Elvis Stojko, 29, of Newmarket, Ont., is wearing an underdog's collar on his way into the Salt Lake City Olympics. It will be his fourth Games, but he has yet to stand on the top tier of the medal podium. He has, however, won two silver medals (at the Lillehammer Games in 1994 and at the Nagano Games in 1998) and three world titles (in 1994, 1995 and 1997).
Stojko is best known as a jumper. In 1991, he was the first skater ever to land a quadruple-double jump combination in competition. Then, in 1997, he bested himself by making a successful attempt at a quadruple-triple. In addition to jumping prowess, he has used his martial-arts background to add a unique flair to his skating performance. In Salt Lake City, he's expected to reprise his medal-winning "Bruce Lee Story" skate.
But it will also be one of his last. In November, he announced that this season would be his last. "In my mind, this is the end of the road for me - win, lose or draw, I'm ready to move on," he said.