Elvis Stojko

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Elvis Stojko
Stojko at Canada House during the 2002 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1972-03-22) March 22, 1972 (age 44)
Newmarket, Ontario
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coach Uschi Keszler, Doug Leigh
Skating club Richmond Hill FSC
Retired 2006

Elvis Stojko, MSC, MSM (born March 22, 1972) is a Canadian figure skater. He is a three-time World champion (1994, 1995, 1997), two-time Olympic silver medalist (1994, 1998), and seven-time Canadian champion (1994, 1996–2000, and 2002).

Personal life[edit]

Stojko was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada to a Hungarian mother and Slovenian father and was named after Elvis Presley, of whom his parents were fans. His father arrived in Canada on a boat in 1955 and his mother, Irenee, fled from the Soviet invasion in 1956. Stojko grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario.[1]

Stojko competed in the 2005 WKA Canadian Championships and placed first in the Chinese martial arts division.[citation needed] He has been involved with Ronald McDonald Children's Charities in Canada.[citation needed] He settled in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico in 2001.[2] On June 20, 2010, he married Mexican figure skater Gladys Orozco in Las Vegas.[3] They resided in Ajijic[4] until June 2014, when they relocated to Toronto.[5]


Stojko began skating at the age of four and won his first trophy when he was six.

1990–91 to 1992–93[edit]

At the 1991 World Championships, Stojko became the first person to land a quadruple-double jump combination. He later said he had studied VHS tapes of Kurt Browning, Brian Boitano, Alexander Fadeyev, and Jozef Sabovčík to help him master the quad.[6]

At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, he finished 7th despite skating a technically strong routine, but a month later he made his first appearance on a major international podium when he placed third at the 1992 World Championships behind winner Viktor Petrenko and Kurt Browning. In 1993 at the World Figure Skating Championships he finished second, once again behind Kurt Browning.

1993–94 season: Silver at Oympics and first World title[edit]

At the 1994 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Stojko defeated Kurt Browning in the free skate to win his first national title. At the 1994 Winter Olympics at the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre, he skated well enough in the short program to place second, putting him in good position heading into the free skate, after three of the pre-Olympic favourites (Brian Boitano, Viktor Petrenko & Kurt Browning) had disappointing short programs. Stojko had a strong performance in the free skate, despite popping a planned triple axel combination (which he later replaced by doing another triple Axel combination spontaneously) and won the silver medal. Stojko entered the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, as the favourite and won his first world championship with a performance that included another quadruple jump.

1994–95 season: Second World title[edit]

Stojko sustained a serious ankle injury during practice for the 1995 Canadian Championships, but was determined to compete anyway. He began his short program but was not able to complete it due to the injury, and was awarded a bye to the 1995 World Championships. His 1995 World Championship skate is regarded as one of his most impressive competitive outings because he completed his full routine despite his still-unhealed injury. Although in second place after the short program behind American Todd Eldredge, Stojko won the free skate - and his second world championship - with a performance that included a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination in the closing seconds of his program.

1995–96 season[edit]

At the 1996 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Stojko fell on his triple axel combo jump, leaving him in seventh place after the short program. In the free program, he included a quadruple jump combination (the only one in the competition) and moved him all the way up to fourth, just off the podium behind American Rudy Galindo, who won the bronze. His quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop was the first ever performed by a skater in a major competition.

1996–97 season: Champions Series title[edit]

Stojko won the 1996–97 Champions Series Final (Grand Prix Final) in Hamilton, Ontario, skating to the movie soundtrack of "Dragon Heart". Two other skaters also landed quad jumps during the free skate (Ilia Kulik and Alexei Urmanov), but not in combination as Stojko did.

At the 1997 World Championships, he again had a strong short program and placed fourth going into the free. Approximately halfway through the free skate, Alexei Urmanov, leader after the short program, withdrew from the event with an injury, while Ilia Kulik, in third, had a performance that put him out of contention. Stojko then took the ice and landed his quad-triple combination to earn two perfect scores of 6.0 and another world title.

