Vyacheslav Zahorodnyuk

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Vyacheslav Vasylovych Zahorodnyuk (Ukrainian: В'ячеслав Васильович Загороднюк, born 11 August 1972) is a Ukrainian former competitive figure skater. He represented the USSR until its dissolution and then represented Ukraine. He is the 1994 World bronze medalist, 1996 European champion, and 1989 World Junior champion.

Vyacheslav Zahorodnyuk
Danilchenko and Zagorodniuk EC 2004.jpg
Zahorodnyuk (right) with student Vitaliy Danylchenko in 2004
Personal information
Native nameВ'ячеслав Васильович Загороднюк
Full nameVyacheslav Vasylovych Zahorodnyuk
Alternative namesViacheslav Zagorodniuk
Country representedUkraine
Soviet Union
Born (1972-08-11) 11 August 1972 (age 48)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former coachValentyn Nikolayev, Galina Zmievskaya, Olga Pel
Former choreographerDavid Avdysh, Olga Mudrak
Former skating club"Ukraine" Odessa
Began skating1977
RetiredApril 1998
Medal record
Representing  Ukraine
Figure skating: Men's singles
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Chiba Men's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Sofia Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1994 Copenhagen Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Dortmund Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Paris Men's singles
Representing  Soviet Union
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Leningrad Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Sofia Men's singles
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1989 Sarajevo Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1988 Brisbane Men's singles

Personal lifeEdit

Zahorodnyuk was born on 11 August 1972 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR.[1] He married Ukrainian ice dancer Olga Mudrak in 1994.[2] They have a son, Maxim (born August 2005), and a daughter, Alina (born in February 2009).[3]


Zahorodnyuk was initially coached by Galina Zmievskaya.[3] Competing for the Soviet Union, he won the 1989 World Junior Championships.[4]

After placing sixth at the 1991 Skate America, Zahorodnyuk won silver medals at the 1991 Grand Prix International de Paris and 1991 NHK Trophy, still representing the Soviet Union. In January 1992, he competed for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) at the European Championships in Lausanne, where he finished fourth. In February, he placed eighth for the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.[5] He was tenth at the 1992 World Championships for the CIS.

Zahorodnyuk began competing under the Ukrainian flag in the 1992–93 season. He won bronze at the 1994 World Championships and gold at the 1996 European Championships.

In his final competitive season, Zahorodnyuk placed seventh at the 1998 European Championships and then tenth at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He ended his career with a fourth-place result at the 1998 World Championships. He was coached by Valentyn Nikolayev in Richmond, Virginia.[1]

After retiring from competition in April 1998, Zahorodnyuk participated in some film and TV productions, including The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice and worked as a coach in Richmond, Virginia. He coached in Kyiv in 2011.[3] As of May 2016, he is based in Irvine, California.[6]


Season Short program Free skating


  • Zahorodnyuk represented the Soviet Union until December 1991; the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) at the 1992 European and World Championships; the Unified Team at the 1992 Olympics; and Ukraine from the start of the 1992–93 season.
  • GP: Champions Series (Grand Prix)
Event 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98
Olympics 8th 10th
Worlds 8th 22nd 10th 3rd 6th 6th 4th 4th
Europeans 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 7th
GP Final 6th
GP Cup of Russia 3rd
GP Lalique 2nd
GP Nations Cup 1st
GP Skate America 4th 4th 5th
GP Skate Canada 6th
Goodwill Games 4th
Centennial on Ice 6th
Inter. de Paris /
Trophée de France
1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th
Nations Cup 3rd
NHK Trophy 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Skate America 4th 6th 4th 5th
Schäfer Memorial 1st 1st
Ukrainian Souvenir 2nd 1st 1st
International: Junior[1]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st
Blue Swords 1st
Ukrainian Champ. 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st
Soviet Champ. 2nd 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Viacheslav ZAGORODNIUK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Marika HUMPHREYS / Vitali BARANOV: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 October 2004.
  3. ^ a b c Savchik, Anna (15 February 2012). Вячеслав ЗАГОРОДНЮК: «Мои награды лежат в гараже у Гордеевой и Кулика» [Viacheslav Zagorodniuk: My awards are in Gordeeva and Kulik's garage]. Sport Express in Ukraine (in Russian).
  4. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Men" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013.
  5. ^ "V'iacheslav Zahorodniuk". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  6. ^ "2015 - 2016 Coach/Instructor Compliance" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. April 11, 2016. p. 348. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 12, 2016.