Alexander Gamelin

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Alexander Gamelin
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Alexander Gamelin and Yura Min
Personal information
Country representedSouth Korea Republic of Korea
Former country(ies) representedUnited States
Born (1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 (age 25)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
ResidenceIncheon, South Korea
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former partnerYura Min, Danielle Gamelin
CoachIgor Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat, Greg Zuerlein, Adrienne Lenda
Former coachAlexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Dymitri Illin, Ramil Sarkulov, Christie Moxley-Hutson, Karen Ludington, Alexandr Kirsanov, Alexander Esman, Marina Koulbitskaya, Evgeny Platov
ChoreographerIgor Shpilband
Former choreographerAlexei Kiliakov, Elena Novak, Karen Ludington, Evgeny Platov
Skating clubSkating Club of New York
Training locationsNovi, Michigan
Former training locationsNewark, Delaware, Rockville & Wheaton, Maryland, Montvale, Monmouth Junction & Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Bellmore, Great Neck, Syosset & New Hyde Park, New York
Began skating2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total152.00
2017 CS Ice Star
Short dance61.97
2017 CS Ice Star
Free dance92.13
2016 CS Tallinn Trophy

Alexander Gamelin (born February 22, 1993) is an American-born South Korean ice dancer.[1] He competed from the 2004–05 through the 2014–15 season with his twin sister, Danielle Gamelin.[2] The two won the gold medal in senior dance at the 2015 U.S. Eastern Sectionals[3] and placed seventh at the 2015 U.S. Championships.[4] After his sister's retirement from competitive figure skating in April 2015, he teamed up with Yura Min to represent Republic of Korea.[5] Min was born in the United States and maintains dual citizenship from the United States and the Republic of Korea. They are the 2017 and 2018 South Korean National Ice Dance Champions. Representing the Republic of Korea, Alexander and Yura competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics where they finished in 18th place. The ice dance partnership between Alexander Gamelin and Yura Min ended in June 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Gamelin and his twin sister, Danielle, were born on February 22, 1993, in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] In 1998, along with his family, he moved to Merrick, New York, where he attended public elementary and middle school.[6] In 2010, he relocated to Newark, Delaware, where he attended the American School, an accredited distance learning high school, from which he graduated in 2013[7] with high honors.[8]

In May 2014, Gamelin moved to Novi, Michigan.[9] He is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society college student, majoring in linguistics and foreign languages.

Gamelin was granted South Korean citizenship in July 2017, and now lives in Incheon, South Korea.[10][11]

Partnership with Danielle Gamelin for the United States[edit]

Gamelin's interest in ice dance emerged at the age of 3 when, with his twin sister, he watched a television broadcast of the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships ice dance event.[6] The interest then blossomed in 2000,[12] when at the age of seven, he and his sister began the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program in Merrick, New York.[13][14]

In 2003, the Gamelins started taking private ice dance lessons from the husband-and-wife coaching team of Alexander Esman and Marina Koulbitskaya.[15] The Gamelins started competing as a juvenile dance team in 2005. In the 2006–07 season, the Gamelins won the gold medal in juvenile dance at the 2007 North Atlantic Regional Ice Dance Championships[16] and finished 9th at the 2007 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. While Esman remained the principle coach throughout the duo's juvenile, intermediate and novice dance career, Evgeny Platov choreographed their programs and provided additional coaching.[17] The Gamelins won the gold medal in juvenile dance at both the 2008 North Atlantic Regionals and the 2008 U.S. Eastern Sectionals and the bronze medal at the 2008 U.S. Junior Championships.[18]

The following season, skating on the intermediate level, the Gamelins won the silver medal at the 2009 Eastern Sectionals and gold at the 2009 U.S. Junior Championships.[19][20] Shortly after that, the New York State Senate together with the New York State Assembly passed a resolution honoring both for inspiring young people in the State of New York through their work ethic and commitment to excellence.[21] During this and the previous season, the Gamelin twins incorporated a unique choreographic feature into their programs, an inverted eagle, which became known as the "Gamelin Eagle" and the team's signature move.[22]

The Gamelin twins advanced to the novice level the following season. They won the silver medal in novice dance at the 2010 U.S. Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships and finished 5th at the 2010 U.S. Championships.[23][24] During this period, the Gamelins performed as apprentices in the New Works and Young Artist Series with the Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) and were part of the ITNY Outreach Program.[25][26][27] They were recognized by U.S. Figure Skating as 2010 Athlete Ambassadors.[28]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, the Gamelins relocated to Newark, Delaware to train at the University of Delaware's High-Performance Figure Skating Center under Christie Moxley-Hutson, Karen Ludington, and Alexandr Kirsanov.[29] They finished 16th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Germany in Dresden.[30] At home, they won the bronze medal in junior dance the 2011 U.S.Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships[31] and finished 7th at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.[32]

