Evgeni Platov

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Evgeni Platov
Grishuk and Platov 1994 Europeans.jpg
Grishuk and Platov at the 1994 European Championships in Copenhagen
Personal information
Full name Evgeni[1][2][3] Arkadievich Platov
Alternative names Evgeny[4] Platov
Yevgeny[5] Platov
Former country(ies) represented  Russia
 Soviet Union
Born (1967-08-07) August 7, 1967 (age 48)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partner Oksana Grishuk, Larisa Fedorinova, Elena Krykanova, Maya Usova
Former coach Tatiana Tarasova, Natalia Linichuk, Gennadi Karponosov, Natalia Dubova
Skating club Army Sports Club, Odessa
Retired March 1998

Evgeni Arkadievich Platov (Russian: Евгений Аркадьевич Платов, born August 7, 1967) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. He is best known for his partnership with Oksana Grishuk from 1989–1998. With Grishuk, he is a two-time Olympic champion (1994, 1998), four-time World champion (1994–1997), and three-time European champion (1996–1998).

With previous partner Elena Krykanova, he was a three-time World Junior champion (1984–1986). During his career, he represented the Soviet Union, the Unified Team, and Russia. Since retiring from competition, he works as a figure skating coach and choreographer.

Competitive career[edit]

Platov won three World Junior titles with Elena Krykanova from 1984 to 1986. He began competing on the senior level with Larisa Fedorinova from 1987 to 1989.

In 1989, coach Natalia Dubova partnered him with Oksana Grishuk. They trained in Moscow.[6] Three months later, in December 1989, they won the bronze medal at the Soviet Championships. They were fifth in their World Championship debut in 1990. Their first European and World medals, both bronze, came at the 1992 European Championships and 1992 World Championships.

In mid-1992, due to tensions between Grishuk and Maya Usova, Dubova allegedly expelled Grishuk from her group[6] or Grishuk chose to leave.[7] Dubova found a new partner for Platov while Grishuk briefly searched for a new partner in Germany before returning to Moscow and her previous coach, Natalia Linichuk.[6] Platov decided not to follow Dubova and re-teamed with Grishuk in the fall of 1992.[6]

During the 1992–93 season, Grishuk and Platov won European and World silver medals. In 1993–94, they won silver at the European Championships. They won their first Olympic title at the 1994 Olympics.[8] They ended the season with their first World title at the 1994 World Championships. They then left Russia and moved with Linichuk to Newark, Delaware for better training and living conditions.[7]

Grishuk and Platov missed most of 1994–95 due to injury but returned to win the 1995 World Championships. They had a full season in 1995–96 and won another set of European and World titles.

In 1996, Grishuk and Platov split from Linichuk and moved to Tatiana Tarasova in Marlborough, Massachusetts.[7] Injury kept them out of competition in the first half of the 1996–97 season but they returned to win their second European and fourth World title. In September 1997, she changed her first name to Pasha after being repeatedly confused with Oksana Baiul,[7] but later went back to Oksana. In 1997–98, Grishuk and Platov won their third European Championships. At the event, they were slashed in a practice collision with Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov but were not seriously hurt and both teams said it was an accident.[9] Grishuk and Platov competed at their third Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, where they became the first ice dancers to repeat as gold medalists.[7][10]

Grishuk and Platov won 20 consecutive competitions from 1994 to 1998.[7] They were entered in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998 for becoming the only team in the history of ice dancing to win Olympic gold twice. Grishuk and Platov combined speed and difficult elements, and displayed their mastery of numerous styles of dance.[7][11] On their partnership, Platov said in 1998: "It's like being a husband and a wife. Sometimes, you fight. Sometimes, you walk away and calm down. I met her a long time ago, and I still remember her as a little girl on the ice. She was so little. So active. Usually, little girls are boring. But that girl. Oh, there was a fire on ice."[9] He also said: "It's hard to change her mind. She fights every step. But it works out. That's why she is so good."[7]

Grishuk and Platov retired from competition and did not compete at the 1998 World Championships. They skated together in shows until the summer of 1998. Platov then decided to skate with their former rival Maya Usova and Grishuk teamed up with Alexander Zhulin.

