SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) — The South Korean ice dance tandem of Min Yu-ra and
Alexander Gamelin secured a spot Saturday for the host country at next year’s Winter Olympics. The duo scored 87.86 points in free dance for a total of 143.80 points, putting them fourth out of 18 teams at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. This was the last Olympic qualifying competition, and the top six teams from countries not already qualified each earned a spot at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Read more at http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20170930004200315&site=0200000000&mobile
Korea’s Yura Min & Alexander Gamelin’s Short Dance Named One of the “10 Great Ice Dance Performances of 2016-17”
May 6, 2017, Extract: “The option for a hip hop rhythm in the short dance gave a lot of teams’ license for experimentation, but few embraced the opportunity as wholeheartedly as South Korea’s Min and Gamelin. Skating the second half of their routine to a K-Pop hit, they reminded us that hip-hop is a dance style with international reach and a multitude of variations. Even late in the season, when their mid-program costume change was no longer a surprise, it brought a gasp of delight. And while Min and Gamelin are not yet ready to contend with the teams at the very top, their qualification for the free dance in this season’s extremely tough Worlds field bodes well for their future. In addition to stealing the show as performers, they showed they can execute high-difficulty lifts and twizzles with finesse. If they can iron out citizenship in time for the 2018 Olympics, they’ll prove on the biggest stage possible that Korea is an emerging power not only in singles but in dance.” Author Sarah Rasher |
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Yura and I took some much-needed time to rest, regroup and plan for the new season after the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki. Now, we’re back on the ice energized to start our third season together and excited for what will be a great year ahead. Our plan is to give it our all for the opportunity to represent South Korea on Olympic ice in PyeongChang. Working toward an Olympic dream has been a life-long focus for both of us, one we hope to realize in 2018! Here is a chart detailing how our training and competition season lays out. We hope it will help everyone follow along with us throughout the year. If you have questions or comments, do share them.
In just their second competition season together, South Korean ice dancers, Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin, finish their short dance in 19th place in the field of 33 teams at 2017 ISU World Championships. The event was held this past week in Helsinki, Finland. After the short dance, the top 20 teams advance to the free dance. Yura Min & Alexander Gamelin are the first South Korean ice dancers to advance to the free dance at the ISU World Championship since Yang Tae-Hwa and Lee Chuen-Gun in 2002. This is a tremendous step forward for South Korean ice dance heading into 2018 PyeongChang.
MOSCOW (AP) — To earn a place on South Korea’s team for next year’s Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing. A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent the home team at the Pyeongchang Games. Alexander Gamelin, an ice dancer from Boston, has the anthem memorized and is reading up on Korean culture and history ahead of his immigration interview. The aim is to become a naturalized citizen, then a South Korean Olympian. “He’s smart. He catches on pretty quick,” said Gamelin’s dance partner, California-born South Korean citizen Yura Min. “Honestly, I think Alex does know more than I do at this point.” Read More
Countries began publishing their selections as early as December 2016. The International Skating Union published a complete list on 9 March 2017. Yura Min & Alexander Gamelin, representing the Republic of Korea, will make their debut at Worlds this season. This is a direct link to the ISU roster for ice dance entries listed by country http://www.isu.org/en/single-and-pair-skating-and-ice-dance/results/201617/isu-world-figure-skating-championships