The top 5 most surprising things Victor has ever done?
show up in hasetsu and declare himself to be yuuri’s new coach buck naked like the extra piece of shit he is
kiss yuuri at the cup of china, one protective hand at the back of yuuri’s head as he flings them both backwards onto the ice
choreographed his marriage proposal to yuri with the entire russian skating federation and russian olympic hockey team in pyeongchang after yuuri narrowly takes gold.
stayed sober on their honeymoon. “i get to remember this forever,” he says, leaning down to kiss yuuri, who is folded in half, calves over his shoulders.
cries when their daughter decides to pursue something entirely unrelated to figure skating. “i was always worried she would turn out like me,” he says, pressing his wet face into yuuri’s shoulder as they help unpack all of her belongings into her dorm room. “she’s so smart. she’s just like you. i’m so happy.”
Okay but can we just acknowledge that Victor Nikiforov is actually an Olympic figure skater?
Now, we all know that Victor is an amazing skater. However, he’s not just the one of the best in the figure skating world, but he’s also one of the top in the Olympic world. His jacket is a jacket for the Russian Olympic figure skating team. We know that to win major competitions as many times as Victor has is an extremely large achievement, but even to be considered a place on an Olympic team for anything is a huge fucking deal. Only the best of the best of the best can do this, and Victor Nikiforov fucking has.
Just think about how much he left behind to coach Katsuki Yuuri. Not only did he leave behind his status as five-time consecutive world champion and his own home, but he also left behind his status as a potential Olympic champion. Frankly, I don’t think I’d be able to leave behind the first two, let alone the third one. But Victor did. He gave it up because he saw his crush skating his routine and thought that maybe his feelings weren’t unrequited after all and that he should coach him. Victor fucking Nikiforov left behind everything he had achieved throughout his entire career as a successful figure skater, and even the fact that he was willing to do this is overwhelming.
Basically, I’m just implying that Victor was willing to give up the highest honour any sportsman could get just to coach the drunken Japanese boy he met at the Grand Prix banquet, and, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
Victor wears the 2014 Sochi Olympics uniform during the first Grand Prix Finals Yuri qualifies for. I can’t find anything official/canon, but this suggests that he may have taken part in the 2014 Olympics in this universe - but they’re also readily available for purchase through specialty stores as collector’s items.
Given that Victor is something of a shining star, 5 time worlds champion and medalist in the European circuit, too - it would not surprise me if he were there during the 2014 Sochi olympics. If he didn’t participate, it might seem a bit pretentious to wear the Russian Olympic Team jacket as a competitor if he hadn’t actually taken part (somehow) in the Olympic games at Sochi.
Given his age, that was only 2 years ago, he was 25, and it’s entirely possible.
Or maybe I just missed a source somewhere. But I’d like to think, given his rock-star career as a Men’s Single Figure Skater, that he was part of the Russian Olympic Team in 2014.
More Worldbuilding doodles for the Kaitou on Ice AU! (And yes, that’s what I’ve decided to tag it as from now on)
When Minako’s dance troupe touches down in St. Petersburg, they’re granted permission to use the same recreational studio as the Russian Olympic team, meaning their daily practices are occasionally visited by famous local athletes; including Gold Medalist Victor Nikiforov and his protege Yuri “Yurio” Plisetsky. They usually don’t get to share more than a few words before heading off to their own practice, but Victor does begin to show some mild interest in one of Minako’s senior troupe members; despite the daily criticisms of Yurio that he needs to focus more on practicing and choreographing their programs for the next winter games. (Yuuri would probably mind it less if Phichit didn’t constantly tease him for Victor’s wandering eyes…)
At nighttime, the two Phantom Thieves come out to play their games; namely stealing the artifact before the other can, while doing their best to distract the other in order to gain the upper hand. This more than often leads to the two exchanging witty and playful (sometimes borderline flirtatious) banter that takes up more of their night than actually stealing whatever artifact they’re after in the first place. They never go as far as to use one another as bait for the police, however, since their challenge would suddenly stop if one were to be arrested, and the nights would consequently become less fun as a result.