Okay brief YOI timeline for self-
- 1987: Born December 25
- 2004: Wins junior worlds at sixteen. Also wins first Russian nationals at the senior level.
- 2005: First European championship at seventeen
- 2006: First Olympics (Torino) at eighteen (did he medal? undecided I’m putting him down as no or bronze because he’s not World Champion level until after Vancouver)
- 2006-2010: He’s near the top of the skating world but not at the very top. Lots of silvers and bronzes, but he’s not the world champion. Someone or a couple dominant skaters here. I’m guessing after Vancouver a couple skaters retire.
- 2010: Second Olympics (Vancouver) at 22 (silver medal).
- 2010-2014: Five consecutive GPF titles go here. This spans from ages 22-26.
- 2014: Third Olympics (Sochi) at twenty-six, Victor wins Olympic gold.
- 2011-2015: Five consecutive world titles go here. This spans from ages 23-27
- 2015: Leaves skating to coach Yuuri Katsuki for the 2015-2016 season at age 27
- 2016: Returns to skating, while still coaching Yuuri Katsuki, at age 28
- 2016: After skating a ‘full round of competitions’ (nationals- gold, Europeans- gold, Worlds- silver, Grand Prix Series, and Grand Prix Final- silver), retires from competitive skating to full time coach Yuuri Katsuki at 29. Does a lot of show skating still.
- He retires with five grand prix golds, five world titles, an Olympic gold medal, and an Olympic silver medal. Maybe a bronze medal too! I’m guessing he also has a medal in the team event from Sochi. If it follows our reality, he has a gold. :)
- 1991: Born November 29
- 2008: Wins Junior Grand Prix Final at seventeen
- 2009: Places second at junior worlds at seventeen
- 2010: After advancing to senior level, moves to Detroit to train with Celestino.
- 2011-2014: A few placements on the Grand Prix circuit, a couple of medals at Four Continents. All in all Yuuri is a top skater who never manages to break through to the very highest tier, as we know.
- 2011: At age 20 Yuuri wins Japanese nationals for the first time.
- 2014: At age 22 Yuuri represents Japan in the Sochi Olympics. He places a respectable eighth.
- 2014: Bronze at Skate America and silver at NHK Trophy net 22 year old Yuuri a spot in the Grand Prix final.
- 2014: Yuuri, having just turned 23, bombs the Grand Prix final, then subsequently Japanese Nationals.
- 2015: Yuuri leaves Detroit, comes home, the series happens.
- 2015: At 24, Yuuri takes silver at the Grand Prix final with Victor Nikiforov as his coach and promises to stay in skating for at least five more years.
- 2015: Yuuri takes his Japanese national title back. It is his fourth Japanese national championship. He moves to St. Petersburg to train with Victor Nikiforov.
- 2016: At 24, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first world title. Victor Nikiforov takes silver.
- 2016: At 25, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first Grand Prix Final. Victor Nikiforov takes silver and retires to be his coach full time.
- 2017: 25 year old Yuuri wins his second world title. Victor and Yuuri get married that summer. They’ve both never been happier. Now that Victor has retired, the pair move back to Hasetsu and buy a house together. They train at Ice Castle.
- 2017: Yuuri, along with a couple other skaters, take off the Grand Prix events to focus on preparing for the Olympics. Instead he participates in just Japanese nationals and another more lowkey test event.
- 2018: At 26 Yuuri wins Olympic gold in Pyeongchang. He follows that up with his third world title.
- 2019: An injury causes Yuuri to miss the 2018 GP series, and many wonder if he’s over. He is 27 now after all. But no one is more stubborn than him. He has to miss nationals due to the injury but is given a bye to worlds. He comes back and wins his fourth world title, and also Four Continents to put a cherry on top.
- 2019: Yuuri knows retirement is looming, but he’s not done a GP series for a couple of years, so he decides go for it. He takes the GP final, although it is a close one this year. He’s just turned 28 when he wins the GP final.
- 2020: Fifth world title at 28. He’s tied with Victor Nikiforov. He still loves skating, and no one can doubt he’s Japan’s living legend (though Yuuri has A LOT of trouble admitting that to himself), but he knows he’s winding down.
- 2021: This season will be his last, and he knows it. It’s his swan song. He’s 29. He’s old for this sport. He’s skipped the Grand Prix, electing to do just Japanese Nationals and World Championships. If he doesn’t win, that’s okay, but damn if he isn’t going to try. Yuuri wins his sixth world title. Victor cries for like 10 hours.
- He retires with six world titles, an Olympic gold medal, eight national titles, and two Grand Prix final titles.
Not mentioned: European championships: Probably like, a ton (something like 10 lol), especially considering he won at seventeen. That means there’s a good chance those dominant skaters from 2005-2010 were from North America or Asia?? Grand Prix events. Probably ten or eleven Russian national titles, considering the longevity of his career!
Not mentioned for Yuuri: Four Continent titles. I’m not sure how many! Sometimes top skaters also don’t participate in this event. Grand Prix events.
WHY 2015?: Because during the Cup of China, the banner in the background specifically identifies it as the ‘2015 Cup of China’ which sets the series during the 2015-2016 Skating Season.