Getting ready to celebrate his fifteenth birthday just days before Christmas, Canadian born ice skating phenom, Stephen Gogolev, is rapidly moving his way into superstardom as one of the boys to watch in the years to come!
Now…I don’t know much about the judging and scores given when it comes to ice skating expertise, but I saw some of his performances online, and I truly think that he’s being given a raw deal when I hear the ‘experts’ talk about him. And most of that comes from the simple fact that he’s so young. I hear them talking about how he’s not quite there yet, or how his body is changing, or how he hasn’t found his identity just yet. They make it sound as though he’s lanky and awkward and lacing in grace. And then…I watch him skate!
Gogolev is absolutely AMAZING! Smooth delivery, charm, grace, balance…and he looks DAMN cute doing it too! So what the hell are they talking about??? He glides across the ice with such ease and speed that he puts most competitors to shame with his talent. I watch him and think about how many BONES I would have broken if I even attempted to do what he does in a skating rink! Live! In one take! With people watching his every step!
What the heck are they complaining about? Take a look at the video below! This boy was actually disappointed in himself over this performance! I’m gobsmacked! Think of all the practice and energy that had to go into this. What kind of pressure must he be putting himself under to get the announcers to even consider this to be anything less than an act of true beauty?
Yeah, I’m confused as to what kind of standard the announcers and fans are looking for, but that may be due to my lack of experience in watching the sport and the athletes who are best known for it. But if you ask me, he nailed it! And he STILL won the Silver! So…don’t hate the poor kid for being young and gorgeous! Hehehe!
And this was definitely not a fluke. Stephen won the Canadian Pre-novice, Novice, and Junior Men’s, titles, and is only getting better with practice and tireless dedication to his craft. Born in Ontario, Toronto, and sharing dual citizenship both in Canada and in Russia, Stephen Gogolev has made the big move to California this year to work with some of the best choreographers in the biz to make sure that his star keeps rising, and he brings his amazing moves to the rest of the world.
“Generally, we thought it was a good place to train. I really like it here. Everything is completely new, and it’s warm here.” He says. “I have gone to the beach with my parents, and to Knott’s Berry Farm with the whole skating group. I am just getting acquainted with the area, but I like it.” But that doesn’t mean that he’s any less focused than he always has been, and he’s got some major moves to make in the coming year.
“I try to do the best at every competition, and treat every competition the same, regardless of how big it is.” The blond heartthrob began skating when he was only six years old, and has a skyrocketing potential to be something spectacular in the near future. He is already the youngest skater to win the Junior Grand Prix Finals, and was the very first Canadian to win the Junior Men’s title…both when he was only thirteen years of age! So he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And yet, humble as ever, he says, “But, I have so much work to do, so I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.” Awww, he’s seems like a real sweetheart.
While Stephen started off going to a regular school while still keeping up with his routines, it will soon be necessary for him to either take online classes or to be home schooled, due to an extremely hectic schedule, no doubt. But Gogolev seems unphased by this. He’s got a passion for his talent, and I have a feeling that it’s going to carry him to the highest ranks that young male figure skating has to offer.
Here are a few more of his performances, as well as an interview, if you had any doubts about what is sure to come in 2020!