Photographs from family outings are the highlight of many light-hearted moments in the lives of Lu Chen and Denis Petrov. One recent picture shows the family on ice with the two former figure skating greats steadying their young toddler as they skated around the rink.
Their son Nikita, who turned 1 on June 27, has already spent a significant amount of time in the ice skating facility at the World Ice Arena, in Shenzhen, China.
Nikita's parents hold prominent positions at the world-class arena. Chen is the figure skating program director and also a serves as a coach at the facility. Petrov is the center’s head coach.
Chen and Petrov have no trouble juggling a family life with their challenging careers. “It’s not hard to look after Nikita and coach, because my mom and dad are here in Shenzhen and stay with him every day,” Chen recently told IFS. “This is a tradition in China: to have grandparents to help with babies while parents work.”
The complete story and more exclusive photos can be found in the December 2007 issue of International Figure Skating magazine.