World Junior Champs who became World Champions in Men’s Figure Skating
Back in 1976 the World Junior Figure Skating Championships were first held. Today the 40th World Junior Championships 2017 start. The question always is who could get to be not only the Junior World Champion but also can achieve that in the Senior ranks. Here are those skaters who made it!
Viktor Petrenko (USSR/UKR) - 1984 Junior World Champion & 1992 World Champion
Todd Eldredge (USA) - 1988 Junior World Champion & 1996 World Champion
Alexei Yagudin (RUS) - 1996 Junior World Champion & 1998,1999, 2000 and 2002 World Champion
Evgeni Plushenko (RUS) - 1997 Junior World Champion & 2001,2003 and 2004 World Champion
Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) - 2002 World Junior Champion & 2010 World Champion
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) - 2010 World Junior Champion & 2014 World Champion
Only 6 figure skater ever achieved a Gold in both the Junior and the Senior World Championship!
Good luck to all the competitors at the World Junior Championships 2017!
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Olivia and George Harrison, Ireland, 15 January 2000 (Photo: AP Photo)
(Warning: Some of the quotes contained herein - under a “read more” cut - include graphic descriptions of George and Olivia’s life and death struggle.)
“Around 3am on Thursday, December 30, 1999 an intruder named Michael Abram broke through the supposedly secure perimeter of Friar Park. When George surprised the trespasser, he began chanting ‘Hare Krishna’, a tactic that had the opposite of the desired effect, and the panicked Abram, armed with a kitchen knife, stabbed him. George continued struggling with him until Olivia tried to intervene, at first to no avail. Finally she grabbed a heavy table lamp.
‘I actually felt I may only get once chance so I better not miss,’ remembers Olivia. ‘It’s diabolical, really. George had told me the story about Krishna telling Arjuna, “Don’t aim at the sparrow, aim at the eye of the sparrow,” as your spiritual goal. Honestly, that went through my mind as well. (Laughs darkly) I don’t know how to say this, but don’t aim for his head, aim for the part in his hair. When you’re in a heightened state, you become so focused.’
Olivia, cut on her forehead and hands, hit Abram, disabling him long enough for the police to arrive and arrest him. ‘You should have heard the spooky things he was saying,’ the delusional Abram, who believed himself on a mission from God, would tell the police.
George was rushed to the hospital and, while in dire condition, he eventually stabilised. ‘I sent him a fax that morning at the hospital that said, “Aren’t you glad you married a Mexican?”’ recounts Tom Petty. ‘I meant it in the best possible way.’ Badly cut and his right lung partially collapsed, Harrison nonetheless recovered quickly.” - Mojo, November 2011
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“The attacker wasn’t a burglar and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for The Traveling Wilburys!” - George Harrison, 1999
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Katie Couric: “You took that lamp and walloped him over the head with it.” Olivia Harrison: “Oh yes, I had to. George was coaching me, I have to say. And George was very brave and people don’t know that. Because he had already been injured and he had to jump up and bring him [the assailant] down to stop him from attacking me. You know, he saved my life, too.” KC: “You saved each other’s lives.” OH: “Yes, we did. And that was an interesting experience. Because, you know, not a lot of people get tested like that, thank God.” - Katie Couric interviews Olivia Harrison, aired 26 November 2002
Here’s some glorious Doshin the Giant artwork, a game to which, I lost the Autumn of 2002.
Producer Kazutoshi Iida also headed up some other really interesting, wonderful games in the late 90s/ early 2000s including Aquanaut’s Holiday and Tail of the Sun. Both games were ahead of their time in that I’m sure they’d would be hungrily absorbed by today’s more discerning indie game audience!
Happy 37th Birthday! My only wish is that you are healthy and happy for a very long time ♥
While he was competing, Yagudin always had his birthdays during the World Championship or very close to it, so in lieu of cheesy photoshopped birthday cards, I’ve decided to do a self-indulgent retrospective of my favorite Yagudin performances from the six senior World Championships he competed in between 1997 and 2002.
