Alexander Johnson (figure skater)

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Alexander Johnson
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1990-05-15) May 15, 1990 (age 27)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home town Minnetonka, Minnesota
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Coach Page Lipe, Tom Dickson
Former coach Joan Orvis, Tom Zakrajsek, Sandra Johansson, Becky Calvin
Choreographer Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren
Former choreographer Sebastien Britten, Christopher Dean
Skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 212.85
2015 CS Golden Spin
Short program 71.95
2015 CS Golden Spin
Free skate 140.90
2015 CS Golden Spin

Alexander M. 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]

Johnson graduated from Hopkins High School in 2008. After briefly studying science and engineering at the University of Minnesota, he took a leave of absence.[3] He later studied at Normandale Community College[2] before enrolling at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.[3]

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.[4][5] He returned to the ice after ten weeks and resumed full training in April 2014 with a titanium screw in his ankle.[4][5]

Johnson finished 11th at the 2015 U.S. Championships. In the summer of 2015, he underwent surgery for multiple hernias.[4] 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.[5]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[6][7]
2016–2017
[1][8]
  • Intro
    by B-Tribe
  • Bamboleo
    by Gipsy Kings
    choreo. by Tom Dickson
2015–2016
[2][8][9]
  • 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
[10][5]
2013–2014
[11]
  • Stairway to Heaven
    by Rodrigo y Gabriela
2012–2013
[11]
2011–2012
[8][11]
  • Hey, Soul Sister
2010–2011
[8][11]
  • Hey, Soul Sister
2009–2010
[12]
  • Take Five
    by Dave Brubeck
2008–2009
[8][13]
  • 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
[11]
  • 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
[11]
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
2005–2006
[11]
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Autumn
    (from The Four Seasons)
    by Antonio Vivaldi

Competitive highlights[edit]

CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Men's singles[edit]

International[14]
Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 14–15 15–16 16–17
CS Autumn Classic 8th
CS Golden Spin 6th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 6th
CS Nepela Memorial 6th
Autumn Classic 4th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Finlandia Trophy 10th
International: Junior or novice[14]
JGP Final 6th
JGP Bulgaria 4th
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP United Kingdom 3rd
Gardena 3rd J
NACS Pittsburgh 2nd N
National[11]
U.S. Champ. 9th N 2nd N 7th J 3rd J 17th 16th 15th 7th 11th 6th 6th
Midwestern Sect. 3rd N 2nd N 1st J 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Upper Great Lakes 2nd N 2nd N 1st
Southwestern Reg. 2nd 4th
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Pairs with Viola[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alexander JOHNSON: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 4, 2017. 
  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 Brannen, Sarah S. (March 3, 2017). "The Inside Edge: Skaters balance training, studies". IceNetwork. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tiegs, Jacque (August 12, 2014). "Johnson rebounds from ankle surgery". Golden Skate. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Alexander (May 31, 2017). "Excited to announce that my short for 2017/2018 will be to Legends by Sacred Spirit. Choreography: Tom Dickson." (Instagram). 
  7. ^ Johnson, Alexander (May 31, 2017). "A look into my new long program for the 2017/2018 season. I'll be skating to Mea Culpa and Sadeness by Enigma. Choreography: Rohene Ward." (Instagram). 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Program info". Official website of Alexander Johnson. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Alexander (June 1, 2015). "Journal". Alexander Johnson Online / Figure Skaters Online. 
  10. ^ "Alexander JOHNSON: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alexander Johnson". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Alexander JOHNSON: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Alexander JOHNSON: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Competition Results: Alexander JOHNSON". International Skating Union. 

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