Klimkin in 2006.
15 August 1980 |
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former coach||Viktor Kudriavtsev
|Former choreographer||Irina Kolganova|
|Skating club||SC Moskvich|
|Retired||19 April 2007|
|ISU personal best scores|
Ilia Sergeyevich Klimkin (Russian: Илья Серге́евич Климкин, born 15 August 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 2003 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2004 European bronze medalist, the 1999 World Junior champion, and a three-time Russian national silver medalist.
Klimkin's grandmother introduced him to skating at the age of four because she felt it would be good for his health. He was coached by Igor Rusakov for thirteen years until Rusakov's sudden death in July 2003. He was then coached by Viktor Kudriavtsev.
At the 1999 Nebelhorn Trophy, Klimkin became the first skater to land two different quadruple jumps in one program, which he did by landing a quad salchow and a quad toe loop in the free skate. Klimkin spins in both directions, and is also known for his cantilever.
In the summer of 2003, Klimkin had a calf injury which became infected and required three surgeries; he returned to the ice in late September and won 2002 NHK Trophy two months later. In the fall of 2004, he underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon, was off the ice for four months and after another three months was able to practice jumps. He missed the whole 2004-05 Competition Year.
He announced his retirement from competitive skating on 19 April 2007.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|Notre-Dame de Paris
by Riccardo Cocciante:
|Grand Prix Final||4th||2nd|
|GP Cup of China||6th|
|GP Cup of Russia||8th||2nd||5th||9th||3rd|
|GP NHK Trophy||3rd||2nd||1st|
|GP Skate America||5th|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew|
- Mittan, Barry (6 May 2003). "Ilia Klimkin: Russian Recovers From Injuries to Record Best Season". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007.
- "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006.
- "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004.
- "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 June 2003.
- "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 February 2002.
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