MOSCOW — Russian news reports say Ludmila Belousova, a two-time Olympic champion in pairs figure skating, has died. She was 81.

The state R-Sport news agency said her death was confirmed Friday by prominent skating coaches Alexei Mishin and Tamara Moskvina. There was no immediate information on the cause or where she died.

Belousova and her partner husband Oleg Protopopov defected to Switzerland from the Soviet Union in 1979.

Belousova and Protopopov’s win at the 1964 Olympics was the first pairs gold for the Soviet Union. They repeated the win in 1968.

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