Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater
Alexander Smirnov is a Russian figure skater. His partner is Yuko Kawaguchi, a Russian figure skater of Japanese origin.
They are champions of Europe (2010), three-time champions of Russia (2008 – 2010) and two-time world bronze medalists (2009 and 2010). The pair occupied 30th place in the International Skating Union (ISU) ranking in July 2014. Smirnov is Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
Alexander was born on October 11, 1984 in Tver. The boy began skating at the age of four. In 2001 Alexander moved to St. Petersburg, where Lyudmila Smirnova became his coach, and then he was coached by Nikolai Velikov.
His first partner was Alexandra Danilova, then – Ekaterina Vasilyeva. With Vasilyeva they were sixth at the World Junior Championships in 2006. Then the duo broke up. For two seasons Vasilyeva was paired with Daniel Wende and represented Germany.
In spring 2006, Smirnov’s coach Nikolai Velikov suggested him to skate with Yuko Kawaguchi. In the same year the pair took the third place in the Cup of Russia.
Kawaguchi – Smirnov missed Russian Championship and the European Championship in 2007 due to Yuko’s injury (she broke her leg).
In 2008, the pair won the championship of Russia and became the third in Europe and fourth in the world.
In 2008-2009 they won Skate Canada, became Cup of Russia silver medalists.
In 2009, Yuko and Alexander defended their title of national champions in the championship of Russia. At the European Championships they won a silver medal.
In 2010, Yuko and Alexander Smirnov won the European Championship in Tallinn, Alena Savchenko and Robin Szolkowytook the second place.
At the Olympic Games in 2010 in Vancouver, they finished fourth.
In 2013 Smirnov had knee surgery.
On August 28, 2010 Alexander married Ekaterina Garus, a famous stylist and hairdresser from Samara. She lived and worked in Moscow. Alexander met Ekaterina at a party in America.