Skater made critical mistakes
in his performance.
Sandhu opened his performance
with a perfect quad-triple
combination but popped out of his
next jump, a triple Axel
TURINO, Italy, Feb 11, 2006
Canadians Emanuel Sandhu and Jeff Buttle stumble while Russian
Evgeny Plushenko won the short program of the men's figure skating
Johnny Weir of USAfinished second and Swiss skater Stephane Lambiel
Emanuel Sandhu and Buttle andmade critical mistakes in their
performances. Buttle ended up in sixth place, one spot ahead of
"I don't know what to say about that," admitted Sandhu
when he talked to CBC after his skate. "It's an easy jump
"I think, maybe, I just wasn't right in the moment and it
got away from me."
Later in his skate, Sandhu touched both hands to the ice when
he tried to land a triple Lutz.
"I'm just disappointed overall."
Canada's third skater, Shawn Sawyer placed 12th. He skated with
flair and executed a solid routine that included a superb triple
loop. He scored 67.20, a personal-best score.
Skater, 3-time Canadian Champion and 2004 ISU
Grand Prix Champion, have chances in Torino
TURINO, Italy, Feb 11, 2006
Emanuel Sandhu will compete in the men's singles event that begins
Tuesday. He was to have made his Olympic debut four years ago
but an knee injury forced him to withdraw in Salt Lake City.
Sandhu did not participate in the opening ceremonies Friday.
Emanuel has been one of the brightest stars in men's singles
skating for years. He placed second at the Canadian National Championships
five times ... in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2005, and has been
Canadian Champion three times, in 2001, 2003, and 2004
He's also the most exotic-looking among the men's competitors,
thanks to his Indian-Italian background.
He loves to sing!!! In his free time Emanuel enjoys spending time
at Karaoke bars, and he would like to pursue a career in singing
and performing at some point in his future.
He's known to be headstrong, to speak his mind, and to sometimes
be downright rude. Well, all I can say about that is that the
first two are good virtues to have ... and the third ... well,
we all have bad days every now and then, and personally, he was
nice, friendly and polite to everyone whenever I met him, so go
- He finished 9th at the 2001 World Championships in Vancouver,
where he started off with a mistake-ridden short program only
to finish with a near-perfect long program (he was ranked 5th
in free skate, which makes you wonder just how far he could have
gone with a clean short program). In early 2002 he injured his
knee during a routine practice session, causing him to withdraw
from both the Olympic Games and World Championships that year
in order to undergo surgery.
- The 2002 - 2003 season was a good one for him!
He seemed to be more consistent, skating at various shows and
competitions, placing 2nd at Skate Canada, winning another Title
at the Canadian National Championships, and finishing 8th at the
2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C. with two great programs.
Granted, he two-footed some of his jumps, but he remained one
of only a handful of skaters not to fall during the men's free
- But that is nothing compared to the 2003 - 2004 season ...
In December 2003 Emanuel achieved his greatest success so far
... winning the Grand Prix Final in Colorado Springs, USA, ahead
of world champion Evgeny Plushenko!!!
A truly amazing success (especially considering he'd come into
the competition as a subsitute) ... and most likely a very special
early Christmas gift for Emanuel!!!
He followed that by winning his third Canadian title in early
January 2004 --- he skated a near-perfect free program at Canadian
Nationals, thus proving that his two great programs at the Grand
Prix Final were more than just a fluke --- and two weeks later
winning the Silver at the 2004 Four Continents Championships!!!
At the 2004 World Championships Emanuel won his qualification
group, but then made some mistakes in the Short Program. He came
back strong with a good Free Skate, finishing in eighth place
- As for the 2004 - 2005 season ... he definetely got a good start,
winning Skate Canada and finishing third at Trophee Eric Bompard,
thus qualifying for the Grand Prix Final for the first time in
his life. He finished 4th at that event, following that with a
silver medal at the 2005 Canadian Nationals.
At the 2005 World Championships he managed to open both his Short
and Long Programs with a beautiful 4/3 combo each ... something
he has struggled with at past World Championships.
Though neither program was free of mistakes Emanuel got the third-highest
score in the free skate, finishing in 7th place overall.
- As you may have guessed, I personally love his skating!!!
- Artistically, he's one of a kind!!!
His spins and step sequences are among the best in the world.
And he's not afraid to tackle difficult music (who else could
skate a show program to Justin Timberlake's "Like I love
You" and make it look good???).
On a good day, with everything working the way it's supposed to,
I daresay that he could beat everyone (and yes, that does include
the Russians, as proven at the GPF ...!).
