Alexander "Sasha" Viktorovich Abt () (born October 22, 1976 in Moscow) is a Russian figure skater and coach. He competed as an elite senior skater for about ten years. He placed fifth at the figure skater.

Career Edit

Abt's first experience with figure skating came at the age of six when his grandmother first took him to a figure skating rink. He first began training with Sergei Volkov; however, Volkov was suffering from cancer and sent Abt to be trained by Rafael Arutunian before he died. Soon after, Abt began to make a name for himself on the junior circuit, placing second at the 1991 Junior World Championships.

His early career was hindered by a series of injuries, including two knee surgeries, and the most serious injury which took place in 1996,while performing at a rink in Mexico, Abt crashed into the boards, causing his skate blade to cut into his leg's quadricep muscle, forcing Abt into the Hospital for several weeks and off the ice for several months as he faced an uncertain future.

In 1998, Abt placed fourth in Olympic trials despite skating what many considered to be a stronger free skate than Alexei Yagudin, who made the Olympic team instead. Later that year, Abt won his first medal at the European Figure Skating Championships, coming in third behind fellow countrymen Yagudin and Evgeni Plushenko. Over the next few years Abt continued to hone his style, as he became well known throughout the skating world for his deep edges, knee bends, elegant stroking and musicality. However, Abt also continually had to compete with Yagudin and Plushenko, both of whom possessed an arsenal of very difficult jumps.

Abt won the silver medal at the 2002 European Championships, and came in fifth at the figure skater. In May 2002, Abt changed coaches, working with Alexander Zhulin. In 2003, Abt won his first (and only) Russian Championship.

However, Abt still suffered from repeated injuries and illnesses. He collapsed in the kiss-and-cry area at the 2001 European Championships from a sinus infection, and was forced to withdraw from the 2003 European Championships due to an ankle problem. The last time he skated competitively was at the 2004 Russian Championships, where he withdrew after placing fourth in the short program. Shortly after, Abt became a professional skater.

Personal life Edit

In 1999, Abt married former ice dancer Elena Pavlova. They have one son, Makar, born in March 2000. The family now resides in New Jersey, in the United States, where Abt and Pavlova coach at a local rink. Abt stays busy as a professional skater touring in Japan for Prince Ice World and in Russia on the Ice Symphony tour. Pavlova previously competed with her twin brother Alexander Pavlov, who now competes internationally for Australia.

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event/Season 1990-91 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Winter Olympics 5th
World Championships 6th 8th 4th
World Junior Championships 2nd 7th 8th
European Figure Skating Championships 3rd 4th 4th 2nd WD
Russia 4th 4th 7th 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st WD
ISU Grand Prix Final 5th 4th 4th
Cup of Russia 3rd 2nd 3rd 6th
NHK Trophy 8th 5th
Bofrost Cup on Ice 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd
Skate America 3rd 3rd 7th 5th 3rd 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd 3rd

References Edit

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