As the reigning World Junior Champion, Josh Farris has proven that he’s a force to be reckoned with on the international figure skating stage!
Josh began skating at age six, when he was invited to a friend’s birthday party, which was held at a local-area ice rink. From the first step he took on the ice, he was hooked.
Within four short years, Josh made his competitive debut, winning a silver medal at the Northwest Pacific Regional Championships, where he competed at the juvenile level. The next year he took home gold at the same competition, and won the U.S. Junior Championships (juvenile level).
As he progressed through the figure skating competitive levels, Josh was showing that he was a serious competitor and had no intention of slowing down!
In 2008, he took home gold as an intermediate-level competitor at the U.S. Junior Championships. After moving up to the novice level for the following season, Joshua saw nothing but gold, as he won the Southwestern Regional Championships, Midwestern Sectional Championships and capped the year as the 2009 U.S. novice champion.
Figure skating officials recognized his talent by awarding Joshua an assignment at the AEGON Challenge Cup, where he took home junior silver.
He debuted on the Junior Grand Prix circuit the following season (2009-10), with assignments to compete in two events. He rounded out his season by winning silver in his debut as a junior-level competitor at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Josh hit the 2010-11 Junior Grand Prix circuit with a vengeance, taking home silver from the Junior Grand Prix in Romania and winning his first Junior Grand Prix gold in Great Britain. His outstanding performances earned him a berth to that year’s Junior Grand Prix Final in Beijing, China, where he finished 6th.
In January, 2011, Josh made his senior-level debut at the U.S. Championships, and was ready to show the world the results of his intense training. A win was not in the cards, however, as he suffered a torn abductor muscle following a devastating fall during the second day of practice sessions at the event. This was followed by a broken fibula, an injury he sustained during the free skate.
Josh returned the following season with a newfound determination. After taking home gold from both his Junior Grand Prix events in Estonia and Poland, he was one of only two U.S. men to qualify for the Final, where he won bronze.
He wrapped up the season by winning silver at the World Junior Championships, which Joshua says, so far, is the best moment of his skating career!
His hard work was recognized by the Denver Post, who presented him with the Youth Excellence in Sports Award in March, 2012.
The 2012-13 season has seen Joshua on the podium at every event in which he has competed. After winning gold at his two Junior Grand Prix events, he took home silver from the Junior Grand Prix Final.
Josh was determined to impress at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating championships, landing a triple Axel-triple toe combination, as well as six other triple jumps, including a second triple Axel! His efforts secured him the pewter medal, and proved that he is a talent to watch as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia draw near.
In March of 2013, Josh was recognized by the Mayor of Colorado Springs and received Spirit of the Springs Award, recognizing outstanding athletic achievement.
Off-ice, Josh likes reading, playing video games and photography.