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Elvis Stojko Biography

Early Influences, Taking On The World, Quest To Stay On Top, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments

1972-

Canadian figure skater

During the 1990s Canadian skater Elvis Stojko (pronounced STOY-ko) revolutionized the field of men's figure skating with his athletic prowess. In 1991 he became the first figure skater to land a quadruple jump followed by a double jump at the world championships, and then in 1997 he surpassed himself by becoming the first person to land a quadruple-triple combination. Although Stojko was often hampered by judges who preferred dance-based, graceful programs to Stojko's athletic, often martial arts-inspired offerings, he still won the world championships three times, twice finished second at the Olympics, and earned the unofficial title "the King of Jumps" from sportswriters and fans.

Sketch by Julia Bauder

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Famous Sports StarsFigure Skating