The eight verbs of my 2017-2018 season

The eight verbs of my 2017-2018 season

I haven’t written a journal in a long time due to my busy schedule. Instead of reflecting on my performances at the U.S. Championships (which I feel were not as strong as they could have been), I wanted to share with you a list of the craziness that was going on in my life throughout this season. Here goes nothing…

1. Studying – I took 16 credits during fall semester. Workload was manageable, but definitely took a toll on my sleep schedule.

2. Recruiting – Interviewing for internships this upcoming summer was a lot. From June until October, I was e-mailing, calling, and grabbing coffee with numerous professionals in the finance world. It paid off because I will be interning at Lazard Middle Market this summer (No, this doesn’t mean my skating career is over).

3. Training – No explanation needed here.

4. Traveling – I always feel so fortunate that something I love so much enables me to see the world. This fall it was Germany, Croatia, and even my first-ever trip to NYC.

5. Grieving – My grandmother passed away at age 95. This special lady was prevalent in my life from day one and she is missed dearly. While very sad, she is in a much better place.

6. Celebrating – My sister had a baby! Mason Robert Zinken came into this world right after Camilla left. Uncle Alex couldn’t be more proud of his sister and her husband.

7. Medaling – After 4 years of struggles to get on an international podium, I finally got my game together and came 2nd at Nebelhorn Trophy.

8. Laughing, crying, and everything in between – This season was one of my best yet. I overcame a lot of demons that were holding me back, but it definitely wasn’t 100% glam.

All things aside, I’m thrilled with everything I accomplished both on and off the ice. I may not be representing our country at the Olympics, but I have never been prouder to be a part of U.S. Figure Skating’s incredibly talented group of athletes. Onwards and upwards.

Here’s to a great 2018!

Love,
Alex

(Photo by Robin Ritoss, taken at Nebelhorn Trophy)

Spring ahead

Spring ahead

It’s Friday night (April 14) after a long week and while I should be studying for upcoming finals, I’m instead going to update you all on my life.

This spring has been my craziest ever. Once Nationals wrapped up, I dove right back into school. I, for some reason, decided to sign up for 18 credits this semester and boy, has it been wild. Apart from my finance courses and a couple general business classes, I also decided to take Italian. While I don’t know if I’ll ever use the language, it’s been a blast.

On top of the normal training I do and my heavy course load, I’ve also been teaching quite a bit and guest skating in club shows. I love performing so to have the opportunity to perform in eight different shows this spring has been amazing (I still have three of the eight left). As far as programs for next season go, Tom Dickson came in and worked with me for five days on two new pieces. I will be debuting my new short at a local competition here in May and the long a bit later in June.

As well, one of my best friends (also a former skater – Molly Oberstar) is getting married in June so this past weekend we took a trip to Chicago to celebrate her and her fiancé Ben. It was a perfect weekend and a nice break from all the work I’ve been putting into both skating and school.

Anyways, just a few updates for now. Hope this post finds you happy and healthy! Have a great week!

-Alex

My crazy busy life

My crazy busy life

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve last updated you in regards to my life, but my schedule hasn’t allowed much room for it. Anyways, life has been crazy busy and I’m loving it. I am taking 16 credits this semester and my classes include corporate finance, marketing, business strategy, supply chain operations, corporate responsibility and ethics, and a career skills class. I love the environment at the university and being here during the election was also quite exciting as the student population tends to stand strong for their beliefs.

Skating has been going well. Slovakia wasn’t perfect for me nor did I attain the results I wanted, but it was a step in the right direction. The combo in the short was a silly mistake and putting the quad out in the long was something that I needed to do to truly evaluate where it stands under pressure. We’ve made a few technical adjustments since then and continue to work on the quad technique. I also got a new long program, choreographed by Sebastien Britten to “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. I will be debuting it at Sectionals. One other major change that I have made is that Page Lipe will now be my head coach. Tom has been an incredible coach and mentor, but logistically it makes more sense to have Page oversee all my training as she works with me on a daily basis. Tom and his wife Catarina will both remain involved with my career, but on a more as needed basis/consultant role. They’ve truly shaped who I am as a person and a skater and will remain a vital part of my team.

