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”Like the Olympic games for students”

Published: 1 February 2017

Figure skater Alexander Majorov went directly from competing in the European Championships to the Winter Universiade, where he represents Sweden and Luleå University of Technology.

– It's an incredible event, almost like the Olympic games for students, says Alexander Majorov.

He has studied physiotherapy at Luleå University of Technology alongside being a top figure skater.

In the end of January, he competed in the European Championships in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. From there he went straight to Almaty in the southeast of Kazakhstan to participate in the Winter Universiade.

– It is great to finally have the opportunity to participate in the Universiade. It will be fun to compete for Luleå University of Technology, says Alexander Majorov.

The Universiade has been held every other year since 1959 and is the student’s equivalent of the Olympic games. Just like the Olympics, the Universiade has winter and summer games. 2,500 students from 55 nations participate in the games in Kazakhstan, in sports as alpine skiing, ice hockey, curling, biathlon and figure skating.

Sweden's national team includes 52 students. Several of them are merited athletes who have previously participated in the Olympics and World and European Championships.

One of them is figure skater Alexander Majorov, who is Luleå University of Technology’s sole competitor.

He competes in the short program this Friday and the in the free skating program the following day.

– The Universiade is an incredibly large event, almost like the Olympics for students, says Alexander Majorov.


universiaden2017-ltu Photo: Alexander Majorov
The figure skating arena in Almaty. Photo: Alexander Majorov