Alexei Yagudin

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Alexei Yagudin
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Alexei Yagudin during an exhibition gala in 2002.
Personal information
Full name Alexei Konstantinovich Yagudin
Country represented  Russia
Born (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Residence Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 175 cm (5.74 ft)
Former coach Tatiana Tarasova
Alexei Mishin
Former choreographer Tatiana Tarasova
Nikolai Morozov
Retired 2003

Alexei Konstantinovich Yagudin (Russian: About this sound Алексей Константинович Ягудин​ ; 18 March 1980) is a former Russian figure skater. His major achievements in his six years of eligible sports career include being the 2002 Olympic Champion, a four-time World Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002), a three-time European Champion (1998, 1999, 2002), a two-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1998-1999, 2001-2002), a World Junior Champion (1996) and a two-time World Professional Champion (1998, 2002).

Career overview[edit]

Early career[edit]

Alexei Yagudin was introduced to skating at age four by his mother, Zoya, who saw the activity as a way to improve his health.[1][2] He learned all his double jumps before age ten, the five triple jumps before age twelve, and the triple Axel jump before he turned thirteen.[3] His first coach was Alexander Mayorov, and then he was introduced to the famous Russian coach Alexei Mishin when Mayorov moved to Sweden in 1992. Yagudin trained in Mishin's group from 1992 to 1998. He began competing at the international level in 1994, and won the World Junior Championships in 1996. The famous rivalry with fellow Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko began when they trained in Mishin's group, and intensified after Yagudin left.[4]

Senior career[edit]

In 1997, Yagudin competed in the World Championships for the first time and won a bronze medal.

In 1998, Yagudin led a Russian sweep of the medals at the European Championships with Evgeni Plushenko in second and Alexander Abt in third. Later that year, he competed at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics despite a severe case of pneumonia, and finished in 5th place.[1] A month later, he won the World Championships. He became the first Russian single skater from the post-Soviet era to win the World title. He was the second-youngest male World Champion at the age of 18 years and 15 days, 6 days older than Donald McPherson in 1963.[5][6] About two months after the event, Yagudin left Mishin and joined Tatiana Tarasova,[7] who would coach him until his retirement in 2003.

In the 1998-1999 season, Yagudin won eleven out of the thirteen competitions in which he participated, which included the defeat of Kurt Browning in the World Professional Championships, and winning the Grand Prix Final. He claimed his second consecutive European title over both Plushenko and former Olympic champion Alexei Urmanov. At the World Championships he successfully defended his World title against Plushenko. It was his second consecutive World title.

Yagudin struggled at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. He was forced to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final due to a knee injury, and then lost to Plushenko at the Russian Nationals and European Championships. He recovered and won the World Championships, his third consecutive World title.

Yagudin's 2000-2001 season was marred by injuries and inconsistency. He lost to Plushenko at the Grand Prix Final, Russian Nationals, and the European Championships. A foot injury sustained shortly before the World Championships led to a disastrous performance in the qualifying round. He stood in fifth place in his group before the short program. He staged a comeback with a stunning performance of his short program The Revolutionary Etude, winning a standing ovation and compliments of 'It was all about heart and guts'.[8] He went on to win the silver medal.

Yagudin started the 2001-2002 Olympic season with a third-place finish at the Goodwill Games in September.[9] He altered his training regimen as a result, and then enjoyed the best season in his career. He defeated Plushenko at the Grand Prix Final and regained his European title. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Yagudin won the men's event, receiving first-place votes from every judge throughout the competition. He received four 6.0 scores for his long program. Yagudin's perfect marks are the most for an Olympic performance since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's free dance in 1984. and set a record for a men's skater in the Olympics.[10][11] Yagudin went on to win his fourth World title after the Olympics, and earned received six perfect 6.0s for his short program and another two for his free skate at the competition. He became the first singles skater to receive six perfect marks for the short program, including the first ever perfect mark for required elements.[2] This record cannot be equaled or broken because the International Skating Union introduced its new scoring system after the 2003 season.

Alexei was diagnosed with a congenital hip disorder after the Olympic season. He was advised by doctors to stay off the ice for several months. Yagudin chose not to follow this advice and competed at 2002 Skate America. He won the short program, but had to withdraw due to his injury before the free skate. Yagudin later announced his retirement from competitive skating. His final performance as an eligible skater came during a farewell gala at Skate Canada with a performance of a new program, Memorial, and his short program from the previous season, Racing.

He was awarded with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the Russian Federation in 2003.

