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Alex breaks through to 7th at nationals; wins silver medal at Challenge Cup in The Hague

January/February 2013 — Alex placed 7th, his highest-ever finish, at the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, Neb., January 25-27, with a total score of 224.49. After a 12th place short program (65.20), Alex landed seven triples, including two triple Axels and a rare triple Lutz-half loop-triple flip combination, in his 5th place free skate (159.29). He presented a beautifully nuanced interpretation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" that was choreographed by his coach, Tom Dickson [WATCH a video here (Japanese commentary): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1AI1fXdiE ].

Alex was named to Team USA after Nationals and assigned to his first international competition since 2009 — Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, February 21-24, 2013. He won the silver medal, his first medal in senior international competition, with a total score of 228.54 (side note: France's Brian Joubert nipped him for the gold by a mere 0.12 points). He placed 2nd (76.53) in the short program and won the free skate (152.01) [WATCH a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xui4dH8Ascw ].

Alexander takes 15th at nationals

January 29, 2012 — Alexander placed 15th at the U.S. Championships in San Jose, Calif., with 199.23 points, besting his 16th place finish last year. After a shaky 15th place short program that scored 57.73, Alex rebounded with an solid free skate that did not include a single deduction or negative grade of execution. He was eighth in the free with 141.50.


Alexander finds the way to San Jose

November 18, 2011 — Alexander qualified for the 2012 U.S. Championships, Jan. 22-29, in San Jose, Calif., with a third place showing at the Midwestern Sectionals in Fort Collins, Colo. He won the short program with 70.16 points and was third in the free skate with 112.85. Overall, he scored 183.01.


Alexander places 16th in Greensboro, N.C.

January 30, 2011 — Alexander finished 16th at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C., an improved standing from his 17th place finish last year. He was 16th in the short and 17th in the free for 165.50 points.


Alexander qualifys for the U.S. Championships

November 14, 2010 — Following a second place finish at the Southwestern Regional Championships (183.05 points) and a fourth place showing at the Midwestern Sectional Championships (173.39), Alexander has qualified for the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Alex made his senior debut at nationals last season with a 17th place finish. He also won the bronze medal in the junior men's event at the 2009 U.S. Championships.


Alexander places 17th at U.S. Championships

January 17, 2010 — Alexander finished 17th overall at the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash., with 168.29 points. In his senior debut, he finished 22nd in the short program but improved in his free skating, placing 14th with 114.00 points, including a one-point deduction for a fall on the triple flip.

"It was a really good opportunity for me to make my senior debut this year," he said. "I knew coming in here that I wasn't going to make the Olympic or World team. This nationals was just about gaining more experience so I can improve on my performances and hopefully make some of those teams in the future."


Alexander as 'so much fun' in short program at nationals

January 15, 2010 — Alexander made his senior national debut at the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash., by finishing 22nd in the men's short program. He scored 54.29 points, which included a one-point deduction.

"I'm embarassed because it was probably one of my worst short programs ever," he said. "But it was so much fun being out there skating for so many people. It was the most fun I've ever had."


Alexander wins sectionals, headed to U.S. Championships

November 21, 2009 — Alexander won the senior men's gold medal at the Midwestern Sectional Championship in Wichita, Kan., with 206.97 points, which is more than 20 points higher than the silver medalist. He was first in both portions of the competition.

The gold medal performance qualified Alex for the 2010 U.S. Championships, Jan. 14-24, in Spokane, Wash. Alex has never competed on the senior level nationally before as he won the bronze medal in junior men's last season.


Alexander wins regional championship

October 27, 2009 — Alexander won the gold medal at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship in Hoffman Estates, Ill. He had 159.38 total points from his first place short program and winning free skate.

With the win, Alex qualifies for the Midwestern Sectional Championships, Nov. 17-22, in Wichita, Kan. The top four from sectionals advance to the 2010 U.S. Championships, Jan. 14-24, in Spokane, Wash.


Alexander makes international debut in Finland

October 11, 2009 — Alexander finished 11th overall in his senior international debut in Helsinki, Finland, at the Finlandia Trophy. His total score was 165.03 points.

He scored 54.94 points in his 11th place short program, which included a fall on the opening triple Axel. Alex also under rotated the triple toe in the triple flip-triple toe combination.

In his free skate, Alex finished with 110.09, enough points for an 11th place finish in the segment. Unlike the short program, he received credit for his triple flip-triple toe combination as well as a triple Salchow-double toe-double toe. Alex fell on his triple lutz.


U.S. Figure Skating assigns Alexander to Finlandia Trophy

September 4, 2009 — U.S. Figure Skating has assigned Alexander to compete at his first senior international competition, the Finlandia Trophy. The competition is Oct. 8-11 in Helsinski, Finland.

Alex competed on the Junior Grand Prix series the two previous seasons. In 2008, he won gold at JGP Czech Republic, bronze at JGP Great Britain and was sixth at the JGP Final. He was fourth at 2007 JGP Bulgaria.

After returning from Finlandia, Alex will compete for a spot at the Midwestern Sectional Championships at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships. Regionals is Oct. 24-27 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.


Alexander Johnson Online opens at Figure Skaters Online

May 3, 2009 — Behind a successful season that included a U.S. Championship medal, Alexander Johnson is proud to open his official Web site at www.figureskatersonline.com/alexanderjohnson/.

Alexander Johnson Online is the ultimate source for information related to Alex. In addition to a comprehensive news page, the site also includes personal stats, competition results, program details and more.

The page also has several fun features including a journal and a contact form that allows people to e-mail him directly.

Visit the site often to keep up with Alex as he competes around the country and the world, working toward his goals of becoming a prominent skater on the senior international level.


Alex wins free skate, takes bronze medal at U.S. Championships

January 23, 2009 — After a disappointing seventh place showing in the short program in the junior men's event at the 2009 U.S. Championships in Cleveland, Alexander Johnson improved to third overall with a first place free skate.

"I used that frustration (from my short program) for my long," said Alex, who finished with 171.08 points overall, "And I took that out on the ice with me as motivation. To be first in the long program means a lot to me, and I am really proud of myself for that."

In his winning performance to "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op 28" by Camille Saint-Saëns and "Meditation" from Thais by Massenet, he landed six triple jumps and earned a level four on all of his spins. Alex scored 119.40 for his free.


Alexander seventh in short program at U.S. Championships

January 21, 2009 — Alexander Johnson is in seventh place after the junior men's short program at the 2009 U.S. Championships in Cleveland. He has 51.68 points heading into Friday's free skate.

Performing to "Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra" from the Ladies in Lavender soundtrack, Alex had two major errors on the first two elements of his program. He fell on the opening triple flip and doubled an attempted triple lutz.

While his technical score of 25.53 was well below what he scored on the Junior Grand Prix circuit earlier this season, Alex's program component score of 27.15 was fourth best in the day.

 

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As Alex rises in the rankings, the cost of his training also escalates,
and is currently around $50,000 a year. He receives funding through the
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