The fourth place in Olypmic Games is not too good result for this couple of figure skaters (Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov). Russian newspaper “Soviet Sport” asked Yuko Kavaguti about their plans.
“Just before the last competition Tamara Nikolaevna [their trainer Tamara Moskvina] told me: ‘Please, skate beautifully. Show them your soul.’ I could not…”
“I am going to skate for a while. World Championship in Turin? Probably, yes. Olympics in Sochi? I do not know …”
Yuko Kavaguti will be 32 years old and Alexander Smirnov will be 30 years old in the year of Olympic in Sochi.
Yuko you were the best and you expressed your beautiful soul – we’ve all seen it!
I am not too much in figure skating now… but as all Russians I was in my Soviet childhood. Now time just flies and I am not even able to follow all modern figure skaters. But this story made me think…
The first time I’ve heard about Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov when they did not get an Olympic medal for Russia (watch Olympic video). What a strange name and strange look for Russian skater – I thought looking at the pictures of their Olympic program? I wanted to learn more about this cute childish girl with strange name (Yuko Kavaguti), I wanted to see her best videos. Today I show you some but first let me to tell you a story of a Japanese girl who dreamed about Olympics.
Yuko Kavaguti (Kawaguchi) was born November 20, 1981 in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan. She started skating at the age of 5 years old. And as junior in singles skating she won several prizes in Japan. In 1999 she decided to have lessons of figure skating from Russian trainer in USA and came to USA where she lived for several years and won several championships. She became a first Japanese skater who won in pair team.
In 2006 she moves in Russia to continue training with a new partner Alexander Smirnov – Tamara Moskvina (her favorite trainer since 1999) became their couch.
Participate in Olympic Games was a very strong dream of Yuko Kavaguti. She had to give up her Japanese citizenship and get Russian citizenship to become a part of Russian Olympic team. December 23, 2008 Yuko Kavaguti got Russian citizenship. But it still was not enough to fit Olympic rules. Olympic rules tell that her citizenship must be at least 3 year before she would be able to become a part of Russian team. So Russian Olympic Committee wrote a letter to The Japan Skating Federation and asked them to allow Yuko Kavaguti take a part in Olympic Games as member of Russian team and this permission was given.
I wish all the best to Yuko Kavaguti – she deserves it.
One of the best videos of Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (music “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens).
And I like this Japanese video about Yuko Kavaguti – you can see how they proud of her even she has Russian citizenship now!
For our readers who wants to know more:
Yuko Kavaguti lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She bought a 3-room flat (living room, kitchen and bathroom) their. Yuko attended university in Saint Petersburg and studied international politics. His father is a businessman and her mother is a teacher of English tlanguage. Yuko speaks fluently Russian, English an Japanese. She likes to read books in Japanese, solve puzzles, cook and knit, dances and mountain skiing. Youko likes go to Russian museums and watch ballet.
All her life Yulia Mikhailyuk was a physical education teacher in school but started riding bike only at 50 years old. All her life she was dreaming to travel Russia and now she is realizing her dream:
It’s never too late to change your life and start an adventure!
Can you imaging to have a training with 34th generation Shaolin Temple warrior monk. In Russia it’s possible! Shi Yan Bin (34th generation Shaolin Temple warrior monk) has been living in Moscow for already four years. He is teaching Shaolin Kung Fu in Russian Center of Studying Shaolin Kung Fu in Moscow.
We think that is very exciting to study Shaolin Kung Fu with Shaolin Temple warrior monk!
Today we’ll watch a video about visit Shi Yan Bin in St.Petersburg where he trained Shaolin Kung Fu for a day: