Alexei Urmanov

Alexei Yevgenyevich Urmanov (Russian: About this soundАлексей Евгеньевич Урманов​ ; born 17 November 1973) is a Russian figure skating coach and former competitor. He is the 1994 Olympic champion, the 1993 World bronze medalist, the 1997 European champion, the 1995–96 Champions Series Final champion, a four-time Russian national champion, and the 1992 Soviet national champion.

Alexei Urmanov
Urmanov in 2005.
Personal information
Native nameАлексей Евгеньевич Урманов
Full nameAlexei Yevgenyevich Urmanov
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1973-11-17) 17 November 1973 (age 47)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former coachAlexei Mishin, N. Monakhova, Natalia Golubeva
Former choreographerEvgeni Serejnikov
Former skating clubYubileyny Sport Club
Trade Union Club
Began skating1977
Medal record
Figure skating: Men's singles
Representing  Russia
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 1994 Lillehammer Men's singles
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Prague Men's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Paris Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1995 Dortmund Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Copenhagen Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Prague Men's singles
Grand Prix Final
Gold medal – first place 1995–96 Paris Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1998–99 St. Petersburg Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1996–97 Hamilton Men's singles
Representing  CIS (Olympic flag.svg Unified Team)
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Lausanne Men's singles
Representing the  Soviet Union
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1990 Colorado Springs Men's singles

Personal lifeEdit

Urmanov was born on 17 November 1973 in Leningrad, Soviet Union.[1] In 2001, his partner, Viktoria, gave birth to twins, Ivan and Andrei. The couple married in 2004.[2]


Urmanov started skating in 1977.[1] Early in his career, he was coached by N. Monakhova and Natalia Golubeva.[1]

Competing for the Soviet Union, Urmanov won the silver medal at the 1990 World Junior Championships. After the end of the Soviet Union, he chose to compete for Russia. In 1991, at age 17, he landed a quadruple jump at the European Championships.

Urmanov competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where he placed 5th. He won the bronze medal at the 1993 World Championships. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he won the gold medal, becoming one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic champions.

Urmanov chose to remain in the competitive ranks. He became the 1997 European champion, but an injury forced him out of the 1997 World Championships after the short program and kept him from competing for a berth to the 1998 Olympics.[3] He retired from Olympic-eligible skating in 1999 and won the World Professional Championships the same year. Urmanov was coached by Alexei Mishin at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg.[1] During the 1990s, the rink often had poor-quality ice and other problems, resulting in limited training time.[4][5]

Urmanov is an Honoured Masters of Sports of the Russian Federation. He works as a skating coach[6] and an International Skating Union technical specialist. His former students include Sergei Voronov, Nodari Maisuradze, Zhan Bush, Gordei Gorshkov, Nikol Gosviani, Polina Agafonova, Anastasiia Gubanova,[7] Deniss Vasiļjevs and Yulia Lipnitskaya.[8][9] He was based in Saint Petersburg until 2014, when he moved to Sochi, to coach at the Iceberg Skating Palace.[10] He sometimes holds summer camps or clinics in other locations such as Luleå, Sweden, and Paris, France.[11]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Tanguera
    by Mariano Mores
  • El Choclo
    by Angel Villoldo
  • Taquito Militar
    by Mariano Mores
  • Tanguera
    by Mariano Mores
  • El Choclo
    by Angel Villoldo
  • Taquito Militar
    by Mariano Mores
  • Twilight Zone
  • Beatles medley
  • Princess of the Circus
    by Emmerich Kálmán [12]
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
    by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Don Quixote
    by Ludwig Minkus
  • Sorry Seems To Be
    The Hardest Word

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

Event 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 98–99
Olympics 5th 1st
Worlds 8th 8th 3rd 4th 4th 5th WD 5th
Europeans 6th 3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd
GP Final 1st 3rd 2nd
GP Nations Cup 4th 1st
GP Cup of Russia 1st 1st
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd
GP Skate Canada 1st
Goodwill Games 1st 2nd
Inter. de Paris 3rd
Moscow News 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd 3rd 3rd
Skate America 3rd
St. Gervais 1st
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 2nd
Russian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd
Soviet Champ. 6th 3rd 1st
WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alexei URMANOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ Khodorovskiy, Boris (13 September 2004). Урманов женился на матери близняшек [Urmanov married a mother of twins]. Nevskiy Sport (in Russian). Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  3. ^ Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (13 January 2004). Алексей УРМАНОВ: Многие вещи я понял только сейчас. Sport Express (in Russian). Archived from the original on 9 November 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  4. ^ Flade, Tatyana (July–August 1994). "Olympic Stars Skating on Thin Ice at Yubileiny Palace". St. Petersburg Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 1999.
  5. ^ Katz, Rachel (March 1995). "Local stars attack lack of facilities". St. Petersburg Press. Archived from the original on 29 April 1999.
  6. ^ Tonkatcheeva, Oksana (2 April 2008). Алексей Урманов. Не хочу быть тренером-середняком. New Izvestia (in Russian). Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  7. ^ Bagdasarova, Maria (21 January 2013). "Alexei Urmanov – A coach's perspective". Absolute Skating.
  8. ^ "Фигурное катание: право Юлии Липницкой на уход". MK. MK. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  10. ^ "1994 Olympic Champion Alexie Urmanov Interview 2015 ISU JGP Riga". Youtube. Youtube. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. ^ Peret, Paul (10 November 2011). "Brian Joubert Opts For Techno Rhythm". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  12. ^ Skate Music: Season 1995–1996. Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Skating Music.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Alexei Urmanov at Wikimedia Commons