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 Arutunian/Harutyunyan
Born (1957-07-05) July 5, 1957 (age 59)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

Rafael Arutyunyan[1][2] (Armenian: Ռաֆայել Հարությունյան, Harutyunyan; Russian: Рафаэль Владимирович Арутюнян; born July 5, 1957)[3] is an Armenian[4] figure skating coach. He coached in Armenia before moving to Russia and then the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Arutyunyan was born on July 5, 1957 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] They have a son – a pianist born in the mid-1980s, and a daughter, who is an artist.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Arutyunyan coached young skaters in Yerevan from 1976 to 1985 and then moved to Moscow, Russian SFSR.[8] After moving to the United States, 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][9] He collaborates with his wife, Vera Arutyunyan, and Nadezda Kanaeva.[5] He moved to Lakewood ICE in Lakewood, California on June 25, 2016.[10]

His current students include:

His former students include:


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  2. ^ a b "2013 - 2014 Coach/Instructor Compliance" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. April 25, 2014. p. 9. 
  3. ^ a b Арутюнян Рафаэл Владимирович [Rafael Vladimirovich Arutyunyan] (in Russian). solovieff.ru. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Hersh, Philip (December 25, 2003). "New coach helps energize Kwan". Chicago Tribune. 
  5. ^ a b c Rutherford, Lynn (March 17, 2015). "Arutunian making up for lost time with Wagner". IceNetwork.com. 
  6. ^ a b "Sergei VORONOV: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ Brunn, Larry (4 September 2003). "Top Russian Figure Skating Coach at Ice Castle". Mountain News (Lake Arrowhead, California). Archived from the original on 19 December 2016. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Staff Coaches". East West Ice Palace. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Renowned Figure Skating Coach Rafael Arutyunyan to Make The Rinks – Lakewood Ice Main Training Facility Leading Into the 2018 Olympic Games". Anaheim Ducks / NHL. June 13, 2016. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Coach Change". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Michal Brezina wechselt zu Rafael Arutyunyan". News über Eiskunstlauf. News über Eiskunstlauf. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Coach Change". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rippon Announces Coaching Change". U.S. Figure Skating. September 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ashley Wagner Announces Coaching Team". U.S. Figure Skating. June 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Simonenko, Andrei; Vorobieva, Maria (January 5, 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). 
  17. ^ a b Gallagher, Jack (May 10, 2016). "Mao mystery finally solved eight years later". The Japan Times. 
  18. ^ "Korpi to train with Arutunian in Lake Arrowhead". IceNetwork.com. August 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ Solari, Chris (June 15, 2015). "Olympics on mind, ice skater Hannah Miller off to California". Lansing State Journal. Lansing State Journal. 
  20. ^ Brannen, Sarah S. "The Inside Edge: Aaron, Settlage announce split U.S. pair parts ways after seven years together; Hicks changes coaches". Ice Network. Ice Network. Retrieved 15 September 2016.