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Back to the ice for Canada's Elvis Stojko

Back to the ice for Canada's Elvis Stojko

After some soul searching in Mexico, Elvis Stojko has returned to the ice rink with a new perspective on figure skating and himself.
"This is the first time I've been back in front of an audience in about three years," Stojko said on Wednesday, referring to his recent performances at the Canadian National Exhibition. "It feels really good."
The 37-year-old Stojko is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, three-time world champion and seven-time Canadian champion. He has been lacing up his skates twice a day since Friday for the CNE's Aerial Acrobatics and Ice Skating Show.
"In the very first jump in the very first show, I was nervous," Stojko told The Canadian Press by phone. "I was going in thinking: 'Um, this is the first time I've done anything in three years.' Then I'm like: 'Ah, I've got to focus,' and I did the first jump and I was fine."
Stojko also plans to skate in shows in the U.S. this autumn and in Europe over the winter, but he said he's not putting pressure on himself.
"I really enjoy that quiet time and I need that and I have to sometimes say 'no' to a lot of things in order to get that time to recharge and before, I didn't do that," he said.
Last winter Stojko decided to return to the sport he had for the most part left after the 2002 Olympics. He's been practicing axels and spins at a rink close to his home near Guadalajara. Stojko moved to Mexico about eight years ago to "find out who I am and what I want to do" outside of the "Elvis persona" that has always preceded him.
"People see me a certain way as a skater," he said. "Some people call me 'The Terminator,' 'The Machine,' or whatnot ... because I was very focused."
That focus, though, helped him perform amazing feats on ice.
In 1991, he became the first man to perform a quadruple toe loop, double toe loop combination jump in competition. Six years later, he again made history by becoming the first man to perform a quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop combination jump in competition.
But these days, he says, "Skating is not who I am, it's something that I do and something that I express who I am through. It's clearer to me. It's like skating when I was a kid because you look at the purity of it."


Updated : 2020-12-05 03:03 GMT+08:00