Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov - ret. after 2016/17

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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 Score216.00ISU GP Audi Cup of China 2015
Personal Best Score Short Program76.02ISU CS Mordovian Ornament 2015
Personal Best Score Free Skating143.55ISU 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​



CompetitionSPLPFinal
Season 2015-2016​
2015-16 Russian National​222 (217.64)
2015-16 Grand Prix Final233 (206.59)
2015 Rostelecom Cup222 (208.02)
2015 Cup of China211 (216.00)
2015 Mordovian Ornament111 (214.05)
Season 2014-2015​
2015 World Team Trophy342 (Team)
2015 World Championships465 (198.91)
2015 European Championships211 (297.67)
2014-2015 Russian Championships233 (207.68)
2014-2015 Grand Prix Final646 (184.54)
2014 NHK Trophy
232 (183.60)
2014 Skate America111 (209.16)
2014 Nebelhorn Trophy111 (195.89)
Season 2013-2014
They were injured and did not compete.​
Season 2012-2013​
2013 World Championships476 (191.59)
2013 European Championships555 (175.48)
2013 Russian National Championships222 (207.37)
2013 Grand Prix Final656 (178.72)
2012 Trophée Eric Bompard121 (187.99)
2012 Cup of China222 (183.53)
2012 Federation Cup111 (195.03)
Season 2011-2012​
2012 World Championships1147 (182.42)
2012 Grand Prix Final433 (187.77)
2011 Rostelecom Cup222 (197.84)
2011 NHK Trophy511 (177.51)
2011 Cup of China111 (186.74)
Season 2010-201​
2011 World Championships544 (187.36)
2011 European Championships212 (203.61)
2011 Russian National Championships222 (201.44)
2010 Cup of Russia111 (182.70)
Season 2009-2010​
2010 World Championships233 (203.79)
2010 Winter Olympic Games374 (194.77)
2010 European Championships211 (213.15)
2010 Russian National Championships111 (220.61)
2010 Grand Prix Final655 (183.01)
2009 NHK Trophy122 (193.05)
2009 Rostelecom Cup222 (180.14)
Season 2008-2009​
2009 World Team Trophy225 (Team)
2009 World Championships233 (186.39)
2009 European Championships322 (182.77)
2009 Russian National Championships211 (201.09)
2009 Grand Prix Final645 (167.45)
2008 Cup of Russia212 (169.27)
2008 Skate Canada121 (176.97)
2008 Coupe Internationale de Nice211 (154.40)
Season 2007-2008​
2008 World Championships344 (191.33)
2008 European Championships433 (167.25)
2008 Russian National Championships111 (190.60)
2008 Grand Prix Final655 (161.75)
2007 Cup of Russia433 (181.71)
2007 Skate Canada333 (165.19)
2007 Coupe Internationale de Nice111 (169.13)
Season 2006-2007​
2007 World Championships4109 (163.62)
2006 Cup of Russia333 (168.50)
2006 Coupe Internationale de Nice111 (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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Sabrina

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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.
 

Violet Bliss

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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.

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.
 

Sandpiper

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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.
 

Sabrina

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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...
 

demarinis5

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

Thanks for sharing!
 

demarinis5

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

LRK

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

surimi

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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. :yes:
 

silverfoxes

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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. :yes:

I like her hair a lot - but his? Not so much. I like his older hairstyles better.
 

LRK

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I think they were absolutely wonderful - and I'm so grateful that they decided to continue! After P/T's retirement they are my favourite pair - I can only wish that the rest of their season continues as beautifully as it's begun, and builds upon that. Whether they win or lose, for me, as a fan of their skating, just seeing them compete and perform so well is a privilege. :)
 

Meoima

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I think they were absolutely wonderful - and I'm so grateful that they decided to continue! After P/T's retirement they are my favourite pair - I can only wish that the rest of their season continues as beautifully as it's begun, and builds upon that. Whether they win or lose, for me, as a fan of their skating, just seeing them compete and perform so well is a privilege. :)
ITA. I really want to see their LP at its full potential.
 

Sandpiper

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It's great to see them back, and back so strong. That LP is dark and dramatic in the best way possible. They could go far this season, with all the splits and injuries.
 
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