Alexander Fadeev became my figure skating crush in 1985, when I was in fifth grade, in the pre-VCR era. He retired in 1990, it took me decades to see him again. Up until a few years ago his skates were a rare find on the internet. Nowadays YouTube can autoplay his entire career.

Oh those landings!

I used to love the 1988-89 SP so much (or was it OP back then?). The last time I saw it, it was in 1989 mullet and all. Here it is now.

Happy birthday Sasha.