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Alexei Yagudin (born March 18, 2003), an Olympic Gold medallist in figure skating, four-time World Champion and three-time European Champion.

No other man in Olympic history has ever earned more than one perfect mark. He is the first man in the history of the sport to claim the triple crown of figure skating by winning the European, Grand Prix and World titles, all in one season and the only skater who won all of the major competitions in one season: Grand Prix, Europeans, Worlds and the Olympics. Alexei is also the only amateur skater to win the World Professional Championships.

At the recent World Championships in Nagano he changed the history of sport again when for the first time a skater received six perfect 6.0s for the short program including first ever perfect mark for required elements.

ABC nominated Alexei for the 1999 Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year Award. He was the only figure skater on the list, which includes among others, Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods and Serena Williams.

Alexei began skating at the age of four, encouraged by his mother, Zoya. Alexei's natural talent was clear from the start. In 1994, he began competing internationally, finishing 4th at the Jr. World Championships. In 1996, Alexei won the World Junior Championships.

Alexei joined forces with the legendary coach and choreographer, Tatiana Tarasova, in the summer of 1998. Under Tarasova's tutelage, Alexei has flourished competitively. At the age of 18, he became the first Russian man to win a World Championship and the second youngest World Champion in history. He dominated the 1998-1999 competitive season, by winning 9 of 11 competitions in which he participated, including the Worlds, European Championships and the World Pro. He always finds time to perform in various exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

The 2000-2001 season was a challenging and exciting one for Alexei. In the spring of 2001, he toured Canada with the Skate the Nation tour in Canada, as well as Scott Hamilton's farewell tour with Chrysler Stars on Ice. This remarkable three-time World Champion captured the hearts and admiration of skating fans around the world at the 2001 World Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver. An injury hindered Alexei's ability to perform at his peak, but it could not impede his determination and pride.

Alexei currently trains in Newington, CT at the Connecticut Skating Center. He completed his high school education in Russia with honors, ranked second in his class. His interests off the ice include playing soccer, tennis and golf and taking care of his American cocker spaniel, Lawrence (named after his favorite long program, Lawrence of Arabia).

He is fluent in English and enjoys spending time in front of his computer, communicating with his friends and fans.

Related links:

Alexei Yagudin's official site