Alex Gamelin, a 24 year old Boston native, is representing South Korea in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
Gamelin, along with 18 other foreigners, went through a naturalization process to obtain South Korean citizenship specifically to compete in this year’s Games. Those also granted citizenship include several ice hockey players, biathletes, a luger, and a cross-country skier.
Gamelin, an ice dancer, trained in the United States with twin sister Danielle for the first 15 years of his career before teaming up with Yura Min upon his sister’s retirement. Min, who maintains United States and South Korean dual citizenship, split from former partner US dancer Tim Koleto due to personal issues. Gamelin and Min began training together in June of 2015.
On Saturday night (Sunday morning in PyeongChang), the South Korean skating pair took 9th in the ice dance short portion of the figure skating team competition.
The pair received a major reduction of points due to a wardrobe malfunction with Min’s costume. A single clasp that held together her dress came undone at the beginning of their number. Min skated through the malfunction, and the team put on a solid performance to the hit song “Despacito” despite the problem.
Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took first in the event with the “Shib Sibs” – Maia and Alex Shibutani – of the United States in second.