Alexander Markuntsov

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Alexander Markuntsov
Personal information
Country represented Russia
Born (1982-02-21) 21 February 1982 (age 32)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Former partner Yuko Kawaguchi (JPN)
Valentina Razskazova (RUS)
Former coach Igor Moskvin
Tamara Moskvina

Alexander Markuntsov (Russian: Александр Маркунцов, Japanese: アレクサンドル ・ マルクンツォフ; born 21 February 1982) is a Russian pair skater who also competed internationally for Japan.

Early in his career, Markuntsov competed internationally for Russia on the junior level with Valentina Razskazova. He had the most success with Yuko Kawaguchi, competing for Japan.[1] They teamed up in 1999 and were the first pair team representing Japan to medal at an ISU Championship, which they did when they won the silver medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.[2] They are the 2002 and 2003 Japanese national champions. Their highest placement at a senior ISU Championship was seventh at the 2003 Four Continents. They were coached by Tamara Moskvina. They ended their partnership following the 2002–2003 season.

In 2008, Markuntsov began skating as an adagio pair with British skater Catherine Harvey. They have skated as principal pairs in Disney on Ice shows. In 2009/10 they appeared as principal pairs on Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Navigator of the Seas" cruising the Caribbean and Medditeranean seas. Harvey and Markuntsov were married in Manchester, England in December 2010.

Both of them now teach figure skating at the Leisure Box in Birmingham.


(with Kawaguchi)

Season Short program Free skating
Spring Water
by Sergei Rachmaninov
Those Are The Nights
(Russian folk, modern)
by Giuseppe Verdi
by Georges Bizet
(new arrangement)
by Marcretti
by Aram Khachaturian

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Kawaguchi for Japan[edit]

Event 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003
Worlds 15th 13th 14th
Four Continents 8th 9th 7th
GP NHK Trophy WD 5th
GP Skate America 6th 5th
GP Trophée Lalique 6th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd
JGP Final 3rd
JGP China 3rd
JGP Mexico 1st
Japan Champ. 1st 1st
Japan Junior 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew

With Razskazova for Russia[edit]

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999
JGP France 4th
JGP Ukraine WD
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ Mittan, Barry (13 February 2003). "Kawaguchi and Markhuntsov Give Japan a Competitive Pairs Team". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Flade, Tatjana (6 June 2010). "High ambitions for Takahashi and Tran". Golden Skate. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander MARKUNTSOV: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 December 2003. 
  4. ^ a b "Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander MARKUNTSOV: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 April 2002. 
  5. ^ a b "Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander MARKUNTSOV: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 June 2001. 

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