He never won the Russian National Championships despite his many other achievements, mainly because of his rival.

Professional career[edit]

Yagudin then turned professional in 2003, touring with Stars on Ice and Ice Symphony in Russia.

In 2004, Yagudin toured with Stars on Ice for the second year in a row. He also worked with the French figure skater Brian Joubert as a consultant coach. In November he won two professional competitions with two new programs, The Feeling Begins (music by Peter Gabriel) and Moon Over Bourbon Street (music by Sting). The next year, he continued with the Stars on Ice tour and his Passion program was choreographed with a difficult acrobatic routine that took place seven meters up in the air. Since returning to his hometown of Saint Petersburg in 2005, Yagudin has skated in various Russian ice shows and took part in the Russian TV show Stars on Ice, later renamed Ice Age.[12]

In 2006, after a full Olympic cycle since Salt Lake City, Yagudin performed his famous Winter program on tour and a new program Sway (music by Pussycat Dolls). In fall he took part in the Russian TV show Stars on Ice having a former gymnast, Oksana Pushkina, as his partner.

In 2007, Yagudin first toured in the U.S. with the Stars on Ice, and then toured in Russia. He skated a comic number Blues for Klook and a flamenco number Legenda. In July 2007, Yagudin underwent surgery to have a titanium hip joint implanted.[13] In August, Yagudin announced that he intended to return to eligible sports after more than four years of competing as a professional skater. His former coach Tatiana Tarasova and former choreographer Nikolai Morozov agreed to coach him should he return.[14] However, Yagudin suffered another injury while on tour in November 2007. Afterward he stated that returning to competitive skating would be too difficult under the circumstances.[15] He later realized that a return to eligible skating would not be feasible, and continued his professional career, taking part in the Russian TV show again, which was renamed Ice Age. This time he was paired with a pop singer Victoria Dayneko with whom he also recorded a song Needle.[16]

In 2008, Yagudin finished the Ice Age tour and then made his debut on the stage in a theater play where he played a Russian President. His career as an actor continued with getting one of the main roles in a Russian TV series about figure skating My Hot Ice.[17] In fall he participated in the second season of Ice Age partnered with actress Valeria Lanskaya.

In 2009, Yagudin performed regularly on the Ice Age tour. He also adventured into a popular TV show Good evening, Moscow! as a host.[18] In fall he participated the third season of Ice Age, still paired with Valeria Lanskaya.

In 2010, Yagudin completed his third Ice Age tour. In June he skated in the Supermatch: Medalist on Ice show in Korea, performing Sway and Winter. On September 4, he participated in the Artistry on Ice show in Beijing. During the show, the wedding ceremony of the famous Chinese pair skaters Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the 2010 Olympic champions was held. As one of the invited guests he gave his blessing to the couple and performed Winter and Sway afterward. It was his first visit to China.

In 2011, Yagudin told an interviewer that due to the hip replacement surgery he had undergone, he is no longer able to do all his triple jumps. He continues to perform his popular Winter program in shows around the world.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Alexei Yagudin was born in Leningrad, (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. His parents divorced when he was young and he grew up as the only child of a single mother.[3]

Yagudin moved to the United States in 1999 to train with Tatiana Tarasova. Later that year the Champions on Ice tour dismissed him because of his alleged excessive drinking.[20][21] He lived in the United States for almost seven years.

Yagudin underwent hip surgery after touring with Stars on Ice. He assisted Tarasova with coaching over summer and early fall until his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated in September.[22]

He published his autobiography, Alexei Yagudin: Overcome, in Japan in 2005.[23] It was published in Russia in 2007 under the title, НаPRолом, with extra chapters and photos added to cover his recent life.[24]

On June 2, 2008, Yagudin's car was stolen with one of his World Championships gold medals in it. The medal and car were never located.[25]

His fiancée, Olympic pair skating champion Tatiana Totmianina gave birth to his first child, a daughter named Elizaveta ("Liza"), on November 20, 2009.[26][27] They also have a Yorkshire Terrier named Varia.[27]

Yagudin stated that he and Totmianina do not want Liza to become a competitive skater, and hope she will concentrate on studying and music as she grows up.[19]

In 2011, Yagudin joined a Russian campaign to promote healthy lifestyles. He took part in free physical trainings held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Kazan and Novosibirsk. He stated, "I would like to achieve through this campaign at least the understanding of people that 30 or 40 minutes of their day can improve their health now and in the future."[28]

