Header photo by Darlene Cain
During the off-season, many junior-level skaters consider moving up to senior level, especially after having a successful season. That is especially true for 2017 U.S. junior champion Alex Krasnozhon.
Figure Skaters Online recently caught up with the international squad members of Team Cain. In the fourth part of our week-long series, we spoke with 2017 U.S. junior champion Alex Krasnozhon, who will make his senior debut this year.
When thinking of a word to sum up his 2016-17 season, like his fellow training mate Timothy LeDuc, Alex Krasnozhon also chose the word “grateful.”
“The reason why (I chose grateful) is because I had so many opportunities this year to show off the new level of skating that I was trying to show everyone,” said Krasnozhon.
The 17-year-old originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, says he was also grateful to be able to compete at two Junior Grand Prix events, and overcome nerves to skate well enough to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where he finished 5th.
“I did not have any specific goals for the Final. My goal was just to skate my best and I think I accomplished that,” Krasnozhon added.
Following the Junior Grand Prix Final, Krasnozhon became the 2017 U.S. Junior Champion at the U.S. Championships in Kansas City and earned a trip to compete at the World Junior Championships where he had a respectable 8th place finish.
“The World Junior Championships was probably the most and the best experience of my career,” he shared. “I saw the best juniors in the world, some those guys skated on the senior circuit as well.”
Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, Krasnozhon will skate to the Russian folk song, “Korobushka” by the string-quartet Bond for his short program, which he will debut at the Broadmoor Open, June 21-24, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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