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*** Birth Years are proving problematic because the anime isn’t consistent!! At!!! All!!! with the character’s ages*** 

{{I am currently watching episode 8, where all the Skaters are being ‘aged’ and they are not consistent with ages mentioned prior to the GPF Qualifiers in episodes 6, 7, and 8. SO.. take what you see below with a grain of salt? The month and day come from the official website. Those are absolutely canon.}} 

OKAY KIDS THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO DO: I am going to assume that the ages provided for us in episodes 6,7 and 8 as the characters are being introduced for the GPF Qualifiers are the ‘canon’ ages. Since all of this is happening, according to the schedule of real life figure skating events, in 2014, I’m going to use that as my ‘base year’ . Using a super scientific method (of scribbling numbers on a paper with a grid) I have come up with the following: 

  • December 25, 1984 - Victor Nikiforov
  • December 26, 1987 - Georgi Poporov
  • February 14, 1989 - Christophe Giacometti
  • November 26, 1990 - Yuuri Katsuki
  • April 30, 1994 - Phichit Chulanont
  • June 6, 1994 - Seong-Gil Lee 
  • July 15, 1995 - Jean-Jaques Leroy
  • August 2, 1995 Leo De la Iglesia
  • July 8, 1996 - Emil Nekola
  • October 21, 1996 Otabek Altin
  • January 7, 1997 Guang-Hong Ji
  • March 1, 1999 Yuri Plisestsky

This makes it more like a 5 year gap between Yuuri and Victor ( it’s tricky since both their birthdays are near the end of the year), but nothing was mentioned in the Japanese version about far apart they were. 

1994-1996: Yuuri begins skating

  • Can’t really tell how old he is, but he looks to be somewhere between 4 and 6 years old which is pretty consistent with when skaters start. 

2001: Feb 26-March 2 Junior World Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 

  • At 16 Victor Nikiforov wins Gold at the Junior World Championships
  • Victor says “See you at Worlds!” Unsure if he means as a senior in the WFSC later in the month of March, or if he means next season’s WFSC. 
  • Probably, Victor moved on to the Senior division after this. 

**Note: The Japanese version of episode 1 does not give an age for Victor when he won the Junior world championships. The English dub has Yuuri narrating that he was 12 and Victor was 4 years his senior. So I’ve opted to ignore the English version as it throws a monkey wrench in everything else and just use the ages provided in the Japanese subs or on-screen text** 

2002: Feb 8-24 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City

  • We don’t know if Victor participated. Nothing in canon, but Evgeni Plushenko was part of these Olympics and got Gold in the Mens Singles. 
  • Victor would have been 17 years old

2001-2003: Victor continues to compete , Yuuri’s Junior Debut

  • whether Victor competes at the Junior or Senior level is unclear. A skater can continue to compete at the junior level until the age of 19, after which they must switch to Senior division. 
  • competitors must be at least 13 years old and not older than 19 by July 1 of that year. 
  • However, we can guess that since Yuuri is aiming to skate at Victor’s level, it’s likely that Victor was already competing at the Senior level by the time Yuuri made it to the Juniors.

2003-2005: Victor and Yuuri continue to compete and rise through the ranks

2004: Feb 2-8 European Figure Skating Championships (Budapest, Hungary)

  • Victor Nikiforov wins gold 
  • Victor Nikiforov still sporting that lovely angel’s breath of long hair at 19 years old
  • Victor says to the camera “See you at Worlds!” implying the 2004 WFSC
  • Chris Giacometti’s Senior Debut

2004: March 22-28 World Figure Skating Championships (Dortmund, Germany)

  • It is implied that Victor competes but nothing stated blatantly in canon

2006: Feb 10-26 Winter Olympics in Turin 

  • Victor potentially competes as an Olympian @ age of 21
  • Based on Johnny Weir’s career which seems to have heavily influenced Kubo-san’s choices for Victor’s. (Weir didn’t place on the podium, but he participated. Additionally, another potential inspiration for Victor’s career - Evgeni Plushenko - competed and won gold in Turin)
  • All canon clues lead to confirming he competed and won gold at Turin, but there’s no ‘official’ announcement of it in canon, so I’m leaving it as speculation. 
  • We all know he won gold at Turin, okay. There’s probably some kind of legal issue with naming the Olympics directly, so I doubt we’ll get absolute, incontestable canon proof he was there and that he won gold. But he was there. And he won gold. 