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2002–2003
[29]
Racing
by Safri Duo
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Nick Glennie-Smith
Born to Be Wild
by Steppenwolf
Memorial
by Michael Nyman
2001–2002
[30]
Winter
by Bond
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Nick Glennie-Smith
Overcome
from Ancient Lands
by Ronan Hardiman
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Nick Glennie-Smith
2000–2001
[7]
The Revolutionary Etude
by Frédéric Chopin
Gladiator
by Hans Zimmer
Gladiator
by Hans Zimmer
Stand by Me
by Ben E. King
My Baby You
by Marc Anthony
We Are the Champions
by Queen
1999–2000 Nutrocker
by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Broken Arrow
by Hans Zimmer
Tosca
by Giacomo Puccini
Come Fly with Me
by Barry Manilow
September Morn
by Neil Diamond
1998–1999 Circus
from The Revisionist's Tale
by Alfred Schnittke
Lawrence of Arabia
by Maurice Jarre
Here Comes the Big Parade
by Harry Connick, Jr.
The Prince of Rose
1997–1998 Ziganotchka
Russian Gypsy Music
Troika, or Snowstorm
by Georgy Sviridov
Play it Again Sachmo
by Louis Armstrong
Mack the Knife
from The Threepenny Opera
by Kurt Weill
1996–1997 Ruslan and Lyudmila
by Mikhail Glinka
Carmen
by Georges Bizet
One Banana
African Music
1995–1996 Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Gaîté Parisienne
by Jacques Offenbach
1994–1995 Toccata and Fugue in D minor
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Hussar medley
1993–1994 Concierto de Aranjuez
by Joaquín Rodrigo
Performed by Paco de Lucía

Competitive highlights[edit]

Major events[edit]

Results[31]
International
Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Olympics 5th 1st
Worlds 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Europeans 6th 5th 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
GP (CS) Final 5th 4th 1st 2nd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 2nd 1st
GP Lalique 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP Nations/Spark. 3rd 1st
GP Skate America 3rd 1st 1st 2nd WD
GP Skate Canada 1st 1st 1st
Goodwill Games 8th 3rd
Prague Skate 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th 1st
National
Russian Champ. 5th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP = Grand Prix (Champions Series 1995–1997); WD = Withdrew

All events[edit]

Amateur status, senior-level[edit]

Amateur status, senior-level
Events Location Placement
2002–2003
Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic Daytona, USA 1
Sears Canadian Open Red Deer, Canada 1
Hallmark Skater's Championship World Professional Championship Columbus, USA 1
Top Jump France 1
Skate America Spokane, USA WD
Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge Auburn Hills, USA 5
2001–2002
Winter Olympics Salt Lake City, USA 1
World Championships Nagano, Japan 1
European Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 1
Grand Prix Final Kitchener, Canada 1
Skate Canada Saskatoon, Canada 1
Trophée Lalique Paris, France 1
Masters of Figure Skating San Diego, USA 1
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 3
2000–2001
World Championships Vancouver, Canada 2
European Championships Bratislava, Slovakia 2
Grand Prix Final Tokyo, Japan 2
Skate Canada Mississauga, Canada 1
Trophée Lalique Paris, France 1
Skate America Colorado Springs, USA 2
Masters of Figure Skating Boise, USA 2
Canadian Open Hamilton, Canada 1
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 2
Japan Open Tokyo, Japan 1
Hershey's Kisses Figure Skating Challenge Detroit, USA 1
1999–2000
World Championships Nice, France 1
European Championships Vienna, Austria 2
Skate Canada St. John, Canada 1
Trophée Lalique Paris, France 1
Skate America Colorado Springs, USA 1
Masters of Figure Skating Green Bay, USA 2
Japan Open Tokyo, Japan 1
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 2
Grand Slam Super Teams of Skating Kitchener, Canada 2
Keri Lotion Classic Orlando, USA 1
1998–1999
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1
European Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1
Grand Prix Final St. Petersburg, Russia 1
Sparkassen Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany 1
Trophée Lalique Paris, France 1
Skate America Detroit, USA 1
Nations Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany 1
Japan Open Tokyo, Japan 2
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 2
World Professional Championships Washington D.C., USA 1
World Team Challenge Milwaukee, USA 1
Challenge of Champions Sunrise, USA 1
Hershey's Kisses Challenge Binghamton, USA 1
1997–1998
Winter Olympics Nagano, Japan 5
World Championships Minneapolis, USA 1
European Championships Milan, Italy 1
Champion Series Final The later Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 4
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 2
Trophée Lalique Paris, France 1
Cup of Russia St. Petersburg, Russia 1
Skate Israel Metulla, Israel 1
Finlandia Trophy Helsinki, Finland 1
1996–1997
World Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 3
European Championships Paris, France 5
Champion Series Final The later Grand Prix Final Hamilton, Canada 5
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 3
Skate America Springfield, USA 3
Cup of Russia St.Petersburg, Russia 2
Nations Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany 5

