Ilia Klimkin

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Ilia Klimkin
Klimkin EC 06.jpg
Klimkin in 2006.
Personal information
Country represented Russia
Born (1980-08-15) 15 August 1980 (age 40)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coach Viktor Kudriavtsev
Igor Rusakov
Eduard Pliner
Former choreographer Irina Kolganova
Skating club SC Moskvich
Retired 19 April 2007
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 197.42
2006 Europeans
Short program 68.72
2006 Worlds
Free skate 133.32
2006 Europeans

Ilia Sergeyevich Klimkin (Russian: Илья Серге́евич Климкин, born 15 August 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 2003 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2004 European bronze medalist, the 1999 World Junior champion, and a three-time Russian national silver medalist.


Klimkin's grandmother introduced him to skating at the age of four because she felt it would be good for his health.[1] He was coached by Igor Rusakov for thirteen years[1] until Rusakov's sudden death in July 2003.[2] He was then coached by Viktor Kudriavtsev.[2]

At the 1999 Nebelhorn Trophy, Klimkin became the first skater to land two different quadruple jumps in one program, which he did by landing a quad salchow and a quad toe loop in the free skate.[1] Klimkin spins in both directions, and is also known for his cantilever.[2]

In the summer of 2003, Klimkin had a calf injury which became infected and required three surgeries; he returned to the ice in late September and won 2002 NHK Trophy two months later.[1] In the fall of 2004, he underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon, was off the ice for four months and after another three months was able to practice jumps.[2] He missed the whole 2004-05 Competition Year.

He announced his retirement from competitive skating on 19 April 2007.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Mask
    by Jose Norman
  • 1001 Nights
  • Dr. Diesel
    by Hugues le Bars
  • Only Time
    by Enya
  • X-Files
    by Hugues le Bars

  • Dr. Diesel
    by Hugues le Bars
Notre-Dame de Paris
by Riccardo Cocciante:
  • Tu vas me détruire
  • Les sans-papiers
  • Petrushka
    by Alexander Berman
  • Your love will kill me
    (from Notre-Dame de Paris)


Event 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Olympics 11th
Worlds 9th WD 10th
Europeans 6th 4th 3rd 5th
Grand Prix Final 4th 2nd
GP Cup of China 6th
GP Cup of Russia 8th 2nd 5th 9th 3rd
GP Lalique/Bompard 7th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd 1st
GP Skate America 5th
Finlandia 6th 1st 3rd
Golden Spin 3rd
Nebelhorn 1st
Top Jump 1st 8th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th 1st 4th
JGP Final 2nd
JGP Bulgaria 6th 1st
JGP Hungary 5th 1st
Russian Champ. 10th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mittan, Barry (6 May 2003). "Ilia Klimkin: Russian Recovers From Injuries to Record Best Season". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 12 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 June 2003. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ilia KLIMKIN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 February 2002. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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