Thursday, November 29
Guess Who's Back.. Maybe? Emanuel Sandhu
There's a face you haven't seen in six seasons! Canada's Emanuel Sandhu is on the start list for the 2012/2013 Skate Canada Challenge, the qualifying event to the 2013 National Championship. Now at 32, Sandhu last competed at the 2007 World Championships and was known throughout his career as having moments of brilliance, but rarely being able to keep it together through all portions of a competition.
Sandhu was also listed for the Skate Canada Challenge last season, but withdrew prior to the event. I don't remember there being a press release stating he would actually skate, so this year looks more promising.
His biggest achievement was winning the 2003/2004 Grand Prix Final (the first using the IJS scoring system) over then-World Champion Evgeny Plushenko. Sandhu was only the second alternate to the event, but withdrawals by two other competitors allowed him to compete.
Emanuel also has been as high as fifth at the World Championships; he did so in 2006 after finishing in second place following the short program. At the 2005 Worlds, he finished third in the free skate but poor qualifying round and short program skates only allowed him to finish seventh overall. In 2004, he won the World Championship qualifying round (the final 6.0 Worlds), but skated to 13th place in the short program.
Here is his winning free skate from the 2003/2004 Grand Prix Final.
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