1997 - March 16 to 23 (age 17, bronze)
1998 - March 29 to April 5 (age 18 and 15 days, gold — second-youngest men’s singles world champion in history)
Flawless performance of a fantastic program, and the moment Yagudin proved to the world that 1) his 1998 gold was not a fluke, 2) leaving Mishin, moving to the US, and begging Tatiana Tarasova to train him was the right decision, and 3) that bratty upstart Plushenko had nothing on him, yet. A lot was riding on this championship, and still this is one of the cleanest performances he ever gave in his eligible career.
There’s a certain youthfulness to Yagudin’s Lawrence that I like; he doesn’t have the gravitas or the control of his upper body movement that he gained (I think) a season later with Broken Arrow, but there’s something more simple and straightforward about this program and his performance that’s very refreshing, especially after repeat viewings of something hefty like Gladiator. There are also a lot of small things about it I love, like how he moves across the ice on one foot after the 4T, the spiral position at 2:30, the 3F-3T, the change foot upright spin, and the circular step sequence with the cut-throat mime. And how exhausted but elated he looks at the end!
Also, check out this fluff piece of Yagudin at the height of his spotty teenage years wearing a crazy hat and fluffy animal slippers. Classic.
This was the one world championship Yagudin lost to Plushenko. He had strained his right ankle and it was so swollen he could barely fit into his skates, and everyone – Tarasova, Morozov, the physician, his entire team – was telling him to withdraw. Except (who else?) Piseev, who told him to go skate, because if he didn’t, Russia would only gain two spots for the 2002 Olympics. Yagudin obliged, although not because Piseev told him to; he had never withdrawn in the middle of a competition before and he wasn’t going to let this be the first time.
To be entirely honest the judges probably gave him the silver medal because the look in his eyes was saying “I will murder you and your children and their children’s children if you dare give me anything below 5.8, heretic” and they genuinely feared for their lives, but this is a fantastically intense performance that should remain legendary for a very long time, regardless of the missed elements. I usually respect Peter Carruthers as a commentator, but he’s entirely wrong when he says that Yagudin failed to bring the character of the music to life because of the mistakes; this performance embodies a gladiator going into battle well knowing there is no victory in his future, only certain death.
Anyway, this performance isn’t about the elements or what he did or didn’t do, so stop reading this and just go watch it, dammit. (You can find the k&c here.)
This is a better performance than the one at the Olympics, albeit less emotional, of course. Yagudin is very tired as he approaches the end of the program, but he doesn’t look as exhausted and out of breath as he did during the last step sequence at SLC. Part of that was probably the altitude (Yagudin doesn’t deal well with it), but mostly I think the pressure was off him; this is Yagudin at the peak of his athletic ability and self-confidence, and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Yagudin was right when he held up four fingers (for “fourth world title”) to the audience at the end. Bratty, with four skaters left to skate? Yes. True? Also yes.
I remember customising the hair bobble when I was 13 years old, so I may have even had it from before then.
The flower mirror at the bottom is from the late 90s
The bracelet was a gift from one of my best friends in the late 90s or early 00s.
I remember having the hand mobile phone holder when I was about 13 so 1999ish.
I got the mood ring in the year 2000 - I remember getting a ‘2000’ ring at the same time to celebrate the millenium
The star thing was from a ring that broke. I think it was from a gift set given by one of my neighbours in the late 90s.
Unfortunately I can’t remember the model of the phone but I had it in sixth form (2002-3). It was a Nokia phone that came with cardboard inserts that you could customise. The later models came with a type of hole punch that you could use to make mobile phone covers from wrapping paper or any other type of paper that you fancied.
(Also it’s a given that they would only start dating someone once they become of legal age, or in the case of the younger members when they themselves are of legal age as well. Only applies when both parties involved in the relationship are of legal age.)