Sandhu started taking ballet lessons at age three and took up
skating five years later. He studied at Canada's
renowned National Ballet School for 10 years. He views himself
as a "perfectionist". He has landed quadruple
toeloops and Salchows in competition. Sandhu wants to pursue a
career in singing and acting following his
skating career. He won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indo-Canada
Chamber of Commerce.
Sandhu's Free Skating music has been especially composed for him.
Sandhu's mother, Enza, was born in Rome, Italy, and trained as
an opera singer for a period of time. His father, Lokraj, is of
East Indian descent. Though Sandhu was raised Roman Catholic,
his father is Sikh, and Sandhu says he has strong ties to that
side as well. He has two younger brothers, Christian and Daniel.
Emanuel Sandhu born in 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised
in Richmond Hill, Ontario, started skating at age 8. He has a
strong background in dance and ballet, which is quite apparent
in his programs.
Family feud is tough on Sandhu Skating enigma says parents'
bitter breakup has taken a heavy toll on him RANDY STARKMAN
SPORTS REPORTER LONDON, Ont. For eight long and painful
years, Emanuel Sandhu barely spoke a word to his father. His parents
had a bitter and acrimonious breakup in 1994 when he was 13
and the supremely talented figure skater deeply feared his mother's
wrath if he had any contact with his dad, who'd left their Richmond
Hill home. "I was used as a weapon, as she liked to do,"
Sandhu recalls. "It's not that she doesn't love me. That's
just the way she is. It's just the situation I was in." Once,
on the night he burst into the national consciousness with a brilliant
performance at the 1998 Canadian championships in Hamilton, Sandhu
saw his father, Lokraj, in a hotel lobby. They spoke quickly,
as then 17-year-old Emanuel glanced furtively over his shoulder
because he knew well the fury he faced if his mother, Enza, spied
him. All Sandhu normally saw of his father during this period
was a fleeting glimpse of him in a crowd of thousands of strangers,
if a competition was held close enough to the GTA. One skating
insider tells of Sandhu's dad once trying to pass a note through
a security guard to try to get in touch with the oldest of his
three sons. "It was very, very difficult to enjoy any sort
of satisfaction from a title or skating well because there was
always this fight going on and I was in the middle of it,
of course," says Sandhu
Three-time Canadian men's champion (2004,
2003 and 2001)
Finished seventh at the 2005 world championships
Finished eighth at the 2004 world championships
Finished fourth at 2004 ISU Grand Prix Final
Won gold medal at 2004 Skate Canada
Won silver medal 2004 Four Continents
Won bronze medal at 2004 Trophee Cachemire
Finished eighth at 2003 world championships
Won gold at 2003 ISU Grand Prix Final
Finished fourth at 2003 Skate Canada
Finished fifth at 2003 Four Continents and
Cup of China
Won silver medal at 2002 Skate Canada
Finished sixth at 2002 Skate America
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Emanuel Sandhu, Richmond Hill native, Emanuel burst on to the
skating scene at the 1998 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
Currently, he is the three-time Canadian Champion, the 2004 ISU
Grand Prix Final Champion and the 2004 and 2005 Skate Canada Champion.
Lokraj Singh Sandhu