Camden Pulkinen

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Camden Pulkinen is a men's skater who represents the United States. He was born on 25 March 2000 in Scottsdale, AZ, and trains in Colorado Springs, CO, with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin. Drew Meekins is an assistant coach on his team and Karen Gesell is his former coach. He is currently choreographed by Tom Dickson and Drew Meekins. He started skating in 2005 because he thought it looked like fun. He currently represents the Broadmoor Skating Club. When he is not skating, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, hiking, and biking, among other activities. He studies at the Chandler Online Academy and is a member of the Spanish Honors Society. His older sister, Elena, is also a figure skater, competing in ladies at the national level.

Pulkinen is the 2017-18 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medallist, and the 2018 US Junior Men's champion.

He finished within the top six at the 2018 World Junior Championships.



Biographical Information

ISU bio:
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00035344.htm

IceNetwork bio (archived) https://web.archive.org/web/20180630063423/http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/camden_pulkinen

Tracings.net profile:
http://www.tracings.net/pulk-camd.html

Wikipedia Entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Pulkinen

USA Fanzone Bio:
https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=67


Social Media

Personal Website: http://camdenpulkinen.com

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/camden.pulkinen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campulk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CamdenPulk


Updated March 18, 2020


ISU Personal Bests

Current Personal Bests (+/- 5 GOE Rules)
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00035344.htm

TypeScoreEventLevel
Total244.78ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
SP89.05ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
SP Technical47.91ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
SP Component41.14ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
FS155.73ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
FS Technical73.03ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior
FS Component82.70ISU GP Skate Canada International 2019Senior


Historic Records, achieved before 2018/2019 season

TypeScoreEventLevel
Total217.10ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors
SP70.90ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors
SP Technical36.23ISU JGP Baltic Cup 2017Juniors
SP Component35.33ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors
FS146.20ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors
FS Technical75.48ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors
FS Component70.72ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2017/18Juniors



Programs and Videos​

2019-20
SP: "Caruso" performed by Josh Groban, choreo by Josh Farris
FS: "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" and "Rain" by Ryuichi Sakamoto; choreo by Stéphane Lambiel

2020 Four Continents SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enPAIH4Zu_M
2020 Four Continents FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S2C0ljIXQ8

2020 US Nationals SP
No videos found

2019 Golden Spin SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukkmYKglqpY
2019 Golden Spin FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZLQ4DsdwKY

2019 Skate Canada SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWXj4s_MQzM

2019 Autumn Classic SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=680wLkffA-A
2019 Autumn Classic FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R64aCkofkSA

2019 Philadelphia Summer International SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2pYG8Ieafc
2019 Philadelphia Summer International FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NYT05c--EY

2019 Broadmoor Aerial Competition

2019 Peggy Fleming Trophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz-yeMnAIrA

2018-19
SP: "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla
FS: West Side Story (soundtrack) by Leonard Bernstein

2019 Jr. Worlds SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw-Iij_f-aU
2019 Jr. Worlds FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8SHF6cd9kU

2019 US Nationals SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdqJm5pFm2w

2018-19 JGPF SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX_ItHHNNYQ
2018-19 JGPF FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaPxAUeyxwI

2018 Inge Solar SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGZxuCaNRGc

2018 JGP Linz SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzVQnehM_8k
2018 JGP Linz FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXK5Q05eRI

2018 JGP Ostrava SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvAfjiFroZw
2018 JGP Ostrava FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JKVo4fCTQI

2018 Peggy Fleming Trophy (music: " "Oblivion ")- Camden finished second.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5NA1kSxMwE

2018 Aerial Challenge-
Camden won the $500 biggest jump bonus. He was in the air for 0.72 seconds, and finished second in the event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_1taABb9vc

2018 Philadelphia Summer International Championships SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHKFDeGBt8
2018 Philadelphia Summer International Championships FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5V9KXm5gGo

2017-18
SP: "Fix You" by Coldplay
FS: "12 Etudes, Opus 10, Number 1" by Chopin

2018 Junior Worlds SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsG1c8qKvMo
2018 Junior Worlds FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-kO6z8oh2w

2018 US Nationals, Junior SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN1QdEgKcvY
2018 US Nationals, Junior FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJqdB-eg_bU

2017-18 JGPF SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5U6nPmSMEQ
2017-18 JGPF FS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifmPKYpwf-Q
Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HiCFvN36PU&t="

2017 JGP Poland SP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLU-7BrISY
2017 JGP Poland FS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Alog0X99w

2017 JGP Austria SP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmx39W71tIw
2017 JGP Austria FS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJXxsFA5mTE
Winner’s Interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXdQI5woo1k

2016-17
SP: "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
FS: "Sarabande Suite" by Globus

2016 JGP Tallinn SP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sro5FGCVp4I
2016 JGP Tallinn FS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_330r3qjNM

2015-16
SP: "Paganini Rhapsody" by David Garrett
FS: "The Lone Ranger" by Hans Zimmer

Competitive History






He has also competed several times at the Aerial Challenge. His stellar results there pushed USFS to encourage him to move up to junior earlier than he had planned.