Amateur status, junior-level[edit]

Amateur status, junior-level
Events Location Placement
1995–1996
World Junior Championships Brisbane, Australia 1
European Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 6
Centennial on Ice St. Petersburg, Russia 2
Russian Nationals Samara, Russia 4
Blue Swords Chenmitz, Germany 1
1994–1995
Russian Nationals Moscow, Russia 5
Nations Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany 8
Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 8
1993–1994
World Junior Championships Colorado Springs, USA 4
Russian Nationals St. Petersburg, Russia 5

Professional status[edit]

Professional status
Events Location Placement
2006–2007
Ice Wars Hoffman Estates, USA 1
Japan Open Tokyo, Japan 5
2005–2006
Ice Wars Peoria, USA 2
World Team Challenge London, Ontario, Canada 2
Japan Open Saitama, Japan 6
2004–2005
Ice Wars Charlton, USA 1
World Team Challenge Winnipeg, Canada 1
2003–2004
World Team Challenge Vancouver, Canada 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1998). "World Champion Yagudin Plans to Work Harder". Archived from the original on 27 April 2001. 
  2. ^ a b "Alexei Yagudin: Interview with the 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alexei Yagudin". Golden Skate. 12 April 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Alexei Yagudin Autobiography Excerpts". Sovsport.ru. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Russian triangle not likely to be friends soon
  5. ^ All World Championships Medalists: Information and Details
  6. ^ Longman, Jere (3 April 1998). "Another Russian Night: Yagudin Beats Eldredge". New York Times. 
  7. ^ a b "Alexei YAGUDIN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2001. 
  8. ^ Video: Yagudin at the 2001 World Championships, Short Program
  9. ^ "2001 Goodwill Games: Figure Skating Highlights". Golden Skate. 8 September 2001. 
  10. ^ Yagudin wins; Goebel brings home bronze
  11. ^ Olympics: Yagudin gold provides relief from scandal
  12. ^ Golden Skate Interview - Gladiator Gone Global: Alexei Yagudin retrieved May 4, 2008
  13. ^ Nealin, Laurie (25 October 2007). "Yagudin's comeback a question mark". Ice Network. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Yagudin plans to return to competition". TSN. 11 August 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. 
  15. ^ "Ilia Averbukh's Ice Symphony". Icenetwork. 6 June 2008. 
  16. ^ "Igolka", or "Needle", by Victoria Dayneko, featuring Alexei Yagudin
  17. ^ Russian TV Series: My Hot Ice
  18. ^ Good Evening, Moscow! (Добрый вечер, Москва!)
  19. ^ a b Bőd, Titanilla (15 May 2011). "Alexei Yagudin: "You always have to find the little competitions for yourself"". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Yagudin Under Care For Alcohol Problem". New York Times. 12 June 1999. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  21. ^ "I should have kept my mouth shut, says Yagudin". Reuters (CBS Sportsline). 5 January 2000. Archived from the original on 17 December 2000. 
  22. ^ "Yagudin arrested for DUI". CBC Sports. 1 September 2003. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. 
  23. ^ Alexei Yagudin Autobiography: Overcome, First Edition 2005-01-20
  24. ^ Alexei Yagudin Autobiography: НаPRолом
  25. ^ Yagudin's Car Stolen
  26. ^ Korobatov, Yaroslav (21 November 2009). "Татьяна Тотьмянина родила Алексею Ягудину дочь" [Tatiana Totmianina gave birth to Alexei Yagudin's daughter]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  27. ^ a b Paderina, Ksenia (16 November 2010). "Татьяна Тотьмянина: "Я так и не привыкла называть Лешу мужем"" [Tatiana Totmianina: Calling Lesha (Alexei) "husband"]. Теленеделя (Москва) (in Russian). Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. 
  28. ^ Luchianov, Vladislav (7 June 2011). "Alexei Yagudin promotes healthy lifestyle". IceNetwork. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  29. ^ "Alexei YAGUDIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 December 2003. 
  30. ^ "Alexei YAGUDIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 June 2002. 
  31. ^ "Competition Results: Alexei YAGUDIN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. 

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