Before the European Championships in Zagreb, Alexander Majorov, 22, had already completed nine contests. With a day's stopover in Luleå, he packed the bag again for the Nordic Championships in Iceland.
In The Euroepean Championship, he set a personal record in the free program despite his skates gone astray and a sprained foot.
- I did not care so much because I was tired after all the competitions and an exam I had just written. But it all worked out and it feels amazing that I did so well in such a big championship, with good credit and placement.
Alexander Majorov started studying physiotherapy at half-time in autumn 2012. Since then, the days are tightly scheduled. During the weekdays, he does an ice sessions between the hours of 8-10 and then go to university and study for a few hours. After that he eats to cope with yet another ice sessions plus a physical workout.
- My days are filled with training and studying. It works right now, but this is the last year that I'm worried about.
Studying part-time makes it possible for him to invest in elite skating. His interest in physiology made him chose to study physical therapy and despite the intense competition period, he has passed the trials well.
- I hope to get a wild-card if I'm away at a competition, but I will of course do the work, he says.
It's year three in the education that he feels some concern about, because he does not know what will happen with figure skating in the future. Three years ago it was enough to have 210 points for being in the top three in the Championship, while today it requires 250 credits. He explains it by a new generation is on its way which raised the bar.
- If I competed three years ago, I had been on top, but it's tougher today and more is needed. If I succes as a figureskater I may have to postpone the final year of study until I skated clear.
After careers and education, he hopes to get a job as a physiotherapist, preferably at at the Swedish Olympic Committee.
- I have decided to study while I sports to open my chances for a job like that.
Aiming for the Olympics and World Cup
Alexander began practicing figure skating at age four. Skating was a natural part of Alexander's life because his parents are coaches in Luleå figure skating club. Today, they are his coaches and choreographers.
Since 2006, he has achieved great success both nationally and internationally, both as a junior and senior.
- As a kid it was a great motivator to be better than my dad and I have achieved that, laughs Alexander.
Now he aims to participate in the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics Games i Russia.
- The success in the European Championships has obviously opened a lot of doors, but it takes a bit to go to get to compete in the World Championships and the Olympics.