Camden Pulkinen

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Camden Pulkinen
Lillehammer 2016 - Figure Skating Men Short Program - Camden Pulkinen 2.jpg
Pulkinen in 2016
Personal information
Country representedUnited States United States
Born (2000-03-25) March 25, 2000 (age 19)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Home townColorado Springs, Colorado
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
CoachDamon Allen, Tammy Gambill
Former coachBecky Calvin, Drew Meekins, Karen Gesell, Tom Zakrajsek
ChoreographerStéphane Lambiel, Tom Dickson
Former choreographerDrew Meekins
Skating clubBroadmoor SC
Training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Began skating2005
World standing29 (2018–19)
64 (2017–18)
186 (2016–17)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total223.95
2018 JGP Austria
Short program82.41
2019 Junior Worlds
Free skate147.80
2018 JGP Austria

Camden Pulkinen (born March 25, 2000) is an American figure skater. He is the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, two-time JGP Austria champion (2017, 2018), and 2018 U.S. national junior champion. He finished within the top six at the 2018 World Junior Championships. He is the former world record holder for the junior men's short program.

Personal life[edit]

Pulkinen was born on March 25, 2000, in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] His elder sister, Elena, has also competed in figure skating.[2] He attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.[3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pulkinen began learning to skate in 2005.[1] He competed on the juvenile level beginning in the 2010–2011 season. He moved up to the intermediate level in 2013–2014 and to the novice ranks the following season.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Pulkinen moved up to the junior level in the 2015–2016 season. He was coached by Karen Gesell at the Coyotes Skating Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.[4]

After winning the Golden West Championships, he was nominated to represent the United States at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Hamar, Norway.[3] He placed seventh at the competition, held in February 2016.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Pulkinen relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in June 2016.[5] Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin, and Drew Meekins became his coaches.[6]

His ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) came in October 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia; he finished ninth at the event. In January 2017, he won the junior silver medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Making his senior international debut, Pulkinen placed eleventh at the Philadelphia Summer International in early August 2017. He then returned to the junior level, winning gold at a 2017 JGP competition in September in Salzburg, Austria. A month later, he took silver at a JGP event in Gdańsk, Poland, and qualified to the JGP Final in Nagoya, Japan. In Nagoya, Japan, he won the silver medal at the JGP Final. After the final, he won gold at the 2018 U.S. national in Junior men. In March, he competed at the 2018 World Junior Championships and placed sixth.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Pulkinen trained in Colorado Springs, Colorado, under Tom Zakrajsek, and also got help from Tammy Gambill and Christy Krall. He worked with Tom Dickson and Drew Meekins on choreography, Becky Calvin on basics, and Eddie Shipstead and Erick Schulz on jump and pole harness. Off ice, he worked with Anna Weslin on dance and Brandon Siakel for strength training.[7]

In early August 2018, Pulkinen placed fourth in the senior ranks at the Philadelphia Summer International. Competing in the 2018–2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, he won gold in Linz, Austria. At his second JGP event he won the silver medal in Ostrava, Czech Republic, setting a world junior record in the short program in the process. [7] His placements in Linz and Ostrava qualified him to the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final in Vancouver,Canada.

Pulkinen next competed at the senior level at the 2018 CS Alpen Trophy, his debut on the Challenger series. He placed fourth in the short, sixth in the free, and sixth overall. At the 2018–19 Junior Grand Prix Final, Pulkinen placed first in the short program, but placed sixth in the free skate, with three falls and other jump errors. As a result, he dropped to fifth place overall. Pulkinen commented afterward that he believed he had not trained the free skate sufficiently.[8]

In late January 2019, he finished twelfth at the U.S. national championships, placing eighth in the short program and fifteenth in the free skate. After attending the US junior camp, he was nevertheless named to the US team for the 2019 World Junior Championships. He placed first in the short program there, winning a gold small medal, but struggled once again in the free skate, where he placed ninth. He finished eighth overall.[9]

In May 2019, Pulkinen announced that he had left coach Tom Zakrajsek to train under Tammy Gambill and Damon Allen.[10]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[11]
2018–2019
[12][13]
2017–2018
[1][10]
2016–2017
[6][14]
  • Sarabande Suite (Aeternae)
    by Globus
2015–2016
[15]

Records and achievements[edit]

Junior world record scores[edit]

Pulkinen has set two junior world record scores under the new +5 / -5 GOE (Grade of Execution) system.

Junior men's short program records[16]
Date Score Event Note
6 March 2019 82.41 2019 World Junior Championships Surpassed by Artur Danielian.
24 August 2018 81.01 2018 JGP Czech Republic Later surpassed by Pulkinen himself.

