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    Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov

    Pair skaters Yuko Kavaguti (also: Kawaguchi, Japanese: Kawaguchi Yūko 川口 悠子 and Russian: Юко Кавагути) & Alexander Smirnov (Russian: Александр Смирнов) represent Russia. Kavaguti was born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan, on Nov 20, 1981, while Smirnov was born on Oc 11, 1984, in Tver, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia).

    Alexander pronounces their names in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2wdKW-wS9E


    Biographical Information


    Their ISU Bio
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00009880.htm

    Their icenetwork Bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/kavaguti_smirnov

    Tracings.net entry
    http://www.tracings.net/kawa-smir.html

    Yuko's Russian Bio
    http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/28.html
    Alexander's russian Bio
    http://www.fskate.ru/skaters/29.html



    Social Media



    Internet / Social Media contact (couple):

    Their vk:
    http://vk.com/kavaguti_smirnov

    Their facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/338441960782

    May 2016 Update


    Personal Best Total Score 216.00 ISU GP Audi Cup of China 2015
    Personal Best Score Short Program 76.02 ISU CS Mordovian Ornament 2015
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 143.55 ISU GP Audi Cup of China 2015

    PROGRAMS



    2015-16
    SP "I Finally Found Someone" by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand
    FS "Manfred Symphony" by Tchaikovsky

    2015-16 Russian Nationals SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SadNxmd_DgY
    2015-16 Russian Nationals FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFeDQeJ3VpE

    2015-16 Grand Prix Final SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl1RPSU4bfI
    2015-16 Grand Prix Final FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JooJHc1xxqU
    Victory Ceremony ISU Grand Prix Final 2015/2016

    2015 Rostelecom Cup SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPsZer8bsO8
    2015 Rostelecom Cup FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqwk3cm_AoI

    2015 Cup of China SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKq7iSQp3ek
    2015 Cup of China FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsdNTj-FU-k
    Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9-tEU5oDC4

    2015 Mordovian Ornament SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBPnQzPOL2U
    2015 Mordovian Ornament FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORlN8n51jwU

    2014-15
    SP "Méditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet
    FS "Manfred Symphony" by Tchaikovsky

    2015 WTT SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeTqE3nelZI
    2015 WTT FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2sl9te6rKk

    2015 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkw9rEN71e0
    2015 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3yQwKn4cqE

    2015 Europeans SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG2rL5LshcM
    2015 Europeans FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4TP0pwpbhk

    2014-2015 GPF SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakhbqIPVQw
    2014-2015 GPF FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5eNxLd4BLc

    2014 Skate America SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H-kw6onVos
    2014 Skate America FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2XaqdVi0SY

    2014 NHK SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCzMqcd3r2Q
    2014 NHK FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUwndfowHSY

    2014 Nebelhorn SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HRtDro9CsY


    2012-13
    SP "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss
    FS "February" by Leonid Levashevich

    2013 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1HMiSDnVR8
    2013 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGDBthWjoWE

    2013 Europeans FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nM25rGI24I

    2013 Russian Nationals FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed74EMwtxto

    2012 TEB SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlW8egDEWP4
    2012 TEB FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7l2AVxrOcw

    2011-12
    SP "All Alone" by Joe Satriani
    FS Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy

    2012 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5fcFQYHbE
    2012 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_T2losYkhE

    2011 GPF FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SkNzONlArc

    2011 NHK SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHeb752wUK8

    2011 Cup of China SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjfhMxh5YUA
    2011 Cup of China FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOy72ik3NfU

    2010-11
    SP "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
    FS Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy

    2011 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IwzHH0D9BA

    2011 Europeans SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCShMlcGg7k

    2010 Cup of Russia SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jVIzPTxg5Y
    2010 Cup of Russia FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPcLIhzgDF8


    2009-10
    SP " Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns
    FS "The Blue Danube" by Johan Strauss and "Valse Sentimentale" by Tchaikovsky

    2010 Europeans SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua9JK05mOn0
    2010 Europeans FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3DHIjSILCA

    2009 NHK SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kChebp-gIX4

    2009 Cup of Russia FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtAYoZeJb6E
    Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yylbzjug-gE



