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    Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudi Galindo

    Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi (born July 12, 1971 in Hayward, California) is an American former figure skater. In ladies' singles, Yamaguchi is the 1992 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (1991 and 1992), and the 1992 U.S. champion. As a pairs skater with Rudy Galindo, she is the 1988 World Junior champion and a two-time national champion (1989 and 1990). In December 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 2008, Yamaguchi became the celebrity champion in the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars.

    Val Joe "Rudy or Rudi" Galindo (born September 7, 1969 in San Jose, California) is an American figure skater who competed in both single skating and pair skating. As a single skater, he is the 1996 U.S. national champion, 1987 World Junior Champion, and 1996 World Bronze medalist. As a pairs skater, he competed with Kristi Yamaguchi and was the 1988 World Junior Champion and the 1989 and 1990 U.S. National Champion. He is the first openly gay skating champion in the United States.

    As a pair, the team competed as Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudi Galindo for six seasons total, two at the junior level, two at the senior level, and two years when they competed as seniors in the U.S. and as juniors internationally. They were the most successful mirror pair to date. They were twice U.S. Junior champions, in 1986 and 1987, 1987 World Junior Champions, twice U.S.Senior champions in 1989 and 1990, and finished twice in fifth place at Worlds. Kristi decided to concentrate on single skating, so the team split after the 1989-1990 season. Kristi was 18, Rudy was 20 at the time of their retirement, and would still have been eligible for juniors during their final season. Kristi and Rudi's free skate routines were so difficult that few pairs today could perform them, as they included a triple flip trip toe sequence and difficult transitions.


    Kristi Yamaguchi's Wikipedia
    Rudy's Wikipedia

    Rudy's Official website

    Kristi's Golden Skate thread


    Kristi's Instagram
    Rudy's Instagram

    Kristi's Twitter
    Rudy's Twitter

    Kristi's Business Facebook


    SP: The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
    FS: Coppelia

    1990 World SP
    1990 World FS

    1990 US Nationals FS

    1989 NHK SP Firebird
    1989 NHK FS

    1989 Skate America FS

    SP: "They're Playing Our Song" performed by Rochester Pops
    FS: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, TH 42; performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic, André Previn

    1989 Worlds SP
    Review of SP

    1989 US Nationals FS

    FS: Tapdance Kids soundtrack

    1988 World Junior Championships FS

    SP: Santa Esmeralda from Another Cha Cha/Cha Cha Suite
    FS: Tapdance Kids soundtrack

    1987 World Junior Championships FS

    1986 Skate America SP
    1986 Skate America FS

    1986 Olympic Festival FS


    1989 Ice Chips Fluff

    Rudy Galindo is inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame


    1984–85 SP FS Total
    U.S. Championships (Juniors) 5th J.
    Central Pacific Junior Pairs 1st
    World Junior Championships. 5th
    U.S. Championships (Juniors) 1st J.
    World Junior Championships. 3rd
    U.S. Championships 5 5 5th
    Skate America 5 5 5th (7.5)
    U. S. Olympic Festival 3rd
    World Junior Championships 3 1 1st (2.2)
    U.S. Championships 5 5 5th (7.5)
    World Championships 6 4 5th (7.0)
    NHK Trophy 3 3 3rd (4.5)
    Skate Electric Challenge 1st
    World Championships 5 5 5th (7.5)
    U.S. Championships 1 1 1st
    Skate America 3 2 2nd (3.5)
    NHK Trophy 4 4 4th (6.0)
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    I always found them so interesting to watch because as a well synchronized mirror pair, they could create images no other team could.

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    I’m not sure I ever watched them back in the day. But wow

    I do not know enough about pairs to know how unusual those opposite rotation spins are, but they were compelling.

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    I would love to have seen Christopher Dean do some choreography for them!

    What was amazing was how much in synch they could be while rotating in opposite directions.

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    Thanks for all the links for Y/G. But I believe there's a glitch in the info. For the 1989/1990 season the post above states that they are skating (repeating) their LP to Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Actually I know that at least some of their free skate (and maybe all of it) was skated to music from Coppelia.

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    Thank you!

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