Winter Games Athletes
Bobrova and partner Dmitri Soloviev are the four-time reigning Russian champions in the ice dance, and they’ll undoubtedly be crowd favorites in Sochi as they chase their first Olympic medal. The two have been together since 2000, but it was a long road to get to the senior level of international competition. Bobrova and Soloviev placed 13th at the 2008 world championships, then wound up in the Olympics in 2010 after finishing second at the Russian nationals. They placed a discouraging 15th there but continued their steady climb, finishing eighth at worlds later that year, then sixth, seventh and finally third in the most recent competition. Perhaps the highlight of their international career came with a gold-medal performance at the 2013 European championships, but they understand any success in Europe will only take them so far in Sochi. Bobrova and Soloviev’s biggest competition in the Olympics will come from North America, as Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won the last four world championships. Those powerhouses will be heavily favored to finish 1-2 in Sochi, but with the crowd behind them and a program that’s designed to please, Bobrova and Soloviev will expect to join those duos on the podium.