    2008-09
    SP "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saens
    FS I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo

    2009 WTT SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUo02qx476Q

    2009 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEHRcIRP6PQ

    2009 Russian Nationals FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WwoQJATFXs

    2007-08
    SP "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Camille Saint-Saëns
    FS The Love Story soundtrack by Francis Lai

    2008 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9zotAJFD3Y

    2008 Europeans SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcSJM3sAovU
    Report on FS and. their win
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxp-WvPr0CQ

    2007 Cup of Russia FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-UY8tjpoLQ

    2007 Skate Canada Story
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2IL9jcByT4

    2006-07
    SP "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Camille Saint-Saëns
    FS "Piano Concerto" by Camille Saint-Saëns; "Bachianas Brasileiras" by Heitor Villa-Lobos and music for the Van Helsing soundtrack by Alan Silvestri

    2007 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWfUmgdljwk

    2006 Cup of Russia FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nqZAvv1Ltc



    COMPETITIVE HISTORY



    Competition SP LP Final
    Season 2015-2016
    2015-16 Russian National ​2 2 2 (217.64)
    2015-16 Grand Prix Final 2 3 3 (206.59)
    2015 Rostelecom Cup 2 2 2 (208.02)
    2015 Cup of China 2 1 1 (216.00)
    2015 Mordovian Ornament 1 1 1 (214.05)
    Season 2014-2015
    2015 World Team Trophy 3 4 2 (Team)
    2015 World Championships 4 6 5 (198.91)
    2015 European Championships 2 1 1 (297.67)
    2014-2015 Russian Championships 2 3 3 (207.68)
    2014-2015 Grand Prix Final 6 4 6 (184.54)
    2014 NHK Trophy
    2 3 2 (183.60)
    2014 Skate America 1 1 1 (209.16)
    2014 Nebelhorn Trophy 1 1 1 (195.89)
    Season 2013-2014
    They were injured and did not compete.
    Season 2012-2013
    2013 World Championships 4 7 6 (191.59)
    2013 European Championships 5 5 5 (175.48)
    2013 Russian National Championships 2 2 2 (207.37)
    2013 Grand Prix Final 6 5 6 (178.72)
    2012 Trophée Eric Bompard 1 2 1 (187.99)
    2012 Cup of China 2 2 2 (183.53)
    2012 Federation Cup 1 1 1 (195.03)
    Season 2011-2012
    2012 World Championships 11 4 7 (182.42)
    2012 Grand Prix Final 4 3 3 (187.77)
    2011 Rostelecom Cup 2 2 2 (197.84)
    2011 NHK Trophy 5 1 1 (177.51)
    2011 Cup of China 1 1 1 (186.74)
    Season 2010-201
    2011 World Championships 5 4 4 (187.36)
    2011 European Championships 2 1 2 (203.61)
    2011 Russian National Championships 2 2 2 (201.44)
    2010 Cup of Russia 1 1 1 (182.70)
    Season 2009-2010
    2010 World Championships 2 3 3 (203.79)
    2010 Winter Olympic Games 3 7 4 (194.77)
    2010 European Championships 2 1 1 (213.15)
    2010 Russian National Championships 1 1 1 (220.61)
    2010 Grand Prix Final 6 5 5 (183.01)
    2009 NHK Trophy 1 2 2 (193.05)
    2009 Rostelecom Cup 2 2 2 (180.14)
    Season 2008-2009
    2009 World Team Trophy 2 2 5 (Team)
    2009 World Championships 2 3 3 (186.39)
    2009 European Championships 3 2 2 (182.77)
    2009 Russian National Championships 2 1 1 (201.09)
    2009 Grand Prix Final 6 4 5 (167.45)
    2008 Cup of Russia 2 1 2 (169.27)
    2008 Skate Canada 1 2 1 (176.97)
    2008 Coupe Internationale de Nice 2 1 1 (154.40)
    Season 2007-2008
    2008 World Championships 3 4 4 (191.33)
    2008 European Championships 4 3 3 (167.25)
    2008 Russian National Championships 1 1 1 (190.60)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 6 5 5 (161.75)
    2007 Cup of Russia 4 3 3 (181.71)
    2007 Skate Canada 3 3 3 (165.19)
    2007 Coupe Internationale de Nice 1 1 1 (169.13)
    Season 2006-2007
    2007 World Championships 4 10 9 (163.62)
    2006 Cup of Russia 3 3 3 (168.50)
    2006 Coupe Internationale de Nice 1 1 1 (152.06)



