Gabriel Folkesson

Date of birth: February 19, 2002
Height: 175 cm
Started skating: 2007
Member of:  The Swedish Figure Skating Association’s Junior Team
Club: Trelleborgs KK
Trainer: Anna Yatsemyrska
Choreographer: Susanne Seger
Family: Mother Eva and father Mats
Pets: Two cats named Tiger and Ida
Other interests in sports: Soccer and atlethics.
Favourite colour: Light blue
Favourite food: Venison Roast
Favourite drink: Coca cola
Favourite music: Pop

Gabriel Folkesson from Trelleborgs KK has been well observed since his debut on the competition arenas at the age of nine

This is what Gabriel has to say about what’s the most fun part of figure skating:
– It’s that a lot of the things are really hard to learn. So when you do learn, it’s super fun. Like when I first learned the double Axel and landed it at competition in the finals of Elitserien 2013, that made me really happy.

What is the hardest part then?
– It is just that, learning the jumps. Some pirouettes are hard too, you have to be agile in different places. But jumps are the most challenging part.

Who are you idols in figure skating?
– Javier Fernandez (Spain) and Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan).

What do you usually think about when you compete?
– A lot of weird thoughts. Of course, if I miss something I think about doing it over. But sometimes I think about things that have nothing to do with figure skating, haha.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a figure skater?
– I think that I have solid skating skills, I’m good at staying in sync with the music. Sometimes, steps and pirouettes might be my weaknesses, if I get too nervous. They either work out great or really bad. But it works most of the time.

What’s your grand goal in figure skating?
– It’s getting as good as I possibly can be. It would be fun to be in the Europeans, the World Championships and the Olympics.

What’s your favourite jump?
– Toeloop. No, never mind. Axel!

What do you do when you’re not at practice or in school?
– I usually do homework. Sometimes I’m out biking or swimming or something like that. Or I’m playing soccer with my friends, and I like running races with them. Or I’m playing games on my phone, pad or computer. I like “Minecraft” for instance.

How would your friends and family describe you as a person?
– They would say that I’m focused. If I want something, I want it badly. And I would say that I have a good sense of humour. We joke a lot in my family, so that’s where that comes from.

What would you have done with your spare time if you weren’t into figure skating?
– I probably would have been a long distance runner. I might get tired when I run far but it’s like that last bit of energy never runs out.

Where would you travel if you could go anywhere?
– Somewhere in the Alps. Italy or Austria. I like downhill skiing.

What does your classmates say about you spending so much time at practice?
– A lot of people in my class take some kind of training seriously, they play tennis and swim a high levels for instance. But when we have morning practice they usually ask me how I manage to get out of bed so early.

Well, how do you manage to get out of bed so early?
– I don’t know. Most of the times the worst part is right when you’re about to get up, after that it’s all right.

What are you like in the classroom?
– During classes I’m pretty quiet. I sometimes help others if I can, when it’s obvious that the teachers spend more time with certain pupils.

What are you like outside of the classroom then?
– Then I talk more, I joke a lot, and play soccer with my friends.

What’s your favourite team?
– Bayern Munich from Germany.

Not Malmö FF?
– Well, so and so. I used to root for Trelleborg, but they were relegated to the second league.

What do you want to do in the future?
– I’m not sure, but I might want to become a figure skating trainer?

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Statistics

Date of birth: February 19, 2002
Place of birth: Ystad
Home town: Trelleborg
Height: 176 cm
Started skating: 2007
Club: Trelleborgs KK
Coach: Anna Yatsemyrska
Choreographers: Stéphane Lambiel, Susanne Seger
Former coaches: Laco Vince, Ela Magnusson, András Száraz, Ishkhan Kirakosian
Summer training: 27 hours/week at Trelleborg / Falkenberg (Sweden) / Newark, Delaware (USA)
Winter training: 20 hours/week at Trelleborg (Sweden)
Member of: The Swedish Figure Skating Association Junior National Team
Selected for the national team: November 2015

Music for the 2018/2019 season

Short program: ”Can’t Help Falling in Love”, by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss, performed by Elvis Presley;
”Jailhouse Rock”, by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, performed by Elvis Presley
Free skating: ”Bohemian Rhapsody”, by Freddie Mercury, performed by Queen

Best results in ISU competitions

Personal best: 166.39 (World Junior Championships 2018)
Seasonal best: 137.98 (JGP Bratislava 2018)

Best results including international competitions, Swedish Championships and Elite League Finals

Personal best: 187.53 (Elite League Final 2018, Junior)
Seasonal best: 137.98 (JGP Bratislava 2018)

 

Results in the Olympic Games and international championships

2018
Olympic Games -
World Championships -
European Championships -
World Junior Championships 22

Results in ISU Junior Grand Prix

2017 2018
Minsk Arena Cup 8 -
JGP Egna 11 -
JGP Bratislava - 15
Overall placement 33

Results in national competitions including championships and Elite League Finals

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Swedish Championships Junior - - - - 1 1
Swedish Championships Novice (Boys 15) 3 1 2 1 - -
Elite League Finals Junior - - - - 1
Elite League Finals Novice 4 1 1 1 - -

Results in other international senior competitions

2018
Bavarian Open 6

Results in other international junior competitions

2016 2017
Coupe Int. de Nice 3 -
Ice Star 2 -
Tallinn Trophy - 4

Results in other international novice competitions

2013 2014 2015 2016
The Nordics 4 1 1 1
Bavarian Open - 3 - -
Lombardia Trophy - 1 - -
Hellmut Seibt Memorial - - 2 -
Coupe du Printemps - - 1 -
Leo Scheu Memorial - - 1 -
NRW Trophy - - 2 -
Mentor Cup - - - 1