The famous figure skater Ilya Averbukh, who recently became a father, still accepts congratulations on the birth of the baby. Natalia Linichuk congratulated her former pupil and coach.

Averbukh posted an archive photo on Instagram – he is with his ex-wife Irina Lobacheva and Natalia Linichuk. The athlete warmly thanked his mentor – after all, it was thanks to her that he was able to become a figure skating star.

” Natalia Linichuk called yesterday to congratulate her on the birth of her son. My coach, my long-term support! With her and Gennady Karponosov, we came to the Olympics! We haven’t heard from each other for many years, it was very nice to talk,” Ilya wrote on his microblog.

Followers, among whom there are many fans of figure skating, launched into nostalgic memories. In particular, they wrote what a beautiful couple Averbukh and Lobacheva were. Many people thanked the athlete for not forgetting his coach.

But some did not fail to remind that Irina, the ex-wife, suffers from alcohol addiction.

However, Averbukh immediately stood up for his former wife and besieged his detractors. He said that the problem no longer exists at the moment, Lobacheva managed to overcome the addiction.

” Ira is in good shape and works hard-trains. I ask for respect! ” – Ilya answered.

Averbukh, paired with Irina Lobacheva, won silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.