Status: 21/09/2023, 18:04 p.m.
By: Lina Krull
From Olympic ice dance champion to survival fighter: Just a few months after the amputations, Roman Kostomarov surprises with his football skills.
Moscow – The drama surrounding Olympic ice dance champion Roman Kostomarov occupied the winter sports world at the beginning of the year. Only narrowly escaping death, the former figure skater has been fighting his way back to life with prostheses ever since. On his Instagram channel, the 46-year-old repeatedly gives insights into his everyday life and his training - and now surprises his fans with skilful football juggling.
|Roman Sergeyevich Kostomarov|
|Born:||8 February 1977 (age 46 years), Moscow, Russia|
|Discipline:||Figure skating (ice dance)|
|Greatest success:||Olympic Champion 2006|
Olympic champion Kostomarov shows football skills with prostheses
In the short video, Kostomarov stands in a corridor with a group and juggles the football. With his two prostheses, the 2006 Olympic champion from Turin skilfully holds the ball up – the group plays the leather back and forth and cheers loudly at the end. "Warm-up before the show. I'm going to get on the ice right away," the 46-year-old former figure skater added as a video description under his post. To the surprise of many fans who, apparently, did not expect this.
Review: On January 10, 2023, Kostomarov was hospitalized with severe pneumonia after contracting a COVID infection. The health consequences were devastating: two strokes, an artificial coma, blood poisoning and necrosis later, the Russian had to have both legs and several fingers amputated on both hands. The world and European champion in ice dancing learned to chew, swallow and walk anew. The fact that he can now play football again and is even on the ice inspires his fan base.
Olympic champion Kostomarov back on the ice at show
A few days earlier, the exceptional athlete presented himself to the audience at the "Love Letters ice show" in the Russian region of Krasnodar – on the ice. To applause, he thanked them for their support over the past few months and added to the video on Instagram: "I'm happy to be with you. Even if it's not easy."
It wasn't until the beginning of July that the Moscow-born athlete shared the progress of his hard training on his Instagram channel. In addition to climbing stairs, he alternately kicked his legs into the air in the video in a sweeping manner. (likr)