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Vova Galchenko
Vova Galchenko
2011 WJF Overall Champion

Websites

www.galchenko.com
YouTube: VovaGalchenko

Highest numbers juggled

9 balls qualified
8 rings qualified
7 clubs solid
12 club passing qualified (in competition)

Vladimir Galchenko[1] (born September 15, 1987),[2] known as Vova,[1] is a juggler originally from Penza, Russia.[2] In 1995 Vova started performing a juggling act with three other boys, however, he soon left the act to practice and perform with his sister Olga.[2]

In 2001, their father began filming them performing tricks and posted the videos online. They soon began receiving invitations to perform abroad. Vova and Olga soon became widely known in the European juggling community for their high level of technical ability, both on and off stage, especially as they were both very young.[3] At the ages of 12 and 15, they broke two club passing world records,[2] and were featured performers at many large juggling conventions and festivals in Europe, including the 2002 British Juggling Convention, the 2002 and 2003 Dresden Juggling Convention, the 2002 European Youth Circus Festival, and the 2003 European Juggling Convention.[3]

In 2003 Vova and Olga moved from Russia to the United States, where they settled in Los Angeles and began training with Jason Garfield to improve their technical skills.[4] They were already better than almost any team before they met Jason. Jason saw their potential and wanted to make sure that they reached it without developing any bad habits. He taught them to catch the clubs on the handles, some throwing techniques, body form and position, and proper practice structure.[5] In 2003, they won the IJA Club Passing Numbers competition with 116 catches of 11 clubs.[6] In 2004, they won the Teams competitions at the IJA[7] and the WJF, and Vova won the WJF Advanced Club Program and three other WJF club competitions. In 2005 Vova won the WJF Team Club Passing competition again with a new partner, Dave Nager, and in 2006 Vova and Olga competed together again and won the Club Passing competition one more time.[8]

Though Olga gave up juggling soon after coming to the US, Vova kept at it, and was able to take his juggling career to new heights with many high profile live shows and media appearances, including features in The New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, Nightline ABC and many others.[2] Vova was mainly a club juggler when he first started competing at the WJF, so he only entered club competitions, but he started also competing in balls in 2006, and rings in 2007, to improve his Overall Championship score. Vova continued to maintain his juggling practice regimen as he became a student of Mathematics and Computer Science at CalState Northridge in 2007.[2] Vova won the IJA Individuals Stage Competition in 2008,[9] and the WJF Overall Championship in 2011.[10] He has been on Luke Burrage's Top 40 Most Popular Jugglers chart every year since it was first compiled in 2003. He ranked 2nd on the list in 2006.

World recordsEdit

Records with publicly available video evidence:

  • Most 5 club 5 up 360s in 1 minute: 31 in 2008 (video)
  • Most connected 5 club 5 up 360s: 9 in 2008 (video)
  • Most connected 6 ring 4 up 360s: 2 in 2007 (video)

Records set in WJF competition:[8]

  • Most 3 club 3 up 360s in 1 minute: 42 (at WJF 3 and 7)
  • Most 3 club 3 up 720s in 1 minute: 17 (at WJF 2)
  • Most 5 ball 5 up 360s in 1 minute: 27 (at WJF 3), tied with Thomas Dietz (at WJF 3 and 4)

Former club passing world records by Vova and Olga Galchenko:[11][12]

Some juggling from 200705:12

Some juggling from 2007

CompetitionsEdit

Vova won the following IJA and WJF competitions.[8][14]

IJA 2003:

IJA 2004:

WJF 1:

  • Advanced Clubs
  • 5 Club Freestyle[15]
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s

IJA 2005:

WJF 2:

  • Advanced Clubs
  • Club Endurance
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s
Challenge Competitions:[16]
  • 5 Club Low 360s
  • 3 Club Low 720s

WJF 3:

  • 5 Ball Freestyle
  • 7 Ball Freestyle
  • 3 Club Freestyle
  • 5 Club Freestyle
  • Club Endurance (second person ever to juggle 7 clubs for over 100 catches in competition)
  • 5 Ball 360s (tied with Thomas Dietz)
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s
Challenge Competitions:[17]
  • 5 Club Low 360s
  • 3 Club Low 720s
  • 7 Ball Isolated Endurance
  • 7 Club Isolated Endurance

IJA 2007:

WJF 4:

  • Advanced Clubs
  • 5 Ball Freestyle
  • 3 Club Freestyle
  • 5 Club Freestyle
  • Club Endurance[18]
  • 7 Club Isolated Endurance
  • 5 Club Backcross Isolated Endurance
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s

IJA 2008:

  • Stage: Individuals

WJF 5:

  • Advanced Clubs
  • 6 Club Freestyle
  • 7 Club Freestyle
  • Ring Endurance (tied with Thomas Dietz)
  • Club Endurance
  • 7 Club Isolated Endurance
  • 5 Club Backcross Isolated Endurance
  • 5 Ball 360s (tied with Thomas Dietz)
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s[19]
  • Triathlon

WJF 7:

  • 3 Club Freestyle
  • 5 Club Freestyle
  • 6 Club Freestyle
  • 7 Club Freestyle
  • Club Endurance
  • 7 Club Isolated Endurance
  • 3 Club 360s
  • 5 Club 360s
  • Overall Championship
Banana Harvest (Summer 2011)03:34

Banana Harvest (Summer 2011)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/sports/playmagazine/601juggler.html?pagewanted=2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 http://vova.galchenko.com/about/
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vova_and_Olga_Galchenko
  4. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/juggling-world-in-a-spin-over-future-of-the-sport-408744.html
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20070110233741/http://jasongarfield.com/2004.html
  6. http://www.juggle.org/history/champs/champs2003.php
  7. http://www.juggle.org/history/champs/champs2004.php
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 http://www.thewjf.com/allevents.php
  9. http://www.juggle.org/history/champs/champs2008.php
  10. http://www.thewjf.com/wjf7/wjf7_results.php
  11. http://web.archive.org/web/20040207131152/http://juggling.org/records/records.html
  12. http://web.archive.org/web/20050205103558/http://juggling.org/records/records.html
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juggling_world_records
  14. http://www.juggle.org/champrules/championships.php
  15. http://www.thewjfstore.com/2004convention.php
  16. http://www.thewjfstore.com/2005convention.php
  17. http://www.thewjfstore.com/2006overall.php
  18. http://www.thewjfstore.com/2007overall.php
  19. http://thewjfstore.com/2008overall.php

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