That’s it for now!

Alex
A new chapter

A new chapter

June 13, 2016

Hey everyone,

As some of you already know, I have made a major change this past week. As of June 6, I am currently a Minneapolis resident. The past six years, I spent in Colorado Springs were incredible and I learned so much about myself. However, I have decided that I wanted to finish my undergraduate studies and I could no longer do that online. I will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and studying finance at the Carlson School of Management. That being said, many people have wondered about my skating career and I am happy to say that it is definitely going to continue. I will be working with Page Lipe, here in Minneapolis, and traveling to Colorado to work with Tom Dickson, Catarina Lindgren, and Erik Schulz on a regular basis. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing support system behind me and look forward to starting this new chapter in my life.

I’ll keep you all updated throughout the summer, but for now I need to get ready for classes, which started today.

Thanks for the continued support and for following my career!

Alex

P.S. My new programs, choreographed by Tom Dickson, are:

Short – Intro by B-Tribe and Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings
Long – La Strada by Niño Rota

Two New Programs

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to drop by and give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to this spring. I’m actually on my way home from Atlanta as I had a costume fitting with Brad Griffies for the upcoming season 🙂 I think the costumes are going to turn out pretty neat! Anyways, I have been extremely busy this spring, but I have been loving it. Right after the U.S. Championships, I started taking online classes full time through a community college back home in MN. I’ve really missed pushing myself education wise and am happy I made the decision to get back into school. I am actually going to be taking classes full time this summer and in the Fall as well. It has been quite the adjustment managing school with skating and also trying to teach in my free time, but I think it was a smart decision for me.

On a note with skating, I have two new programs that I am looking forward to debuting at the Broadmoor Open. My short program is to a song called “Trance” and was choreographed by Catarina Lindgren and Christopher Dean. It has a middle eastern vibe to it and it is very snake like. It definitely is one of the most challenging programs I have ever had choreographed, but I truly love it. My long was choreographed by Tom Dickson and is a combination of three pieces. The first piece is titled “The Christ Trilogy” by Havasi, followed by a piece of music that has chanting and saxophone, and ending with “In the act of Creation”. It’s much different from my short in terms of movement and I love the freedom that comes along with the choreography. In the long, we are also working on incorporating a quad toe and since Nationals I have been able to make a lot of progress on it. I’m actually heading to LA on Thursday to work with Mie Hamada  and Ilia Kulik on some of my jumping technique. I’m very excited!

Apart from skating and school, I have been teaching and traveling quite a bit. I taught my first axel this spring and have really enjoyed the teaching aspect of the sport. I also took a trip to Las Vegas with four of my best friends, Alexe Gilles, Piper Gilles, Jamie Wright, and Amber Ruiz. It was my first time visiting and was so much fun. We saw the show Le Rêve and it was incredibly inspiring. Once I finished up all my spring classes, I actually was able to also go to Italy for 10 days to celebrate my 25th birthday. It was an amazing trip and was a much needed break before the summer intensity amps up.

Thank you guys for all your continued support! Hope you all are doing well and enjoyed a glimpse into the world of Alex 🙂

Broadmoor Open

Pre-competition (Broadmoor Open) update: I decided to get two new programs. I wanted to let go of all that happened last season and start fresh. Catarina [Lindgren] choreographed my new short program to Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégiaque No. 2” and Tom [Dickson] choreographed my new long program to Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. We stuck with the darker concept for the long, but changed up the short completely. The story behind the short is one that resonates with me greatly. It’s about a journey from being broken and injured, overcoming those obstacles and transforming into something that is free and beautiful. Catarina used the analogy of a bird with a broken wing that eventually becomes strong enough to fly again. It’s very synonymous with my journey over the past year and means a lot to me. The long is the story of Sweeney Todd and it’s extremely morbid and dark. It shows off a different side of my skating than anyone has ever really seen. I’m excited to debut them both at Broadmoor Open. 🙂

P.S. I hope to write a little bit more after Broadmoor Open.