Alexei Mishin tested positive for COVID-19

Alexei Mishin and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix Final (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Last week, 79-year-old figure skating coach Alexei Mishin contracted the coronavirus disease.

Mishin attended the 2021 Russian National Championships from December 24 to 27 in Chelyabinsk and says he tested positive for COVID-19 in first days of January. The legendary coach told Russian news agency TASS: “I got sick with the coronavirus; my wife got sick first, infected in Chelyabinsk. Then I was. I’m not in the hospital.”

Turning 80 years old on March 8, Mishin told ABN: “From January 3 to 11, a week has already passed since I got sick. There is no temperature but there is weakness. Plus, I have no appetite and all the food seems to be tasteless.”

Mishin is most recognized as the coach of two-time Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko – from 1994 until his retirement after the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as Elizaveta Tuktamysheva – whom Mishin has coached to the 2015 World and European Championship gold medals.

As a skater himself, Mishin most notably performed in pair skating in the late 1960s with Tamara Moskvina. Together the pair placed fifth at the 1968 Winter Olympics, were silver medalists at the 1969 World Championships, two-time medalists at the European Championships, and won the 1969 Soviet Championships. His skating career lasted from 1956 until 1969, after which he began coaching – at the age of 28.

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