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Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Mens Finals – USSR Alexander Fadeev – With John Tesh

Alexandre Fadeev is a Russian former competitive figure skater….who represented the USSR…. who won bronze at the 1979 World Junior Championships….and then gold the following year.  In the 1983–84 season, he won his first of four European titles….while stepping onto his first World podium by taking the bronze medal.  Fadeev won the 1985 World Championships by placing first in all three segments of the competition including compulsory figures, the short and long programs. He took the gold medal ahead of Canadian Brian Orser….who won silver…..and USA Brian Boitano….who won the bronze.

At the 1986 World Championships….as seen in this video herewith…..Fadeev entered the long program with a comfortable lead and needed only a 3rd place in the long program to defend his title…..but five major mistakes, however, placed him 5th in the segment and 3rd overall….as he took the bronze medal behind Boitano (gold) and  Orser (silver).

Receiving several 6.0s, Fadeev regained his European title in 1987…..then he repeated as the bronze medalist at the World Championships….again finishing 3rd again behind Orser and Boitano in Cincinnati.

In the 1987–88 season, Fadeev won his fourth national title and third European title….and at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, he skated the best compulsory figures but his placements in the short (9th) and free programs (4th) dropped him out of the medals to fourth overall….and thus withdrew from the World Championships.

In 1988–89, Fadeev won the NHK Trophy and fifth Soviet national title. He scored four perfect 6.0’s on the way to his 4th European title. At the 1989 World Championships, he led after the compulsory figures but dropped to fourth overall after poor placements in the short and free programs.

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