There was much pressure on Alexander at this Worlds, since the Swedish Olympic Committee had announced they require a top 10 placement for Alexander to allow him to participate and represent Sweden at the Olympic games in 2018. This is a big change from 2014 when the requirement was a top 18 placement.
Alexander skated in the second group in the short program. His Finnish folk music was highly appreciated by the audience. He landed his quad toeloop, triple Axel and triple toe loop combination, and managed to qualify to the free program. He was in 18th place.
Unfortunately Alexander didn’t have the same flow and luck with his jumps in the free program as he recently had at the Winter universiade. He opened up his quad toeloop into a double, but then landed a perfect triple Axel – double toe combination, to continue to double both the flip and the Lutz. He managed to land another triple Axel and a triple Salchow but there were ups and downs with the jumps and even an invalid element (too many double toes). His spins and steps sequence got the levels. Alexander ended up in 23rd place, and it was clearly not a great day for him.
Hopefully the Swedish Olympic Committee will change their criteria for the 2018 OG and give Alexander another chance by letting him compete at the Nebelhorn Trophy, which was chosen to be the Olympic qualifier for the last 6 spots in the men’s competition at the OG.