Joshua Farris

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Joshua Farris
2011 Grand Prix Final Juniors Joshua Farris.jpg
Joshua Farris in 2011
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 20)
Renton, Washington
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Coach Christy Krall
Damon Allen
Former coach Tom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
Erik Schulz
Heather Reed-Lomax
Choreographer Jeffrey Buttle, Joshua Farris, Damon Allen
Former choreographer Tom Dickson
Skating club Broadmoor SC
Began skating 2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 260.01
2015 Four Continents
Short program 84.29
2015 Four Continents
Free skate 175.72
2015 Four Continents

Joshua Farris (born January 6, 1995) is an American figure skater. He is the 2015 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2013 World Junior champion and 2012 World Junior silver medalist, a two-time (2012 silver, 2011 bronze) Junior Grand Prix Final medalist, and the 2010 U.S. national junior silver medalist. He has won five Junior Grand Prix titles, as well as U.S. National titles on the juvenile (2006), intermediate (2008) and novice level (2009).

Personal life[edit]

Joshua Farris was born in Renton, Washington.[1] He is home-schooled.[2] He has a severe allergy to dairy products and travels with a whole suitcase of food.[3][4] His older brother, David, is a bowler.[2]


Early years[edit]

Farris began skating at age five after his mother took him skating for his birthday.[5] He moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in mid-2007 to train with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin.[2]

Farris won his third national title when he took the novice gold at the 2009 U.S. Championships. He was then sent to the 2009 International Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands where he took silver on the junior level.

He made his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut in the following season. He was assigned to the 2009–10 ISU Junior Grand Prix events in USA and Turkey where he placed 4th and 5th, respectively. At the 2010 U.S. Championships, he took silver on the junior level.

2010–2011 season[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Farris was assigned the Junior Grand Prix events in Romania and Great Britain where he took silver and gold, respectively. This qualified him for the 2010-11 Junior Grand Prix Final where he placed 6th.

Farris decided to move up to the senior level nationally.[2] At the 2011 U.S. Championships, Farris fell hard on his left hip while training a quad during the second day of practices. The fall resulted in a torn abductor muscle but he decided to compete despite the pain.[4] He placed 13th after a shaky short program. On the day between the short and long programs Farris went to a restaurant and suffered anaphylactic shock due to his allergy to dairy products.[4] He was rushed to the emergency room where he stayed until 3 a.m.[4] He decided to compete in the long program where he had several shaky landings and three falls. He placed 21st in the free skate and overall. It was later learned that he had broken his fibula and sprained a tendon when he fell on his second triple axel attempt.[4] Following this competition, Farris decided to change coaches to Christy Krall, with whom he had already worked,[2] and Damon Allen.

2011–2012 season[edit]

In the 2011–12 season, Farris was assigned to a Junior Grand Prix event in Gdańsk, Poland, which he won.[6] He then took gold at his second event in Tallinn, Estonia, and qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final where he won the bronze medal. He finished 16th on the senior level at the 2012 U.S. Championships. At the 2012 World Junior Championships, Farris won the short program and won the silver medal overall. He also won The Denver Post's Youth Excellence in Sports award for March 2012.[5]

2012–2013 season[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Farris was assigned to JGP events in the U.S. and Slovenia — he took gold in both, resulting in qualification to the JGP Final in Sochi, Russia. At the JGP Final, he was first in the short program and second in the free skate and won the silver medal overall behind Russian skater Maxim Kovtun. Farris suffered from his milk allergies and took Benadryl two hours before the start of his free skate.[7]

At the 2013 U.S. Championships Farris placed third in the short program. He fell on his planned quadruple toe loop in the long program, but managed to secure 4th place. He then won the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships with an overall score of 228.32 points, finishing ahead of teammates Jason Brown and Shotaro Omori who were second and third respectively. Farris' score was a new record set for men competing on the junior level.

