Alexia Paganini

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Alexia Paganini
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Paganini in January 2018
Personal information
Country representedSwitzerland
Former country(ies) representedUnited States
Born (2001-11-15) November 15, 2001 (age 17)
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Home townHarrison, United States
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
CoachIgor Krokavec
Former coachCraig Maurizi, Gilberto Viadana, Michela Boschetto
ChoreographerNikolai Morozov
Skating clubWinterthurer SC
Training locationsHackensack, New Jersey
Began skating2003
ISU personal best scores
Combined total182.50
2018 Rostelecom Cup
Short program65.64
2019 European Championships
Free skate119.07
2018 Rostelecom Cup

Alexia Paganini (born November 15, 2001) is a Swiss-American figure skater who currently represents Switzerland in ladies' singles. She is the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist, the 2018 Halloween Cup champion, the 2017 Slovenia Open champion, and a two-time Swiss national champion (2018, 2019).

She placed 21st at the 2018 Winter Olympics representing Switzerland.

Personal life[edit]

Alexia Paganini was born on November 15, 2001, in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States.[1] The second of three children, she has two brothers – Kevin and Mario.[2] She holds Swiss and U.S. citizenship.[3] Her father, Celso Paganini, is from Brusio, Switzerland.[4][5] Her mother, originally from the Netherlands,[2] lived for ten years in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[6]


Early career[edit]

Paganini began learning to skate in 2003.[2] She skated at Westchester Skating Academy for a few years under her former coach, Gilberto Viadana. She represented the United States at two international events. In April 2016, she won the junior gold medal at the Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy. In August 2016, she finished sixth at an ISU Junior Grand Prix event in France.

In January 2017, Paganini placed fifth on the junior level at the U.S. Championships. Later that year, she became interested in competing for Switzerland after a suggestion by her coach, Igor Krokavec.[7] Swiss Ice Skating became aware of her interest in April 2017 and soon contacted her.[3]

2017–2018 season: PyeongChang Olympics[edit]

Paganini made her senior international debut and her first appearance for Switzerland at the Slovenia Open in August 2017; she outscored Australia's Kailani Craine by 2.31 points to win the gold medal. In late September, she competed at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying opportunity for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Ranked sixth in the short program and third in the free skate, she obtained the bronze medal (by a margin of 0.13 over Germany's Nathalie Weinzierl) in addition to a spot for Switzerland at the Olympics. In December, the Swiss Olympic Association confirmed that Paganini would represent Switzerland at the Olympics.[8]

In January, Paganini finished seventh at the 2018 European Championships in Moscow, Russia. The following month, she competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[9] Ranked nineteenth in the short program, she advanced to the final segment and would finish twenty-first overall. She also qualified to the free skate at the 2018 World Championships, finishing twentieth at the March event in Milan, Italy.

2018–2019 season: Grand Prix debut[edit]

Alexia Paganini began her season with an eighth-place at the CS Autumn Classic. In October she won the International Halloween Cup, after placing second in the short program behind Ivett Tóth, but first in the free.

Paganini made her Grand Prix debut at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup. In the short program she scored a personal best (63.43) and was in third place. In the free skate she marked her personal best (119.07) and she placed fifth, to finish fourth overall with a total of 182.50 (her personal best score), behind Alina Zagitova, Sofia Samodurova, and Lim Eun-soo. Due to Carolina Kostner's withdrawal from the 2018 Internationaux de France because of injury, Paganini was chosen to replace her at the event, giving her a second Grand Prix assignment. She was eighth after the short program, tenth in the free, and finished tenth overall. In December, she won the Swiss Championships for the second time in a row.

In January 2019, she competed at the European Championships, held in Minsk, Belarus. Paganini scored a new personal best in the short program, 65.64, and won the bronze small medal, behind Zagitova and Samodurova. She said she was "really happy with my performance. I actually was nervous, but tried not to show it."[10] Paganini placed seventh in the free skate, and she finished sixth overall.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • La La Land
    by Justin Hurwitz
    • Mia and Sebastian's Theme
    • City of Stars
    • Epilogue

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

For Switzerland[edit]

Event 2017–18 2018–19
Olympics 21st
Worlds 20th 33rd
Europeans 7th 6th
GP France 10th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th
CS Autumn Classic 8th
CS Nebelhorn 3rd
Halloween Cup 1st
Slovenia Open 1st
Swiss Champ. 1st 1st

For the United States[edit]

International: Junior[13]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
JGP France 6th
Gardena Trophy 1st
U.S. Champ. 2nd I 8th N 2nd N 5th J
Eastern Sectionals 1st I 1st N 1st N 1st J
North Atlantic Reg. 14th V 1st I 2nd N 2nd N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Personal bests highlighted in bold, season bests in italic.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 33
- -
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships 3
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 8
16–18 November 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 3
19-21 October 2018 2018 International Halloween Cup 2
20–22 September 2018 2018 CS Autumn Classic 7
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 19
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 19
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships 9
27-30 September 2017 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 6
1–3 September 2017 2017 Slovenia Open 6


  1. ^ a b c d "Alexia Paganini". Archived from the original on July 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Alexia PAGANINI: 2018/2019". International Skating Union.
  3. ^ a b "Alexia Paganini gagne son billet pour PyeongChang" [Alexia Paganini wins ticket to PyeongChang]. Swiss Telegraphic Agency (in French). Le Matin (Switzerland). September 30, 2017. Archived from the original on November 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alexia Paganini si qualifica per le Olimpiadi invernali del 2018" [Alexia Paganini qualifies for the 2018 Winter Olympics]. Il Bernina (in Italian). October 4, 2017. Archived from the original on November 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Meier, Sarah (22 February 2018). "Alexia Paganini - die neue Hoffnungsträgerin auf dem Eis". Schweizer Illustrierte (in German). Archived from the original on June 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Gisi, Emanuel (February 20, 2018). "Alexia Paganini tanzt für die Schweiz". (in German). Archived from the original on June 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Kolb, Albert René (August 18, 2017). "Schweizer Hoffnung aus den USA" [Swiss hope from the United States]. Der Landbote (in German). Archived from the original on November 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Eiskunstläuferin Alexia Paganini vertritt die Schweiz in PyeongChang" [Figure skater Alexia Paganini to represent Switzerland in PyeongChang] (in German). Swiss Olympic Association. December 22, 2017. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Athlete Profile - Alexia PAGANINI". Archived from the original on April 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (January 23, 2019). "Alina Zagitova: 'I need to be confident in myself'". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ "Alexia PAGANINI: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Lewis, Amber (January 14, 2017). "Paganini balances elegance with technical prowess in podium push".
  13. ^ a b "Competition Results: Alexia PAGANINI". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018.

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