    EXHIBITIONS


    2015-16 Russian Nationals Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H961s5MFi54

    2015-16 Grand Prix Final Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBuraGNgVbU

    2015 Cup of China Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRgJvEwREsM

    2015 Bolshoi on Ice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFtp_fvYoCI

    2015 WTT Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKpggYY89z8

    2015 Worlds Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMeivuEQmrw

    2015 Europeans Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UJ_r67vzh0

    2015 Russian Nationals gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF14Q37Rclc

    2014 Skate America Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqJLIhLV_8I

    2014 Olympic Champions show
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DFoirVSzSI

    2012 Cup of China EX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvzTGDrpA_k

    Kings on Ice RTR Planets EX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjsYi3N9-P0

    2011 Worlds Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF31o9hwV2g

    2010 Europeans Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t9D_IyGvKo

    2008 Europeans EX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KvL4RWBnwQ



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    Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov

    Video from practice 03 August 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpXSt2ktp74
    Short program with all elements - good, clean, beautiful.

    Alexander really restored after injury.

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    Beautiful..I always liked them. They have a strange chemistry, Yuko is so fragile, I sometimes am afraid she'll brake apart. Hopefully they skate well and stay healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina View Post
    Beautiful..I always liked them. They have a strange chemistry, Yuko is so fragile, I sometimes am afraid she'll brake apart. Hopefully they skate well and stay healthy.
    Yuko fragile? She is one of the physically and mentally toughest athletes in this world. Breaking apart? She ain't going to let that stop her - she popped in her popped-out shoulder and kept skating. She may be half the size of her partner, but, according to Kurt, she's the boss on top of the food chain. Her on going skating history demonstrates determination and competitiveness few can compare to.

    Of course all these qualities are hard to detect with her petite size and graceful performance on ice. I wish she and Alex the best of luck, putting behind them all the obstacles and misfortunes they have endured.

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    I still remember how beautiful their exhibition from the 2010 Olympics was.

    Yuko looks a bit young and slightly mismatched compared to her partner, but they look very good together once they start skating. I hope they can stay healthy and compete, no matter the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Yuko fragile? She is one of the physically and mentally toughest athletes in this world. Breaking apart? She ain't going to let that stop her - she popped in her popped-out shoulder and kept skating. She may be half the size of her partner, but, according to Kurt, she's the boss on top of the food chain. Her on going skating history demonstrates determination and competitiveness few can compare to.

    Of course all these qualities are hard to detect with her petite size and graceful performance on ice. I wish she and Alex the best of luck, putting behind them all the obstacles and misfortunes they have endured.
    You are right! I admit I used the wrong words, as I know she is a powerful skater, I was thinking only about the way she looks...

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    Welcome back Yuko and Alex! Beautifully skated program. Loved it!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Alexander SMIRNOV became father, today at 3 am his wife gave birth to son.
    http://fsrussia.ru/news/366-aleksand...tal-papoj.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRus View Post
    Alexander SMIRNOV became father, today at 3 am his wife gave birth to son.
    http://fsrussia.ru/news/366-aleksand...tal-papoj.html
    Congratulations!!! What a great news!!

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    Congratulation to Alex!!! Baby news always makes me smile!

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    Tamara Moskvina: "The main goal is to be healthy and be happy"...
    http://blog.europeonice.com/?eid=462

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    What a lovely article - thank you! I just love them so much - I hope they do brilliantly at Skate Amercia!

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    Skate America SP, so beautiful...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRkGujpLvE8

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    Their breathtaking long program at SA: http://youtu.be/M2XaqdVi0SY

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    I love their programs this year, especially the long program. The elements they performed were stunning, and it makes me so glad that they didn't quit but continued to deliver these skates. Also, whether it's the new and pretty-looking hairstyles or not, they both look younger and spunkier to me. And - Yuko should wear her exhibition face more often, she looks great when she smiles.

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