Rafael Arutyunyan with Mao Asada and Tatiana Tarasova
|Full name||Rafael Vladimirovich Arutyunyan|
|Alternative names||Rafael Arutunian/Harutyunyan|
July 5, 1957 |
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Arutyunyan was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR and studied in Yerevan, Armenian SSR at the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture. He is married to a skating coach, Vera, and moved to the United States in 2000.
Arutyunyan coached young skaters in Yerevan from 1976 to 1985 and then in Moscow, Russian SFSR. After moving to the U.S., he coached at a rink in Lake Arrowhead, California. In August 2013, he relocated to the East West Ice Palace in Artesia, California. He collaborates with his wife, Vera Arutyunyan, and Nadezda Kanaeva.
His current students include:
- Nathan Chen (since 2011).
- Adam Rippon (since September 2012).
- Ashley Wagner (since June 2013).
His former students include:
- Alexander Abt (13 years).
- Mai Asada.
- Mao Asada.
- Jeffrey Buttle.
- Sasha Cohen
- Ivan Dinev
- Michelle Kwan
- Hovhannes Mkrtchyan
- Alexander Shubin
- Sergei Voronov (until 2000)
- Kiira Korpi (one season since August 2013)
- "Coaching Staff". Ice Castle International Training Center. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013.
- "2013 - 2014 Coach/Instructor Compliance" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. April 25, 2014. p. 9.
- Арутюнян Рафаэл Владимирович [Rafael Vladimirovich Arutyunyan] (in Russian). solovieff.ru. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014.
- Hersh, Philip (December 25, 2003). "New coach helps energize Kwan". Chicago Tribune.
- Rutherford, Lynn (March 17, 2015). "Arutunian making up for lost time with Wagner". IceNetwork.
- "Sergei VORONOV: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009.
- Mkrtchyan, Vadim (March 25, 2008). Армянский тренер готовит чемпионов мира [Armenian coach prepares World champions]. Golos Armenii (in Russian). Archived from the original on January 14, 2013.
- "Rippon Announces Coaching Change". U.S. Figure Skating. September 11, 2012.
- "Ashley Wagner Announces Coaching Team". U.S. Figure Skating. June 25, 2013.
- Simonenko, Andrei; Vorobieva, Maria (5 January 2014). "Rafael Arutyunyan: Gaishniku skazal: "Ya ne pil, ya yedu Mishel Kvan trenirovat"" Рафаэл Арутюнян: Гаишнику сказал: "Я не пил, я еду Мишель Кван тренировать" [Rafael Arutyunyan told traffic cop: "I didn't drink, I'm driving to train Michelle Kwan"]. rsport.ru (in Russian).
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