He'll make his way onto the podium at the World Championships
.... I'm quite sure of it.
And there are few who would deserve it more than him!
Kudos to his coach and choreographer Joanne McLeod (who's also
very nice, by the way) for creating these beautiful programs,
and to Emanuel for presenting them in such a wonderful and unique
Isn't it great to have a skater for once who isn't doing the
same old stuff everyone else is doing, who dares to be different???
Well, and if all that isn't enough ... he's also one of the
greatest guys you'll ever meet. Very nice, good-humoured, and
- Third time's the charm?
After missing the 1998 Nagano Games because of a controversial
decision (see below) and missing the 2002 Salt Lake Games because
of injury, Emanuel Sandhu will make his Olympic debut at age 25
in Torino. He's had the best Grand Prix season of his career in
2005-06, winning at both Skate Canada (where he was sixth after
the short program) and Cup of China (where he was fourth after
the short). Considering the quality of his competition at those
two events, those results bode well for Sandhu's chances in Torino.
In China, Sandhu beat reigning world champion Stephane Lambiel
of Switzerland, and in Canada, he beat fellow Canadian Jeffrey
Buttle , the world silver medalist.
- Consistently inconsistent
Sandhu is one of the world's most talented skaters, but his career
has been marked by wild inconsistency. When he's "on,"
he's capable of beating the world's best, as he showed at the
2003-04 Grand Prix Final in Colorado Springs. Sandhu was a last-minute
replacement entry into that competition, but he ended up beating
Yevgeny Plushenko and winning the event. Sandhu was also brilliant
at the 2001 Canadian Championships, where a spectacular program
earned him one score of 6.0 for technical merit and his first
of three Canadian national titles. But he's also had some epic
collapses in his career. At the 2004 World Championships, for
example, Sandhu -- fresh off his victory over Plushenko -- won
his group in the qualifying round and appeared prepared to challenge
for his first world medal. A disastrous short program, however,
ranked him only 13th in that phase of the competition, out of
striking distance of the podium (he ultimately placed eighth).
And again, at the 2005 Worlds, a poor short program (11th best)
left Sandhu out of medal range. Though he turned in the third-best
free skate in Moscow, he placed only seventh overall.
Though Canada had qualified three men's figure skating spots for
the 1998 Nagano Olympics, it opted to send only two entrants --
and Sandhu wasn't one of them. Sandhu placed second at the 1998
Canadian Nationals, behind Elvis Stojko and ahead of third-place
finisher Jeff Langdon. But because Langdon had already qualified
for the Olympics under the criteria set by the Canadian Olympic
Association, he was named to the team along with Stojko. The Canadian
Figure Skating Association appealed to have the 17-year-old Sandhu,
who had skated beautifully at the Nationals, put on the team.
But the appeal was denied because Sandhu had not met the qualification
criteria (he lacked competition appearances because of October
1997 knee surgery). Stojko and Langdon went to Nagano (placing
second and 12th, respectively), and Sandhu stayed home. He suffered
another Olympic disappointment in 2002 when a knee injury forced
him to withdraw from the Salt Lake Games before the competition;
he flew home to have surgery.
Sandhu's impeccable posture and extension on the ice betray his
classical dance training. He started ballet and jazz at age 3,
and at 11 began studying at the renowned National Ballet School
in Toronto. Only 100 dancers every year are accepted into that
school, whose graduates usually end up joining a professional
dance company. Sandhu, who first took to the ice at age 9 (his
mother told him, "all Canadians must learn to skate")
continued to skate while in ballet school. But by 11th grade he
was only finding 15 minutes a day to skate, and was forced to
make a choice. He chose figure skating, leaving school and eventually
moving to Vancouver to train. Sandhu still dances several times
a week, and he says that floor work enhances his skating.
- Unique choreography
Known for his innovative and sometimes abstract choreography,
Sandhu's 2006 Olympic free skate, set to original music by Gordon
Cobb, contains an unusual spin move that he calls a "no-partner
death spiral."(The death spiral is a pairs skating element.)
"I've taken a few spills on that particular move," he
admits. " I think it just came from experimenting and trying
to push the body in all different planes of direction." Sandhu
says that a lot of his choreography is inspired by modern dance.
"[Modern dancers] do a lot of stuff that is off-centered.
And with the new judging system, that is exactly what they're
asking for -- to explore movement which is beyond the center.
And so that's where the originality of these moves came up. We've
worked hard on the program and I really enjoy it."
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- Sandhu as one of the most gifted skaters
in the world, if not the most gifted, but added that Sandhu
"never pulls all the pieces together and delivers" at
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 (Father)