Name Alexander Johnson
Birthdate May 15, 1990
Birthplace Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hometown Minnetonka, Minnesota
Training Town Colorado Springs, Colorado
Club Broadmoor Skating Club
Primary Coach Tom Dickson
Secondary Coaches Catarina Lindgren
Choreographer Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren
Alexander Johnson been skating for most of his life.
"I started to skate at age 3 in hockey skates because my dad would flood our back yard and create an ice rink," said Johnson, who is a Minnesota native. "Both my sister and I would make up programs to all sorts of music and we would skate like no one was watching. It was so much fun."
After two years on hockey skates, he explored figure skating for the first time.
"I decided I wanted to try on a pair of my sister's figure skates and see what it was like. I enjoyed this new thrill but at the time made nothing out of it," said Johnson, who once represented the Braemar-City of Lakes Figure Skating Club. "Up until about age 8, I was in hockey skates and during that year, I transitioned to figure skates and began taking private lessons when I was about 9."
Alex has steadily risen through the ranks since then. He won the silver medal in the novice men's event at the 2007 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash., and then received his first international medal at Gardena Spring Trophy, a bronze in the junior men's competition.
"I would say the most defining moment in my career would be qualifying for the 2008 JGP Final in Goyang City, South Korea," Alex said. "Going into this past season, it was one of my top goals to make it there so when I finally qualified, it felt so rewarding to know that all the hard work and energy I had put into making it there had paid off."
To qualify for the Final, where he placed sixth, Alex won the gold medal at Junior Grand Prix in Czech Republic and bronze in Great Britain. He finished the season with the junior men's bronze medal at the 2009 U.S. Championships in Cleveland.
Alex has been most successful in singles skating, competing in four U.S. Championships and four U.S. Junior Championships. But he also tried both dance and pairs.
"I did both ice dance and pairs, however I only tested dance," Alex said. "I did compete at the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in juvenile pairs with Chelsey Jernberg. I loved doing pairs, but my heart has and always will be in singles."
And there is one thing that keeps him on the ice.
"There are so many things I love about skating that it is hard to list them all," Johnson said. "The one thing though that I love is the feeling of coming home after a long day at the rink and your body just being so fatigued. It is such a bittersweet feeling, but I love it because it gives me a sense of accomplishment."
After the end of his competitive skating career, he is unsure what he would like to pursue, though he would also like to remain involved in skating. "My only goal off ice would be that I want to be happy and content with my life, no matter what I end up doing," he said.
One interest besides skating is music. "Music is a big passion of mine and I enjoy listening to all genres. I have too many favorite bands to list," said Alex, who has artists from Rascal Flatts to Matt Nathanson to Andrea Bocelli on his iPod.
His other off-ice interests include water skiing, swimming, four wheeling and running. Alex used to be a competitive soccer player but gave up soccer when he was 14 years old to focus on skating.
Alex graduated from Hopkins High School with a grade point average of 3.99. He is currently on leave from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
"It's really hard to miss so much school and expect to do as well as I want to," Alex said. "I really want to go back to school because I miss it, but skating won't always be there so I have to take this opportunity I have right now and go for it."
Jump Triple Lutz
Male Skaters Jeffrey Buttle, Jeremy Abbott, Patrick Chan and Evgeni Plushenko
Book The Secret
Colors Red, blue and gold
Animal Koala Bear
Foods Pretzels, hummus, strawberries and ice cream
Drinks Water and
Web site www.facebook.com
Quote "Never, never, never give up." — Winston Churchill