Rafael Arutyunyan

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Rafael Arutyunyan
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Rafael Arutyunyan with Mao Asada and Tatiana Tarasova
Personal information
Full name Rafael Vladimirovich Arutyunyan
Alternative names Rafael Arutunian/Harutyunyan
Born (1957-07-05) July 5, 1957 (age 57)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

Rafael Vladimirovich Arutyunyan[1][2] (Russian: Рафаэль Владимирович Арутюнян; Armenian: Ռաֆայել Հարությունյան, Harutyunyan; born July 5, 1957)[3] is an Armenian[4] figure skating coach.

Personal life[edit]

Arutyunyan was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR and studied in Yerevan, Armenian SSR at the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture.[3] He is married to a skating coach, Vera, and moved to the United States in 2000.[5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

Arutyunyan coached young skaters in Yerevan from 1976 to 1985 and then in Moscow, Russian SFSR.[7] After moving to the U.S., he coached at a rink in Lake Arrowhead, California.[2][4] In August 2013, he relocated to the East West Ice Palace in Artesia, California.[5] He collaborates with his wife, Vera Arutyunyan, and Nadezda Kanaeva.[5]

His current students include:

His former students include: