Alexei Urmanov

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Alexei Urmanov
Urmanov in 2005.
Personal information
Country represented  Russia
Born (1973-11-17) 17 November 1973 (age 47)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former coach Alexei Mishin
Skating club Trade Union Club
Retired 1999

Alexei Yevgenyevich Urmanov (Russian: About this sound Алексей Евгеньевич Урманов​ ; born 17 November 1973) is a Russian figure skater,[1] who currently works as a coach. He is the 1994 Olympic champion, the 1993 World bronze medalist, the 1997 European champion, the 1995-1996 Champions Series Final champion, the four-time Russian National champion, and the 1992 Soviet National champion.


Urmanov was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and started skating at the age of four. Competed for the Soviet Union, he won the silver medal at the 1990 World Junior Championships. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Urmanov chose to compete for Russia. In 1991, at age 17, he became the first skater to perform a quadruple jump at the European Championships.

He competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where he placed 5th. He won the bronze medal at the 1993 World Championships. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he won the gold medal.

Urmanov chose to remain in the competitive ranks. He became the 1997 European champion, but an injury forced him out of the 1997 World Championships after the short program and kept him from competing for a berth to the 1998 Olympics.[2] He retired from Olympic-eligible skating in 1999 and won the World Professional Championships the same year.

Urmanov trained at the Yubileyny Sports Palace, which during the 1990s often had poor-quality ice and other problems, resulting in limited training time.[3][4] He is an Honoured Masters of Sports of the Russian Federation.

Urmanov is currently a skating coach and an International Skating Union technical specialist. His former students include Sergei Voronov, Nodari Maisuradze, Zhan Bush, Gordei Gorshkov, Nikol Gosviani, Polina Agafonova, and Anastasia V. Gubanova.[5] Urmanov currently coaches Yulia Lipnitskaya[6] and Deniss Vasiļjevs.[7] He was based in Saint Petersburg until 2014, when he moved to Sochi, to coach at the Iceberg Skating Palace.[8] He sometimes holds summer camps or clinics in other locations such as Luleå, Sweden, and Paris, France.[9]

Personal life

In 2001, his partner, Viktoria, gave birth to twins, Ivan and Andrei. In 2004, the couple married.[10]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Tanguera
  • El Choclo
  • Taquito Militar
    by Mariano Mores
  • Twilight Zone
  • Beatles medley
  • Princess of the Circus
    by Emmerich Kálmán[11]
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
    by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Don Quixote
    by Ludwig Minkus
  • Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Competitive highlights

Event 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1998–99
Olympics 5th 1st
Worlds 8th 8th 3rd 4th 4th 5th WD 5th
Europeans 6th 3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd
GP Final 1st 3rd 2nd
GP Nations Cup 4th 1st
GP Cup of Russia 1st 1st
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd 3rd
GP Skate Canada 1st
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 3rd 3rd
GP Int. de Paris 3rd
Goodwill Games 1st 2nd
Moscow News 1st
St. Gervais 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 2nd
Russian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd
Soviet Champ. 6th 3rd 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995 (renamed Grand Prix in 1998)
WD = Withdrew


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  2. Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (13 January 2004). Алексей УРМАНОВ: Многие вещи я понял только сейчас. Sport-Express (in Russian). Retrieved 22 October 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Flade, Tatyana (July–August 1994). "Olympic Stars Skating on Thin Ice at Yubileiny Palace". St. Petersburg Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 1999. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Katz, Rachel (March 1995). "Local stars attack lack of facilities". St. Petersburg Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 1999. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Bagdasarova, Maria (21 January 2013). "Alexei Urmanov – A coach's perspective". Absolute Skating.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Фигурное катание: право Юлии Липницкой на уход". MK. MK. Retrieved 19 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Men". ISU Results. ISU. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "1994 Olympic Champion Alexie Urmanov Interview 2015 ISU JGP Riga". Youtube. Youtube. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Peret, Paul (10 November 2011). "Brian Joubert Opts For Techno Rhythm". IFS Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Khodorovskiy, Boris (13 September 2004). Урманов женился на матери близняшек. Nevskiy Sport (in Russian). Retrieved 22 October 2008. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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