Grishuk and Platov at a Russian ice show in 2006.[12] They also skated together in February 2008 in Nagano, Japan for their ten-year anniversary of winning the 1998 Olympic gold medal.

Coaching career[edit]

Platov was an assistant coach to his own former coach Tatiana Tarasova from 2002–2004, along with Maya Usova, at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, Connecticut. He helped coach Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa to her only world title in 2004 and briefly worked with Sasha Cohen and Johnny Weir under the guidance of Tarasova.

In the fall of 2005, Platov moved to New Jersey and became the assistant coach to his former rival, Alexander Zhulin, helping to coach the ice dancing team of Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov to European and Olympic gold medals. He started coaching on his own when Zhulin left New Jersey to go back to Russia. His current and former students include:[13]

Platov formerly coached at the Princeton Sports Center in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.[12] In mid-2009, he began coaching at the Igloo ice rink in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Platov settled in New Jersey in 1998.[12] He was formerly married to Russian figure skater and actress Maria Anikanova.[19]


With Grishuk[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
  • You'll See
    by Madonna

  • You'll See
    by Madonna
  • Muchachita
    by Perez Prado
  • Mambo Jambo
    (a.k.a. Que Rico El Mambo)
    by Perez Prado
  • Bogota
    by Gil Ventura
  • Girls Girls Girls
  • Historia de um Amor
  • Rock Around the Clock
    (vocal version)
  • Aquarell
  • Aquarell

  • Viennese Waltz

With Usova[edit]

Season Programs[20][21][22]

  • Copa de la Vida
  • Historia de un Amor

  • When You Came Into My Life


With Grishuk[edit]

Event 1989–90
Winter Olympics 4th 1st 1st
World Champ. 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Champ. 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
CS (GP) Final 1st 1st
GP TDF / Lalique 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
GP Skate America 1st
Centennial On Ice 1st
Russian Champ. 1st 1st
Soviet Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st
GP = Champions Series (Grand Prix)

With Fedorinova[edit]

Event 1987–88 1988–89
World Championships 6th
International de Paris 4th
Prize of Moscow News 2nd
Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st
Soviet Championships 4th 4th

With Krykanova[edit]

Event 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86
World Junior Championship 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland at the International Skating Union
  2. ^ a b Sinead Kerr / John Kerr at the International Skating Union
  3. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (October 8, 2009). "Reed Joins Japaridze to Compete for Georgia". Skate Today. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Yevgeny Platov". sports-reference.com. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hersh, Phil (February 22, 1994). "Love Triangle (plus 1) Tops Torvill And Dean". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Longman, Jere (January 2, 1998). "SKATING; Dancing on the Sharp Edge of Her Skates". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  8. ^ Harvey, Randy (February 22, 1994). "'94 WINTER LILLEHAMMER OLYMPICS : Torvill and Dean Must Face Music as Russians Win : Ice dancing: British routine doesn't go over with judges. Gritschuk and Platov get gold.". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Glauber, Bill (February 12, 1998). "Grishuk, fire on and off ice, dances to own beat in Games; Never a dull moment in Russian's career as she, Platov pursue gold". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Frey, Jennifer (February 16, 1998). "Basic Instinct for the Gold, and an Oscar". Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Olympic Insider". TIME. February 16, 1998. Archived from the original on January 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c Elfman, Lois (May 29, 2008). "Behind the scenes of figure skating - May 29". Icenetwork. 
  13. ^ "Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov". IceNetwork.com. 
  14. ^ Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovski at the International Skating Union
  15. ^ Alexandra Zaretsky / Roman Zaretsky at the International Skating Union
  16. ^ Yaneva, Veneta (June 13, 2014). "Evgeni Platov: "My couples have a unique look"". Absolute Skating. 
  17. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (August 17, 2009). "No kilts for Kerrs on road to Vancouver". Icenetwork. 
  18. ^ Dobias, Jen (July 20, 2012). "Gold medalist Evgeny Platov trains hopefuls in South Jersey". Courier-Post. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ Diachkova, Natalia. Мария Аниканова: «Не могу быть в одиночестве» [Maria Anikanova: "I cannot be single"]. 7days.ru (in Russian). Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ Skate Music List
  21. ^ World Professional Figure Skating Championships – Landover, MD
  22. ^ Japan Open

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