Alex Benoit

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Alex Benoit
Alex Benoit Headshot.jpg
Alexander Benoit in 2017
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 (age 22)
Winfield, Illinois
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Former partner Elliana Pogrebinsky, Olivia Di Iorio
Former coach Igor Shpilband, Candice Brown
Former choreographer Igor Shpilband
Former training locations Novi, Michigan
Naperville, Illinois
Began skating 2004
Retired March 20, 2018
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 167.81
2016 CS Tallinn Trophy
Short dance 65.94
2016 CS Tallinn Trophy
Free dance 101.87
2016 CS Tallinn Trophy

Alexander Alex Benoit (born October 9, 1995) is an American actor and former competitive ice dancer. With his skating partner, Elliana Pogrebinsky, he is a two-time ISU Challenger Series Tallinn Trophy bronze medalist (2016, 2017), the 2016 Lake Placid Ice Dance International champion, the 2017 U.S. national pewter medalist, and a two-time (2015–2016) U.S. junior national bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander (Alex) Benoit was born on October 9, 1995 in Winfield, Illinois.[1] He has French-Canadian and Ukrainian ancestry.[2] His mother has served as a U.S. Figure Skating judge and ice dance controller.[3] His father was a scholarship football player for Northwestern University. After finishing high school through distance education, he enrolled at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he is studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Theatre degree.[4] He has appeared in numerous main stage productions at the university, having lead roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bullets Over Broadway, The School for Scandal, and others. He also serves as a U.S. Figure Skating judge for singles, pairs and ice dance and a technical specialist for ice dance.

Professional acting career[edit]

Benoit's first professional role was in Daddy Long Legs, in the title role of Jervis Pendleton, in spring 2018. The production was the Michigan premiere of the musical and was staged at The Dio Theatre in Pinckney, MI. His next role was in the musical Something in the Game, about legendary football coach Knute Rockne. The musical is being staged through the American Music Theatre Project, based at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Benoit was cast as an ensemble member and also as an understudy for George Gipp; the production will run in late July and early August 2018.

Early skating career[edit]

Benoit began skating in 2004.[1] Competing as a single skater, he won the national juvenile bronze medal at the 2009 U.S. Junior Championships and was awarded the intermediate bronze medal the following season. Candice Brown coached him from 2004 to 2014.[4]

Benoit decided to switch to ice dancing after being diagnosed with a congenital knee condition that was aggravated by his flip and lutz jumps.[3] He teamed up with Olivia Di Iorio in late 2012.[5] The two placed 11th in junior ice dancing at the 2014 U.S. Championships. They were coached by Candice Brown in Naperville, Illinois and by Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.[3][5]

Partnership with Pogrebinsky[edit]

Benoit teamed up with Elliana Pogrebinsky in March 2014 after a tryout in Novi, Michigan that was suggested by Igor Shpilband.[4][3] Their international debut came at the 2014–15 ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Aichi; after placing fifth in Japan, Pogrebinsky/Benoit were sent to the JGP in Zagreb, Croatia, where they finished 8th. In January 2015, they won the junior bronze medal at the 2015 U.S. Championships and were selected to compete at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn. Ranked 12th in the short dance, they qualified for the free dance (14th) and finished 13th overall in Estonia.

During the 2015–16 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, Pogrebinsky/Benoit placed fourth in Linz, Austria, and won the bronze medal in Logroño, Spain. They repeated as junior national bronze medalists and were assigned to the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary; they placed fifth in the short dance, fourth in the free, and fourth overall.

Pogrebinsky/Benoit decided to compete on the senior level in the 2016–17 season.[3] Following autumn appearances at two ISU Grand Prix events and two ISU Challenger Series events, they won the senior pewter medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships in January 2017. They completed their season in the top 24 of the ISU World Ranking for ice dance. During this season, Pogrebinsky/Benoit debuted a new move, which they named the "Fountain Lift", in their Layla and Majnun-themed free dance. It consisted of Benoit skating on a deep outside spread eagle while Pogrebinsky performed an arched-back handstand on his knees.

During the 2017-18 season, they again competed at two ISU Grand Prix events, two Challenger Series events, and the 2018 U.S. Championships, capping off their season with another top 24 ISU World Ranking.

Benoit announced his retirement from competitive skating in March 2018 to finish his college education and to pursue his acting career.[6]

Programs[edit]

With Pogrebinsky[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2017–2018
[7][4]
2016–2017
[1][8]
Persian legend: Layla and Majnun
2015–2016
[9]
2014–2015
[10][8]
  • Straight to Memphis
    by Club des Belugas
  • Beijos
    by DJ Vadim
  • Banto
    by Kaoma

With Di Iorio[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2013–2014
[5]
  • Medley
    by Dean Martin

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Pogrebinsky[edit]

International[11]
Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
GP Cup of China 7th
GP France 7th
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th
GP Skate America 7th
CS Lombardia Trophy 4th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 3rd 3rd
Lake Placid IDI 1st 3rd
International: Junior[11]
World Junior Champ. 13th 4th
JGP Austria 4th
JGP Croatia 8th
JGP Japan 5th
JGP Spain 3rd
National[4]
U.S. Championships 3rd J 3rd J 4th 7th
Midwestern Sectionals 1st J 1st J
J = Junior level
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Di Iorio[edit]

National[5][12]
Event 2013–14
U.S. Championships 11th J
Midwestern Sectionals 3rd J
J = Junior level

Single skating[edit]

National
Event 2008–09 2009–10
U.S. Junior Championships 3rd V 3rd I
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Pogrebinsky, Elliana; Benoit, Alex (September 9, 2015). "Waltzing on the Danube: Ice dancers blog from Linz". IceNetwork.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Calder, Anne (June 15, 2016). "Pogrebinsky & Benoit set their sights on long-term goals". ice-dance.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Olivia Di Iorio & Alex Benoit". ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brannen, Sarah S. (March 30, 2018). "The Inside Edge: Krasnozhon avoids major injury". IceNetwork.com. 
  7. ^ "Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Programs". Official website of Pogrebinsky & Benoit. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Competition Results: Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Olivia DI IORIO / Alex BENOIT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. 

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