Early in the 2011–12 season, the Gamelins finished 9th at the 2012 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Latvia,[33] 4th at the 2012 Eastern Sectionals[34] and in 12th at the 2012 U.S. Championships.[35] Ahead of their first senior season, 2012–13, the Gamelins relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland to train at the Wheaton Skating Academy with Alexei Kiliakov and Elena Novak. They finished 4th at Eastern Sectionals[36] and 11th at the U.S. Championships.[37] Remaining with Kiliakov for their second season as seniors, the Gamelins won the bronze medal at the 2014 Eastern Sectionals[38] and finished 12th at the 2014 U.S. Championships.[39]

In May 2014, the Gamelins relocated to Novi, Michigan to train with a coaching team led by Igor Shpilband.[9] Under the coaching team of Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat, Greg Zuerlein, and Adrienne Lenda,[12] they won the gold medal in senior dance at the 2015 Eastern Sectionals[3] and moved up five places from the previous season to finish in 7th place in Championship Dance at the 2015 U.S. Championships.[4] In April 2015, the Gamelins ended their 15-year on-ice partnership.[40]

Partnership with Yura Min for South Korea[edit]

2015–2016 season[edit]

In June 2015, Gamelin partnered with Yura Min to represent her home country, South Korea.[5] They became friends while training under Igor Shpilband. They continued to train in Novi, Michigan under Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat, Greg Zuerlein, and Adrienne Lenda.[12][41]

Min and Gamelin made their international debut in the fall of 2015 at four international events – the 2015 CS Ice Challenge (5th place), 2015 NRW Trophy (4th place), and 2015 CS Warsaw Cup (7th place) – before winning the silver medal behind Rebeka Kim and Kirill Minov at the 2016 South Korean Championships.[42][43] They achieved both their ISU season's and personal best at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, where they finished 8th of 16 teams, ending up as the top Korean dancers at the event.[44][45]

2016–2017 season[edit]

Starting their second competitive season together with an early event, the 2016 Lake Placid Ice Dance International, Min and Gamelin placed third in the short dance and second in the free dance,[46] winning the bronze medal overall.[43] The team finished in the top six for all three ISU Challenger Series competitions skated, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, the Nebelhorn Trophy, and the CS Tallinn Trophy,[47] and made their ISU Grand Prix debut at Skate America finishing in 10th place.[47] They advanced to Free Dance and placed 20th at 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki. On the domestic front, Min and Gamelin earned the gold medal in senior dance at both the 2017 KSU President Cup Ranking Competition and the 2017 South Korean Figure Skating Championships.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Min/Gamelin decided to skate to Arirang for their free dance.[11][48] In September, they competed at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying opportunity for the 2018 Winter Olympics. They finished fourth, earning a spot for South Korea in the Olympic ice dance event.

2018-2019 season[edit]

On July 18, 2018, Gamelin announced his partnership with Min has ended.[49]

Programs[edit]

With Yura Min[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2017–18
[50]


2016–17
[1]
Cinema Paradiso
by Ennio Morricone
  • Cinema in Fiamme
  • Runaway, Search and Run
  • Love Theme for Nata
2015–16
[12]
Cirque du Soleil
  • Waltz: Carrousel
    by Benoît Jutras
  • Polka: Balade au boit d'une echelle
  • Waltz: Carrousel
    by Benoît Jutras
The Beatles

With Danielle Gamelin[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance
2011–12
[29][54]
  • Cha Cha: Corazon Espinado
    by Santana
  • Samba: La vida es un carneval
    by Casa Musica
  • Csardas
    by Monti
2010–11
[54]
  • Smooth
    by Santana
2009–10
[54]
2008–09
[15]
  • King Arthur

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Yura Min for South Korea[edit]

International[43]
Event 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018-19
Olympics 18th
Worlds 20th 21st
Four Continents 8th 8th 7th
GP Skate America 10th WD
CS Ice Challenge 5th
CS Ice Star 5th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 6th 4th
CS Ondrej Nepela 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 5th
CS U.S. Classic 6th
CS Warsaw Cup 7th
NRW Trophy 4th
Lake Placid IDI 3rd
National[43]
South Korean Champ. 2nd 1st 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Danielle Gamelin for the United States[edit]

International[55]
Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
JGP Germany 16th
JGP Latvia 9th
National[54]
U.S. Champ. 5th N 7th J 12th J 11th 12th 7th
U.S. Junior 9th V 3rd V 1st I
Eastern Sect. 1st V 2nd I 2nd N 3rd J 4th J 4th 3rd 1st
North Atlantic 1st V 1st V
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior

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