Alexander Johnson (figure skater)

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Alexander Johnson
Personal information
Full name Alexander M. Johnson
Country represented United States
Born (1990-05-15) May 15, 1990 (age 25)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home town Minnetonka, Minnesota
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Coach Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren
Former coach Joan Orvis, Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin
Choreographer Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren, Christopher Dean
Former choreographer Sebastien Britten
Skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 193.06
2014 SC Classic
Short program 69.20
2014 Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate 126.07
2014 SC Classic

Alexander Johnson (born May 15, 1990) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 International Challenge Cup silver medalist and 2008 JGP Czech Republic champion.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Johnson was born on May 15, 1990 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1] His elder sister, Shannon, is a skating coach.[2]

He graduated from Hopkins High School in 2008. As of January 2016, he is pursuing an associate's degree at Normandale Community College and plans to study international business at the University of Minnesota.[2]

Career[edit]

Johnson began skating in 1999.[1] His first coach was Joan Orvis.[2]

Johnson debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in autumn 2007. The following season, he won two JGP medals — gold in the Czech Republic and bronze in England — and qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, where he finished sixth.

As a single skater, Johnson began competing on the senior level in the 2009–10 season. In the 2011–12 season, he also competed in novice-level pair skating, partnered with Danielle Viola.

At the 2013 U.S. Championships, Johnson finished seventh in the men's event after placing 12th in the short program and fifth in the free skate. He then won silver at the 2013 International Challenge Cup in The Hague. In June 2013, he tore ligaments in his right ankle while practicing a triple Axel jump and sustained nerve damage from the knee down during surgery.[3][4] He returned to the ice after ten weeks and resumed full training in April 2014 with a titanium screw in his ankle.[3][4]

Johnson finished 11th at the 2015 U.S. Championships. In the summer of 2015, he underwent surgery for multiple hernias.[3] At the 2016 U.S. Championships, he placed 7th in the short program, 5th in the free skate, and 6th overall – his best result to date.

He has landed a 3Lz-1Lo-3F in competition.[4]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015–2016
[2][5][6]
  • Trance
    by Yair Dalal
    performed by Dalal & Al Ol Ensemble
    Album: Silan (1998)
    choreo. by Catarina Lindgren, Christopher Dean

  • The Christ Trilogy
    by Balázs Havasi
  • Parce mihi domine
    performed by Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble
    Album: Officium (1994)
  • In the Act of Creation
    by Balázs Havasi
    choreo. by Tom Dickson
2014–2015
[4][1]
Sweeney Todd
by Stephen Sondheim:
  • The Barber and His Wife
  • Johanna
2013–2014
[7]
  • Stairway to Heaven
    by Rodrigo y Gabriela
2012–2013
[7]
2011–2012
[7][6]
  • Hey, Soul Sister
2010–2011
[7][6]
  • Hey, Soul Sister
2009–2010
[8]
  • Take Five
    by Dave Brubeck
2008–2008
[9][6]
  • Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
    (from Ladies in Lavender)
    by Joshua Bell
    choreo. by Sebastien Britten
  • What I Like About You
    by The Romantics
    choreo. by Kathleen Gazich
2007–2008
[7]
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op 28
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Meditation
    (from Thais)
    by Jules Massenet
2006–2007
[7]
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
2005–2006
[7]
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Autumn
    (from The Four Seasons)
    by Antonio Vivaldi

Competitive highlights[edit]

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Single skating[edit]

International[10]
Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 14–15 15–16
CS Autumn Classic 8th
CS Nebelhorn 6th
CS Golden Spin 6th
Autumn Classic 4th
Finlandia 10th
Challenge Cup 2nd
International: Junior or novice[10]
JGP Final 6th
JGP Bulgaria 4th
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP U.K. 3rd
Gardena 3rd J.
NACS Pittsburgh 2nd N.
National[7]
U.S. Champ. 9th N. 2nd N. 7th J. 3rd J. 17th 16th 15th 7th 11th 6th
Midwest. Sect. 3rd N. 2nd N. 1st J. 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
UGL Regionals 2nd N. 2nd N. 1st
Southwest. Reg. 2nd 4th
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Pair skating[edit]

(with Viola)

Event 2011–12
U.S. Championships 6th N.
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd N.
N. = Novice level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alexander JOHNSON: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hewitt, Chris (January 22, 2016). "U.S. Figure Skating: Alexander Johnson comforted by an old friend, 'Eleanor Rigby'". Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Blount, Rachel (January 18, 2016). "Minnetonka skater overcomes injuries to perform at nationals". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Tiegs, Jacque (August 12, 2014). "Johnson rebounds from ankle surgery". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Alexander (June 1, 2015). "Journal". Alexander Johnson Online / Figure Skaters Online. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Program info". Official website of Alexander Johnson. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alexander Johnson". IceNetwork. 
  8. ^ "Alexander JOHNSON: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Alexander JOHNSON: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Competition Results: Alexander JOHNSON". International Skating Union. 

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