Name: Alexander Majorov
Born: July 19, 1991, in former Leningrad, the Soviet Union. Moved to Luleå, Sweden, with his parents at the age of six.
Height: 167 cm
Started skating: 1996
Merits: 14th in OC 2014 (which, together with Tomas Öberg’s 14th place at the Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980 is the best Olympic result for a Swedish male figure skater since 1932. 18th place in WC 2013 and a 6th place in EC 2013. Won the bronze medal at JWC in 2011, which was the first medal for Sweden since 1937. Four gold medals in the Swedish Championships (2012–2014 and 2017) .
Club: Luleå KK
Occupation: Figure skater, study to become a physiotherapist
Trainer: Alexander Majorov senior, Irina Majorova.
Choreographer: Catarina Lindgren, Irina Majorova.
Part of: the SKF top group/Senior National Team, SOK Top and Talent program
Pets: His dog Chuck.
Other interests in sports: Knows karate. Likes to watch ice hockey and martial arts.
Favourite colour: Black and white.
Favourite food: Grilled hamburgers and other meat.
Favourite drink: Coca Cola
Favourite music: House, hip hop, electroswing.
26-year-old Majorov qualified for his third World Championship final in 2017, and he already has many historic achievements to look back at. He is the second Swedish figure skater ever to have succesfully landed a quad, a total of four revolutions in the air, and his result at the Olympics is tied with Tomas Öberg in 1980 as the best Swedish Men’s result since 1932. Another historical achievement for Majorov was his bronze medal in the the Junior World Championships in 2011, the first ISU Championship medal for Sweden since 1932.
For more or less his entire life, Majorov has lived in Luleå, where he is currently studying to become a physiotherapist. But what does he do to relax?
– I listen to music. Usually some house, pop or R&B. I also watch tv, mostly cable television, it’ a good way to pass time. I used to watch a lot of ”Two and a Half Men” but I don’t think it’s as good as it used to be. I have switched over to watching a lot of Discovery Channel, I usually can’t stop watching the shows!
Do you watch a lof of clips on Youtube as well?
– Yes, especially funny clips. Cats, of course. I also follow a channel that’s called ”Meanwhile in Russia”, which is very funny.
What other social meda platforms do you use?
– I’m not as active on Twitter and Facebook as I used to be. Mostly I use it instead of calling, to get in touch with someone in my class for instance.
If the National Teams from Sweden and Russia face each other, which side do you cheer for?
– Sweden. Although I don’t like it if Sweden plays poorly and still wins. In a WC final for instance, I try to see which team plays well and which side is giving it’s all, at all times.
How would you describe your relationship to your hometown, Luleå?
– Great! It isn’t a very large town, I know most of the people that I meet on the street. If you need help or a hand from someone, you’ll get it. I also like that we enjoy all four weather seasons during the year.
How much of a ”northerner” (Norrlänning) are you?
– Full blown. I live and I train here. We got our own way of expressing ourselves, even though we’re quiet, haha! In Stockholm, people wouldn’t dream of starting a conversation with someone they don’t know, but up here it isn’t a big deal. I find that interesting.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
– Always a happy kind of guy with a lot of energy. I like being active and coming up with stuff to do. Positive and easy going although I try to be a realist. You can’t say yes to everything, both when it comes to figure skating and your life outside of the sport. Not everyone understands that.
Where do your best friends come from, which time period in your life?
– A lot of them used to come from high school. Most of them have moved to different parts of Sweden to study though. But I also spend time with other figure skaters. Since I started at the university, my schedule is so full that there simply isn’t any time to hang out with people outside of school.
How come you chose to study to be a physiotherapist?
– I felt like I wanted something to do. The choice was between physiotherapist and policeman, but the police academy is in Umeå, and moving there didn’t work out. So I chose to become physiotherapist. I like being active and I’m interested in medicine so it’s a good combination. You don’t just sit behind a desk in an office, which I like about it.
When did you realise that you were an exceptionally good figure skater?
– Maybe when I was 18, that’s when I realized I had potential. I placed in the top ten in competitions and even top three in the Junior Worlds.
What went through your head when you did your first quad?
– I remember it clearly, it was back in Luleå. Unbelievable joy. I had worked on it for about two years, and I think I still have the tape somewhere.
And when you landed it perfectly in the short program, during the Olympics in Sochi 2014?
– I mainly thought “okay, that was good, but now I need to focus on the rest”. Otherwise I would have ended up with a good quad and nothing more.
What will you be doing after your figure skating career?
– I think I will work as a physiotherapist.
And where do you want to live?
– Probably Sweden or one of the other nordic countries. The little more wild option could be South Africa. But we’ll see what happens.
Music for the 2017-2018 season
Short program: ”Bang bang”, by Asaf Avidan
Free skating: ”Frankie Machine” from ”The Man with the Golden Arm”, by Elmer Bernstein; ”From Russia with Love”, by Lionel Bart, performed by Matt Monro; ”The Dirty Boogie”, by Brian Setzer, performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Best results in ISU competitions
Personal best: 237,79 (World Championships 2018)
Seasonal best: 237,79 (World Championships 2018)
Best results including other international competitions, Swedish Championships and Elite League Finals
Personal best: 250,94 (Elite League Final 2018)
Seasonal best: 250,94 (Elite League Final 2018)
Results in the Olympic Games and international championships
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Results in ISU Grand Prix
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|Cup of China||-||-||-||-||-||-||10|
Results in ISU Challenger Series
Results in ISU Junior Grand Prix
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Results in national competitions including championships and Elite League Finals
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Results in other international senior competitions
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|Hellmut Seibt Memorial||-||-||-||-||-||-||WD||-||2||-||-||-|
|Coupe Int. de Nice||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||4||-|
|Volvo Open Cup||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||-||-|
|Coupe du Printemps||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1|
Results in other international junior competitions
|European Youth Olympic Festival||-||2|
Results in other international novice competitions