— Victor starts a winning streak that doesn’t stop until he takes a break to travel to Japan to coach Yuuri — 

2008: December 10-14 Grand Prix Final (Goyang, Korea)

  • Victor wins his first Grand Prix Final gold medal @ 23 years old 

2009: December 2-6 Grand Prix Final (Tokyo, Japan) 

  • Victor wins second consecutive Grand Prix Final Gold Medal @ 24 years old
  • Yuuri moves to the U.S. to train at a top facility in Detroit, 1st year of College

2010: March 22-28 World Figure Skating Championships (Turin, Italy)

  • Victor wins first WFSC Gold Medal

2010: December 8-12 Grand Prix Final (Beijing, China)

  • Victor wins Third consecutive Grand Prix Gold Medal @ 25 years old
  • Yuuri’s continues to train in Detroit, 2nd year of College

2011: April 25-May1 World Figure Skating Championships (Moscow, Russia)

  • Victor wins second consecutive WFSC Gold Medal 

2011: December 8-11 Grand Prix Final (Quebec, Canada)

  • Victor wins Fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final Gold Medal @ 26 years old
  • Yuuri continues to train in Detroit, 3rd year of college

*****2012-2013 Skating Season*****

2012: March 26-April 1 World Figure Skating Championships (Nice, France)

  • Victor wins 3rd consecutive WFSC Gold Medal

2012: October Southern Regional Championships

  • Yuuri qualifies for Grand Prix Circuit at Southern Regional Championships

2012: November Grand Prix Final Qualifier Series

  • Yuuri participates in 2 of the Grand Prix Series Qualifiers, but does not specify which two. 
  • Yuuri places well and qualifies for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi

2012: Dec 6-9 Grand Prix Final, Sochi, Russia 

  • Yuuri competes but falls to last place
  • Victor wins 5th consecutive Grand Prix Final gold @ 27 years old
  • Victor qualifies for the Olympic Figure Skating Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
  • Yuuri places last (6th place) 

2012: Dec. 20-24 Japanese National Championships

  • Yuuri suffers another big loss at the Japanese Nationals according to his explanation in episode 1 of how his last year has gone. 
  • Yuuri’s 4th year of college

2013: February 6-11 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (Osaka)

  • Yuuri fails to qualify for Four Continents

2013: March 11-17 World Figure Skating Championships London, Quebec, Canada

  • Yuuri fails to qualify for World Championships
  • Victor wins 4th consecutive WFSC gold medal 

2013 March - July 31 End of 2012-2013 Season

  • Yuuri makes the decision to take a break from competition and focuses on school.
  • Yuuri doesn’t imply that he breaks ties with Celestino until after he fails at the 2013 Japanese National Championships (likely due to lack of dedication to skating since his failure at the 2012 Japanese National Championships. Yuuri states that he had lost his love of skating and he was looking to regain that by copying Victor’s routine after returning home in March 2014) 

*****2013-2014 Skating Season*****

2013: August beginning of 2013-2014 season

2013: September - Novemer Grand Prix Qualifiers Senior Division

  • it is implied that Yuuri doesn’t compete during this season

2013: Dec 5-8 Grand Prix Final at Fukuoka, Japan

  • Victor likely at GPF Fukuoka

2013: Dec 20-23 Japanese National Championships (Saitama, Japan) 

  • Yuri states in episode 5 during the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship in 2014 that he hadn’t competed since ‘last year’s Nationals’. 
  • This was his last competition before the Hot Springs on Ice Exhibition Skate-off against Yurio. 
  • Yuuri Self-Destructs and doesn’t place at the Nationals
  • Minami Kenjiro finishes ahead of Yuuri (but canon does not say if Minami placed on the podium or not) (16 years old) 

2014: January 20-26 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (Taipei)

  • Nothing Canon Mentioned - some of our international skating friends are probably skating in the Four Continents, though. So there we go. 
  • It’s mostly here to help me keep track of time. It’s a good place-holder.

2014: February 7-23 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia)

  • It is heavily implied that Victor competes as part of the olympic team at the Sochi 2014 olympics. He is shown wearing the uniform at the Sochi GPF, which was a test event for the Sochi Olympic team, and he is wearing it again at the 2014 WFSC. 

