Lyudmila Evgenevna Titova
() (born 26 March 1946 in Chita
, Russian SFSR
) is a former speed skater
She trained at Burevestnik
and later at Zenit
sports societies. Skating for the Soviet Union
, Lyudmila Titova made her international debut at the World Allround Championships
of 1966. She finished 18th, not having qualified for the final distance, but she made a very good impression on the 500 m during those championships by finishing 2nd on that distance. The next year, she did not compete very much because she was busy preparing for examinations at the Moscow Aviation Institute
where she studied.
In 1968, Titova became Soviet Allround Champion and two weeks later participated in the World Allround Championships again, winning both the 500 m and the 1,000 m, while finishing 6th overall. Two weeks after that, at the 1968 Winter Olympics
, she became Olympic Champion on the 500 m and won silver on the 1,000 m, finishing 0.3 seconds behind Dutch
skater Carry Geijssen
who skated a new Olympic record.
Titova became the 1970 World Sprint Champion
(the first time they were held and named ISU Sprint Championships
then) and although she loved the sprint distances and found the 3,000 m boring, it did not prevent her from competing in allround events, and she even won silver at the European Allround Championships
in 1971 and bronze at the World Allround Championships that same year.
At the 1972 Winter......