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Junior and senior career[edit]

International[17]
Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
GP Cup of China TBD
GP Skate Canada TBD
CS Alpen Trophy 6th
CS Autumn Classic 5th
Philadelphia 11th 4th 5th
International: Junior[17]
Youth Olympics 7th
Junior Worlds 6th 8th
JGP Final 2nd 5th
JGP Austria 1st 1st
JGP Czech Republic 2nd
JGP Estonia 9th
JGP Poland 2nd
National[11]
U.S. Champ. 11th J 2nd J 1st J 12th
Midwestern 1st J
Pacific Coast 4th J
Southwest Pacific 4th J
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned

Juvenile, intermediate, and novice career[edit]

National[11]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15
U.S. Junior Championships 16th V 5th V
Midwestern Sectionals
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st V 6th N
Southwest Pacific Regionals 7th V 1st V 1st V 1st I 2nd N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Pewter medals (fourth place) awarded only at U.S. domestic events. Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic. Personal bests highlighted in bold.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
8–10 November 2019 2019 Cup of China
TBD


25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada
TBD


12–14 September 2019 2019 Autumn Classic International 5
81.34
6
138.34
5
216.25
July 31 – August 3, 2019 2019 Philadelphia Summer International 6
57.81
2
128.61
5
186.42

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Pewter medals (fourth place) awarded only at U.S. domestic events. Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic. Personal bests highlighted in bold.

2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 4–10, 2019 2019 World Junior Championships Junior 1
82.41
9
134.27
8
216.68
Jan. 19 - 27, 2019 2019 U.S. Championships Senior 8
78.39
15
121.48
12
199.87
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 JGP Final Junior 1
80.31
6
117.37
5
197.68
11-18 November 2018 2018 CS Alpen Trophy Senior 4
71.85
6
124.70
6
196.55
September 26–29, 2018 2018 JGP Czech Republic Junior 1
81.01
5
131.44
2
212.45
August 29 – September 1, 2018 2018 JGP Austria Junior 2
76.15
1
147.80
1
223.95
August 3–5, 2018 2018 Philadelphia Summer International Senior 5
67.20
4
127.82
4
195.02
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 5–11, 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 17
62.31
4
145.57
6
207.88
Dec. 29 – Jan. 8, 2017 2018 U.S. Championships Junior 1
67.88
1
151.41
1
219.29
December 7–10, 2017 2017−18 JGP Final Junior 5
70.90
2
146.20
2
217.10
October 4–7, 2017 2017 JGP Poland Junior 4
68.52
1
140.83
2
209.35
August 23–26, 2017 2017 JGP Austria Junior 1
66.34
1
137.46
1
203.80
August 3–5, 2017 2017 Philadelphia Summer International Senior 11
56.57
11
113.02
11
169.59
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships Junior 1
73.41
2
124.24
2
197.65
September 28 – October 1, 2016 2016 JGP Estonia Junior 9
60.44
9
111.25
9
171.69
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 12–21, 2016 2016 Youth Olympics Junior 7
57.91
8
108.68
7
166.59
January 15–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships Junior 11
46.80
10
98.59
11
145.39

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Camden PULKINEN: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 19, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (January 16, 2016). "Gilbert siblings ready for U.S. Figure Skating Championships". azcentral.com.
  3. ^ a b "Arizona's Camden Pulkinen to skate at Lillehammer Youth Olympics". byteclay.com. February 5, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Camden Pulkinen ready to skate with junior men at Nationals". byteclay.com. January 14, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "#JacksonFamily Interviews ft. Camden Pulkinen". medium.com. February 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Camden PULKINEN: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ a b Slater, Paula (16 October 2018). "A season of "rebranding" for USA's Camden Pulkinen". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ Slater, Paula (December 7, 2018). "'Dark horse' Gogolev wins men's Junior Grand Prix title". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ Slater, Paula (March 6, 2019). "Camden in true form at Junior Worlds". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ a b "With new coaches and a new perspective, Camden Pulkinen wants to 'show improvement in all areas' – Figure Skaters Online". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  11. ^ a b c "Camden Pulkinen". U.S. Figure Skating.
    "Earlier versions". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ "Camden PULKINEN: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018.
  13. ^ Capellazzi, Gina (August 30, 2018). "Camden Pulkinen: Building his springboard to success". figureskatersonline.com.
  14. ^ Lewis, Amber (January 12, 2017). "Pulkinen aims to jump to the podium in Kansas City". icemusings.com.
  15. ^ "Camden PULKINEN: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  16. ^ Cite error: The named reference 100pbmsp was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  17. ^ a b "Competition Results: Camden PULKINEN". International Skating Union.

External links[edit]

World Junior Record Holders
Preceded by
Canada Conrad Orzel
Men's Junior Short Program
28 September 2018 – 12 September 2019
Succeeded by
Russia Artur Danielian