Athlete Profile

Emanuel Sandhu, 20, of Toronto, landed a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination to win the 2001 Canadian national title. He followed the feat up by becoming the first figure skater ever to land three triple jumps in succession, doing so at a pro-am competition in Ottawa in December. As a result, he's widely considered to be the successor to Elvis Stojko as Canada's men's skating star.

Sandhu first laced on skates at age 9, but they were hockey skates about three sizes too large. He later tried on figure skates, but his parents had purchased white women's models. He was further embarrassed when he tried to colour them black using a permanent marker, which only turned them purple.