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Alexei Yagudin : biography

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Alexei Konstantinovich Yagudin ( 18 March 1980) is a former Russian figure skater. His major achievements in his six years of eligible sports career include being the 2002 Olympic Champion, a four-time World Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002), a three-time European Champion (1998, 1999, 2002), a two-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1998-1999, 2001-2002), a World Junior Champion (1996) and a two-time World Professional Champion (1998, 2002).


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2002–2003 Racing by Safri Duo The Man in the Iron Mask by Nick Glennie-Smith Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf Memorial by Michael Nyman
2001–2002 Winter by Bond The Man in the Iron Mask by Nick Glennie-Smith Overcome from Ancient Lands by Ronan Hardiman The Man in the Iron Mask by Nick Glennie-Smith
2000–2001 The Revolutionary Etude by Frédéric Chopin Gladiator by Hans Zimmer Gladiator by Hans Zimmer Stand by Me by Ben E. King My Baby You by Marc Anthony We Are the Champions by Queen
1999–2000 Nutrocker by Emerson, Lake & Palmer Broken Arrow by Hans Zimmer Tosca by Giacomo Puccini Come Fly with Me by Barry Manilow September Morn by Neil Diamond
1998–1999 Circus from The Revisionist's Tale by Alfred Schnittke Lawrence of Arabia by Maurice Jarre Here Comes the Big Parade by Harry Connick, Jr. The Prince of Rose
1997–1998 Ziganotchka Russian Gypsy Music Troika, or Snowstorm by Georgy Sviridov Play it Again Sachmo by Louis Armstrong Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill
1996–1997 Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka Carmen by Georges Bizet One Banana African Music
1995–1996 Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach
1994–1995 Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach Hussar medley
1993–1994 Concierto de Aranjuezby Joaquín Rodrigo Performed by Paco de Lucía

Career overview

Early career

Alexei Yagudin was introduced to skating at age four by his mother, Zoya, who saw the activity as a way to improve his health. He learned all his double jumps before age ten, the five triple jumps before age twelve, and the triple Axel jump before he turned thirteen. His first coach was Alexander Mayorov, and then he was introduced to the famous Russian coach Alexei Mishin when Mayorov moved to Sweden in 1992. Yagudin trained in Mishin's group from 1992 to 1998. He began competing at the international level in 1994, and won the World Junior Championships in 1996. The famous rivalry with fellow Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko began when they trained in Mishin's group, and intensified after Yagudin left.

Senior career

In 1997, Yagudin competed in the World Championships for the first time and won a bronze medal.

In 1998, Yagudin led a Russian sweep of the medals at the European Championships with Evgeni Plushenko in second and Alexander Abt in third. Later that year, he competed at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics despite a severe case of pneumonia, and finished in 5th place. A month later, he won the World Championships. He became the first Russian single skater from the post-Soviet era to win the World title. He was the second-youngest male World Champion at the age of 18 years and 15 days, 6 days older than Donald McPherson in 1963.All World Championships Medalists: Information and Details About two months after the event, Yagudin left Mishin and joined Tatiana Tarasova, who would coach him until his retirement in 2003.

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