1997–98 season: Silver at Nagano Olympics[edit]

Stojko entered the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan as the heavy favourite and was expected to become the first Canadian man to win an Olympic gold medal. He did not disclose to the media that he had suffered a groin injury and was also recovering from a flu that had struck many other athletes during the Games. He was unable to take painkillers due to the possibility of failing his drug test. He later stated in an interview that he was already feeling stiff and sore during the warm-up prior to the long program, and therefore downgraded his planned quadruple toe loop to a triple, likely costing him a chance at gold. Later in the program, on the landing of a triple Axel, Stojko aggravated the injury even further, saying he "felt something snap." He still managed to successfully complete four more triples after that point, and won the silver medal.

1998–99 to 2001–02[edit]

Stojko finished fourth in the 1999 World Championships. After the 1998–99 season, Stojko changed coaches from Doug Leigh to Uschi Keszler and Tim Wood.[7] He won silver at the 2000 World Championships.

Stojko placed eighth at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He turned professional in 2002.


Stojko was a commentator for CTV/TSN for the men's event at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C. In 2006, he was a celebrity judge on the WE tv series Skating's Next Star, created and produced by Major League Figure Skating. The show was hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi.

Stojko briefly reinstated as an Olympic-eligible skater and publicly declared his intention to compete in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, before changing his mind and resuming his professional skating career. On August 10, 2006, he skated a farewell performance at a gala for the Mariposa skating club, where he trained most of his amateur career. He took part in ISF Entertainment's acrobatic ice show, "A Rock & Roll Fantasy", in the July 2010 Calgary Stampede.[8] He has written a book, Heart and Soul, about his career.

Stojko provided commentary and analysis for Yahoo! Sports during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[9] He wrote an article criticizing the judging system during the 2010 Olympics, saying that it did not reward athletes for undertaking quadruple jumps.

Since 2011, Stojko has been racing karts in the Canadian Rotax DD2 Master Class and the SKUSA Mexico Series (S1 and S4 classes). He is sponsored by emzone,[10] a brand of Empack Spraytech Inc.


  • Three-time World Figure skating champion: 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Two-time Olympic Silver medalist: 1994, 1998
  • Seven-time Canadian Figure skating champion: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Four Continents champion: 2000
  • Grand Prix Final Champion: 1996/1997
  • Winner of the Lionel Conacher Award: 1994[citation needed]
  • First man to land a quadruple jump in combination (quadruple toe-loop, double toe-loop): 1991 World Championships[citation needed]
  • First man to land a quadruple/triple jump combination (quadruple toe-loop, triple toe-loop): 1997 Grand Prix Final[citation needed]
  • Inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.[11]


Season Short program Free skating
  • Lion
    (from The Best of Kodo album)
    by Kodo
  • Medley of New Wave and Dance Tunes
  • Frogs in Space


GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

Event 84–85 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02
Olympics 7th 2nd 2nd 8th
Worlds 9th 6th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 4th 1st WD 4th 2nd 10th
Four Continents 3rd 1st
GP Final 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
GP Skate America 8th 4th 3rd
GP Skate Canada 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
GP Nations Cup 1st 1st 6th
GP Lalique 3rd WD
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 1st 1st WD
Piruetten 1st
Schäfer Memorial 2nd
Canadian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Elvis STOJKO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 16, 2002. 
  2. ^ Doolittle, Robyn (October 24, 2011). "Stojko swaps frigid rinks for tropic sun". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stojko marries Mexican figure skater". Calgary Herald. CanWest News Service. July 7, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Buffery, Steve (October 16, 2011). "Stojko jumps from the spotlight". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kirk, Jenny; Lease, Dave (19 November 2014). "TSL's Interview with Elvis Stojko: Part One". The Skating Lesson. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Kwong, PJ (October 29, 2010). "The Quad and The Canadians". CBC Sports. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Elvis STOJKO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. 
  8. ^ Tiangha, Reginald (9 July 2010). "Spotlight on: Everything Else!". Calgary Stampede. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Elvis Stojko". Yahoo! Sports Canada. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "emzone Sponsors Olympic Medalist Elvis Stojko". emzone. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Elvis Stojko". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Elvis STOJKO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. 

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