Alexandra Aldridge

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Alexandra Aldridge
2012 World Junior FS Alexandra Aldridge Daniel Eaton.jpg
Aldridge/Eaton in 2012
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1994-05-07) May 7, 1994 (age 22)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Home town Birmingham, Michigan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Partner Matthew Blackmer
Former partner Daniel Eaton, Jonathan Cohn
Coach Angelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, Natalia Denner
Former coach Elizabeth Swallow, Marina Zueva, Massimo Scali.
Choreographer Angelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo
Former choreographer Marina Zueva, Massimo Scali, C. Thacker, M. Lemanski
Skating club Detroit SC
Former skating club Arctic Edge
Training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locations Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 144.95
2014 Four Continents
Short dance 58.46
ISU JGP Sencila Bled Cup 2012
Free dance 87.30
2014 Four Continents

Alexandra Aldridge (born May 7, 1994) is an American ice dancer. With former partner Daniel Eaton, she is the 2014 Four Continents bronze medalist, a two-time (2012, 2013) World Junior bronze medalist, the 2012 JGP Final bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national junior champion.

Career[edit]

Partnership with Eaton[edit]

Aldridge/Eaton teamed up in May 2009.[1][2] In their first season together, they won the U.S. novice title.[3] The following season, they debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series, placing 6th and 4th in France and England, respectively. They finished 5th on the junior level at the 2011 U.S. Championships.

During the 2011–12 season, Aldridge/Eaton won bronze in Latvia and silver in Austria on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. They won the junior title at the 2012 U.S. Championships. They competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships and won the bronze medal ahead of Anna Yanovskaya / Sergei Mozgov.

In 2012–13, Aldridge/Eaton won gold medals at their JGP events in Lake Placid, USA and Slovenia. Their results qualified them for the 2012–13 JGP Final in Sochi, Russia, where they won the bronze medal. They won another bronze medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

Aldridge/Eaton placed sixth in their senior international debut at the 2013 Ondrej Nepela Trophy and then fifth in their sole GP event, the 2013 Cup of China. They finished 5th at the 2014 U.S. Championships and were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents where they won the bronze medal. Aldridge/Eaton joined the U.S. team to the 2014 World Championships as a result of the withdrawal of Meryl Davis / Charlie White and injury to Madison Hubbell (first alternate with Zachary Donohue).[4] They trained at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, coached by Anjelika Krylova, until the end of the season.[5]

Aldridge/Eaton made a coaching change in July 2014, joining Marina Zueva, Massimo Scali, Johnny Johns, and Oleg Epstein at Canton, Michigan's Arctic Edge.[6] After winning gold at the U.S. Classic, they competed at two Grand Prix events, placing sixth at the 2014 Skate Canada International and seventh at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup. They finished sixth at the 2015 U.S. Championships. They announced the end of their partnership on January 30, 2015.[7]

Partnership with Blackmer[edit]

On July 31, 2015, IceNetwork announced that Aldridge had teamed up with former pairs skater Matthew Blackmer, though they had teamed up two months prior. They began work with coaches Anjelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, and Natalia Annenko-Deller.[8] He passed sixteen dance tests in one week in order to compete with her.[9][10] Their first competition together was the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, where they placed third in the senior category, finishing fourth in the short dance[11] and third in the free.[12] They finished ninth at the 2016 United States National Championships.

On September 13, 2016, Blackmer and Aldridge announced the end of their one-year partnership; Aldridge looks to continue competing with a new partner while Blackmer decided to retire from competition. [13]


Programs[edit]

Aldrige/Eaton, bronze medalists at the 2012 World Junior Championships

With Blackmer[edit]

Season Short Dance Free Dance Exhibition
2015–2016
[8]

With Eaton[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2014–2015
[14][6]
Carmen:
by Georges Bizet
Gone with the Wind:
by Max Steiner
  • Tara's Theme
    performed by André Rieu
  • Atlanta Bazaar
  • Fleeing of Atlanta
  • Tara's Theme
    choreo. by Marina Zueva, Massimo Scali
2013–2014
[5]
  • Quickstep: Man with the Hex
  • Foxtrot: The Business of Love
    (from The Mask)
  • Swing: Hey Pachuco
    (from The Mask)
  • Secret Love
    by Nicos
  • Dhoom Taana (Om Shanti Om)
  • Anarkli Disco (Houseful 2)
    Songs of 2012 Bollywood
2012–2013
[15]
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000
    by Brian Setzer
  • Down Home Blues
    by Gene Harris
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    by Isaac Stern
2011–2012
[16]
2010–2011
[2]
Original dance
2009–2010
[2]

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

With Eaton

Aldridge/Eaton perform their short dance at the 2012–13 JGP Final
International[17]
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds 17th
Four Continents 3rd
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Rostel. Cup 7th
GP Skate Canada 6th
CS U.S. Classic 1st
Nepela Trophy 6th
International: Junior[17]
Junior Worlds 3rd 3rd
JGP Final 4th 3rd
JGP Austria 2nd
JGP France 6th
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Slovenia 1st
JGP U.K. 4th
JGP U.S. 1st
National[2]
U.S. Champ. 1st N. 5th J. 1st J. 1st J. 5th 6th
Midwestern 1st N. 2nd J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Elvin (February 22, 2012). "Aldridge and Eaton hope to challenge in Belarus". Golden Skate. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Alexandra Aldridge / Daniel Eaton". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (January 20, 2010). "Aldridge, Eaton come from behind to win novice dance". IceNetwork. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Davis and White Elect Not to Compete at 2014 World Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Slater, Paula (July 17, 2014). "Aldridge and Eaton make switch to Zoueva". Golden Skate. 
  7. ^ "Aldridge, Eaton announce split after six years". IceNetwork. January 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S. (July 31, 2015). "From throws to twizzles: Blackmer takes up dance". IceNetwork. 
  9. ^ Rutherford, Lynn [LynnRutherford] (July 23, 2015). ".@MattBmer now dancing w/@Aaldi7, passed 16 tests in 1 week" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (6 October 2015). "Aldridge and Blackmer 'cutting edges'". Golden Skate. 
  11. ^ "2015 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships - Senior Short Dance Results". Lake Placid Skating. Olympic Regional Development Authority. July 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "2015 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships - Senior Free Dance Results". Lake Placid Skating. Olympic Regional Development Authority. July 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Aldridge, Blackmer Announce End of Partnership". ice-dance.com. 
  14. ^ "Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Competition Results: Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Alexandra Aldridge at Wikimedia Commons