2013-2014:
2014 Southwest Pacific Regional, Intermediate - 1st

2012-2013:
2013 U.S. Championships, Juvenile - 5th
2013 Pacific Coast Sectional, Juvenile - 1st
2013 Southwest Pacific Regional, Juvenile - 1st

2011-2012:
2012 U.S. Junior Championships, Juvenile - 16th
2012 Southwest Pacific Regional, Juvenile - 1st

2010-2011:
2011 Southwest Pacific Regional, Juvenile - 7th

Galas and Exhibitions​


December 2018 - JGPF Exhibition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIhc1v5TXTg

July 2018 Skate It Forward - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvbCzqcTgAs

2018 Junior Worlds Gala - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9xMhuM07Jk

2018 US Nationals Gala - "Sweet Creature" by Harry Styles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCYSL_thnE0

Golden Skate Articles and Threads

October 2018 - "A season of “rebranding” for USA’s Camden Pulkinen" by Paula Slater
https://goldenskate.com/2018/10/camden-pulkinen/

Other Articles, Interviews and Media

January 2019 MK Blades Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAHaHU97wt4

August 2018 -JGP Linz Winner's Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDYYaEwawk

July 2018 - "Joining the ‘Z Squad’ Paying Off for Pulkinen"
http://www.usfigureskatingfanzone.com/uncategorized/joining-the-z-squad-paying-off-for-pulkinen/

July 2018 Alysa Liu's Triple Axel Side by Side with Camden Pulkinen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VQKZdBrAm0

Jan. 2018 - Meticulous Pulkinen captures junior men's title
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...eticulous-pulkinen-captures-junior-mens-title

Jan. 2018 - Pulkinen starving for gold medal after winning short
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...n-starving-for-gold-medal-after-winning-short

Dec.2017 - American men finish 1-2 at Junior Grand Prix Final
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...can-men-finish-1-2-at-junior-grand-prix-final

Oct. 2017 - Russians set bar high on Day 1 at JGP Poland
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063.../russians-set-bar-high-on-day-1-at-jgp-poland

Oct. 2017 - Steady Erokhov wins men's gold at JGP Poland
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...6/steady-erokhov-wins-mens-gold-at-jgp-poland

Sep.2017 - Pulkinen soars to Junior Grand Prix title in Salzburg
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...-soars-to-junior-grand-prix-title-in-salzburg

Jan. 2017 - Krasnozhon overcomes falls, wins junior men's title
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...nozhon-overcomes-falls-wins-junior-mens-title

Jan. 2017 - Pulkinen leads junior men after 'best short ever'
https://web.archive.org/web/2018063...lkinen-leads-junior-men-after-best-short-ever

July 2017 #JacksonFamily Interview ft. Camden Pulkinen (Jackson Skates)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-hVzYhB9Jk
 

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teamgoldengeese

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Thanks for making a Camden thread! I was wondering if he had one or not. I found a few links for some of his programs:

This season
Short music: Fix You by Coldplay
Free music: 12 Etudes, Op. 10-No.1 by Chopin

2017 JGP Poland SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLU-7BrISY
2017 JGP Poland FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Alog0X99w

2017 JGP Austria SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmx39W71tIw
2017 JGP Austria FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJXxsFA5mTE
Winner’s Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXdQI5woo1k

Last Season
Short music: Piano Concerto No. 1 & 2 by Rachmaninoff
Free music: Sarabande Suite by Globus

2016 JGP Tallinn SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sro5FGCVp4I
2016 JGP Tallinn FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_330r3qjNM

That was what I could find on youtube. Best of luck to him at the JGPF! :hap10:
 

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Camden Pulkinen is a men's skater who represents the United States. He was born on 25 March 2000 in Scottsdale, AZ, and trains in Colorado Springs, CO, with Tom Zakrajsek. His former coaches are Becky Calvin, Drew Meekins, and Karen Gesell and is currently choreographed by Tom Dickson and Drew Meekins. ....

Thanks for making a thread for Camden. :thank:
Good luck at the JGPF. :yay:

Although Tom Z is head coach, are you sure that Becky Calvin is "former" coach???

Some skaters (Max Aaron and Paige Rydberg, for example) work with both Tom (as head coach) and Becky.
Both Tom and Becky were with Camden at the Philadelphia International.

[I think it is possible that Camden still gets some coaching from Drew Meekins too??? Although I don't know whether Drew is considered (in terms of Camden specifically) as playing a coaching role equal to Tom's and/or Becky's.]


