Yuko Kawaguchi with partner Smirnov at the 2009 World Championships Gala.

Yuko Kawaguchi (also: Kavaguti; born November 20, 1981 in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan) is a Japanese-Russian pair skater, who has represented Japan, the USA, and Russia in international competition. She currently competes with Alexander Smirnov, representing Russia. They are the 2008 & 2009 Russian Champions, the 2009 European silver medalists, and the 2009 World Bronze Medalists.


Kawaguchi previously competed as a singles skater for Japan, then switched to pairs and skated with Alexander Markuntsov. They teamed up in 1999, and were the first Japanese pair team to medal at an ISU championships, which they did at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2001.

Kawaguchi and Markuntsov broke up in 2003 and Kawaguchi then skated with Devin Patrick for the United States, with whom she competed twice at the United States Figure Skating Championships. She teamed up with Alexander Smirnov in the spring of 2006 and now competes with him, representing Russia. The pair are coached by Tamara Moskvina.

She is fluent in Russian and English. She attended university in Saint Petersburg and studied international politics. In December 2008,[1] she acquired Russian nationality to earn an Olympic berth.[2]

Season Short Program Free Skating
2008-2009 The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns
I Pagliacci
by Ruggero Leoncavallo
2007-2008 Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Love Story Soundtrack
by Francis Lai
2006-2007 Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
by Camille Saint-Saëns <b/small>
Piano Concerto
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Bachianas Brasileiras
by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Van Helsing Soundtrack
by Alan Silvestri

Competitive highlightsEdit


Pairs careerEdit

Results for RussiaEdit

(with Smirnov)

Event 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
World Championships 9th 4th 3rd
European Championships 3rd 2nd
Russian Championships 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 5th
Cup of Russia 3rd 3rd 2nd
Skate Canada 3rd 1st
Coupe International Nice 1st 1st

Results for Japan/United StatesEdit

(with Patrick)

Event 2004-2005 2005-2006
U.S. Championships 15th
Japanese Championships 1st
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd

Results for JapanEdit

(with Markuntsov)

Event 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003
World Championships 15th 13th 14th
Four Continents Championships 8th 9th 7th
World Junior Championships 2nd
Japanese Championships 1st 1st
Japanese Junior Championships 1st
NHK Trophy WD 5th
Skate America 6th 5th
Trophee Lalique 6th
Junior Grand Prix Final 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, China 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 1st
  • WD = Withdrew

Singles careerEdit

Event 1997-1998 1998-1999
Japanese Jr. Championships 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Hungary 8th


  1. Ukaz №1832: Ukaz signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, Presidential Administration of Russia
  2. 川口がロシア国籍を取得 フィギュアで五輪目指し, 47NEWS, 2009/01/17

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