Gilles is the 2008 U.S. junior champion, the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and a three-time medalist (one gold, two silvers) in the Junior Grand Prix Series ... Announced in March 2011 that she was leaving coach Tom Zakrajsek at the Broadmoor SC in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was moving to the Detroit SC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to be coached by Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen ... Started competing in Canada in 2012-13.
Started skating at the age of 2 1/2 because her brother, Todd, was already at the rink ... Todd competed internationally for the United States in ice dancing ... Twin sister, Piper, competes as an ice dancer for Canada with Paul Poirier ... Formerly coached by David Kinser (1994-98) and Robin Poe (1998-99) ... Graduated Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2010 and is deferring college admission for a year ... Volunteers at the World Figure Skating Museum, World Arena Ice Hall and Broadmoor Skating Club ... Supports research for breast cancer ("I have several friends who have had breast cancer, so it is a cause that is very near and dear to me."), Alzheimer's (her grandmother has Alzheimer's) and juvenile diabetes (her coach's daughter is a juvenile diabetic) ... Biggest influence in her life is Jill Trenary ... If she weren't a figure skater, she'd want to be another kind of athlete or an actress ... Hobbies include swimming, reading, water and snow skiing, and watching movies ... Not many people know she is a twin and she owns five poodles ... Biggest life-defining moment was winning the U.S. junior title and graduating high school ... Would like to own her own bakery shop or be an actress after her skating career ... Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/alexegilles
2013 Season NotesSP Music: "Palm Court Encores"
FS Music: "Pas de deux" from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, performed by Bonn Classic Philharmonic
2011 Season NotesSP Music: Excerpts from "AschenBrodel" by Johann Strauss II performed by National Philharmonic Orchestra
FS Music: "Adagio" from the Queen Symphony by Tolga Kashif and "Nocturne/Bohemian Rhapsody" by Paul Schwartz/Freddy Mercury
Costumes designed by Bonnie Gilles (SP) and Lori Nichol (FS) ... Goal is to medal at the U.S. Championships
2010 Season NotesSP Music: Cinderella (excerpts from "Aschenbrodel") by Johann Strauss II performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra
FS Music: "On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein
2009 Season NotesSP music: "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" by Claude Debussy
FS music: Bongo music
2008 Season NotesSP Music: "Windsprints" by Rene Dupere and Elise Velle, and "Zum Astra" by Simon Carpentier
FS Music: "Oceanic" by Vangelis
2007 Season NotesSP Music" "Somewhere" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
FS Music: Music from La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
2006 Season NotesSP Music: "Techno Tango"
FS Music: "Rhapsody of Rock 'n' Roll"