ice dancer, Olympic Champion and Sochi 2014 Ambassador
“It is an honour for me to be offered the privilege to become a Sochi 2014 Ambassador. Within my new role I will be putting effort into ensuring that the revival of sport in Russia.”
Tatyana Navka is a Russian ice dancer who also competed for the Soviet Union and Belarus. With her partner Roman Kostomarov, she became the 2006 Olympic Champion, twice World champion (2004-05), triple Grand Prix Final champion (2003-05), and triple European champion (2004-06).
Tatiana Navka became interested in skating at the age of five after seeing it on television. At the age of five, the future champion was the first time out on the ice. At the age of 14, Tatiana Navka moved in the group of Natalia Dubova, Moscow. She originally skated for the Soviet Union with Samuel Gezalian. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Navka and Gezalian began skating for Belarus. They placed 11th at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Then she teamed up with Roman Kostomarov and began competing for Russia during the 1998-99 seasons. They won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Navka and Kostomarov retired from competition after the Olympics in Turin but still continue skating in shows together. Navka has also partnered with Russian celebrities to compete in Channel One Russia ice shows: Stars On Ice, and Ice Age 1-2-3. In September 2008, Navka together with professional dancer Alexander Litvinenko took part in Eurovision Dance Contest 2008.
In 2007 she received the Order of Friendship - for outstanding investment in the physical culture and sports development and high achievements in sports.