Ilia Kulik

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Ilia Kulik
Ilia Kulik 2008 Christmas On Ice – Yokohama.jpg
Kulik in the 2008 Christmas On Ice show.
Personal information
Country represented  Russia
Born (1977-05-23) 23 May 1977 (age 38)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Former coach Tatiana Tarasova
Viktor Kudriavtsev
Former choreographer Tatiana Tarasova
Retired 1998

Ilia Alexandrovich Kulik (Russian: About this sound Илья Александрович Кулик​ ; (born 23 May 1977) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 1998 Olympic Champion, the 1995 European Champion, the 1997–1998 Grand Prix Final champion, and the 1995 World Junior champion.


Kulik began skating at the age of five. In November 1994, he won the 1995 World Junior title and then, a few months later, the 1995 European title, at the age of 17. He was ninth at his first senior World Championships. The next season, he won silver at the 1996 World Championships. During the 1997-98 season, Kulik won gold at the 1997 NHK Trophy and silver at the 1997 Skate Canada International to qualify for the Champion Series Final (now known as the Grand Prix Final) where he won the gold medal. He also won the Russian national title but missed the 1998 European Championships as a result of back problems.[1] At the 1998 Olympics, Kulik placed first in both the short and long programs and won the Olympic title at the age of 20.

Kulik withdrew from the 1998 World Championships due to his recurring back injury.[2] He retired from competitive skating and has focused on performing in shows.[3] Kulik has skated with the Stars on Ice tour, shows in Russia, the 2009 Ice All Stars, the 2010 Festa On Ice. In 1999, he skated a duet with his wife, Ekaterina Gordeeva.

Kulik also ventured briefly into acting, playing the role of Sergei, a Russian dancer, in the 2000 ballet-themed movie Center Stage.

In 2012, Kulik and Gordeeva opened a skating rink in Lake Forest, California.[4]

Kulik is currently the coach of Michael Christian Martinez.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kulik has one sibling, sister Svetlana, who also lives in California. His parents live in Russia.

Kulik married Ekaterina Gordeeva in San Francisco on 10 June 2002.[6] They have one daughter, Elizaveta Ilinichna Kulik (born 15 June 2001). Gordeeva has one daughter, Daria Sergeevna Grinkova (born September 11, 1992), from her first marriage to her late husband and skating partner, Sergei Grinkov. The family lived in California for several years before moving to Avon, Connecticut in 2003. They returned to the Los Angeles area in the summer of 2007 and currently reside in Newport Beach.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2002–2003 The Nutcracker Suite
Ballet Suite Op 71A
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto in A Minor
Edvard Grieg and Jeno Jando
2001–2002 Rendezvous
Waltz of the Flowers
from The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2000 Devil's Trill Sonata
by Giuseppe Tartini
performed by Vanessa Mae
1998–1999 Seisouso
by Ruggero Leoncavallo
1997–1998 Revolutions
by Jean Michel Jarre
Rhapsody in Blue
by George Gershwin
Demon Warriors/Final Kombat
from Mortal Kombat
by George S. Clinton

by Franz Liszt
1996–1997 Faust
by Henryk Wieniawski
Romeo and Juliet
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
by Franz Liszt
1995–1996 The Addams Family Aladdin Always
by Bon Jovi
The Addams Family
1994–1995 Rigoletto
by Giuseppe Verdi
An American in Paris
by George Gershwin

(with Ekaterina Gordeeva)

Season Program
1999–2000 Casi Un Bolero
by Ricky Martin
Si tu no estas aqui
by Rosana

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98
Olympics 1st
Worlds 9th 2nd 5th
Europeans 1st 3rd 4th
CS Final 4th 4th 1st
CS NHK Trophy 2nd 1st
CS Skate America 6th
CS Skate Canada 2nd 2nd
CS Trophée de France 1st
Finlandia Trophy 2nd
Karl Schäfer Memorial 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 3rd 11th 1st
Russian Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–1996
(renamed Grand Prix in 1998–1999)


  1. ^ "Olympic champion Kulik withdraws from worlds". Associated Press ( 28 March 1998. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Longman, Jere (28 March 1998). "Kulik Withdraws With Back Injury". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ilia Kulik, Interview in Flims, July 2008". figureskating-online. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Elfman, Lois (13 September 2012). "Figure skating only at Kulik, Gordeeva's new rink". Ice Network. 
  5. ^ "Martinez vying in skate America". SM Investments Corporation. 
  6. ^ Bangs, Kathleen (August 2007). "A Happy Ending: Katia Gordeeva and Ilia Kulik's Leap of Faith". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 

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