2014: March Yuuri goes home, Victor competes at World Figure Skating Championships (Saitama, Japan)

  • Yuuri graduates early March 2014
  • Breaks off with Coach Celestino Cialdi
  • Late March (probably 24-30) Returns home to Hasetsu to consider his future 
  • March 24-30 Victor lands 5th consecutive Gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan

2014: April Yuuri performs tribute, Victor flies to Japan

  • Early April, Victor and Yurio return home to St. Petersburg after the WFSC
  • Yuuri performs his tribute skate for Yuuko at the Ice Palace
  • April 10th - Triplets post video of Yuuri skating his tribute piece, it goes viral
  • Some time April 10th or later Victor sees video of Yuuri - applies for Visas and heads off to Japan
  • Probably late April, Yurio follows Victor to Japan when he finds out where Victor went to make good on a promise the older skater made him. 
  • Late April, possibly May (Depends on how long it took to get the Visas for a long-term stay in Japan for Victor and a short-term for Yurio) - Hot Springs on Ice Skate-off at Hasetsu Castle Ice Palace
  • Mostly likely end of April - May Yurio loses and heads back to Russia to continue training with Yakov and begins training with Lilya

2014: May - July 31 End of 2013-2014 Skate Season

*****2014-2015 Skating Season*****

2014: August - beginning of 2014-2015 Season. Everyone in hard-core training mode. 

  • Yurio training with Lilya for his Senior Debut
  • Yuuri training under Victor for Grand Prix Finals and creating ‘Yuri on Ice’ routine 
  • Phichit moves back to Thailand to train 

2014: October Southern Regional Championships, Japan Yuuri’s Grand Return

  • **Note: In episode 1, Yuuri explains that Southern Regional Championships happen in October - maybe this is the actual competition we’re looking at, rather than All-Japan which happens in December and would have made it impossible for Yuuri to qualify for the 2014-2015 Grand Prix Final. 
  • Looking at a map of Japan, it appears that all three prefectures are in the south, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the championship titled  “ The Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship” is referring to the qualifier in October. 
  • Victor’s Debut as Coach
  • Yuuri Debuts Collaborative Routine choreographed by Victor “Yuri on Ice”
  • Yuuri scores a personal best of 94.36 in his short program 
  • Yuuri places first and qualifies for Grand Prix Circuit
  • Minami Kenjiro finishes in second place (17 years old)

2014: October 24-26 Skate America Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Guang-Hong Ji’s Senior Debut (17 years old)
  • Leo De La Iglesia places 1st
  • Leo wins his first gold  (19 years old)
  • Otabek Altin takes 2nd place
  • Guang-Hong Ji takes 3rd place 
  • Phichit Chulanont places 4th

2014: October 31-November 2 Skate Canada Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Yuri Plisetsky’s Senior Debut
  • Jean-Jaques Leroy (JJ) takes 1st place
  • Yuri Plisetsky takes 2nd place (15 years old) - boo looks disappointed in himself. 
  • Emil Nekola takes 3rd place

2014: November 7-9  China Cup Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Phichit Chulanont debuts his “Shall We Skate” SP Routine
  • Yuuri scores personal best of 106+ in Short Program
  • Yuuri suffers anxiety attack prior to Free Skate 
  • Phichit Chulanont places 1st, winning his first gold (20 years old)
  • Yuuri Katsuki takes 2nd place (23 years old) 
  • Chris Giacometti places 3rd. (25 years old)
  • Georgi Popovich (27 years old)
  • THE KISSSSSSS THAT KILLED US ALL 

2014: November 13-16 Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix Qualifier Senior Division

  • Yuuri’s newest personal best at the Short Program of 109+
  • Makkachin chokes on buns and Victor flies back to Japan
  • Yuuri has meltdown and ends up placing 4th after Free Skate, but still (barely) qualifies for Grand Prix Final
  • Jean Jaques-Leroy (JJ) places 1st
  • Yuri Plisetsky takes 2nd place 

2014: November 21-23 Trophee Eric Bompard (Bordeaux, France)

  • Christophe Giacometti places 1st

2014: November 28-30 NHK Trophy (Osaka, Japan)

  • Otabek Altin places 1st
  • Seong-Gil Li places 2nd
  • Michele Crispino places 3rd

2014: December 11-14 Grand Prix Finals, Barcelona Spain

  • Yuuri and Victor get engaged 
  • Yuuri wins Silver at his 2nd Grand Prix Final with Victor as coach
  • Yuri Plisetsky wins Gold by a mere .12 point difference at his Senior Debut on the professional Grand Prix circiut
  • Victor announces his return to the competitive circuit for next season

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