><<There is an article on Slam Skating about Elvis pulling himself out of COI.
>Does anyone besides me wonder if Elvis maybe felt a little humiliated by the
>apparent reception of his humorous Beethoven program in Philadelphia?
Humiliated? I doubt it. Probably just disappointed that the audience didn't
get it. And, I'm sure, frustrated by not being able to do everything he would
like to do.
>Well, it sounded like a cute and funny program to ME, anyway, hearing it
>described. Sounded like Elvis was trying to poke fun at himself (and to be
>honest, sometimes I think he badly needs to...)
I think he was trying out new areas, creatively, and I agree it's too bad it
wasn't as well received as his traditional rock numbers - at least if we are
going to draw conclusions from one performance. I hear so many people say that
they want to see something different from him and when he does it, they want
what they're used to seeing.
> It's funny, Stojko and Co.
>seemed to put so much effort over the last couple of years into aggressively
>promoting and defending a macho, high-jumping image, that maybe they did their
job too well
> and the public simply isn't prepared to accept anything else from him, injury
or no injury.
I think Elvis has defended his right to skate the way he wants to skate, not
his "macho" image. But the majority of casual skating fans 1) don't have any
idea how serious and long term his injury is and 2) do expect huge jumps and
rock and roll from him. I, for one, applaud him for trying something
different, especially under such circumstances.
>Why did Elvis even start on the tour if he was too injured to do what he
wanted to do?
I'm sure it has been hard for him to not skate and he probably wanted to get
back on the ice. Perhaps he thought it would not be as taxing for him
physically as it turned out to be? I just hope he's recovering nicely and
can't wait to see him back on the ice full strength.
Elvis Stojko- Heart of a Champion web site