Yuko Kawaguchi Biography

Yuko Kawaguchi's childhood

Yuko Kawaguchi was born in the town of Funabashi near the capital of Japan. In the family she is the only child. In his youth, Yuko's father was keen on athletics, but did not achieve any success in sports. Now he is a businessman, is engaged in wholesale trade in metal.
Yuko's mother is a specialist in English. Engaged in testing the knowledge of the English language of the inhabitants of the country of the rising sun.
In childhood, during the summer holidays, parents took Yuko to Hokkaido Island, often in the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, where they admired ancient monuments.
Japanese figure skater Yuko Kawaguchi for a long time in favor of RussiaJapanese figure skater Yuko Kawaguchi for a long time in favor of Russia
Yuko was fond of ballet and synchronized swimming, but figure skating became the girl’s greatest love. Getting up on skates at the age of five, the girl no longer wanted to part with them. Daily rink training has become part of Yuko Kawaguchi’s life.

Yuko Kawaguchi in singleplayer

Skater Yuko Kawaguchi began her singing career with singing. This continued until 1999.During this time, Yuko managed in 1998 to win the "bronze" of the junior championship of Japan, and the next year to win one of the stages of the Grand Prix among juniors.
1998 was a turning point in the fate of Kawaguchi. That year, Japan, or rather the city of Nagano, hosted the White Olympics. Yuko saw a performance by a pair of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, and decided to go in for pair skating. She really liked Elena's performance.
Without thinking twice, Yuko faxed the famous trainer Tamara Moskvina and informed the latter that she wanted to train with her. Moskvina invited a sixteen-year-old figure skater to the United States, where she was at that time and trained her players.
Triumph T. Moskvina: Yuko Kawaguchi - Alexander Smirnov
According to Moskvina, after the first lesson, she became clear, Yuko was a real gift for any coach, she didn’t allow herself one minute to relax in training and fulfilled all the requirements and instructions.

The life and performances of Yuko Kawaguchi for the USA

Once in the United States, Yuko decided to stay in the country and began to train with Igor Moskvin. Her partner was Alexander Markuntsov. The couple stood for Japan.She became a two-time champion of the country, the silver medalist of the 2001 World Junior Championship. However, the couple soon broke up. After the 2002 Olympics, Moskvin with his students, including Yuko, returned to St. Petersburg.
Yuko started to train with Joshua Martin, but she was not lucky here either: her partner broke her leg. Then Moskvina selects for her student a new partner - Devin Patrick.
The couple, living and training in Russia, played for the USA for two seasons. At the 2006 US Championships, Yuko and Devin took only 15th place and parted.

Yuko Kawaguchi in Russia

In the spring of 2006, figure skater Alexander Smirnov was left without a partner. Yuko and Smirnov were asked to try performing together. The pair immediately got a lot. In the same year, Kawaguchi and Smirnov sensationally occupied the third step of the podium at the Russian Cup.
The championship of Russia, and with it the championship of Europe of the next year, a couple missed because of injury partner. Yuko and Sasha went to the World Championship, but took only ninth place.
Skaters Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov
In 2008, a couple of “showered” medals: the “gold” of the Russian championship, the “bronze” of the European championship and the fourth position in the world. In the same season, an ultra-si element appears in the pair's program - a salchow release in four turns.
The next season turned out to be even more successful: the European “silver” and “bronze” of the world championship was added to the “gold” of the Russian championship.

Yuko Kawaguchi and Russian citizenship

According to the rules of the ISU, athletes with different citizenship are allowed to participate in pair figure skating competitions and can protect the honor of the country of one of the partners. But, according to the rules of the IOC, such couples are not allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics. Yuko Kawaguchi dreamed all her life about performing at the Olympics. In order to fulfill her cherished wish, a Japanese woman asked her for Russian citizenship.
In 2008, Yuko Kawaguchi became a Russian citizen and the way to Vancouver for the Olympics was opened. In order to fulfill her dream, Yuko even had to sacrifice a Japanese passport: Japanese law rules out the possibility of dual citizenship.
The 2010 season brought the Russian duo the "gold" of Europe, the "bronze" of the world championship, but at the Olympics Kawaguchi and Smirnov did not reach the "bronze", stopping one step from the podium.
The following year, the pair climbed to the “silver” step of the podium at the World Championships.

Yuko Kawaguchi's personal life

Omnipresent journalists "unearthed" an interesting fact from the personal life of the figure skater. According to reporters, Yuko was not indifferent to her partner, but Alexander Smirnov fell in love with another girl.
Yuko Kawaguchi was in love with her partner Alexander SmirnovaYuko Kawaguchi was in love with her partner Alexander Smirnova
Moskvina was aware of the heart affairs of her students and asked Sasha not to tell Yuko about her bride and not to bring her to practice. Smirnov did just that, and his sports partner found out about Alexander’s feelings only at the end of the season.
3 years have passed since then. The pair continues to perform and is preparing for the Sochi Olympics.

Yuko Kawaguchi today

In addition to Japanese, Yuko is fluent in two languages ​​- Russian and English, is a specialist in international relations. Kawaguchi received her specialty at St. Petersburg University. Collects toys depicting Moomin trolls.
In 2014, Yuko will be 32 years old. Despite the persuasion of the coach and friends, is considering returning to Japan. To regain Japanese citizenship, Yuko needs to live in her native country for five years and have two children.

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