IIRC, Camden has competed in all three years of the Aerial Challenge.

I mention it b/c IIRC, his good results at the first year of Aerial Challenge are what led USFS to encourage Camden to move up from Novice to Junior earlier than he had planned.
 

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Okay, I'll fix that. His ISU bio did list Calvin as former coach and Tom Z as the sole coach so that's what I went on.
 

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Okay, I'll fix that. His ISU bio did list Calvin as former coach and Tom Z as the sole coach so that's what I went on.

Thx for pointing out what the ISU bio says.

That said, I still don't know what to think??
Becky (and only Becky) was with Camden at JGP Poland. (See the JGP Poland links in teamgoldengeese's post above.) Tom Z was not in Poland.
The FS in Poland was on Oct 7.
The ISU bio was last updated on Oct 19.
And Camden's IN bio does list both Tom and Becky as coaches.

But I don't want to hijack this lovely fan thread by dwelling on Becky's status one way or the other.

Go, Camden :yay:.
 

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Thx for pointing out what the ISU bio says.

That said, I still don't know what to think??
Becky (and only Becky) was with Camden at JGP Poland. (See the JGP Poland links in teamgoldengeese's post above.) Tom Z was not in Poland.
The FS in Poland was on Oct 7.
The ISU bio was last updated on Oct 19.
And Camden's IN bio does list both Tom and Becky as coaches.

But I don't want to hijack this lovely fan thread by dwelling on Becky's status one way or the other.

Go, Camden :yay:.

Becky is co-coach to Tom. As is Drew Meekins to a smaller role.
 

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GREAT JOB CAMDEN!!! Silver medal at the JGPF is a huge deal and he earned it!
 

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Camden - congratulations !!
I really loved this skater the first time since I watched him in JGP Salzburg, I was really "hin und weg" as we say in Germany.
What he said after his Nagoya FS was awesome: He just let his body take over trusting his training. What a mindset ! And he trains quads and wants to show them in world juniors, if he makes the team.
If there wouldn't have been a thread I would have opened one, so thanks for this thread.
Why didn't he participate in the exhibition ?
I want to see Camden at the Olympics 2022 on the podium !
 

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Camden is one to watch for sure. In some ways, he reminds me of Josh Farris in that they both have huge 3As and innate musicality.
 

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This musicality intrigued me. Ted Barton said after his 2017 Gdansk FS: "He makes it look as if the music is coming from his skating".

Pulkinen is a Finnish/ Scandinavian name. But Camden looks like he has som Asian roots also in him. Does someone know his roots ? Sorry if I am too curious.
 

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Camden's free was really the highlight of the jgpf for me! I definitely agree that he has a Josh Farris quality to his skating. Great flow, expression, and connection to the music. Even his short program top reminds me of one of Josh's, but that's probably reading into it a bit too much.

Can't wait to see what he puts out at nats. (new junior national champion maybe?)
 

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Camden junior national champion !
Seemed to me like he didn't have this perfect body tension as usual in his FS. Well, I dont mind, not every day is the same, maybe he didn't select Nationals as seasons peak, maybe his quad-training affects his jumps. He mentioned somewhere after GP final Nagoya he would include quads in his programs for Junior worlds, if he will qualify.
How many spots the US have for Junior worlds ? I hope two ( if Krasnozhon at the moment competing in US senior ranks will start in worlds juniors)?
 

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Camden junior national champion !

How many spots the US have for Junior worlds ? I hope two ( if Krasnozhon at the moment competing in US senior ranks will start in worlds juniors)?

US have 3 spots for men, what is a relief as both Krasnozhon and Torgashev are doing well in senior championships and are still eligible for JWC.
I would like to see Camden in Worlds very much :cheer:
 

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Camden got an assignment for the JWC! Fair enough as he scored behind Alex and ahead of Tomoki. We will see three of them in Sofia :dance3:
 

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JWC closing in. Someone' s got news about Camden ? His planned layout ? Thanks !!
 

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Thanks a lot !! No 4 T . That was the point I was interested in. Good luck Camden !
 

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Is it going to be on Icenetwork? Geez, I'm still catching up on lost sleep from watching the Olympics. Thanks for the reminder that Camden will be (or is) competing!
 

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Does anyone know who choreographed his FS? Was it Tom Dickson?
 

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Not sure. Both Drew Meekins and Tom Dickson are listed as his choreographers. Answering my own question: yes, it's all going to be on Ice Network, but the men's events are going to be on live very early in the morning, eastern standard time. So I'll be watching later on in the day. The ladies free skate is starting on Sat. morning around 9am EST, so there's hope I can watch that live. Looking forward to seeing Camden and all the American skaters there!
 
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