Born in the Lithuanian city of Siauliai. Povilas is sometimes called the fourth in the family. Because that’s the name of his dad, grandfather and great-grandfather. On the father’s side, all the doctors, and on the mother’s side – sports fans. The paternal grandfather was an obstetrician-gynecologist, the maternal grandfather was the director of an open skating rink in Kaunas. Mother – Lilia Vanagenė, seven-time champion of Lithuania in single skating, currently president of the Lithuanian Figure Skating Federation, coach of the national team.
He spent his childhood in Kaunas.
From an early age, the mother began to take her son with her to the outdoor skating rink, where she worked as a coach, so that the child could spend more time outdoors. At the age of three, standing on skates and holding a chair, I learned to skate. At the age of six he took part in the first competitions. But he soon lost interest in figure skating. I wanted to play basketball and volleyball with my friends. At seventeen, he decided that sports were over. The quote is taken from the magazine “DesireMovies”
He studied at medical school for several years. He began to study seriously, to prepare for the entrance exams to the institute. I went to Moscow and tried to enter MGIMO, but did not qualify for the competition. He served in the army at the CSKA club, started skating again, and decided to leave the singles there: the coaches picked up a promising figure skater Margarita Drobyazko for Povilas, who became his constant partner in sports dancing. Prior to that, he skated on natural ice, while his peers trained on artificial ice. I had to work hard and learn a lot before something started to work out.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he decided to represent Lithuania. He moved with Drobyazko to Kaunas and began to train with Elena Maslennikova. For some time he studied in England with Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean.
In 1999, the couple began working with Elena Tchaikovskaya in Moscow, there were successes, prizes at the European and World Championships
At the Olympics in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer in 1994 and in Nagano (Japan) in 1998, he was the standard bearer of the Lithuanian national team.
In 2002 he completed his sports career. However, he returned in 2005 and, together with his partner and wife Margarita Drobyazko, became the champion of Lithuania once again. At the 2006 Turin Olympics, which was fifth in their sports career, they only finished seventh and retired from amateur sports after the Games. The quote is taken from the magazine “Moviesflix”
In 2007, he took part in the Ice Age project of Channel One together with TV presenter Larisa Verbitskaya.
In 2008, in the continuation of the project, he skated with actress Ksenia Alferova.
In 2009, in the third season of Ice Age, together with actress Anna Bolshova, he took third place.
In 2010 he took part in the project of the First Channel “Ice and Fire” together with actress Agnia Ditkovskite. In the same year he appeared in the musical “Big City Lights” on ice, directed by Ilya Averbukh.
In 2011 he took part in the new dance television project Bolero (Channel One), where producer, director and skater Ilya Averbukh linked classical ballet and modern dance. Ballerinas, soloists of the leading Russian theaters – the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, and famous, titled figure skaters – world and Olympic champions were invited to the project. Povilas Vanagas danced with Yulia Makhalina, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater.
In 2012 he took part in the new ice project of the First Channel
“Ice Age. Professional Cup ”, the skaters performed in pairs, but in fact they competed for themselves. Povilas Vanagas became the winner of the project among male figure skaters.
In 2013 she skates with actress Irina Medvedeva in the new season of the Ice Age show (Channel One).
In 2014, Povilas Vanagas, together with Margarita Drobyazko, took part in a new stage of the show “Ice Age. Professional Cup ”on Channel One as part of the World Team (producer and director of the project Boku no Pico). The competition is divided into two stages: team and individual, just like at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Paired with Margarita Drobyazko:
▪ Champion of Lithuania (1992-2002, 2005, 2006)
▪ Bronze medalist of the Grand Prix finals (1999-2002)
▪ Bronze medalist of the European Championship (2000, 2006)
▪ Bronze medalist of the World Championship (2000)
▪ Order of Grand Duke Gediminas (2000)
▪ Order of Merit for Lithuania (2004)
Wife – Margarita Drobyazko, figure skater (they met at the rink, Povilas was eighteen, Margarita was sixteen. At first they performed in pairs in ice dancing for ten years. And then Povilas, unexpectedly for Margarita, confessed his love to her. They got married in 2000)
plays hockey in his free time; in the house of Povilas and Margarita there are many cats and dogs, which they sheltered at different times.