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!
June 13, 2016
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!
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
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 🙂
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.