2013–2014 season: Senior debut[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, Farris made his senior Grand Prix debut at the 2013 Skate Canada, where he finished 5th. He withdrew from his next assignment, the 2013 Cup of Russia.

At the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Farris placed 4th again.

2014–2015 season[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Farris was assigned to 2014 Cup of China and 2014 NHK Trophy. However, he had to withdraw from the Cup of China due to a recurring right angle injury,[8] which had been a problem since 2011.[9] At the NHK Trophy, he ended up 11th.

At the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Farris won third. In his free program, he executed double toe jump three times and lost the credit for one of his triple-jump combinations. Still his placement was an improvement from the previous year.[10] At the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, he set the personal best scores in both the short program and the free skating and won silver with total points of 260.01.[11][12] This is his first medal in a prominent senior level international competition.[13]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Schindler's List
    by John Williams
    choreo. by Damon Allen, Joshua Farris

  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
    op. 18 III: Allegro Scherzando
    by Sergei Rachmaninoff
    performed by Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner
    choreo. by Damon Allen, Joshua Farris[18]

Competitive highlights[edit]


Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds TBD
Four Continents 6th 2nd
GP Cup of China WD
GP NHK Trophy 11th
GP Rostel. Cup WD
GP Skate Canada 5th
U.S. Classic 3rd
International: Junior[23]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st
JGP Final 6th 3rd 2nd
JGP Estonia 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Romania 2nd
JGP Slovenia 1st
JGP Turkey 5th
JGP U.K. 1st
JGP U.S. 4th 1st
Challenge Cup 2nd J.
U.S. Champ. 1st N. 2nd J. 21st 16th 4th 4th 3rd
Midwest. Sect. 1st N. 3rd J.
Southwest Reg. 1st N.
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
U.S. Junior Championships 1st Jv. 9th I. 1st I.
Southwest Regionals 1st I.
Northwest Pacific Regionals 3rd Jv. 1st Jv. 1st I.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate


  1. ^ a b "Joshua FARRIS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Walker, Elvin (January 9, 2011). "Farris to debut as senior at U.S. Nationals". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (November 2, 2011). "The Inside Edge: JGP Final qualifiers". Ice Network. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (February 15, 2011). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew - Feb. 15: Sprain, tear, break and allergy". Ice Network. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Yunt, Jon E. (April 8, 2012). "Olympic dream on ice for Colorado Springs skater Josh Farris". The Denver Post. 
  6. ^ Felton, Renee; Zinsmeister, Kristin (September 17, 2011). "Team USA brings home two golds from Poland". Ice Network. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kondakova, Anna (December 7, 2012). "Kovtun captures Junior Men’s title in Sochi". Golden Skate. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Joshua Farris withdraws from 2014 Cup of China" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. October 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rutherford, Lynn; Rosewater, Amy (January 22, 2015). "Tar Heel tales: Farris revisits scene of 2011 travails". Ice Network. 
  10. ^ "Figure Skater Wins His First U.S. Men’s Title". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Edmunds is 2014 Four Continents Champion" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. February 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (February 14, 2015). "Josh Farris shatters personal bests, wins Four Continents silver (video)". NBC Sports. 
  13. ^ Hersh, Philip (February 14, 2015). "Silver medal, big step up for U.S. skater Farris". The Chicago Tribune. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Joshua Farris". Ice Network. 
  15. ^ Bear, Johanna (October 16, 2014). "Farris looking to the future". Figure Skaters Online. 
  16. ^ "Stars on Ice - 2014 Tour Music". Stars on Ice. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Joshua FARRIS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c Walker, Elvin (September 19, 2012). "Farris seeks passion, finds gold". Golden Skate. 
  19. ^ "Joshua FARRIS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Joshua FARRIS: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Joshua FARRIS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 11, 2010. 
  22. ^ "2010 Competitors Pages". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  23. ^ a b "Competition Results: Joshua FARRIS". International Skating Union. 

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