Mishin in 2011
|Country represented||Russia ( Soviet Union)|
8 March 1941 |
|Former partner||Tamara Moskvina|
|Former coach||Igor Moskvin
Alexei Nikolaevich Mishin (Russian: Алексе́й Никола́евич Ми́шин, born 8 March 1941) is a Russian figure skating coach and former pair skater. With partner Tamara Moskvina, he was the 1969 World silver medalist and USSR national champion.
Mishin is based in Saint Petersburg at Yubileyny Sports Palace. His current and former students include Olympic champions Alexei Urmanov, Alexei Yagudin, and Evgeni Plushenko. Mishin also runs summer seminars. Among the skaters who have attended those are Stéphane Lambiel and Sarah Meier. He has authored several books on the biomechanics of figure skating.
Early years 
Mishin spent his childhood in Tbilisi and afterwards moved to Leningrad with his family. He was always interested in mechanics. He started skating relatively late, at age 15, after his parents brought him to the rink. His father skated with him to get him interested in the activity. Mishin was first coached by Nina Lepninskaya, a pupil of Nikolai Panin.
Competitive career 
Mishin competed in singles within the Soviet Union and won the bronze medal at the 1964 Soviet Championships. In 1966, he took up pair skating as an experiment, teaming up with his first and only partner, Tamara Moskvina. They were coached by Igor Moskvin. Together they won the 1969 Soviet Championships, defeating both the two-time Olympic champions Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, and the future champions Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov. They went on to win silver at the 1969 World Championships. At the European Championships, they won silver in 1968 and bronze in 1969. Moskvina took time off to have a baby and they decided to retire to concentrate on their coaching careers, with Mishin focusing on coaching singles while Moskvina focused on pairs. Mishin was 28 when he retired from competition and he said he was glad to start coaching when he was young.
Coaching career 
Mishin graduated from university with a degree in mechanics and his dissertation focused on the mechanical base of figure skating technique. He started with coaching junior ladies to success at national and international competitions, but later switched to men's singles. He rapidly became a well-known coach, due to his training methods that made the skaters learn jumps very quickly. In addition, he has authored several books on the biomechanics of figure skating and jumps which have been published in Russia, Germany, China, Japan and several other countries.
Mishin prefers to work with men's single skaters. The most successful and longtime student is Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Winter Olympics champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion. Plushenko came to Mishin without parents when he was eleven years old. Then Mishin became Plushenko's father figure, both on and off the ice. Since that time, they have been working together for nearly twenty years.
Mishin was like a second father, like Professor Higgins. He taught me how to behave in public. In which hand should I hold the knife, and fork. He pulled me out of the dirt, put me on my feet, and made me into a person.
Meanwhile as for woman's student, Mishin had stated that he thinks "better one man of average talent than two super-talented ladies" because "compared with women, men are more sporty and talented and able to learn artistic elements faster" but women are "delicate material":
Nevertheless, one of his current students is ladies' single skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, a four-time Russian senior national medalist. Mishin was criticized for making Tuktamysheva participate in the senior Russian Championships at only 12 years of age, but he responded that "one with sustainable future won't break", and if a person cannot do triple lutz at 12 he will never be able to do it.
Mishin also coaches Artur Gachinski since 2002, the 2011 World bronze medalist and 2012 European silver medalist.
Mishin is a professor at the Lesgaft School of Sports Science and Physical Education and gives seminars all over the world. He is taking part in the development of a figure skating device which measures the number of revolutions in jumps when attached to the skater's body. According to Mishin, this device has already been patented.
Mishin is based at Saint Petersburg's Yubileyny Sports Palace for most of the season but has annual summer training camps in various locations, such as Jaca (Spain), Tartu (Estonia), and Pinzolo (Italy).
Personal life 
Competitive highlights 
Pairs with Tamara Moskvina
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Orders and rewards 
- Order of Friendship of Peoples (1994)
- Meritorious Worker of Physical Education of Russian Federation (2002)
- Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR
- Honoured Coach of Sports of the USSR
- Honoured Coach of Sports of Russian Federation
- Commendation of the President of Russia (2002)
- Honorary title "Best in Saint Petersburg's Sports" (2006)
- Mishin, Alexei (1976). Figure skating jumps (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 104.
- Mishin, Alexei (1979). School in figure skating (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 175.
- Mishin, Alexei (1981). Biomechanics of figure skaters' moves (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 144.
- Mishin, Alexei, ed. (1985). Figure skating: A study manual for sports colleges (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 271.
- "Легендарная фигуристка М.П.Беленькая" (in Russian). Ledyanaya Fabrika. 2009. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- Mittan, Barry (26 December 2004). "Russia’s Mishin Is Dean of Coaches". Skate Today. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Kuznetsova, Valeria. "Interview with Alexei Mishin" (in Russian). TV-Park magazine. Archived from the original on 18 April 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "The skating philosophy of Alexei Nikolaevich Mishin". The Official Site for Evgeni Plushenko. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
- "Biography at Olympic encyclopedia" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 February 2008.
- Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (25 August 2009). "Igor Moskvin: I have never thought that wife and me are rivals." (in Russian). Sport Express. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Buying a car in the Soviet Union was difficult due to the shortages of several goods. See Economy of the Soviet Union.
- "International Figure Skating" May 2006
- "Blades on Ice" November/December 2003
- Russian Magazine "Sportclub"
- Mironova, Valeria (25 March 2009). "A revival will begin after Vancouver Olympics". Kommersant (in Russian). Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- "Alexei Mishin and "Mishin's Magic Vest"". Retrieved 4 February 2008.
- Remmel, Ia (4 November 2011). "The story behind success: Mishin's and Gachinski's season preparation". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
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