Viktoria Helgesson

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Viktoria Helgesson
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Helgesson at the 2013-14 Swedish Championships.
Personal information
Country represented Sweden
Born (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 26)
Tibro, Sweden
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Regina Jensen, Christina Helgesson, A. Vedenin
Choreographer Catarina Lindgren
Former choreographer Susanne Seger
Skating club Tibro KK
Training locations Tibro
Former training locations Skara, Lidköping, Chicago, Boston
Began skating 1991
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 161.79
2010 Worlds
Short program 60.37
2015 Europeans
Free skate 105.47
2010 Worlds

Viktoria Helgesson (born 13 September 1988) is a Swedish figure skater. She is the 2011 Skate America bronze medalist, a four-time (2008–2011) Nordic champion, and a six-time (2007–2011) Swedish national champion. Helgesson's 5th place at the 2012 and 2013 European Championships is the best result by a Swedish figure skater since 1932.[1] Her bronze medal at 2011 Skate America is the first Grand Prix medal by a Swedish skater.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Viktoria Helgesson was born in Tibro, Sweden.[3] Her younger sister, Joshi Helgesson, and their mother, Christina, have also competed in figure skating at the European Championships.[4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Helgesson began skating at the age of three, following in the footsteps of her mother.[4] She is coached by her mother and Regina Jensen.[5][6] At the age of 12, she landed her first triple jump, a Salchow.[4]

Helgesson competed at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where she came in 22nd. In 2007, she won the Swedish national title for the first time at the senior level. She again competed at Junior Worlds, finishing 28th.

In 2008, Helgesson made her European Championships and World Championships debut, and came in 18th at both events. She improved upon her result at the 2009 European Championships, but failed to qualify for the free skate at that season's Worlds, and was thus unable to qualify an Olympic berth for Sweden.

In 2010, Helgesson finished 11th at the Europeans. Two months later, she improved her personal best by 19 points to finish tenth at Worlds.[7] She consequently received two Grand Prix assignments in the 2010–11 season, the first of her career; she finished 9th at the 2010 NHK Trophy and 6th at that season's Skate America. She medalled at two international events, the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy and the 2010 Merano Cup, and improved to 6th at the European Championships, the best finish by a Swedish figure skater since 1932.[1] She was 17th at the 2011 World Championships.

In addition to Sweden, Helgesson also trained in Colorado and Boston.[8][9] She began the 2011–12 season at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy, where she finished 5th. In October 2011, Helgesson won the bronze medal at the 2011 Skate America, her first medal at a Grand Prix event, as well as the first by any Swedish skater.[2] She achieved a career-best European placement, 5th, at the 2012 and 2013 European Championships.

Helgesson represented Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[10]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014–2015
[3]
2013–2014
[11]
  • Harem Cobra Goddess
    by Les Baxter
  • Harem Silks from Bombay
2012–2013
[12]
  • Poinciana
2011–2012
[13]
  • My Funny Valentine
    performed by Ahn Trio
2010–2011
[14]

2009–2010
[15]
  • Fuori Dal Mondo
    (from This Is England)
    by Ludovico Einaudi
2008–2009
[16]
  • One Moment in Time
  • Finale di un concerto interotto per violin
2007–2008
[4][17]
2006–2007
[18]
  • Assassin's Tango
  • Pasha
  • Assassin's Tango
2005–2006
[19]
  • Nothing Else Matters
    by Metallica
    performed by Apocalyptica
  • Paganini's Caprice
  • Despues De Ti Que
    by Christian Castro, Raul di Blasio
  • Paganini's Caprice
2004–2005
[20]
2003–2004
[21]
  • Lawrence of Arabia
    by Maurice Jarre

Competitive highlights[edit]

Helgesson at the 2010 World Championships

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[22]
Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
Olympics 27th
Worlds 18th 27th 10th 17th 11th 14th
Europeans 18th 14th 11th 6th 5th 5th 14th TBD
GP Bompard 5th 7th
GP Cup of China 7th
GP NHK Trophy 9th
GP Rostelecom 8th
GP Skate America 6th 3rd 8th 8th
GP Skate Canada 11th
CS Lombardia 8th
CS Nepela Trophy 4th 4th
Challenge Cup 5th 1st 4th
Cup of Nice 3rd 8th
Finlandia 11th 9th
Golden Spin 5th
Karl Schäfer 5th
Merano Cup 5th 1st
Nebelhorn 2nd 5th 6th
Nordics 2nd J. 6th J. 6th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
NRW Trophy 10th 1st 3rd
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 22nd 28th
JGP Austria 8th
JGP Bulgaria 4th
JGP Czech Rep. 12th
JGP Germany 17th
JGP Hungary 14th
JGP Slovakia 16th
Copenhagen 1st J. 5th J.
Gardena 4th J.
Golden Bear 4th J.
Mladost Trophy 5th J.
National[22]
Swedish Champ. 1st J. 3rd J. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Björn, Thomas (9 February 2011). "Viktoria Helgesson laddar inför the Nordics med nya skridskor" [Viktoria Helgesson gears up for the Nordics with new skates] (in Swedish). Swedish Figure Skating Association. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (23 October 2011). "Czisny edges Kostner for first Skate America title". IceNetwork. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (18 March 2008). "Following in Her Mothers’ Footsteps". SkateToday. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jangbro, Eva Maria (26 April 2011). "The Helgesson sisters Viktoria and Joshi: Alike but Different". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Luchianov, Vladislav (6 July 2012). "Sweden's Helgessons keep it all in the family". IceNetwork. 
  7. ^ Kondakova, Anna (27 March 2010). "Asada recaptures World title". Golden Skate. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Jangbro, Eva Maria (23 October 2011). "Viktoria Helgesson: "Why not try something new"". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Jangbro, Eva Maria (20 January 2012). "Viktoria Helgesson "I know I have a great skating foundation now"". Absolute Skating. 
  10. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. 
  18. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. 
  19. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. 
  20. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 March 2005. 
  21. ^ "Viktoria HELGESSON: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. 
  22. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Viktoria HELGESSON". International Skating Union. 

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