Eliot Jon Halverson
November 8, 1990
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Eliot came to the United States as an infant. "I was adopted as a five month old baby," he said.
He started skating years later. "I began skating at the age of 6 on the pond in my backyard," Eliot said. "I copied the moves and jumps of skaters I saw on television."
Eliot received his first pair of real figure skates as a gift for his seventh birthday. "I skated on the pond the whole day," he said. "I thought I could land triple Axels if I turned my head really fast in the air."
"My mom said I wouldn't come in from skating that night," Eliot said. "I cried because I wanted to sleep on the ice."
Eliot started U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills Program soon after. He began private lessons in spring 1998 following the World Championships, which were held in nearby Minneapolis.
"My mom let me skip out of first grade the whole week to watch all the events," said Eliot, who later switched from public school to home schooling as he progressed in skating.
"I was mesmerized," Eliot said. "Two months later, I started private lessons and competed at the Beginner Level that August."
His competitive highlights include his bronze medal from the 2003 U.S. Junior Championships, where he competed as a juvenile. Eliot also won the intermediate title at the 2004 U.S. Junior Championships.