Evgeny Platov (born August 7, 1967 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR) is a former competitive ice dancer who represented the Soviet Union, the Unified Team, and Russia in international competition and now works as a figure skating coach and choreographer. With former partner Oksana Grishuk, he is the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion. He then skated professionally with former rival Maya Usova; together they won the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in 1998 but finished in last place the following year.
Platov was an assistant coach to his own former coach Tatiana Tarasova from 2002–2004, along with Maya Usova, at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, Connecticut. He helped coach Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa to her only world title in 2004 and briefly worked with Sasha Cohen and Johnny Weir under the guidance of Tarasova.
In the fall of 2005 he moved to New Jersey and became the assistant coach to his former rival, Alexander Zhulin, helping to coach the ice dancing team of Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov to European and Olympic gold medals. He started coaching on his own when Zhulin left New Jersey to go back to Russia. Among his students are Sinead & John Kerr. He formerly coached Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski and Alexandra & Roman Zaretski. The Zaretskis were forced to leave him because Boris Chait, the head of Israel Skating federation wanted them to be coached by his daughter Galit Chait.
Platov currently coaches at the Princeton Sports Center in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.
- ↑ Goldenskate.com
- ↑ http://www.figureskatingmystery.com/2007/05/shes-not-famous-skater-and-she-doesnt.html#comments
- ↑ Lifeskate.com, January 2, 2009
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