TORONTO, ON: Three-time World Champion Elvis Stojko, 44, of Richmond Hill, Ontario is returning to the ice, but this time as the 2016 Skate Canada International Athlete Ambassador. Representing his fellow athletes, Stojko will lend his engaging personality and time to public appearances, media interviews and in-venue fan activities.
The 2016 Skate Canada International will take place in Mississauga, Ont., from October 27-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre. The event is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.
As an athlete Stojko has competed at Skate Canada International eight times. Medaling at all of his appearances, winning five gold and three silver medals.
“I am thrilled to be back at Skate Canada International. This event holds many memories for me and I’m looking forward to reflecting on my time as a skater, while supporting the competing athletes. I know firsthand the pressure these skaters are under and I’m happy to be able to advocate for them through my role as athlete ambassador,” said Stojko.
Stojko first joined the Skate Canada National Team in 1990 and went on to become one of Canada’s most successful skaters. He is a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympic silver medallist and seven-time Canadian Champion.
He was also the first to perform a quadruple combination jump (quadruple-toe/double-toe) in competition, at the 1991 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany, and he was also the first to do a quadruple-toe/triple-toe loop combination, in the free program of the 1997 ISU Champions Series Final in Hamilton, Ontario.
Stojko will act as the Athlete Ambassador over the course of the four-day event in Mississauga.
Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), China (Cup of China) and Japan (NHK Trophy).
Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Marseille, France from December 8-11, 2016.
Single event tickets range from $35-$60, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.