*Three-time U.S. champion (2004-06)
*2008 U.S. silver medalist
*Two-time U.S. bronze medalist (2007, '10)
*Two-time Olympian (fifth in 2006; sixth in '10)
*Two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist (2008, '09)
*2008 World bronze medalist
*2001 World Junior champion
Took the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons off from competitive skating ... Announced in January 2012 his intentions to return to competition beginning in the 2012-13 season ... Began skating at age 12 after watching Oksana Baiul on TV ... Tried out the jumps himself on roller skates in his family's basement ... First venture onto the ice occurred one harsh winter when the corn field behind his house froze over, and he skated between the frozen corn stalks ... Participated in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program in 1996 ... Made the Junior Olympics in both singles and pairs (with Jodi Rudden) on the juvenile level his first year of skating ... Previously coached by Priscilla Hill (1996-2007) and Tatiana Tarasova (2003-06).
Family includes husband, Victor, parents, Patti and John, and brother, Brian 'Boz' ... has a Japanese Chin named Tyoma ... Graduated Newark H.S. (Newark, Del.) in 2002 ... Supports Human Rights Campaign, nPlay, GLAAD, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Trevor Project and Russian Children's Welfare Society.
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IN MY WORDS
If I wasn't a figure skater ... I would be a fashion designer or a linguist.
I look up to ... Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Evgeni Plushenko for their art and excellence in their crafts.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the opportunity to express myself and take my fans on my journey.
I started skating because ... it was beautiful to watch on TV.
My figure skating heroes are ... Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya.
I manage my pre-skate jitters by ... listening to music and doing my makeup.
After I'm done skating, I want to ... be a good husband and father, continue to work on TV and open a boutique.
My hobbies are ... fashion, music, travel, language.
Something most people don't know about me is ... I am a neat freak.
The best moment of my skating career thus far was ... completing my free skate at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. I've never felt such an immense feeling of accomplishment or pride.
I never ... take my charm necklace off. It has pieces from all over the world that I or someone close to me has collected.
Way to condition off-ice: Pilates
Warm up music: Lady Gaga
Thing to do on a day off: Ladies Lunch (shopping, lunch, wine)
Ways to relax: Sketch or listen to some classical hits
Olympic sport: Gymnastics or diving
Book: The Charm School by Nelson Demille
Snack: Haribo berries
Food: My mother in-law makes the most amazing Russian dishes
Program of my career: "Fallen Angel" from 2009-10. The program and music was me.
Costume of my career: "The Swan" from 2005-06. It made me become the character.
Gloves or No Gloves
E-Reader or Book
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Treadmill or Trail
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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