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Figure skater Elvis Stojko going for gold in 2002

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At 29, Elvis Stojko's years as a competitive figure skater are nearly behind him. But he has one last goal, a drive toward the Olympic gold medal that has so far eluded him. This quest is crucial to the three-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist. But now he's in the unfamiliar role of underdog: the last international competition he won was in 1997 and he's been plagued by injuries in recent years. In this 2002 report from CBC-TV's The National, Stojko says: "I would give up everything from '98 ... right up to this Olympics if I could have my dream happen."
• Elvis Stojko was born March 22, 1972 in Newmarket, Ont. and grew up in nearby Richmond Hill. His parents named him after Elvis Presley because they were big fans of the rock and roll icon.

• Stojko finished eighth at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, then announced his retirement from amateur figure skating. Thus ended a brilliant career that saw Stojko become a three-time world champion (1994, 1995, 1997), two-time Olympic silver medallist (1994, 1998) and seven-time Canadian champion (1994, 1996-2000, 2002). He also finished second at the Canadian championships four times, three times to Kurt Browning, before finally capturing his first title. After his amateur career ended, Stojko became a fixture on the professional skating circuit.

• Known for his jumping abilities, in 1991 Stojko became the first man to land a quadruple toe loop, double toe loop combination, in competition. In 1997 he became the first man to land a quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop combination jump, also in competition.

• Stojko is a martial artist and has incorporated martial arts techniques into his skating. He earned a black belt in kung fu at 16.

• Stojko is also an actor and singer. He has appeared in various movies, TV shows, commercials, and TV skating specials. His love of music can be traced to his father, who is a classically trained tenor, and mother, who was a dancer in her native Hungary. Stojko's debut album, "100 Lifetimes," was released in late 2009.

• According to his website, Stojko' nicknames are Terminator, E-Man, and Quad Kid.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 6, 2002
Guest(s): Uschi Keszler, Doug Leigh, Elvis Stojko
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Ioanna Roumeliotis
Duration: 7:32

Last updated: February 15, 2012

Page consulted on August 21, 2012

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