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Victor Nikiforov’s Competive Skating Career... Where do we go from Weir?
Some insights into Victor’s Skating Career because Kubo-san is the best and follows the IRL Skating schedules and events. *See previous meta post!*
At the age of 16, Victor wins Gold at the Junior World championships in Bulgaria :
If we look at the schedule of events below, and using the information we already have that ages Victor at 27 in 2014, this lines up perfectly with the 2001 Junior World Championships in 2001.
I think the timing is important and it’s no coincidence that Victor and Johnny Weir have a lot in common. I’m not sure where I saw the information, but I remember seeing something about Kubo-san admitting to using Johnny Weir as inspiration for Victor’s skating career.
1) Weir is openly gay (The English Dub version has Victor talking about ‘lovers’, not specifically girlfriends, and it is suggested that the proper interpretation of the Japanese Victor uses suggests non-gender specific terms such as ‘lover’. So he could easily be Bi, too but I think the hints are pretty strong for Victor’s sexuality to lean more toward strictly attracted to males. Whatever the truth may be, he’s got his heart set on Yuuri in the end.)
2) Both Victor and Weir won gold at the Junior World Championships at the age of 16.
3) Weir was praised for bringing ‘flash’ into a sport that was seen as boring - and was further praised for his artistry and interpretation. He was the rock-star on ice of his time, like Victor is in YOI.
4) Weir was a self professed Russiophile and learned to speak the language fluently. He dated and married (and eventually divorced) a Russian named… take a while guess. That’s right! Victor. In addition, later in his career he was coached by Victor Petrenkov, the world renowned skater and partner to Weir’s skating Idol, Oksana Baiul. It’s no mistake our boy is named Victor, and not just because it means ‘winner’.
5) Weir participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and we can infer through the clues left by Kubo-san that Victor did, too.
Victor competed in and won the 2012-2013 season Grand Prix Final, where Yuuri had qualified for the GPF for the first time in Sochi. The Sochi GPF was a test event for the Sochi Olympics and was held from Dec 5-8, 2013. 2012
The Sochi Winter Olympics were held Feb. 7-23, 2014 only a few months later.
We see Victor wearing the Sochi Winter Olympics Uniform during the 2012-2013 GPF in Sochi, so we can infer that he was on the Olympic Athletic Team warming up for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His wearing the Uniform was a big publicity stunt and advertisement for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
I think there is little doubt that he actually participated in the Olympics.
If we take all the information we have - Victor 16 at the Sofia, Bulgaria Junior World Championships and 27 at the Grand Prix Final, we can follow this logic and we arrive at this:
**NOTE: Someone brought it to my attention I was a little off. I’ve edited to fix it! Sorry if this ruins your day b/c you no longer share a birth year!!**
Victor’s Birthday is Dec. 25, 1985. OOPS YOU GUYS. Victor’s late birthday threw me off. His birth year is actually 1984.
And if Yuuri is 4 years younger, his is November 29, 1989. DOUBLE OOPS!! which makes Yuuri’s 1988!
((I hope this makes all the astrology geeks happy. Go to town with this info, my friends. I know I will. ))
Since Victor’s career seems to be modeled heavily on Johnny Weir’s, it doesn’t surprise me that Victor suggests to Yuuri, during practice, that Yuuri’s stamina is probably in part to not having any major injuries (and being younger). If we know that Weir’s career was fraught with major injuries, and we know the parallels between Victor’s career and Weir’s - we can also infer that Victor has likely suffered several major injuries in the past that might limit his physical abilities.
He’ll also be pushing 29 years old (nearly 30) in the next Grand Prix final. That’s old for most competitive figure skaters - and Yakov isn’t joking when he worries that if Victor takes time off he won’t be able to get back in. Victor’s at the tail end of his competitive career.
I expect when we see him retire, he’ll take up coaching and choreographing - perhaps following Weir even further and becoming a judge and commentator for competitive skating in the future as well as having a prolific career as a professional exhibition skater.
Let’s not talk about the long program of this season ok, the strawberry costume still give me nightmares. I love you Johnny Weir, but that design killed me.
3) When Yuzuru was 17 years old
His short program at World Championship 2012, he made a mistake but the performance was still amazing. His spins were beautiful: https://youtu.be/fDXYtLQpyV4
His legendary long program at World Championship 2012 which helped him win the bronze. He was badly injured in the ankle at this point: https://youtu.be/i0bCvXHtzx4
4) When Yuzuru was 18 years old
His long program at World Championship 2013 when he only had one week to practice because of the horrible flu and injury. That was also the time he graduated from high school: https://youtu.be/3A2Fk32p_K0
A better performance at GPF 2012 when he won the silver (but was sick badly right after that and had to pull away from the gala): https://youtu.be/6DzUd_RF6Jk
His winning long program at World Championships 2014 (that costume and that hair though, I don’t know should I laugh or cry): https://youtu.be/wY8Mgou0-AI
I NEVER rewatch this performance but it has such huge impact on me it must be on the list. The performance when he fell 5 times because of the crazy collision with Han Han (poor both of them, crying): https://youtu.be/dGQqF8CoqMk
6) When Yuzuru was 20 years old
His short program at GPF 2014, he fell but it was a great performance, a light after a dark tunnel (from the horrible collision to the horrible NHK): https://youtu.be/Fv6jgRhh8W4
His winning long program at GPF 2014, again he still fell but that was the first time he landed an amazing quad Salchow. Right in this video, the commentator called him “the real deal” and “the greatest skater of all time”: https://youtu.be/Ytli7eJsVKM
His only no fall long program of that horrible season which was rigged with injuries, collision, and surgery. Personally I don’t like music from The phantom of the opera, but Yuzuru put so much effort it in. It’s a good program: https://youtu.be/0Zi4HoVXAL8
7) When Yuzuru was 21 years old
His new world record for short program at GPF 2015, he reused the Chopin short program but put two quads in it, he increased the difficulty compared to the previous season: https://youtu.be/USLUuaw0ZDU
His best performance of the Seimei long program at NHK 2015. This music was written by a Japanese composer about a famous person lived in the 10th century: https://youtu.be/0j07i-cqZgg
Here was Yuzuru with a great skate when he beat his own world record just 2 weeks later. Please notice that Yuzuru skated last after all his rivals who did have great skate as well. So this means a lot to his fans and to people, as Yuzuru has good mentality he isn’t pressed by his rivals’ good performance: https://youtu.be/WfcDb6rswWY
8) When Yuzuru is 22 years old (the current season)
His short program at GPF 2016 which helped him win the event for the 4th time. He has a new quad, the quad Loop, and he changed the combo 4T3T into 4S3T. The program layout is completely new to him, but he still did well enough: https://youtu.be/08m9CebBBF4
HIs long program at NHK 2016, hope and legacy means a lot to Yuzuru. The music was written by Joe Hisaishi, the famous composer for Ghibli studio. Yuzuru doesn’t use the most famous songs by Joe Hisaishi though. He says this is the program he can smile and be happy during his performance: https://youtu.be/Q-HFo_utI6w
There will be more beautiful performances to come at 4CC in February and World Championship in March 2017 and during the Olympic season! I am sure about that.