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Eliot Halverson

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Eliot Jon Halverson is an American figure skater. He is 2007 US Junior National Champion. He is ranked 43rd in the World.

Personal life

Halverson was adopted from Colombia at age five months. He currently lives and trains in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Halverson's adoptive parents are divorced and he lives with his mother. He has been homeschooled from a young age.

Because the 2008 United States Figure Skating Championships were being held in his hometown of St. Paul, Halverson has become a poster-boy for the 2008 Nationals.

Career

Eliot Halverson began skating at age six on a frozen pond behind his house. When the World Figure Skating Championships came to Minneapolis in 1998, Halverson skipped school for a week to watch them. This encouraged him to take private lessons and become a more serious skater. He landed his first triple at age eleven. Although he is coached primarily by Ted Engelking, Halverson has also worked with Alexei Mishin and Kathy Casey.

Unlike most male skaters, Halverson can perform a Biellmann spin.

Halverson is the 2003 U.S. Juvenile bronze medalist, 2004 Intermediate champion, and 2005 Novice pewter medalist. His fourth place finish at the 2005 United States Figure Skating Championships earned him a trip to the 2005 Triglav Trophy at the novice level, which he won. Halverson stayed novice for the 2005-2006 Olympic season and won the novice title at the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. In his novice free skate, he landed six triple jumps, including two triple-double combinations.

In the 2006-2007 season, Halverson made his junior debut. He won two bronze medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit and was second alternate to the 2006/2007 Junior Grand Prix Final. He went on to the 2007 Nationals and won the junior title. Halverson is the first men's skater since Evan Lysacek to win back-to-back novice and junior national titles and is one of only nine men to do it since 1932. His placement at nationals earned him a trip to the 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where he placed 10th. Until Junior Worlds, Halverson had never placed off the podium in a major event in his career.

Halverson began the 2007-2008 season at the Junior Grand Prix Harghita Cup. After placing 6th in the short program, he attempted his first triple axel jump in competition in the free skate. Although he fell on the landing, he rotated it successfully and was given credit for the jump officially. He placed 5th in the long program, placing 5th overall. At his second event, the Pokal der Blauen Schwerter in Germany, he placed 7th overall, after placing 4th in the long program and being credited with his first triple axel of his career.

Halverson made his senior debut at the 2008 Midwestern Sectional Championships, where he won the pewter medal. At the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, his second senior-level competition, he was the youngest senior man to compete. He placed 13th overall and was named first alternate for the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Awards

Due to his success at the junior level, April 21, 2007 was declared to be "Eliot Halverson Day" in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Competitive highlights

N = Novice level; J = Junior level

External links

Official Site

Halverson at LatinoSkating

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