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General

Georgi Popovich (Russian: Георгий Попович; Japanese: ギオルギー・ポポーヴィッチ, Giorugī Popōvitchi) is a Russian figure skater featured in Yuri!!! on Ice.

 Background

Georgi is one of Yakov Feltsman's students, along with Yuri Plisetsky, Mila Babicheva, and, previously, Victor Nikiforov.

Appearance

GP Chara

Georgi has black hair, blue eyes, and a lean, slightly muscular build. He usually styles his hair in a quiff. He wears a tank top while training in order to "look beautiful", but others tend to find it strange.[1]

Short Program

His outfit for his short program is based on the stereotypical image of a witch, emphasizing dark colors with a somewhat theatrical flair. He also wears prominent makeup (dark eye shadow and dark purple lipstick) and a cuff on his left ear.[2]

Free Skate

Contrary to Georgi's short program song, the theme of his free skate is the polar opposite to his short program. Georgi wears a simpler, light-blue costume in it.[3]

Personality

Georgi has a very serious attitude towards competitions, but also has his own comical way of expressing himself. He takes relationships so seriously to the point that he uses his own heartbroken experience as the theme of his skating programs.[2][3]

Relationships

Anya

His ex-girlfriend, Anya, is an active competitive ice dancer. At the Cup of China, it is revealed that she had left him for someone else, making him bitter and somewhat cynical.[2] He is deeply heartbroken from this loss and wants her back.[3]

Victor Nikiforov

He, Victor, and Yuri were rinkmates, and trained under the same coach. When Victor was still skating, Georgi was relegated to being in Victor's shadow, since no one could match him. As Victor is in Japan coaching Yuuri, Georgi now sees himself as Russia's new top skater.[2]

Yuri Plisetsky

He, Victor, Mila and Yuri were rinkmates, and trained under the same coach. Despite this, Georgi does not have Yuri's phone number[4].

Mila Babicheva

Georgi and Mila are rinkmates under Yakov's supervision. Like she is with her other rinkmates, Mila seems to be on friendly terms with Georgi, as she can openly make fun of his intense expressions during a performance. She's also very knowledgeable about his private life. They watched the Rostelecom Cup together.

Yakov Feltsman

Yakov is Georgi's current coach. Yakov wants Georgi to shine and gain more confidence in his skating now that Victor has left. Georgi is very receptive to Yakov's teaching, which is both a strength and weakness.

Skills

Jumps

Georgi is able to land a quadruple Salchow cleanly in the competition, which suggests that he has great jumping ability and hang-time.

Interpretation/Artistry

Out of all of Yakov's students, Georgi is the one who is best able to interpret his music, and the one who makes the most use of artistry. He is an emotional skater who becomes very absorbed in his programs.

Program

Short - Carabosse

The song itself is from "The Sleeping Beauty," about the witch that curses the Princess to eternal sleep. Georgi channels his heartbreak and bitterness over being left by his girlfriend into his interpretation of the music.

Free - Tales of a Sleeping Prince

Quotes

  • "I am an evil witch."[2] (Short Program Monologue)
  • "Now that Victor's gone, I'm the new top skater in Russia."[2] (Short Program Monologue)

Trivia 

  • He keeps a picture of his ice dancer ex-girlfriend in his pendant.
  • Georgi is known in Japan as the "pigeon".[5]
  • He's been in every episode since the pilot, but hasn't had a single speaking part until episode 6, where he's a competitor in the Cup of China.
  • Georgi's Japanese voice actor also sings the ending theme, You Only Live Once.
  • His theme for the season is "heartbreak."

References

  1. YURI!!! on Life Official Guidebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 7
  4. Yuri!!! on Ice Side Story - Welcome to The Madness
  5. Yuri!!! on Ice BD Vol. 3 bonus

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