I caught up with Elvis Stojko (at right), three-time World champion, two-time Olympic silver medalist and seven-time Canadian champion, in NYC at the 77th opening of The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Elvis is still very much involved with skating and will be part of the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular which will be taped in Jamestown, NY on December 14. The show will air on NBC on Sunday, January 5.
In addition, Elvis will be on Broadway(!) in Chicago the Musical and will play the role of slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn. I didn't know Elvis can sing! I wasn't really hankering to see Chicago but hey, Elvis is only in it for eight performances (from March 17 - 23) so I WILL be attending one of these shows. After his Broadway run, Elvis will then join the North American tour for its Toronto run (from March 26 - 30).
As if this wasn't a full plate, Elvis is also a competitive go-kart racer and eventually wants to segue into car racing. In the meantime, he's preparing for what he calls the "Olympics of kart racing" -- the SuperNats, which will be held in Las Vegas at the end of November.
In addition, Elvis is working on his autobiography and hopes to release it early next year. And he'll also be a special correspondent for Yahoo! Sports for the Sochi 2013 Winter Olympics. Speaking of the Olympics, I asked him for preliminary thoughts on the men heading into Sochi and he said it was really hard to predict and would be following the Grand Prix skating series to see who the podium contenders might be. He also was looking forward to the men's competition and its emphasis on the quad, which he thought added the risk factor to skating and put the "sport" aspect in skating.
And finally...before my iPhone audio rudely conked out on me, Elvis also shared that he and wife Gladys Orozco (former Mexican competitive skater) are very involved in animal rescue efforts. I also asked why he moved to Mexico in 2001 and he said "Two words: the weather. I got tired of the cold." To end my interview, I asked him for a skating tip for us adult skaters and he advised "Don't think 'bend my knees.' Think 'bend my ankles.' And try to connect with the ice that way." Hm...I actually understand that advice and am already using it! (photo below, Elvis Stojko and the Radio City Rockettes headline opening day at Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, October 14, 2013)