Holding a Diploma of physical education and a Diploma in teenager and sport psychology from the State University of St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2017 Valeri obtained a Technical Specialist qualification. Valeri and Nathalie Kornienko are highly qualified and experienced coaches with a KNSB ST4 trainer’s licence. Together as a team, they coached different level of skaters for more than 20 years in France, Australia, and Sweden. As a skater, coached by T. Moskvina and A. Mishin, Valeri was a member of the national Russian team where, in 1986, he obtained a bronze medal at the European championships. He was the winner and silver medalist of some Grand Prix competitions such as Skate Canada and Skate America as well.